If you do not have time to enjoy a gulet ( blue voyage ) for few days, you can try one of the daily boat trips in Bodrum. Daily boat trips are available from Bodrum harbor or from any of the local beaches or harbors. They are arranged from every town on Bodrum Peninsula. Bodrum is an ideal starting point for exploring the whole Aegean coast. This one day boat trip will give you an idea about the Blue Voyage, world famous boat trips to unspoiled south western coastline Turkey.
You can join one of the daily tours following a set program or also you can rent boats for few hours, daily bases or longer periods of time. Many organized boat excursions with lunch included available but it doesn't include the extra drinks, most of these tour companies are similar and travel to the same destinations, alternatively people also make their own itinerates and choose to hire the own yacht charter with crew. Regular daily Boat trips always start 10:00 am and end 05:00 pm. Normally a modest lunch is served on the boat. Main course is mainly meatballs or fish, accompanied by salad or spaghetti or rice.
Most boats from Bodrum harbor sail either towards the Bay of Gokova or in the opposite direction along the Bodrum coastline passing the small bays as they go.
While soaking up the sun the boats are sailing towards Black Island ( Karaada ) to experience hot springs gushing out of a cave and orange mud to rub onto the skin. Then onto Ortakent Bay a pebble and sandy cove backed with beachfront restaurants.
The finale of the trip is to the Aquarium just accessible by boats, which are several small bays faced by a sheltering island which has created an area of such crystal clear waters with visible depths of 20 meters and natural beauty.
Seeing un spoilt areas rich in natural beauty and stopping of at various bays itís a photo opportunity not to missed.
Warning: In the high season (June-July-August), because of the loud music played on the boat these boats might be crowded and noisy. Do not forget to bring a lot of suntan lotion, a towel and additional swimming suits since the sun is very strong in Bodrum Region.