A very busy week last week. When there are friends galore visiting Fethiye and the logistics of meeting up / deciding what to do are getting a bit difficult, there’s only one thing to do and that’s arrange a boat trip. We wrote about the Göcek market boat trip a while back but the boat trip we did on Tuesday had to be a private one.
The first reason was that there were 12 of us, making a private trip more affordable and the second reason was that there are a couple of kids in the party who’ve never been on a boat before. The last thing their parents wanted was two potentially unhappy, bored, seasick kids on a boat full of other people.
We’d like to be able to say that the photo above is of the boat we went out on…but it isn’t. Turkish harbours are lined with traditional gulets like these two and it’s good to bob along the Mediterranean alongside them; even if we are the poor relatives.
So, the father of the two kids also decided that as there were 12 of us and he wasn’t sure if the children would be happy on a boat, it would be a good idea to try to ask one of the owners of the medium-sized 12 Island boats if we could hire one of those for the day.
We figured there might be half a chance because we wanted to go out on a Tuesday (Fethiye market day) and the boats are quiet on Tuesdays.
Lo and behold, one of the boat owners agreed to let us hire his boat and said that rather than doing the 12-island boat trip (like his boat normally does) he would do the bays of Fethiye instead.
So, on Tuesday morning, off we sailed. 12 of us rattling around on a big boat, 12 sunbeds all laid out for us upstairs on the top deck and loads of room for the kids to run around.
We’ve lost count of the number of private boat trips we’ve done around the Fethiye bays but the beauty of this trip was that because the boat was more powerful, they took us to one of the furthest bays.
None of us had ever been there before, we were the only boat there and the water was fantastically turquoise and clean. We were all agreed that this was a special place so we stayed there most of the day, swimming, diving, jumping (well, I climbed down the steps), eating.
That’s the other great thing about a private boat trip; we got to choose if we wanted to stay somewhere or move on to a new bay. We did move to two different bays after the first one, just so we got to have a bit of a sail but nothing will beat the first bay for any of us.
Blissful relaxation in a place of outstanding beauty – oh, and we were also captivated by an eagle soaring in the thermals above us.
We all tried to get photos and you’d think that between 12 of us, one would manage a decent shot…yeah, well, that’s us lot. Not one decent photo!
Whilst it’s great to have twelve people together, pleasing everyone on any activity is not, in reality, easy. There’s always someone who’d much rather be doing something else.
BUT, thanks to the beauty of the Fethiye bays and the people who looked after us all day, we all had an amazing time – including the kids! A happy memory…