Blue Voyage Discovery

Blue Voyage Discovery

Discover Turkey’s Turquoise Coast on a yachting holiday unlike any other. Board a gulet (hand crafted wooden boat built to a traditional Turkish design) and escape the rigours of everyday life to spend your days soaking up endless sunshine, napping, reading and relaxing, swimming in crystal waters, snorkeling, fishing and windsurfing, visiting ancient sites, whilst your crew tends to your every need.

This popular sea adventure began quite by mistake when a political writer Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli was exiled to Bodrum for publishing a story about army fugitives. The judges who sentenced Cevat Sakir to a number of years in the remote port knew nothing of its lifestyle, which as Cevat Sakir discovered was something like paradise. He settled down and adopted the name “Fisherman of Halicarnassus”, writing stories about the town and its locals, in particular, the fishermen.

On his regular outings with fishermen, he gradually got to know the various coves and bays in the Gulf of Gokova. When visiting intellectuals from Istanbul dropped in, Cevat Sakir took the opportunity to introduce them to the fisherman’s way of life. Together they constructed a theory of culture which embraced the cultures of all the people who lived in Asia Minor. Cevat Sakir’s tours of the Gulf of Gokova became famous and were given the name, “Mavi Yolculuk” or “Blue Voyage”. Cevat Sakir inspired this voyage of exploration – the source of enjoyment for many thousands of people for almost 60 years!

During the Blue Voyage, the places you visit are the wealth of civilizations. Any cruising ground that you choose is rich with historic sites, ancient cities and unique rock tombs.

Only Blue Voyage will give you the chance to discover countless hidden coves, undiscovered bays, sun drenched sandy beaches and isolated villages, the private beach of Cleopatra, Oludeniz, the rock tombs of Kaunos, the eternal fires of mount Olympos, Myria rock tombs, the archeological remains of ancient civilizations, that had also remained under sea. The experience of seeing breathtaking panoramic views of a sea which flows into shades of green and blue or the sun slipping down towering mountains and slowly disappearing into a golden hazed sea can only be described as priceless.

During Blue Voyage you can go beyond the ordinary. Most of us live in large cities where the city lights dull the brightness of the stars. On the Blue Voyage you can see the stars very clearly. If your Blue Voyage coincides with the full moon, it is exceptionally beautiful in these parts.

When there is no moon, you are in for another treat, Phosphor scene. It is the phenomenon created by tiny creatures invisible to human eye. In the pitch dark when moving in the water, it glitters when, for example you are rowing. At the point where the oar touches the surface of the water, there will be circles of light. The drops of water splashing from the oars will drop on the surface of the sea like a shower of stars.

Swimming on a pitch dark night is an incredible experience, like a narcissistic pleasure. Now imagine you will be lying on the deck and alone with stars while the sea is quite choppy with in the gulf or imagine visiting fishermen’s villages isolated by the bay during the day.