Just a 40 minute drive from Bodrum Airport, the picturesque marina and town of Yalikavak is your starting point. Ideally located for exploring the Turkish coastline with her beautiful bays and anchorages.
The coastal area is interesting and varied, and there is plenty to explore, from the ruins of ancient cities to efficient modern marinas. Dine at a beach-side restaurant surrounded by pine trees in a peaceful bay, or sample sophisticated Ottoman dishes in a bustling resort. Snorkel and kayak in the clear waters around the rocky shores, buy your provisions in the colourful local market, and haggle over the price of a rug. With such diversity, it’s not surprising people come back to Turkey time after time.
One of Turkey's greatest assets - the longest sailing season in the Mediterranean. Generally you can charter from the end of March through to early November. Warm days and cooler evenings in Spring and Autumn - expect the odd refreshing shower. From the June to September it can be hot, generally 30 degrees plus. Usually the winds pick up in the afternoon, easing off as the sun sets. Of our 3 Turkish locations, the Bodrum area usually has the most wind - expect force 4-5 from the northwest, a little stronger if sailing between islands or near headlands. Daily forecasts are available by contacting base staff in the morning.
Set in beautifully landscaped grounds, Palmarina Yalikavak is a lovely place to start your charter. There all the facilities a yachtsman could ask for including a large Migros supermarket at the entrance. Within a 10 minute walk you can be in the village of Yalikavak which offers cafes, restaurants and shops for souvenir hunting. Directly opposite the marina entrance in the Arzu ApartHotel, offering comfortable affordable rooms should you wish to spend an extra night or two prior to your boarding. Bodrum is a 20 minute taxi journey away or why not join the locals for and experience the Dolmus? Simon, Merina, Helen, Karen and the team look forward to welcoming you to their part of the world!
The nearest airport is Bodrum. Yalikavak Marina is approximately 40 minutes by road from the airport. Flights to Bodrum are plentiful by scheduled and charter flights from all over the UK and Europe. An option worth considering is to fly with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul - why not have a stopover for a few nights? Top Yacht can organise tours to see the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and more. For clients travelling from further afield, Turkish Airlines operate direct flights globally to Istanbul with frequent onward connections to Bodrum. Transfers from Bodrum Airport can be arranged with your charter.
Charters from Yalikavak can start and finish Saturdays and Mondays, meaning for example you could take a 10 day charter. One way options are possible to Gocek and Fethiye subject to availability.
As with all bareboat charters, prior experience of sailing a similar sized yacht is pre-requisite. A sailing resume will be asked for which can be completed on your booking form. The rules for sailing qualifications are always changing in Turkey, so we do ask that at least the skipper has a practical qualification such as RYA Day Skipper or an ICC, a copy of which we will ask for prior to the charter to obtain your transit log.
Is the Turkish Lira. In most towns ATM's are available. We suggest using credit/debit card where available and keeping some cash aside for the smaller establishments. Don't forget to haggle!
Your charter fee will include any applicable taxes to the yacht. Most visitors to Turkey will require a visa which can be obtained online at www.evisa.gov.tr This is a multiple entry visa valid for 3 months. Once out sailing, overnight costs are minimal. If overnighting at a restaurant with it's own pontoon, there will be no charge if eating at the establishment. Similarly if at anchor or stern to in a bay there are not usually any fees. Take note of local info what you can tie up to - the area is mostly a national park and progressively over the last few years posts have been cemented to use, rather than lassoing an Olive Tree! At the end of your charter you will need to have your holding tanks pumped, the base staff will advise on procedures.
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