Bodrum Bays Islands and Beaches

Guvercinlik Bay and Salih Island:

Location: 37°8’13.00″ N – 27°34’40.00″ E

This bay joining green with blue is on the Bodrum-Milas highway. It’s 20 km to Bodrum, 30 km to Milas and 13 km to Milas Airport.

You can find a community clinic, pharmacy, hotel, ATMs of various banks, and grocery shops that can satisfy your shopping needs in Güvercinlik.

Salih Island, which is right across the bay offers a wonderful view.

Güvercinlik Bay is open in the west, therefore attention must be paid to winds from that direction. You can anchor at 4-9 meters from the pier in front of the village. There is a small fisherman’s shelter for small boats and a pier. Depth is around 1.5 meters.

The southern side of the Pina peninsula right across from Güvercinlik is suitable for stern-to anchoring.

The south-eastern bay is covered with trees and has a beach.

Güvercinlik is the first residential area on the way to Bodrum and is a cute stopover with its calm sea, hotels and restaurants. The eastern hills of the high and wide Salih Island across the bay have pine forests, and its foothills have olive trees.

Torba Bay – Bodrum

Location: 37°5’12.00″ N – 27°27’22.00″ E

Torba Bay, is one of the nicest bays in Bodrum. It is situated right beside the Bodrum-Milas highway and has a crystal clear sea, along with pine and olive trees. It is 7km to Bodrum, 30km to Milas Airport and 45 km to Milas centrum with easy transportation.

Torba Bay which is one of the closest bays to the center, pine trees can be found even in the shore.

The bay is located on the northern side of Bodrum Peninsula, between Cape Zeytinli and Cape Boz.

There is an ancient Monastery in the village from 4-5th centuries.

It has a geographical structure that can offer protection to ships and boats even in harsh weather conditions.

There is a  holiday village and small hotels along the shore, restaurants, grocery store, ATM and Gendarmerie, along with buses, minibuses and taxis in the bay.

It is possible to have fuel supplied with a tanker, also there is a laundry and ice for sale. There is a fisherman’s shelter to the north, don’t get close to the shore there. In other places the depth is around 3-4 meters. It would be better if you asked for help when approaching this shelter which can meet your electricity and water needs.

For those who come on land, there is a place to swim near the ferry pier. The sea is shallow and clean.

Türkbükü (Göltürkbükü)

Location: 37°7’49.00″ N – 27°22’45.00″ E

Türkbükü is 20km to Bodrum and 45km to Milas airport on land, and there are regular minibus and taxi services.

Göltürkbükü is a natural harbor and is situated between Cape Kesire and Cape Saplı, it’s open to zephyrs and you can stay there daily in suitable weather. The bay offers different anchorage alternatives and you can put down anchor to 6-10 meters. We advise you to tie stern-to in front of the cape to the west of the bay.

The area between the Large Island and Small Island to the west of Türkbükü Harbor is deep.  In the channel beginning at the south of Cape Kesire and continuing until Small Island’s line, you can anchor stern-to.

Türkbükü in summer is an entertainment center which is crowded and has a heavy land and marine traffic. We inform those who like night life and entertainment. Meanwhile, we warn those who like quiet and peace away.

Türkbükü has a community clinic, Gendarmerie, Bank Office, ATM, Ice, Gas and Laundry.

Gündoğan Koyu – Bodrum

Location: 37°9’5.00″ N – 27°21’6.00″ E

Gündoğan, which was called Farilya in the past is between Cape Karaca and Cape Çetin. Gündoğan Bay, with Küçük Bük to the east, is an almost pristine, south-oriented, still natural and historically worthwile, beautiful, wide harbor. While going to Gündoğan Bay, we advise you to be careful of underwater rocks in front of Cape Karaca and sail from 55-60meters away from the cape.

The most protected part of the bay in the center of Gündoğan is inside the small recess near the middle of the shore. The inner parts of the bay which is open to northern winds are the most protected parts against zephyrs.

The bottom of the bay that allows anchoring in 7-8 meters is sandy. The fisherman’s shelter which houses fishing boats and yachts adds color to the shore. Its rightmost point is about 1.5 meters deep near the shore, and the inner parts are about 3 meters deep. These areas can house 20-30 boats.

The fisherman’s shelter has basic electricity, water, ice and gas supplies, along with fresh fish.

In Gündoğan Bay, there is a mall, hotel, restaurant, ATM, community clinic, sailing club, water sports, cargo and post office.

You can find many things you look for in the town market that’s set up every Wednesday.

Küçük Bük: This area is on the eastern side of Gündoğan Bay, protected from zephyrs and its South-western side is suitable for anchoring. We advise you to be careful of underwater debris in front of hotels.

How to go to Gündoğan: It is quite easy to reach this village set up on a rocky hillside on the road from Yalıkavak to Göltürkbükü,

It’s 7km to Yalıkavak, 25km to Bodrum, and 55km to Milas Airport.

In addition to regular minibus trips from the village, there is a taxi service.

We advise you to see; Gündoğan village is one of the oldest settlements in Bodrum.Its history and natural beauties are more than worth seeing. Rock monasteries, church, mosque, Peynir Çiçeği (Cheese Flower) Cave, strange volcanic rock formations and hidden rock tombs; mandarin, olive and pine trees circle the Gündoğan shore. You can visit its green texture, strange rocks in 15 minutes with a boat. We suggest you visit the island of Astapol with its church on top of the hill.


Location: 37°6’27.44″ N – 27°17’28.89″ E

This bay is surrounded with steep mountains and open to the west, and therefore to the zephyr wind. Bays in the Kudür area to the north are protected. The names of the bays are Ötüsarmı, Piresan and Bahçe Bays, counting from the Cape Göçük. The rare pouring rain from the mountains cause the bottom of the bay to be weedy and mossy, so we advise you to check your anchor after dropping it.

It is the coolest district in Bodrum. The “sweet breeze” from the wind, works the natural air conditioning and Yalıkavak doesn’t need extra air conditioning.

We also advise you to be careful when approaching Karataş Shallows in the entrance to Yalıkavak. It reaches from the middle of the harbor to almost 650 meters when approaching Yalıkavak.

The best place to take shelter in Yalıkavak Bay is Port Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina and the pier belonging to the Fisherman’s Shelter. In harsh weather the fisherman’s shelter is open to zephyr winds and the sea is wavy, so we recommend the marina or the bays.

The fisherman’s shelter has electricity, water, ice and gas. If you need more services, Port Marina in Yalıkavak is suitable for all your needs.

How to go to Yalıkavak: It’s 19km from Bodrum, 50km from Milas Airport, there are regular minibus trips and taxis.

There is a community clinic, grocery store, hotel, restaurant, cafe, coast guard, gendarmerie, customs, laundry, bank, atm, cargo, post office and a slipway in Yalıkavak.

In the Yalıkavak Market which is set up every Thursday, you can find vegetables and fruits and textile products.

Recommended Sightseeing: Artists’ Street, Sandırma Village consisting of historical and stone houses, Geriş Village -Tibet of Bodrum, and the windmills on hillsides.


Location: 37°3’11.00″ N – 27°13’55.00″ E

Gümüşlük is a protected bay in the West end of the peninsula, one of the oldest settlements in Bodrum and a natural harbor. It is possible to see the remains of the harbor connecting the Tavşan (Rabbit) Island to the shore in Gümüşlük. Gümüşlük is situated between Cape Dönmez in the north-west and Cape Karabakla in the south-west.

In the entrance of Gümüşlük harbor, there are underwater rocks and debris 25-30m from the entry direction of the peninsula to the port side of your boat and 35-40m  from the island at the starboard side.

You can anchor to 6-15 meters at the harbor to the north after you enter the bay, without approaching east too much.  You should also pay attention to the old pier under the water, to the east of the middle of the bay which becomes shallower towards the end.

The bottom is sandy and holds the anchor well, and since there are many boats coming to the bay in windy weather, some disorder may happen, albeit rarely. Since the shores to the west are low, harsh north-western winds affect the bay.

8-10 boats may be tied to the small municipal pier in the bay. The pier is generally used by boats that need supplying.

The pier has electricity, water, ice, gas and fish.

There is a community clinic, pharmacy, hotel, post office, cafe, barber’s shop, cargo office, bank, ATM, gendarmerie and ambulance service in Gümüşlük.

The town market sets up on Wednesday.

How to go to Gümüşlük: It’s 60km from Milas Airport, 25km from Bodrum and 7km from Turgutreis. There are regular minibus trips to Bodrum, Turgutreis and Yalıkavak. There are also taxis.

Recommended Sightseeing: Myndos ruins, Bodrum Houses, Historical Church, Tavşanlı Island, Vineyards, Mandarin orchards. We also recommend that you taste the delicious fish cooked in fish restaurants.

Kadıkalesi Koyu

Location: 37.032089, 27.246157

Kadıkalesi is situated in the western end of Bodrum Peninsula and surrounded by a clear sea and citrus orchards. It gets its name from the castle ruins which is a sample of Hellenistic era architecture.

Also known as Peksimet (sea biscuit) village, Kadıkalesi is a very old settlement, a very calm small bay in summer and an important trading center. The village is situated between Turgutreis and Gümüşlük, and borders the Greek islands.

Although it has a very important position in tourism, it also is the center of vegetables and fruits in Bodrum.

Kadıkalesi Village was built in the Leleges era of the ancient city situated in the village, which is called Pedasos. It is thought that Pedasos was the first of 8 cities on the peninsula and the capital of the Lelegs. The namesake castle of Kadıkalesi Bay is built upon a cape and is surrounded by mandarin orchards.

You can use the piers of hotels on the shoreline and tie to the municipal harbor within the bay. While entering the bay, the starboard side is protected from zephyr winds and the bottom of the bay is sandy.

There is a grocery store, hotel, community clinic, ATM, post office and cargo service in Kadıkalesi.

How to go to Kadıkalesi: It’s 60km from Milas Airport, 21km from Bodrum, 7km from Turgutreis, 2km from Gümüşlük, 12km from Yalıkavak. There are regular minibus trips to Bodrum, Turgutreis and Yalıkavak. There are also taxis.

Gümbet Koyu

Location: 37°1’39.00″ N – 27°24’5.00″ E

Gümbet is the first bay to the west of Bodrum. It is located between İnceburun and Adaburun, it is wide, protected and closed to any winds. Since it is only 2km away from Bodrum, both its land and marine traffic are heavy.

Gümbet has a long beach and shallow waters, the most preferred entertainment venues and hotels in Bodrum are here.

The buoys determining the swimming areas in front of beaches and hotels, are laid down all along the shore.

The bottom is sandy, noodly and mossy. You can anchor your boat to areas outside the swimming zones to 6-10 meters depth. The western part of the bay is called Asarlı Bay and it gets shallower as you approach the eastern shore.

The eastern pier is generally full but you should try your luck.

The shore has all the possibilities of Bodrum’s center. Gümbet is actually thought as a separate location from Bodrum.

Gümbet is indispensable for night life and entertainment lovers, and could be too noisy for boat and yacht enthusiasts who’d like a quiet place.

Akyar Peninsula and Bays

Location: 36°57’57.00″ N – 27°17’36.00″ E

Akyarlar, also known with its ancient name Arhialla, is at the south-west of Bodrum Peninsula. It is located 0.80 miles to the east of Cape Koca and Cape Akyarlar to the west. It is 3 miles from the Greek island of Kos.

In the middle of the peninsula which ends at Paşa rocks at the west and Cape Koca at the east, we advise you to be aware of shallows that reach up to 200m from the shore.

To avoid hindering the entry and exit of the 25 capacity fisherman’s shelter on the shore with your boat or yacht, you can anchor to 5-8 meters towards the east. The bottom is sandy.

You can also tie to the fisherman’s pier. The depth is around 3 meters. The shelter has water, gas, electricity and fresh fish.

You can also stay in the open in the bay. The depth falls steeply towards the shore. We advise you to be careful when staying stern-to.

The bay is protected from zephyr winds, open to southern winds.

Akçabük Bay, which is towards the west of Akyarlar Bay, is a suitable anchorate, protected from northern winds.

You can find a community clinic, pharmacy, gendarmerie, restaurant, grocery store, cafe, patisserie, hotel, bank and ATM in Akyarlar.

The town market sets up on Thursday.

How to go to Akyarlar: It’s 22km frm Bodrum, 9m from Turgutreis. There are regular minibus trips, and taxis are available.

We recommend you to see: You can visit the ancient Termera city on the shore easily.

Bağla Bay:

Location: 36°59’48.00″ N – 27°19’59.00″ E

Bağla, which has one of the best bays of Bodrum and the Bağla beach (Develi Beach), are to the west of Cape Bağla. The bay is protected from zephyr winds, the sea and its bottom are unique. Sometimes there are downpours from the mountains to the north. The bay is a popular spot for daily tour boats.

It is possible to meet every need on the shore.

How to go to Bağla It is 14km from Bodrum and there are constant minibus trips and taxis are available.


Location: 37°0’17.00″ N – 27°15’13.00″ E

 Turgutreis, which takes its name from the famous Turkish sailor, Admiral Turgut Reis, is the most populated settlement after Bodrum. Turgut Reis was born here in 1485.

Although the southern shore is comfortable, the northern shore is shallow, and it becomes so abruptly. The shallows that cover a wide area cause high waves in windy weather.

“Sporak” archipelago which consists of 14 islands, large and small, look like they’ve been sprinkled in front of Turgutreis. The Greek island Kos and Kalymnos are right beside this archipelago.

Turgutreis is famous for its wind and its hosts the largest marina on the peninsula, D-Marin Turgutreis to the south.

Turgutreis has a small shelter that can house 13 boats. The depth is about 3 meters and we advise you to be careful in wavy waters.

You can find water, gas, ice, wastewater discharge station and coast guard in the Shelter.

In Turgutreis: Community clinic, Pharmacy, Bank, Cargo, Post office and ATM

Every Wednesday the peasant’s market, and every Saturday the regular market set up.

How to go to Turgutreis: It’s 20km to Bodrum. There are regular minibus trips to Bodrum and all other neighboring districts. There are also taxis.

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