Adventures of the Turkish Coast
Trip Start May 20, 2012
6Trip End Jul 22, 2012
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We arrived in Bodrum to be welcomed by what seemed like everlasting pockets of bays, clear blue water,and sunshine. We spent the day lying at the beach, enjoying the Aegean’s salty, brisk water. After lounging in the sun we were greeted by our Turkey expert, Zafer. He is an experienced diver and has done some historic excavation, so he knows the country incredibly well and is a wealth of knowledge. Upon his arrival we headed out to the Underwater Archaeological museum in Bodrum, which resides in the castle that lies right in the middle of the harbor
The next day we headed out for a tour out on a boat that we had rented. This is where Zafer showed us some areas that the monk seal is known for inhabiting as we swam in the clearwaters of the Aegean. We were on the boat until lunchtime where we grabbed a quick lunch before taking a tour of the peninsula that Bodrum rests upon. From there we stopped at a few areas that have developed substantially in the past 20 years. We finally arrived at our destination where we waded our way to some ruins and swam for a few hours. After that we headed back to our hotel for dinner around the area, sat out on the beach once again and went out for a late night snack of döner.
The next morning we headed to Lake Bafa, which is a fresh water lake that was once salt, but was cut off from the Aegean due to silting as an effect from deforestation. Upon arrival at our bungalow-esque hotel, my roommate Nick and I were the last to receive our room key
Today we enjoyed a delicious traditional Turkish breakfast, had a short lecture and then headed off to Delik Peninsula National Park. The national park used to be owned by the Greeks and some of the villagers in the area, in the 1950’s the villagers donated their land and the park was erected. It was absolutely beautiful and extremely hot today. We swam for a bit, had a chance to read, and even saw some wild boars. We are now staying the night in Kusadasi, a larger town on the coast of the Aegean.
If you made it through all of that, I would be extremely impressed. I’ll probably be updating when we arrived to the Greek island of Lesbos, if not sooner!