Göcek Bays and Islands
The most important features that distinguish Göcek from other port cities are the tranquil bays and the wonderful islands decorating the sea. Göcek bays are colored with a mixture of green and blue. The sea is clear and calm. For yacht owners Göcek is one of the most favorite points of Turkey. Göcek awaits all travelers with its beautiful surroundings.
We would like to share with you the bays and islands that you should definitely visit when you come to Göcek. Please note that there is much more in Göcek than we can share with you. There are many more alternatives for those who have a lot of time.
Cleopatra's Bath Bay
This bay hosts a sunken historical bath and its ruins. Where boats usually stays on this bay, there are the remains of a Byzantine monastery and the Cleopatra baths, which were partially submerged. It is said that this bath is given as a gift by her close friends during a visit to the Mediterranean coast. It is also said that this bath had a hot spring and its waters were the source of the beauty of Cleopatra.
Bedri Rahmi Bay
The main name of this bay is Taşyaka. It was renamed in 1974 after the visit of the famous painter Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu. Eyüboğlu, who has painted a fish on a rock here, is the main reason why this name is given to this bay. This painting, which looks like a fish, is not only a fish painting, but also hides 6 animals in it. Bedri Rahmi actually portrayed a unique piece of art here. Due to its easily reached location, this place is one of the most popular places in Gocek.
In the middle of this bay, under its aquarium like crystal clear water, you will find the remains of a sunken lighthouse. It is a great pleasure to watch the colorful fishes, while swimming between the rocks and the remains of the lighthouse. Those who know this characteristic of the Aquarium Bay, bring their seaglasses and snorkels when coming here.
The Yassıca Islands in Gocek is one of the “12 Island Tours” stations where you can spend time. The island is perfect for swimming with its calm sea. This place is also ideal for hiking through the flat structure of the islands. At this stop, you will come across boats where various snacks are sold.
This is the largest island among the islands of Göcek. It has several historical remains preserved by the Ottomans to the present day. During the Byzantine period, the inhabitants of this island, left the island in accordance with the Treaty of Lausanne and emigrated to Greece.
Göcek Island, which can be reached in 10 minutes by the small boats, is the closest beach to Göcek. If you don’t want to go on long day tours and want to spend the day more calm, you can choose to come to Göcek Island. From the morning hours until the end of the day, a shuttle boat from Göcek brings passengers to this island. It is possible to camp in the bay, to swim and to relax under the shades fo the trees. There is also a facility on the island where you can meet your food and beverage needs.
Sarsala Bay is one of the other bays of Göcek. Sarsala Bay can be reached by land. After passing the center of Dalaman and moving towards Dalaman Airport, you will reach this bay by advancing 12 kilometers from the signage of the “Kapıkargın” village. The road is full of impressive views and takes about 20 to 25 minutes. There is also a small Sarsala Bay right next to the Sarsala Bay. The small Sarsala can only be reached by boat. This bay does not have a beach. There is only one restaurant that offers good food and is open until late at night.
Other Bays You Can Visit
- Boynuzbükü Bay
- Cennet Bay
- Göbün Bay
- Killebükü Bay
- Merdivenli Bay
- Sıralıbük Bay
- Yavansu Bay (Martı Bay)
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Daily Boat Trips
The first activity you should join in Göcek should be a boat tour and visit the surrounding islands and beautiful bays. The daily boat trips in Göcek are very different than in other resorts. Once you have joined the “12 Island Tours” you will need to return to Göcek to experience these beauties again.