The Best Beaches, Bays, and Coves to Explore by Boat in Turkey


Imagine turquoise-blue, crystal-clear water. The kind of water that looks all but otherworldly and almost too idyllic to be found on the same planet as morning traffic and cities strewn with skyscrapers. Luckily for us mere mortals, it truly exists and is even more beautiful in person than any photo could possibly capture.  


A charming, secluded beach in Datça bay. Photo by Cal Bailey @​Mountain Leon


For anyone who wants to experience stunning turquoise waters in person, the Aegean Sea is the perfect destination. The charming coast of Turkey is an ideal location to make memories on a shimmering sea with a backdrop that has witnessed thousands of years of rich history.  

The preeminent method for exploring the allure of the Aegean Turkish Coast is sailing. Whether it’s a yacht charter in Fethiye and Göcek, a boat rental in Marmaris, or  Bodrum boat trips, the splendor of the Turkish coast is best experienced from the sea itself.  

Once aboard a vessel, the coast is your oyster. While there are many things to do by boat in Turkey, exploring the many paradisal coves, bays, and beaches is difficult to beat.  

If you choose a yacht charter in Fethiye or Göcek you’ll soon discover that the attractions by boat are numerous. From Fethiye you can make your way towards Ölüdeniz and anchor in the Blue Lagoon. One of the most well known spots in Turkey, the lagoon is an excellent SCUBA dive site. In fact, there are a plethora of awe-inspiring beaches in Ölüdeniz. Butterfly Valley Beach is only accessible by boat and features a beautiful golden sand beach, located at the base of a mountain. Tranquil Kabak Bay is another wonderful option if you’re looking for a very laid-back atmosphere. If you fancy getting away from mainland Turkey, a yacht charter out of Fethiye can take you over to the nearby island of Tersane where you can anchor in one of the three small and secluded bays found around the island.


A beautiful beach near Ölüdeniz with crystal clear water to cool down in after a day of sunbathing.


Choosing a boat rental in Marmaris is another fantastic option for exploring the well-known sights located around Turkey or even some of the lesser-known hidden gems. There are many things to do by boat near Marmaris however, a particularly can’t-miss-it excursion is to Kaunos’ Iztuzu Beach. Not only is it a nesting site for loggerhead turtles, it is also home to ancient Lycian temples that were carved out of near-by cliffs. İçmeler Beach is one of the most popular beaches in the Marmaris region, and for good reason!  A haven for beach-goers and water-sport fanatics alike, the azure water is the ideal location for fun in the sun.


A scenic beach in Marmaris with striking scenery as far as the eye can see.


Last but not least is the jewel of the Turkish Aegean Sea, Bodrum. Try one of Sailo’s Bodrum boat trips that can take you to some of the most romantic and epic locations to be found in Turkey. While the whole of the Bodrum Peninsula is striking and exotic, the Bitez and Türbükü beaches have been favorites of the Turkish elite for a number of years. No Bodrum boat trip is complete without mooring in Knidos. Doing so places you in the perfect position to admire the ruins of an ancient Greek city complete with a theater, an agora, and temples of Apollo, Dionysus, and Aphrodite.  You can even take a hike up to the city if you’d like a closer look.  


The perfect place to moor your vessel before exploring the town.

The Turkish Coast has witnessed thousands of years of sailing in the Aegean Sea. Exploring Turkey’s beaches, coves, and bays aboard a sail boat (the same mode of transportation employed by the ancient Greeks and Romans) while witnessing striking scenery is an insurmountable experience.  

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