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Gocek Bays I Turkey

Updated: Apr 19

Gocek, which is connected to the Fethiye district of Muğla, is among the most preferred routes by boat and sea lovers with its natural beauties and untouched bays throughout the season that starts in April and ends in October.


Gocek, which takes on a different atmosphere especially in September and October with the end of summer and the beginning of autumn, is one of the regions that host the paradise bays of Turkey.


Göcek is a sea hidden within the landmass.


We have brought together the bays where you can stay alone with nature.


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Gocek Island, which is the closest to the center of Gocek, will relax you with its clean sea and nature. If you are someone who likes to swim in the calm sea and spend peaceful time in nature, you should definitely visit Gocek Island, which is a natural wonder covered with pine trees. You can easily reach the beautiful bays of the island by boat. You can also reach the island by using a sea taxi, apart from visiting private yachts.


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Yassica Islands, which have become the symbol of Fethiye Bay, consist of many large and small islands. With their natural beauties and sea, these islands are among the coves frequented by blue cruise lovers. The most known of the islands is Kaşık Island due to the natural pool formed at its tip, and it has gained worldwide fame due to this natural beauty.


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Yassica Islands are covered with pine and olive trees and are also very suitable for walking. Since there are sudden shallows in various places between the islands, care should be taken when traveling with a sailboat in this region.


Yassica Islands, consisting of uniquely beautiful islands where blue and green meet, is one of the places you should add to your route during your blue cruise.


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The islands are also ideal for water sports enthusiasts. You can do activities such as jet skiing, water skiing, wakesurf, and get the chance to see the deep blue underwater world more closely by contacting diving centers. If you love swimming and are confident, you can take your goggles, snorkel and flippers and have a short adventure swimming between the islands.


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Olive Island, located at the southern end of Yassica Islands, is one of the larger islands in the gulf. There is an olive squeezing workshop from the Ottoman period on the island, which is covered with olive trees.


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Shipyard Island, which is the largest island of Gocek, took this name because it was used as a shipyard during the Ottoman Period. There are two ports on the island, which are separated as winter and summer ports. There are historical ruins in the winter harbor, you can go ashore and examine it closely.


The winter harbor, which was used as a shelter by sailors during the Byzantine period, was a place where life continued until the Treaty of Lausanne, while the people living here had to migrate to Greece with the population exchange.


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On the North West corner of the island you will find a restaurant with a pier and a beautiful, sheltered cove that can accommodate around 25 boats. This is a good choice for a traditional lunch or sheltered overnight stay. The restaurant is surrounded by a series of Byzantine ruins and crumbling Lycian buildings. Also, if you take a stroll on the island, you can see plenty of mountain goats.



All Gocek bays are blue but this is another blue


Aquarium Bay, which takes its name from the clarity of its waters, is located between Pig Island and Shipyard Island. It is impossible not to find peace with the light breeze and pine scents that are always present in the bay.


You can reach Aquarium Bay, where you can watch the colorful fish swimming in glassy waters, even with the naked eye, with daily boat tours.


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There is a ruined lighthouse in the middle of Aquarium Bay, which is one of the Gocek bays frequently preferred by blue cruise yachts for a break. When you come here, you should definitely take your swimming goggles or diving mask with you. There is a lot to discover in the Aquarium Bay waters, where you can easily see 25 meters below the sea.


Pig Island is the closest island to the Kapıdag Peninsula. The island takes its name from the Pigs who swam to the island from this distance. Panco Bay, in the north of the island, is one of the preferred places for anchoring.


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Enjoy a morning swim in the clear waters of Gobun Bay. The entrance of Gobun, which is an impressive bay supported by pine forest and olive groves and the most sheltered of Gocek bays, is narrow, so neither wind nor waves can visit this bay.


Very sheltered mooring area; it can get pretty busy in high season, but the well organized pier with plenty of mooring options has mooring space for up to 40 yachts. Going towards the back of the bay, rock tombs carved into the hillside and Roman ruins come to the fore. If you feel energetic, you can reach a few households on the upper part of the island with a short walk from the rocky road. There is also the opportunity to see and worship the mosque in the village from the inside.


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The geographical structure of Gobun Bay, where historical ruins appear in the deep blue waters, resembles tropical regions rather than the Mediterranean geography. Thanks to this, Gobun Bay, which has a magnificent climate, continues to fascinate its visitors in the summer months.


The restaurant, which also offers very good food, is highly recommended, especially for fresh fish and seafood. You can taste local delicacies. The bay is suitable and sheltered for overnight stay. You can approach the pier of the restaurant without anchoring thanks to the vault system.


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Merdivenli Bay takes its name from the stairs on the beach, which are thought to be historical. Right at the entrance of the bay, there is a narrow valley consisting of two sides surrounded by olive trees. By following the path starting from the valley entrance, you can reach the small village on the hill, and you can buy various local and handmade products produced by the villagers living here. Climbing the hill and watching the unique view is the best activity to do in Merdivenli Bay.


With a small anchorage area for blue cruise boats, Merdivenli Bay is one of the stops where daily boat tours take a swimming break. Apart from hiking and swimming on the hill, you can explore the caves in the bay and have a little adventure. You can spend the night by pitching a tent in the bay where there are only goats and various insects, but remember that you can only reach the bay from the sea.


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Located on Cape Kuyrucak, Binlik Bay resembles a paradise hidden among pine and olive trees. The bay, which is one of the rare places where the shadow of the pine trees goes down to the sea, offers unique views with its magnificent nature and gives an experience of swimming with fish in the sea like an aquarium. You should take your goggles with you to watch the fish more closely. In addition to swimming, angling can be done in the bay where the variety of fish is abundant.


There is no land access to the bay, which can only be reached by boats. It is also a sheltered bay for boats.


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Located in the southeast of Cape Kuyrucak, the most beautiful feature that distinguishes Seagull Bay from other bays is the seagull figure made of stones and located on the shore, this is the reason why it is called Seagull Bay. This figure depicts a seagull drinking from the sea when viewed from a bird's eye view.


Its other name is Yavansu Bay, and this name is because the water that derives its source from the mountain in the bay is of a quality that only animals can drink.


Access to the bay, which cannot be reached by land, is provided by daily boat tours departing from Gocek or by private boats. It is one of the bays worth seeing with its olive and pine trees, unique nature and fascinating view.


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Seagull Bay, where you can be in touch with nature, enjoy the sea, sand and sun, and relax just by hearing the birdsong, is ideal for those who seek calmness with its peaceful atmosphere. Although it has a narrow area, the bay, which is not preferred much because it is difficult to reach by land, is always away from congestion. Some days you can enjoy the sea alone. It fascinates those who see it with its shallow, unwavering and clear sea like an aquarium.


There is a pleasant walking path through the pine forest and then a path that you must climb to reach the ancient Arymaxa. At Arymaxa there are a Roman mausoleum inscribed in Greek, a Hellenistic tomb inscribed in Greek, a sarcophagus and a Byzantine cistern.


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Cleopatra Bath Bay, where the ruins of baths built during the Ancient Lycian Period are located, is one of the most well-known places among Gocek bays. In addition to the ruins of a bath, there are also the remains of a Byzantine Monastery in the bay.


According to a rumor, it is said that the bath was built as a "sea bath" by the king of the city above, it has nothing to do with Cleopatra. It was named as Cleopatra Bath Bay just because of its beauty.


According to a rumor, Marc Anthony had a Roman Bath built for Cleopatra at this very spot, as a wedding gift, and even had the golden sands shipped here from Egypt. This place was chosen because it has a hot spring fed by the thermal waters of a crater lake located behind one of the mountains to the north of the bay.


Legends have it that the queen visited it just after she married Marc Anthony for her honeymoon. It is said that the hot water spring coming out of the ruins of the bath is the source of Cleopatra's beauty and this water is good for skin diseases.


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Pine and olive trees, which make up the unique nature of Gocek bays, can also be found in Cleopatra Bath Bay. The shores of the bay, which can only be reached by boats, are quite deep. You can snorkel in this bay, which has a clear sea, and you can see colorful fish and other living species under the water.


The brown tones of history, the green and blue of nature are so beautifully synthesized in Cleopatra Bath Bay that you will not want to leave here. After a nice swimming break in the sea, you can reach the ancient city of Lydae by going ashore and taking a short nature walk on the paths between olive and pine trees.


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It is a place we cannot pass without mentioning while introducing the Gocek bays. In fact, Adaia Gocek is more than just a place. Adaia Gocek, which can only be reached by boats in Gocek Bay, which is one of the regions most preferred by domestic and foreign boats on blue cruises in the Mediterranean, is the meeting point of those who love sea life on land.


Adaia Gocek, was started to operate in Gocek Cleopatra Bath Bay about 5 years ago by Proffessor Dr. Mete Düren and Psychiatrist Dr. Rahşan Düren.

Adai Gocek has a large residential area, rich nature, library consisting of many books, sports fields, beach, playgrounds for children, and various musical instruments.


Adai Gocek, feels like a corner of paradise for sailors.


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However, the restaurant of Adaia Gocek, which can be reached by boat, offers its guests a selection of tastes from Turkish cuisine. In addition to meat, fish, chicken or vegan foods, it is appreciated with pastries such as pide, lahmacun or pizza, thanks to its stone oven.


Adaia Gocek also includes flavors such as lamb, goat and kid roast, tandoori kebab, unique to the Yoruks, who are Anatolian Turks who have chosen a nomadic lifestyle.


On the other hand, the breakfast menu at Adaia Gocek is designed according to the tastes of local and foreign guests.


In addition to the traditional Turkish breakfast enriched with organic local products accompanied by fresh bagels, a menu suitable for the European breakfast culture, including plain or chocolate croissants, is also offered to the guests.


Adaia Gocek, which hosts historical and natural beauties, serves sea lovers all year round.


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Admire the view of the Small Sarsala Bay. Surrounded by emerald green trees, a corner of paradise with its smooth and azure waters… You can also reach Sarsala Bay by car, but the only transportation to Small Sarsala Bay is by boat.


Small Sarsala Bay, which has a sheltered and quiet harbor, is the shelter for yachts and boats. Luxury yachts on one side, goats wandering on the other, Sarsala is such a beautiful and interesting place…


You can swim even in February in Small Sarsala Bay, whose water is quite warm compared to other Gocek bays due to its sheltered nature. Due to its calm and warm waters, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists come to Sarsala every year, both by land and by sea.


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Sıralibuk Bay, which is a popular stopover point for boat holidaymakers, is also one of the most beautiful bays of Gocek and is accessible from the sea. Located in the north of Sarsala Bay, this fascinating bay has a very sheltered location against the wind.


A hidden paradise where fresh water springs and salty waters meet, where you can't help but feel overwhelmed by the heat and throw yourself into ice-cold waters.


The bay is surrounded by pine trees. Sıralibuk Bay is one of the bays where you can feel how well you blend into nature. While enjoying swimming in the deep blue waters, you will hear the birds accompanying you with their voices and you will see mountain goats in your view.


Since this bay has dark blue water, it is called Deep Bay in foreign sources, it is quite deep. There is also an underwater rock deep in the water. When you dive, colorful fish and various sea creatures greet you.



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Bedri Rahmi Bay, whose real name is Tasyaka, has become the most famous of Gocek bays in recent years. Besides the king tombs on the hills, the Fish picture drawn by Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu on the rock on the shore is what made the sheep so famous.


Painter and poet Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu, who was the pioneer of the Gocek bays blue cruise tours in 1974, drew the famous fish painting on a rock by the sea, depicting 6 animals, during his trip to this bay.

Tasyaka Bay is named Bedri Rahmi Bay, thanks to the fish painting that has become a symbol of sheep over time.


You can closely examine the rock tombs on the slopes of this magnificent bay, swim in the small beach hidden among the olive trees, or visit the Lycian tombs by climbing the slope in the area where the beach is located.


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The sea in this bay is also extremely clear and clean. However, as you approach the shore, the depth of the water decreases very sharply. Since there are multiple piers and restaurants in the bay, visitors coming here by both land and sea are quite high.


Another beauty of Bedri Rahmi Bay is the fresh water source there. The biggest reason why blue cruise yachts choose this place to stay is this water source. A hose was connected to the fresh water supply, allowing the boats to fill the water tanks. Most boats dock at the small wooden harbor in the bay and spend the night here. Apart from that, daily tour boats also prefer Bedri Rahmi Bay for a swimming break.



If you like to explore untouched places that are little known, where you won't see many people, Kille Bay is for you. It is located between Boynuzbuku Bay and Bedri Rahmi Bay. Especially the south side of the bay creates a great harbor for boats to take shelter on windy days. It is possible to reach this cove both by land and sea.


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If you are going to choose a car to go to Kille Bay, you have to take the turnoff at the 13th kilometer of the Gocek-Dalaman road and cross the 7-kilometer dirt road. The road is quite bad and dangerous. If you are traveling with a low-floor vehicle, be careful.


There is also a plain behind the bay, which has a wide beach surrounded by pine trees. For this reason, it is also called Killebuku. The most beautiful feature of the bay is that it has many alternatives where you can swim, thanks to its wide sandy beach. You can swim from the beach or from the shade of the pine trees a little further on. Since the seaside is sandy, the sea water looks a bit cloudy in the first meters, but as you progress, you can reach clear, deep blue waters.


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One of the most frequently visited bays by those who drop by Gocek, Boynuzbuku Bay is a destination that dazzles with its natural beauties, embodying the most beautiful shades of blue and green.


In this bay, you will see the slopes surrounded by pine trees and impressive views from each other. There is a pier and restaurant where yachts and boats can take shelter.


The slope of the mountain is covered with green pine trees. This combination creates an enchanting beauty in the bay. Trees, which have a very important place for the perfume and pharmaceutical industry, give off unique scents that completely cover the dark at sunrise and sunset.


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This area, located on the west side of Little Snake Island, is almost unaffected by strong winds, allowing boats to spend the night much more comfortably. Boynuzbuku Bay has an important place for boat and yacht tours.



Osmanaga Bay is located just south of Ayten Bay. It is sheltered from the breeze. The south shore is connected to the land from the stern.

On the north side is a beach extension covered with pine and log trees. The trees have penetrated into the sea. A road to Gocek town passes right here. This area is a picnic spot on weekends and is very beautiful.

There is a fountain called “Osmanaga Water” here.


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Ağa Harbor is located on the open sea side (outside) of the Kapıkargın Peninsula, which surrounds the Gocek Gulf, which is formed in two parts in deep water, 1 mile north of Kızılkuyruk Cape. Its mouth is open to the east.


The part that extends to the west is called the Big Bay, and the part that extends to the northwest is called the Little Bay.


There is a pebble beach at the end of the Little Bay. It is the overnight stay of the gulets that will sail from Fethiye Bay to Marmaris.


Since it is far from Gocek and Fethiye, daily boats do not stop.


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The eastern side of Big Bay, which is more sheltered in Ağa Harbor, is quite deep and at some points there are rocks where our anchor can be attached. The safest place here is the small pebble beach of Big Bay.


Areas where the sea is this clean are rare. The water is great, the fish varieties are abundant. Where the bottom beach and the rocks meet, fresh and cold water comes out of the ground, and the surface becomes icy on the shores.


Watch out for the bee infestation! Different kinds of bees are a nuisance until the sun goes down. Dangerous situations may arise for allergy sufferers.


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