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The Ultimate Yachting Guide to Sailing in Marmaris

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Why Is Marmaris A Must-Stop On The Blue Voyage?

In Marmaris, you can enjoy nature, tranquility, pleasure, entertainment, and blue and green holidays. Without a doubt, it is one of the most popular holiday destinations.
You can explore surrounding bays and islands. Or spend an enjoyable day at sea with daily boat trips and sailing opportunities departing from Marmaris.
Check available boats in Marmaris here.
Also, you can explore Bozburun, Turunç, and Bördübet on land or with your boat from the sea. By the way, they are among the most favored boroughs of Marmaris. And tourists visit them again and again.
The sheltered Marmaris Harbor is about 2.5 miles wide and 30 meters deep. And it offers people on Blue Voyage different trips, anchorage, supply, and refueling options.
Marmaris Bay, which is connected to the open sea by a narrow strait, is located between Büyük Boaz in the south-north direction, Keçi Adası in the west, and Yıldız Adası in the east.
Keçi Adası Lighthouse in Marmaris
Keçi Adası Lighthouse
Marmaris is a must-stop on the Blue Voyage with its natural bays in the Aegean Sea. And we recommend you check the routes of yachts and boats here.
Marmaris hides among the high mountains surrounding it. And it is one of the paradise corners of Turkey. The world where green and blue are blended indeed.
By the way, Marmaris is also known as Green Marmaris.

Marmaris view from the sea

How To Cruise In Marmaris?

The sea surrounds Marmaris on three sides. And the town is linked to the western Datça Peninsula by a narrow strip of land.
In the strait where Keçi Adası Lighthouse (Fl R 2s 30m 5M) is located on its south, Yıldız (Nimera) Island on its north, and Inceburun Lighthouse on its tip (Fl 3s 9m 5M), the width is 750 meters at its widest. And the depth is approximately 38 meters.
There are no underwater rocks or submerged reefs in the strait. However, we advise you to pay attention to the submerged reefs in front of Inceburun Lighthouse (Fl 3s 9m 5M). Cruise 30 meters off of the shore.
The longest stretch of Küçük Boaz is 465 meters long. And it is located between Keçi Adas Lighthouse (Fl R 2s 30m 5M) and Sar Mehmet Point, with an average depth of 38 meters.
The high-rising island located in the middle of Küçük Boğaz is called Karga Adası.
And both sides of the island are deep, and its seabed is clean. So you can reach the Bay of İçmeler from this strait.
If you take the Keçi Adası to the boat’s starboard side and cruise towards the east, you can approach Marmaris Harbor by viewing the coastline.
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After a seven-kilometer walk through this coastal strip with luxury holiday villages, hotels, and summer houses, you will reach the city center, where Marmaris Beach begins.
This walking path is a good alternative for exploring the places and the coast between Marmaris and İçmeler and exercising on the way;)
You can anchor your boat at any place in front of strips of coastline. For example, just in front of the Marmaris Center. But be careful to keep your boat clear of the water sports and swimming areas.
The bottom is sandy. And it is easy to cast an anchor.
The area to the west of Marmaris wharf with location coordinates (36 ° 50’58 “K-28 ° 16’91” D) is the preferred accommodation site. We recommend anchoring here. There are many boats and yachts stand aloof. So take into consideration the entrance and exit courses of the boats.

Marmaris Municipal Marina

Marmaris Municipality begins at the end of the Marmaris coastal strip. It operates a large dock with a height of 30 cm. – 1 m. – 2 m.; with a depth of 3–8 m, and a length of 1,400 m.
The capacity of the dock is 300–350 boats/yachts. Electricity, water, ice, refueling, and wastewater services are available.
The dock has a dynamic atmosphere with many carpet stores, cafes, restaurants, and bars. And it is suitable for every type of boat and yacht.
The space is usually scarce during the summer.
Some shops sell yacht equipment in Marmaris. And most of them are in the industrial zone. Also, there are many competent boats and yachts manufacturing and maintenance-repair companies as well.

Diving Schools In Marmaris

There are plenty of diving schools and 52 beautiful diving spots in Marmaris and its surroundings. And these schools maintain their activities even in the winter.

The Wind, Sea, And Weather In Marmaris

The northern winds that rule over the coastal line from Marmaris to Bozburun occasionally reach 12 to 13 nautical miles in spring and autumn. While in the summer, they are about 5 to 7 miles northwest.
Although Marmaris Bay is open to land breezes, the sea is calm during the summer, except for southwest winds. Southwestern winds are effective in spring, autumn, and winter.
The northern parts of the Yıldız (Nimera) Adası, the Magic Life pier in the direction of Aksaz, and Marina in the Yalancı Boğaz are the most sheltered places in the harbor from the southwestern winds.
Also, the surrounding areas of Ekincik are usually sheltered from the wind. And the sea is calmer.
Marmaris generally has a mild climate with sunny days and low humidity. In January and February, the weather will be cold and rainy. But the first days of the spring bring warmth and sun.

Who Is Marmaris Suitable for?

Beginner level or the professional level, Marmaris Bay is one of the most suitable places for sailing sports. Sailing and yachting events are held here throughout the year. And many sailing courses are also available.
Marmaris appeals to sea lovers with its small and large islands and bays. Each one is more beautiful than the other.
Also, Marmaris has importance among sailors and yacht race enthusiasts with its generally calm waters. The Yacht Club (MİYK) organizes many international events. And these attract the attention of the whole world.

Marmaris Yacht Festival, Channel Regatta, And Marmaris Race Week

The private rentals hold the “Marmaris Yacht Festival” every May.
Commercial sailboats, luxury boats without a sail, and motorboats make a debut appearance for the local and international yacht charter agencies.
Yacht Club of Rhodes, together with other clubs, organizes Channel Regatta every June. The participation of both Turkish and Greek sailors contributes to vivid scenes and deep-rooted friendships.
The most important event is the traditional International “Marmaris Race Week” starting in late October. It has been held continuously since 1991. This event is colorful and exciting, with about 140 boats (local and foreign) and about 1,000 racers participating.
There are a large number of hospitals, health centers, police, helicopter tracks, bank branches, ATMs, exchange offices, shopping centers, entertainment centers, water parks, bars, restaurants, SPA centers, and hammams, covered bazaars in Marmaris.
The open-air market is set every Thursday!

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How To Get To Marmaris

Marmaris is 86 kilometers from Dalaman and 56 kilometers from Muğla Airports.
There are bus services to Marmaris Bus Terminal from all over Turkey. There are regular ferry services from Marmaris to Rhodes and regular ‘dolmuş’ (shared taxi) services to all villages in the vicinity. Taxis are also available.

Private Rental Boat and Yacht Alternatives

Charter boats and yachts that you can find for “Blue Voyage” in Marmaris generally consist of classical Turkish-made wooden gullets, motor yachts, sailing boats, and sailing catamarans.
As in all the Mediterranean and Aegean.
And you can rent sailboats, yachts, and catamarans with or without a crew.
Also, you can choose a “bareboat” rental. You will have to pay for fuel and all other expenses.
There are also alternatives to hiring captains, skippers, and cooks for “bareboat” rentals.

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