The most important features that distinguish Göcek from other port cities are its calm bays and magnificent islands that decorate the sea. Göcek bays are colored with a mixture of green and blue. Its sea is always clear and calm. For yacht owners, Göcek is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey. Göcek awaits all travelers with its beautiful surroundings.
We would like to share with you the bays and islands that you must visit when you come to Göcek. Please note that there is much more in Göcek than we can share with you. There are many more alternatives for those with plenty of vacation time.
The real name of the bay is Taşyaka. The name was changed after the visit of the famous painter Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu in 1974. Eyüboğlu, who drew a picture of a fish on a large rock, is the main reason why this bay was named. This fish-like picture is not just a fish picture, it hides 6 animals in it. Bedri Rahmi actually depicted a unique piece of art here.
Due to its easily accessible location, this is one of the most popular places in Göcek.
It is a privilege to wake up in this beautiful bay. It is a wonderful feeling to swim with the sunrise in this bay, which has a smooth sea due to its geographical location. The sea is still warm in summer. This is one of the most beautiful bays around Göcek and Fethiye. It is possible to reach this lovely cove only by seaway. It is approximately one hour from Göcek and two hours from Fethiye.
The name of the bay comes from the famous Egyptian Goddess Cleopatra VII. According to the legend, Cleopatra stayed in this bay for a while during her many trips to Rome. Cleopatra is still known for her beauty and milk bath. Some ruins, which are said to be the hammam used by Cleopatra, are still in the bay. Although most of the ruins are under the sea, it is at the level that you can dive. Maybe you can find the beauty of Cleopatra yourself!
The reason why the bay is called Yavansu is that the water quality descending from the mountains is only suitable for watering the animals. This bay is also called Martı Bay because of the seagull mosaics on the shore. The hillsides are densely covered with pine and olive trees. The bay is easily recognizable by the picture of the big seagull on the beach. Yachts can be towed to Pier T from the back of the boat or anchored 10-15 meters on the east side of the bay.
The restaurant, which was here before, is closed and the pier seems to be in need of maintenance. Either freely anchor at 15 - 20 meters or land through one of the numerous orange barriers around the bay.
It is difficult to easily detect Göbün Bay from a distance. You can only see the bay through the clearing between steep cliffs. Large boats cannot enter this bay as there is little space for maneuvering. It has a depth of 5 to 7 meters and its base is sand. The west side of the bay is shallow. Under water, there are collapsed walls of ancient settlements. There is a low dock on the starboard side with room for several yachts. Boats can anchor in the middle and take a row at this dock. The restaurant has floating moorings and one pier can berth up to 40 boats. The area near the pier head is rocky. Owned by a diver from Kayaköy and his wife, the restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Göcek. Providing good food and service, the restaurant can generate electricity from solar panels.
Do not forget to go up before sunset for the magnificent view of Göcek Bay. The rugged but beautiful road takes you to the ruins from the Roman era.
Akvaryum Bay, one of the best diving areas in Turkey, is a protected area in recent years. It is a suitable diving site for both advanced and less experienced divers. It is a great choice for night diving.
There is something for everyone at Akvaryum Bay. Courses are available for all diving levels.
The dive starts from 150 meters on the left side of the bay. The most fertile areas are the rocky area and the edge of the wall, also known as the Aquarium Reef, where you will see interesting creatures clinging to the rocks.
Akvaryum Bay is home to octopuses, orange sea sponges, eels and even seahorses! If you are lucky, you may even come across Nudibranch. It is one of the best bays in Turkey. You can watch the dancing moray eels on your dive one night.
Merdivenli Bay derives its name from the fact that it houses a large natural cave with steep canyon walls and steps carved into the rock just outside the beach.
A 10-minute walk from the beach will take you to the small agricultural settlement of Merdivenli Bay. There is a small mosque in the region.