When you turn around Cape Kurtoglu, on
your way from Marmaris, you enter into the Gulf of Fethiye which is one of
the most beautiful gulfs in the world. There are 12 islands, both small
and large, and many inlets each more beautiful than the other in this gulf
situated between the capes of Kurtoglu and Iblis and covered with forests.
The inlets and islands which are ideal shelters for yachts, can be reached
by means of boats that start from Fethiye and Göcek for daily excursions.
These extremely beautiful inlets will make you have a very good time here.
The first island near Fethiye in the gulf is the one named Sövalye Adasi
(Knight's Island). The island succeeding it, is Kizilada (the Red Island).
In the north, there are the islands of Deliktas and Tavsan. The island of
Katrancik is located opposite the inlet named Küçük Kargi Koyu and the
Island of Göcek is located opposite the village Göcek. The islands called
Yassica Adalari are to the south of the Island of Göcek and in the south
there is the Island of Haci Halil and the small island near it, is called
The largest islands in the gulf of Fethiye, namely the Islands of Tersane
and Domuz, are near the peninsula. The inlets and islands in the west
coast of the gulf of Fethiye, have been worked out almost like lacework by
nature. This part of the gulf is more interesting owing to its verdure and
exquisite inlets. There are many inlets surrounded by green forests on the
eastern shores of the Gulf of Fethiye, similar to the ones on the opposite
shores. The inlets of Katranci, Küçük Kargi and Inlice are situated here.
You can reach these inlets by land too and there are forest camps in them.
Göcek, which was developed owing to the yacht harbors built during recent
years in the extreme north of the gulf, is the only place of habitation in
the gulf. Therefore, the inlets in the gulf are also called the inlets of
The Inlet of Çiftlik (Farm Inlet) is the nearest one to Göcek and the
Inlet of Doruklu is located adjacent to it and, when you turn around Cape
Ince you reach the Inlet of Günlüklü which is adorned with liquidambar
trees and has a fountain in it. Following these, At Bükü, Boynuz Bükü,
Bedri Rahmi and Siralibük are the inlets that come into sight in all their
magnificent appearance. The inlet immediately adjacent to the cape called
Martin Burnu is named Dipbay. The inlets of Large and Small Sarsala,
Manastir, Çamli Koy, Merdivenli Koy and the last inlet in the gulf named
G6bun Koyu are all located after it. This beautiful gulf had been
discovered by ancient people during the Antique Age and they had settled
here before we did and enjoyed these beauties. The antique city of Lydae,
above the harbor Aga Limani in the south of the Peninsula of Kapidag, is
one of these. You can reach here by walking from the inlets of Aga or
In the locality called Kizilagaç, south of the Lake Kargin, there is
another antique city which was named Lissa, as can be inferred by studying
the epitaphs, but there isn't anything much left of this city now. One of
the ancient writers, Pliny, had written about this city where there is an
acropolis with a wall made of regular stones in it and also an epitaph on
the southern face of this wall. The Lycian rock tombs of the antique city
of Crya above the inlet of Bedri Rahmi, formerly called Taçyaka, can be
seen in the inlet. The Lycians who lived in a wide region extending from
the Stream of Dalaman to Phaselis near Antalya, had carved on the rocks
the models of their deceased people's houses, as a sign of respect to
them. We see these tombs in Fethiye, Tlos, Pinara, Xanthos, Sura, Kekova,
Myra, Kas, Limyra and other Lycian cities. We also come across a great
number of sarcophagi, called the Lycian-type sarcophagi, in these cities
and other Lycian cities. Some ruined remains are also seen on the islands
and in the inlets.
There are some Byzantine remains on the island of Tersane, formerly called
Telandria, which are not very important. The Greek people who lived here,
left the island during the exchange of populations effected after World
War 1. Although the ruins seen on the island belong to a recent date, it
is known that a habitation had existed at an earlier date too. The remains
of quays and of submerged buildings found in the water west of the Island
of Göcek, indicate that people had lived here in the past. You must be
very careful when you pass between the islands called Yassica Adalar
because there are the remains of ruined walls in the sea. There are the
remains of a bridge in the narrowest part of the west side of the island
named Seytan Ada; it used to serve as a passage to the island of Haci
Halil in the past.
There are many unknown dangerous points within the Gulf of Fethiye. A new
ship is stranded in the shallows here every year. One of these shallows is
in the exit of Göcek on the right hand side at a distance of 100 m. from
the front of the farm camp. The second dangerous point is a shallow
between Boynuz Bükü and Yassicalar, in the direction of 150 m towards
Göcek and it cannot be seen. This point is shown by means of a sign buoy.
Another dangerous point is the shallow in the northwest of the island of
Haci Halil. You need to pass at a distance 100 or 200 m. from this point.
Moreover, the zone amongst Yassica Adalar is also shallow and it is not
possible for every type of ship to pass through here. There is rocky place
at a depth of 4.5 meters under the sea near the rock named 12, which is
situated two knots east of the island of Tersane. The sailships that don't
want to enter the Gulf of Fethiye after having passed around Cape
Kurtoglu, can pass the night in the inlet of Kizilkuyruk. The inlet is
closed to the West and Southwest winds and there is a small beach in it.
Let's pass between Domuz Adasi and the peninsula and drop anchor in one of
the beautiful inlets of Fethiye. Or let's go directly to Göcek and obtain
our necessities there and then start on our dreamlike voyage in the inlets