The Turkish Gullet - Oasis 2
Trip Start Mar 19, 2012
38Trip End Oct 01, 2012
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Busabout Sailing Boat
We gathered around the V-GO travel agency where we met with our group and then made our way to the boat. We got the run down of whats going on for the week and then rules etc for the boat from a British lady. We thought she was our tour guide but wasn't, apparently this tour is fairly new for Busabout and they are going to get a Busabout guide in the near future. Hmmm no tour guide? They did happen to have a booklet full of information such as an itinerary and history of each place we were visiting. The lady introduced us to our boat crew, a Turkish family. Mum, Dad, and son and daughter in their 20's. They didn't speak much English..... This will be an interesting trip! The boat took off out of the harbor and we went down the front of the boat to watch the view and also to meet the people on our boat. There were 13 of us on the boat, most of them Aussie (4 of us from Perth and the rest from Sydney) 1x kiwi (who was our new friend we met the night before, Sian) and a married couple from Turkey that live in Istanbul. We all got chatting about where we are from what we have been doing on our trips while enjoying a drink. The boat pulled up in a small cove around the Samanlik Bay where we were docked for the night. We all jumped into the beautiful blue water for a swim. The crew started to prepare dinner, fresh whole fish cooked on their little Turkish BBQs. The food was amazing, fresh fish, yummy salads, fresh bread, and fruit platters. Wow this was great, what is the rest of the week going to be like?
The cabins we had on the boat were quite small but enough room for both of us, we would have enjoyed it if it was cool enough to sleep in them. We only had two small windows and with every evening not having enough breeze to get through to the room it was too warm to sleep in there. Most of the people on the boat slept at the top on the sun mattresses. It was actually quite nice sleeping on the top as it was much cooler and we could look up at the stars. The boat only had a little sway as the water was still so it would rock you to sleep.
We had to travel a fair bit and more out on the open ocean on our first day, we had a bit of a swell. I had taken some travel sickness tablets the night before and that morning but the swell got to me. This was the first time I have ever been sea sick. Not fun! Once we pulled up at Butterfly Valley in the cove the swell was gone and after a swim I was feeling back to normal. We swam to the shore to check out the butterfly's, apparently this bay has 136 different varieties of butterfly's but only saw a few. We swam back to the boat for lunch (again more awesome homemade turkish cuisine) and we made our way to stop at Blue Lagoon for the night which was another beautiful swimming spot.
The next morning it was quite warm so jumped into the lovely clear blue water for a swim....ahhhh we could get use to doing this every morning. We had breakfast here, the traditional Turkish breakfast is sliced tomato, sliced cucumber, fresh bread, honey, sliced cheeses, sliced paloney/ sausage and boiled eggs. This is what we ate everyday in Turkey! The watermelon in turkey is THE best I have ever tasted!
We stopped at St Nicholas Island in the afternoon for a swim and a chance to get onto the island to check out the old ruins where they believe St Nicholas' tomb is. The islands around us were busy with a few other busabout boats and other daily tour boats. This island is where we experienced all the little boats which tried to sell ice creams, jewelry, and a lady that hand rolled out gozleme and cooked them on their boat and passed them up to us. All of us loved this, ordering banana and nutella or spinch and cheese gozlemes... Yum! There were also Turkish guys on jet skis and little boats with sea biscuits and wake boards driving around to get people to pay to use their water sport equipment. One guy in particular was hilarious! He was standing at the end of the boat yelling out 'This is ammmmazzzing, you can do it!' while shaking his belly and making some cool hand movements. For the rest of this trip we all quoted the 'amazing' guy and would reenact his weird moves. Some of the group did some jet skiing while Dan and I and the couple (Tolga and Cecilia) from Istanbul went to the island and walked around the old ruins to the top of the hill. We had a great view of all the islands around us.
We stopped at a small town for a few hours called Kas, this was as far as the boat would reach along the coast but would stop at different bays and towns on the way back to Fethiye. Kas was a where we could get more supplies and some wifi. We had a drink with our new aussie friends on the boat Steve & Lydia and made use of the wifi. Our boat crew bought us some Baklava (pastry dessert filled with crushed pictasios and sugar syrup) for afternoon tea.... So yummy!
We pulled up at Smugglers Cove for the night and our crew member Jamil (we all called him jimmy) said 'ok we here for night and taxi boat pick you up at 11pm for party island'. Sounds like its party night! I was coming down with the flu having a sore throat and running nose so dosed up on cold n flu before ending out. The little taxi boat arrived and we all jumped on and drove around the cove where we could here music pumping. The boat pulls up and we have arrived at Smugglers Inn, at Pirate Island. We could see this little open wooden hut with people dancing in it. We jumped off and all head inside to get a drink. This place was so steamy and hot! Dan ordered us a drink each and the bar tender says 'I owe you 5 lira!', Dans says 'nah just give me another drink instead!'. We found out from our friends from the boat the bar tender was giving out wrong change. One guy said to the bar tender you owe me 5 lira and he got 10 lira back. They are a bit chilled back here! We are all dancing while one of the girls from our boat makes friends with the dj. Now this dj is like back in the 90's using CDs! Our friend from the boat takes over and plays some old classics as well as some good doof doof tunes. We are all dancing while trying to avoid the holes in the wooden floor. The dance floor was full of people dancing that the wooden floor was moving and felt like it was going to give way! We moved our dancing outside to escape the sweat box and enjoyed the rest of the night with our new friends. We get the taxi boat home and tell them our boat name, they use a torch to flash the boat to check which is ours and drops us off. That was a different experience!
We visited Simena for a swim and Dan and I get dropped off on the island for a look around. Our Turkish friend on the boat Tolga was our Turkish translator as well as the rest of the trip. We stopped at a little hut where this old lady lives, she was selling handmade jewellery so bought a bracelet from her. She didn't speak English so Tolga translated everything for us. Turns out this lady has lived in this house since she was born and she was in her 60's and her mother was also born here too and she was still alive in her late 90's. The lady cut up some prickly pear cactus fruit for Dan to try. It was different! We had lunch back on the boat and then we set off to check out the sunken city. Your not allowed to dive or snorkel around it. You could see a little bit of it in the shallow water and also some of the old ruins along the hills that went for 1-2kms long. We parked up in a little secluded bay, which we had all to ourselves, for a swim and to stay the night.
We visited another town where most of us got off the boat to check out the old ruins and amphitheater which was really cool. Our Turkish friend Tolga wanted us to try the Turkish burnt milk ice cream which was actually really yummy.
It was very relaxing on the boat, lots of swimming and sun baking. There were 5 people reading 50 Shades of Grey, I need to get my hands on this book when I'm back sounds really good!
We stopped at another lovely town called Kalkan, this one was our favorite. It had cute little shops and cafes and there was a nice little beach to swim at too. We stopped the night at a sheltered bay surrounded by pine clad ridges. Enjoyed some more swimming, snorkeling and drinking.
We stopped at a few more swimming spots before heading back to Fethiye for the night. After dinner we all headed into town to have a few drinks and watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony. The next morning after breakfast we all said our goodbyes. We had such a great week and made some lovely friends. It was sad to say goodbye to our awesome boat crew as well as we all became friends too!
Dan and I stayed in Fethiye for another night. We met up with Sian, Steve and Lydia from our boat that night to check out the fish market. We picked out our fresh prawns at the market and then the restaurant across from the market cooks them for us, really good!
Next destination is Bodrum.