The coastline and islands in and around the gulf of Fethiye make it just perfect for boat trips. Recently, we’ve taken advantage of this a few times by doing the Göcek market boat trip – just a great, cheap day out for us.
However, if you’re not the sort of person who wants to be on a public boat with lots of other people you don’t know, Fethiye and Çalış also has no shortage of smaller boats where you can book a private day out with family and friends – and the cost isn’t ridiculous.
Most of these smaller boats leave Fethiye or Çalış at around 10:30 -11:00am and chug along the Fethiye coastline taking you on a tour of what are known as the Blue Bays. Although it’s almost impossible these days to have a bay to yourself – we managed it last year – the Blue Bays are much quieter than the islands where all the bigger boats head for.
If you’re like me and not too brave in choppier waters, a Blue Bays boat trip is perfect. The boat hugs the coastline where the sea is much calmer and you can either let the captain choose a bay for you or ask them to stop if you see somewhere you like.
And, as the boat trip is private, it’s up to you when you move on to another bay. Like us last year, if you find an empty or particularly quiet bay where the water is dead calm and crystal clear, why move on? You can opt to stay put all day if you like. Swimming, snorkelling, a bit of fishing, sunbathing, usually lots of eating (the food on a private boat trip is just fab!) and quite a bit of drinking.
We were lucky enough to be invited along with friends on a Blue Bays boat trip last week. We’ve done many in the past but hadn’t been on a private trip in just over a year. It was a long, relaxing, lazy day and these bays are somewhere we will never tire of.