Skopea Limani is a large, mostly enclosed gulf that lies seven miles SW of Göcek and 11 miles west of Fethiye. It is bordered on the west side by the Kapidaği Peninsula and on the east by the islands of Domuz and Tersane.
It is one of the most beautiful cruising areas in Turkey, with numerous sheltered coves ringed with pines. Several have established restaurants, complete with simple wooden jetties and laid moorings. The whole area is hugely popular with private yachts and gulets.
There are dozens of anchorages around the gulf and regular visitors have their own favorites. All anchorages share the same characteristic of being quite deep until close inshore, and you will often be dropping anchor in 15–20 metres to take lines ashore. Skopea Limani is, therefore. not a place to visit with less than at least 50–60 metres of anchor chain. Holding is mostly good in sand with some mud and rocks.
The gulf is very sheltered in most weather and the anchorages are little affected by conditions in the wider sea area. However, gusts will be experienced in most of them when the winds are strong. The centre of the gulf in such conditions gives some exhilarating sailing in flat water and is often used as a race venue by the local yacht clubs.
is perhaps the most-sailed area of Turkey. It is critical that all visitors treat it with respect to avoid the stringent restrictions that are threatened by the authorities. The Blue Lagoon
at Ölüdeniz was once one of Turkey’s most beautiful anchorages but is now closed to yachts forever due to mistreatment of the land and sea. All yachtsmen should be vigilant to ensure the same thing doesn’t happen to Skopea Limani
Turkkey’s Turquoise Coast boasts a very large sailing area. With Göcek as a home port, you can sail as much or as little as you like. Whether going NW to Marmaris, SE to Kalkan/Kaş or simply enjoying the many coves in the bays of Göcek and Fethiye, any plan can make an interesting and adventurous sailing holiday.
Our itineraries are for one and two week sails. In total, nearly 30 locations have been selected – towns to coves, sophisticated to rustic. A brief summary of each port is accessible through links on the itineraries pages. They are all beautiful and interesting places. We think you will have as difficult a time making selections as we did.
Itineraries were developed to provide an active sailing plan involving staying in a different port each night. For a more relaxed schedule, any number of ports can easily be eliminated in order to remain in a location of choice for multiple nights. The exception is the last night in Göcek due to the need to return the yacht the following morning.
Further, many of the stops in the Skopea Limani and Kekova Roads are very close together and, therefore, interchangeable.
The itineraries were designed to be a guide – the choices are all yours.
Two Special Areas of Interest
The Skopea Limani
Of particular note for moving out of the home port of Göcek, is the Skopea Limani. It is considered a jewel of sailing in Turkey. It includes 13 popular named bays and coves and is dotted with small beaches. Five achorages in the area are included in our suggested itineraries:
For more information on The Skopea Limani, click here.
The Kekova Roads
If going southeast towards Kalkan and Kaş, you might want to explore another special area called The Kekova Roads. It is an area that runs inside a four mile long island. While it requires careful sailing around reefs and underwater rocks, the reward is seeing a magical place of crystal clear water, submerged ancient city ruins, rock caves and isolated coves. We have included five stops in the area:
For more information on The Kekova Roads, click here.
One Week Holidays
Moving NW toward Marmaris, a sailing plan covering 120 nautical miles can be easily achieved. If the ports to the SE are more to your liking and a more aggressive itinerary is desired, 135-175 nautical miles will take you to the SE toward Kalkan/Kaş/The Kekova Roads and back. Alternatively, a more leisurely sail in Skopea Limani, Göcek Bay and to the Fethiye area provide a 70 nautical mile sail plan.
For more information on one week itineraries and port descriptions, click here.
Two Week Holidays
Our two week itineraries extend NW beyond Marmaris to the Hisarönü Peninsula and Datça for a total of 220-240 nautical miles, a sail SE down to Kalkan/Kaş and beyond to the stunning and unique Kekova Roads area covers 195-210 nautical miles and a more leisurely plan in the vicinity closer to the home port and Fethiye takes you 180 nautical miles.
For more information on two week itineraries and port descriptions, click here.
Our Paradise on Earth
Our home base of Göcek is easily accessible via Dalaman Airport, just 25 kilometres and 20-30 minutes away.
With six world-class marinas, the berthing capacity in Göcek has surpassed 850. It is the home of Turkey’s oldest marina, its only natural marina and a well-known megayacht facility. The town’s pretty waterfront is a tasteful and comprehensive mix of service establishments. It is a famous yachting centre – one not to be missed.
In the summer, the average maximum temperature is 38 °C (100 °F). The sun shines over 300 days per year. Because of the climate, Göcek is renowned for growing wonderful tangerines, lemons and oranges.
The port is lively during the sailing season of April to November, culminating in a number of popular sailing events like the Bodrum Cup and Marmaris Regatta.
The people in Göcek are welcoming, as they are all along the coast. Turkish food is tasty and prepared from the best local meat, fish and seasonal vegetables. Their casseroles are splendid, traditional mezzes are numerous and ever-changing, Turkish pizzas (pides) are a delightful change from the Western version and their legendary kebabs are always delicious.
Göcek has some of the best food you can find along the coast, both Turkish and international cuisines. It has a plethora of eating establishments, some very stylish and well known. Many look out over the harbour and a “see and be seen” promenade. It is perfect for a stroll and some interesting people watching. After all, you need to keep your eyes open because you never know who might have just pulled in on their megayacht.
For more information on the sailing area and suggested itineraries, click here.
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