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FETHİYE – FLOTILLA NOTES/SUGGESTED ITINERARY

 

East Route – Fethiye Gulf

Day 1:    Arrival in Fethiye. Get to know the boat and the flotilla leaders, then go shopping, and in the evening eat in one of the nice local restaurants.

 

Day 2:     At 09.30 hrs a chart briefing is held in the Marina Restaurant. Information will be given on the route for the week and general “dos and don’ts”.

 

Destination today: Tomb Bay (15 nm) – a pleasant sail of about 15 nautical miles, with the possibility of a lunch stop on anchor. As you sail into Tomb Bay you will see Lycian rock tombs in the steep cliffs. It is worth a walk up to the tombs for the dramatic scenery – don’t forget your walking shoes! One of the many lovely bays in the Fethiye Gulf which can only be reached by boat. Enjoy the hospitality and food in the restaurant and after dinner have a chat and a drink around the camp fire.

 

Day 3:     Sarsala (15 nm) – the Gulf of Fethiye has too many beautiful bays to visit in one week but this is one of our favourites with a good jetty with moorings and a restaurant that also serves very good food.

 

Day 4:    Karacaören (20 nm) – we sail in an easterly direction around a cape and past the famous Ölü Deniz beach (please note yachts are not allowed inside the lagoon) to a pleasant anchorage protected by the reef to the south! Here we take mooring lines ashore by dinghy before dinner, or the friendly host will pick you up from the boat.

 

Day 5:    Göcek (20 nm) – a lively little town, important in the area for water sports and with several marinas. The flotilla goes to the 2nd jetty of the municipality marina. Lots of small shops and restaurants on the main boulevard.

 

Day 6:    Boynuz Bükü (15 nm) – Following a pleasant sail out of Göcek we anchor behind one of the islands at lunch time to have lunch and a cooling swim. In the afternoon we sail into the fjord like bay which has pine covered slopes. You can also walk to a nearby waterfall.

 

Day 7:    Fethiye (15 nm). Back to the base in Ece Marina with a lunch break at one of the many anchorages. In the evening we have dinner in a nice restaurant in the bazaar.

 

West Route – Towards Marmaris

Day 1:    Arrival in Fethiye. Get to know the boat and the flotilla leaders, then go shopping, and in the evening eat in one of the nice local restaurants.

 

Day 2:     At 09.30 hrs a chart briefing is held in the Marina Restaurant. Information will be given on the route for the week and general “dos and don’ts”.

 

Destination today: Kapı Creek (15 nm) – a lovely well, sheltered bay, but first you can visit the ruins on Gemiler
Island. Dinner ashore in the simple but good restaurant. Locals in a dinghy will direct you to your spot and give you a mooring line.

 

Day 3:    Aşı Koyu (25 nm) – a trip west out of the Fethiye Bay past Peksimet Island where you can often see dolphins. Aşı Koyu is hidden behind high cliffs and hard to see from a distance but is a lovely bay.

 

Day 4:    Ekincik. (10 nm). From here you can make a very interesting excursion to the turtle beach, the ruins of Caunos, the rock tombs in the little town of Dalyan and mud baths.

 

Day 5:     Ruin Bay (25 nm). Returning to the Fethiye Gulf after 15 nm we sail through a narrow channel and under steep mountains come to the famous Ruin Bay where a friendly family restaurant serves some of the best food in the area. If you enjoy hiking this is the place. Alternatively you can snorkel in the clear waters of the bay.

 

Day 6:    Cold Water Bay (15nm). As its name suggests a cold water spring flows into the sea here. From the village is a 45 minute walk to the abandoned Greek village of Kayakoyu. The restaurant in Cold Water Bay has a wonderful view and good food. (AKA Bestas Liman and Ali’s Cove)

 

Day 7:    Fethiye (15 nm). Back to the base in Ece Marina with a lunch break at one of the many anchorages. In the evening we have dinner in a nice restaurant in the bazaar.

 

Kapi Creek (Day 2)

 


 

 

 

Asi Koyu (Day 3)



 

 

 

Ekincik Bay (Day 4)



 

 

 

Ruin Bay (Day 5)


 

 

 

Cold Water Bay, AKA Ali’s Bay, AKA Bestas Liman (Day 6)



 

 

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Abaya or Not in al Khobar

dsc_0106 When we first got here we went to Hyper Panda without abayas and felt pretty conspicuous. I have a post on here about that expereince. Of course with three pretty girls we would have gotten attention anyway. We got abayas and wear them to the malls and downtown Khobar. In the summer an advantage was we could wear next to nothing under them and have some relief from the heat. (For that purpose get an abaya that closes in the front or have it sewn closed like we did) Some ladies never wear abayas in Khobar. They wear a long dress with long sleaves or a long top that covers the hips and long sleaves. Yesterday I went to town with two ladies who did not wear abayas and as I had on long jeans and a big sweat shirt and was traveling by taxi and just running in here and there (and it was cool yesterday morning) I felt OK without the abaya. Many ladies around here said they never wore abayas before 9/11. The abayas let them blend in a bit more and if you had a scarf (which the westerners rarely wear) you can almost dissapear if you need to. My neighbor who never wears an abaya but dresses very conservativley has been here almost 30 years and in that time has been approached by matawa only in Dammam and only 5 times. I’ll post a photo of my girls and I in our “go to town clothes”.

Photos of Dhahran and Ras Tanura

There are two photo albums on Webshots by cindyandrob showing the Aramco compounds of Dhahran and Ras Tanura. The photo collections are available to view freely at webshots so I am asumming they won’t mind me posting a link from here.

Dhahran Saudi Arabia

Ras Tanura Saudi Arabia

A few things have changed since the photos as the compound was spruced up for the king’s visit in early 2008, but for the most part these photos show what it looks like here. As you can see Dhahran has become an artificial oasis since the days 75 years ago when it was started on the Dammam dome where oil was struck.

Glossary

The glossary I compiled about Saudi Arabia and Islam has gotten buried in this blog so here is the link to it. https://colorabian.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/glossary   These were terms I came across in news articles and blogs and other resources on Saudi Arabia and Islam. They were taken from varius sources. If you have suggestions for other tems for the glossary, please let me know.  Thanks.

What Do You Want to Know?

Hi Everyone! Let me know what you wonder about our experience here in Saudi Arabia and I will write about it. It would be great if everyone who saw this post writes a comment below telling me what you want to know. We miss all our friends back “home” and would love to share and interact with you this way. We also are new enough to this experience that we still remember vividly what it was like to consider, decide, wait for visas, pack, and take off for this foriegn land.