A day sailing in the Mediterranean, snorkeling with Turtles & Exploring the hidden beaches of Fethiye, Turkey

After 2.5 months backpacking around Eastern Europe one of the reasons we took the detour to come down to Fethiye was to have a break! Now, we love backpacking, actually more than we ever imagined! But it can be tiring, so two weeks spent on the beaches on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, relaxing around the pool, spending time with family and freinds, it was like a holiday within our trip.

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Although, you know us! We can’t sit back for long, whilst down here on our “holiday” we ended up taking a night bus over to Cappadocia for a few days and jumping off a mountain! But one of our favourite things to do is to take a boat trip on the beautiful waters around the bay. What could be better than a day of adventure, fun and relaxation in such stunning surroundings? Fethiye has so much to offer!

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Exploring secluded beaches of Fethiye and relaxing in the sun

The day of course started off slowly, after all we had a full day at sea or rather, in the sea! Our first stop was a beach only accessible via the water known as “Camel Beach”. Here we placed down our anchor and set land on what felt like a secret beach, hidden away from the crowds on the famous Blue Lagoon, here we had the place to ourselves.

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Our boat itself only held a handful of people and so the secluded nature of this wonderfully picturesque cove was preserved for our time relaxing as the waves ebbed their way gently over the rocky beach. From here the Fethiye bay looked simply stunning!

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Stopping by “Cold Water Bay”

So on we went, calling in at several stunning bays along the way and we bobbed along in the azure swell. Now it was time to call in at “Cold Water Bay”, below the craggy cliff side only a few days earlier we had been hiking above in 40c heat! This time we would, as the name suggests, have a very different experience of this stunning cove. What an amazing way to see all Fethiye has to offer.

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The warm waters of the Mediterranean that we leap from the boat into gradually gave way to the freezing natural spring bubbling out of the rocks in the far corner of the bay. We each took turns to see how close we could swim to the icy source of this fresh water as it became colder and colder before you entered into the freezing pool that gives this bay its name! We were glad to swim with haste back into the gloriously temperate waters of the sea!

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Getting an amazing view of the mountainous region

Sailing out and into the bay gave us a great opportunity to get a panoramic view of the amazing mountainous region we found ourselves in. Only a couple of days earlier we had been flying high above the Babadag, the huge peak that dominates this bay, and floating above the stunning waters in which we now found ourselves.

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From this new vantage point it was a way to take in this stunning craggy and rugged scenery which contrasted sharply with the deep blue of the ocean. From here we could get a much closer look at the unique shape of the islands and peninsulas that create this unique coastline.

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Calling by the caves and swimming with Turtles!

One of the absolutely highlights of the day has to be donning the snorkeling masks and swimming in aquarium bay. So called because of the abundance of natural sea life in this protected cove.

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Initially we were a little disappointed by the lack of wild life here, it seemed that the first swimmers had disturbed the shoals of fish that we had seen off the side of the ship and many had hidden in the depths of the water.

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But out or the corner of my eye I spotted something rise out of the water. A head, coming up for air, the most beautiful turtle I had ever seen. We immediately dove below the waves to get a glimpse of this elegant creature swimming gracefully through the turquoise sea. What an experience!

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The huge carved out cliff that rises above the swell below created a wild wave pool in which we got churned up. Here the peaceful surroundings changed into some challenging territory, after a day relaxing it was nice to test ourselves and jump into the raging waters! It just goes to show you how easily the conditions in the sea can change and how important it is to be a strong swimmer, but of course, being next to the boat we knew this was just a bit of fun!

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Leaping with joy on the most wonderful of days!

What a beautiful day, from relaxing in the sun on the beds on the front of the boat to leaping off the top deck and into the warm turquoise waters surroundings us, swimming with turtles and tropical fish, visited amazing deserted beaches and adventuring into wild caves.

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Taking a boat trip down in Oludeniz is truly a beautiful day to remember!

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How to take this trip yourself!

Knowing quite a few people in the local area we, and our family that live and regularly holiday there always go with the “Cherry Tree Boat Tours”. The captain, Salih, is a family friend and some of the other crew also are. They always put on a professional and enjoyable day and charge reasonable fees for the day and also for the extras onboard.

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The price for the full day is: £20 which includes food.

To book the trip the best way in to go down to the harbour or ask around in “Hustlers” bar in Hisaronu.

Check them out here:

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Have you ever taken such a relaxing and beautiful boat trip?

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.