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Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

Our photos from our Busabout Sail Turkey cruise and what was arguably the most relaxing 8 days/7 nights of all of our adventure travels to date.

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We just returned from what can only be described as the most relaxing 8 days of our lives on the first ever Busabout Sail Turkey adventure cruise. Hopefully you can get a sense of what we were up to from our photo essay below. Enjoy…

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Sunset on our Busabout Sail Turkey Cruise

Not only was it Busabout’s first ever Sail Turkey cruise but it was also our first travel adventure to Turkey as well. So after being emotionally drained during the ANZAC Day commemorations around Gallipoli we needed a holiday. And what better way to relax than on a traditional Turkish Sailing Gulet?

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

For 8 days and 7 nights we cruised the beautiful and refreshing crystal clear waters in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern shores with Busabout Sail Turkey with 18 other lucky passengers.

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We swam everyday on our Busabout Sail Turkey cruise

By day we swam and snorkelled. Or jumped off the towering cliffs into the plunging waters. And even though it was only the end of April the water was warm enough that we could spend at least 30 minutes cooling off under the hot Turkish sun.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

If we were not sunning ourselves on the deck of the boats then we would be exploring the cultural offerings that Turkey has in abundance. Whether it was the ruins of the sunken villages, ancient Kings Tombs and the old Castle overlooking the small village of Kaleköy (Simena in ancient Lycian).

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One of the many beautiful scenes on Simena Island

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Our Busabout Sail Turkey boat moored at Simena Island

Or hiking and climbing up to the ice cold glacial waterfalls carving through the quiet and serene Butterfly Valley in Turkey.

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Pulling into Butterfly Valley on the Busabout Sail Turkey cruise

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Our days could not be better.

Luckily the evenings were just as good, if not better. Hours were spent sitting onboard the Busabout Sail Turkey Gulets with a beer (Efes is delicious) or a wine in hand. Our only cares were watching as the sky changed from royal blue into amazing reds, oranges and yellows as the sun set on each glorious day.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

The nights would either be spent playing copious amounts of backgammon and card games on the decks. Or we would consume a few too many Efes and end up partying the night away with the other Sail Turkey boats in remote bars like in Smugglers Cove below.

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Unfortunately like all good things, our Busabout Sail Turkey cruise had to come to an end.

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Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the Busabout 8 Day Sail Turkey trip, however, as always our thoughts here our own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Natalie

    May 7, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Brilliant. Can not believe you climbed up to the castle at Simena – I took one look at the height and bottled it!! You had a great view from there though

    • Cole Burmester

      May 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      It was beautiful up there! Make sure next time you visit you head up Natalie 🙂

  2. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    May 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Looks awesome! I did a 3-day cruise there years ago with another company and loved it as well. Although 8-days would have been so much better.

  3. Anne Mackle

    May 7, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Gorgeous photos. I have made this the headline news of my Paper li. Cassam’s is anyone there news.

  4. bronwen burmester

    May 7, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    MMMMmm looks so fabulous, any crays? Are the sunken cities actually below the water and you snorkel them? How deep?

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      Most of the time we were parked in 10m – 20m of water and actually not even that much fish life around let alone crays! And nope not allowed to snorkel the ruins just spot them as we drove past.

  5. Sophie

    May 7, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Sounds like a wonderful experience. You really captured the beautiful landscape, too.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      It wasn’t hard to capture the beauty when it looks like that Sophie 😉

  6. Jeff Dobbins

    May 7, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Wow. This is very high on my travel list, and this post makes it hard not to head for the airport. Thanks for the vicarious escape.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      No problem Jeff! If you want to do Sail Turkey then definitely cannot fault Busabout 🙂

  7. dtravelsround

    May 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Oh, Effes!! Yum!!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

      They have quickly become one of my favourite beers. Although that could be because of where we were drinking them every day haha

  8. Ali

    May 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Gorgeous photos! I loved Turkey when I was there last month, would be great to see more of the beautiful country. Glad you had a good time on the sailing trip!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM

      Where did you go on your trip Ali? We need to go explore more mainland Turkey now!

      • Ali

        May 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Selcuk/Ephesus, Pamukkale. My favorites were Istanbul and Selcuk/Ephesus. Izmir was cool too, we just weren’t there long.

        • Cole Burmester

          May 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

          We really missed out on seeing so many places! Definitely locking in another trip there sometime next summer I think 🙂 Thanks!

  9. Ayngelina

    May 8, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    If I didn’t want to go badly enough to Turkey before, this definitely tips the scale.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      Haha sorry Ayngelina 🙂 We are definitely going to go back and explore mainland Turkey next time so hopefully see you there!

  10. Angela

    May 9, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    Great photo essay, the first shot is stunning!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      I am glad we managed to do the scenery just a little bit of justice! Was one of the best weeks we have had so far on our travels.

  11. A Montrealer Abroad

    May 9, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Wow, it must have been an amazing experience! Not sure my sea-sickness would have enjoyed it, but it sure looks like you made the best out of it 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Fortunately they stick to all the coves and you don’t really get too far out to sea so I am sure your sea-sickness would be fine 🙂

  12. Jarmo

    May 9, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Cruises on such small boats are awesome, and spending a week on one! You guys are so lucky!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 10, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Highly recommend it Jarmo! And WAY cheaper than Sail Croatia.

  13. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    May 11, 2012 at 1:35 AM

    So many boats! Kali has a love affair with boats so I sent him this post, and he freaked out a little. =P

    • Cole Burmester

      May 11, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Haha awesome. You guys should really do it. It is so much fun!

  14. AlexBerger

    May 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Ahhh! Turkey! Brings back great memories. Looks like you had fantastic weather.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 15, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      It was brilliant weather. I think only one day was overcast which was a bit of a blessing so we could get some respite from the sun!

  15. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    May 17, 2012 at 3:59 AM

    This looks amazing. I would love to hike up to the waterfalls — or, I’d also be content to just sit and relax on the beach for once. Glad you guys seem to be having fun and also getting to relax as well.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 17, 2012 at 10:04 AM

      Heading up the Butterfly Valley was definitely one of the highlights and we need to write up a whole post on it soon! Was definitely one of the best holidays we have ever done too 🙂

  16. Amanda

    May 26, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Looks like an awesome trip!

  17. Traveltime

    June 12, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Hey there,
    what type of crowd was on board the busabout adventure, and was it a bit less of a party trip than say Greece and Croatia, or a whole lot less?
    As a 19 year old, just curious because the scenery aspect looks incredible from your photo journal!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Thanks for getting in touch mate. There was a range on our boat from 20 right through to 29. But everyone got on really well and although we enjoyed a fair few drinks we didn’t get as out of control as I think Greece and Croatia are. In saying that, the other boat travelling with us partied harder than we did so there is always a few that do!

      • Traveltime

        June 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        Cheers mate,
        Ended up choosing Croatia simply because the flights to/from Split and Dubrovnik were alot cheaper than Istanbul, making the overall costs around the same.
        Will certainly look at the Turkey Sail on my next visit to Europe though, I just can’t get over how good your photos look!

        • Cole Burmester

          June 23, 2012 at 7:03 AM

          Fair enough choosing the cheap option! Loved Sail Turkey but heard good things about Sail Croatia as well. Hope you enjoy it and let us know how you get on 🙂

  18. Chrystal McKay

    June 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    This looks incredible – I want to take this cruise! Great photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 23, 2012 at 7:08 AM

      Cheers Chrystal! Are you visiting Turkey any time soon? Loved your Venice post by the way. Headed there in another week 🙂

      • Chrystal McKay

        June 23, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        I have no immediate plans to visit Turkey – but Hopefully I can get there sometime later this year while en route to Australia for next February. Its cheaper for me to connect through Istanbul from Canada so I might as well lay over for 2 months right? haha

        • Cole Burmester

          June 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM

          Definitely stay for 2 months! You could see so much of Turkey in that time! Do it 🙂

  19. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    June 26, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    We love small sailing trips like this one and had a great experience on a 20 passenger boat in the Galapagos. The water in Turkey looks a lot warmer though!

    • Cole Burmester

      June 30, 2012 at 8:05 AM

      Water was warm but the Galapagos Islands would be something else!

  20. Daisy de Plume

    July 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    We were just in Turkey in May as well and were struck with how incredibly sweet they were with our 18 month old baby. In Greece they were sweet with Storsh because they wanted to sell us something, but in Turkey they didn’t necessarily care about us, but they adored the baby. An added plus to a gorgeous country!

    Thanks for your photo essay – you have some really lovely shots!

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Tips for Planning Your Uluru Tour

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Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the magnificent sandstone of Ayers Rock or Uluru stands tall at 1,142 feet above ground. The natural formation is widely known for being one of the most sacred places to the indigineous peoples in Australia. At the same time, it is also popular for attracting tourists from all over the world to the land down under.

If you want to visit Uluru in order to pay tribute to this wonder of nature, then doing so through the right tour is in your best interest. It’s not only because Uluru is located at least a few hours from civilization, but it also because such a tour allows you to enjoy the picturesque sights that come along the way within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

So what sights are there to see along the way and what other general tours suggestions you should keep in mind while visiting Uluru? To help you answer these and some other important questions, here are 5 top tips to keep in mind while visiting Uluru.

Don’t Climb the Monolith

First things first, while it is legal to climb atop Uluru, it is recommended that you do not attempt such an action in order to show your respect to the indigenous peoples.

It is a pretty easy rule to follow when you pay attention to the emotions of the indigenous tribes who have recommended time and again for people to not climb Uluru.

But that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the natural beauty that Uluru has to offer. In fact, you are encouraged to visit the sandstone and take in its natural glory by standing right beside the formation. That’s why 4WD tour is highly recommended. The tour guides would be able to tell you what you can and can not do.

Visit During Sunset

Ask anyone who has visited Uluru about the best time to see the formation, and you will instantly get the answer as “sunset.”

It’s because Uluru is not an ordinary monolith, but one that is formed through arkosic sandstone. This allows the rock to actually change its color according to the position of the sun. As a result, you can expect the formation to sport a different color depending upon what time of day you reach it.

At sunset, Uluru projects an amber glow that is surreal to take in, especially when you are seeing the formation in person for the very first time. That’s why, it is recommended that you time your trip in a way that allows you to experience this magnificent sight.

3. Take Your Time to Plan the Trip

Perhaps the best way to visit Uluru is through the nearby town of Alice Springs, which has various amenities and accommodation options for tourists who are making their way to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The drive from Alice Springs to Uluru can take around 5 hours, which is why it is recommended that you arrive at least a day before you are planning to tour Uluru.

This way, you can reach the national park while feeling fresh and rested. This also gives you time to plan longer trips to the park in order to enjoy all that it has to offer.

4. Take in the Sight of the Rock Art

Uluru is not just a wonder to look at by itself, but it also holds several little pieces of wonderful art within it.

The caves at the bottom of the formation hold several pieces of rock art that can only be found at Uluru. If you love learning about other cultures through their art, then this will be a must visit.

Just make sure that you take the time to learn about this art through a local tour guide or via the information provided within these exhibits. This ensures that you have an immersive and informative experience which you can remember for a long time.

5. Don’t Forget the Natural Attractions Around the Rock

Enjoying the breathtaking sight of Uluru sounds rewarding enough for a trip to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. But it’s not all that you can do during a tour of Uluru.

From seeing the red kangaroos and other marsupials to spending some time with the camels, and from seeing the one of a kind formations of Kata Tjuta to taking a walk by the Valley of the Winds, there’s so much to see and do around Uluru.

That is why, it is recommended that you take your time at the park and put aside at least two days to enjoy all of the unique activities that the area has to offer. It would give you a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life while also allowing you to make the most out of your long journey to the sandstone.

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Best Time to Visit Panama and Costa Rica

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The fact that Costa Rica and Panama are close makes both countries perfect for visiting. During your holiday there, it’s easy to travel back and forth between the two countries and enjoy all the wonders they have to offer. Keep in mind that the timing of your holiday will influence what sorts of sites you can visit and what activities you can make part of your plans. By understanding a little about what to expect, it’s easy to determine the best time of year to visit both countries, based on what you would like to do.

Learning More About the Dry and Rainy Seasons

If you’re the type who prefers the hustle and bustle that comes with holidays during the tourist season, plan on being in Costa Rica and Panama during what’s known as the dry season. Expect plenty of sunshine and warm weather during this part of the year. Many of your activities will be outdoors, although you will find a number of indoor sites that you will want to include in your plans.

The dry seasons in both countries overlap. The dry weather for both typically arrives during the first to the middle part of December. In Costa Rica, the dry season usually lingers until sometime in April. Panama enjoys a slightly shorter dry season, with it usually ending sometime in March.

Keep in mind that since this dry period is the height of the tourist season, the cost of visiting from December to April will be higher than at other times of the year. Even so, if your plans include spending a lot of time exploring the rain forests or soaking in the rays on one or more of the beautiful beaches, the dry season is the only time to consider.

Making the Most of the Dry Seasons

During the dry season in both nations, do expect the weather to be more humid and the day temperatures to be a little higher. There is some variance depending on which regions you plan on visiting. As a general rule, locations nearer the coast will include warmer weather and higher levels of humidity. By contrast, the more mountainous areas will offer slightly cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels.

During this time, do plan on enjoying the lush greenery found in the rain forests. During much of the dry season, the abundance of rain from what’s known as the rainy or green season ensures that the forests are at their best. Consider adding some variety to your holiday by spending time at the beach, soaking in the nightlife along the coast, and doing some shopping at many of the open air districts. This is also the perfect timing to enjoy some of the local cuisine while dining outside.

There are special events to celebrate during the dry season. President’s Day in Costa Rica occurs during this period. Along with locals, you can enjoy a number of celebrations, open-air festivals, and just about any type of entertainment that one can imagine.

Since the dry season does attract more tourists, it pays to book your lodgings in advance. Along with President’s Day, there’s also spring break and the Easter Season to consider. While you could look at different hotels and other properties near beaches, there are also hostels that make perfect places to sleep. After all, how much time do you plan on spending indoors when there’s so much to do?

Things to Do During the Rainy Seasons

In spite of the name, it isn’t always raining during the rainy or green season. Most days, there will be brief periods of sunshine that do allow you to spend some time at the beach and other outdoor venues. Do expect the evenings to be cooler. At times, the temperature may make wearing long sleeves or possibly a sweater a good idea.

Even if you’re out and about while it’s raining, there are plenty of things to see. Towns and cities in both nations offer indoor concerts, a number of restaurants catering to all sorts of tastes, and clubs and other settings for entertainment. You will find museums that will tell you more about the history of indigenous peoples and the complexity of their cultures.

What are some of the activities you can enjoy during this time of year? Both Costa Rica and Panama offer options to go horseback riding. Generally, this will happen during the morning when the sun is most likely to be out. Walking tours are also a great way to learn more about the culture and possibly find some interesting places that you will want to return to a little later. Don’t overlook the opportunity to get in some fishing when there’s a sunny morning coming your way. There are changes to engage in freshwater fishing as well as charter boats that will take you to some of the better places to enjoy salt-water fishing.

Coffee and rum tours are also something to consider during the rainy season. These tours allow you the opportunity to see different facilities and how they produce their products. As a bonus, you get to enjoy some taste-testing at many of the places that you visit along the tour. Some of the sites will also have bistros or restaurants included, allowing you to enjoy a nice meal or snack with your coffee or rum.

In terms of museums to visit, San Jose offers some of the most interesting museums in Costa Rica. Many of them are located in or adjacent to what’s known as the Central Market. It’s a great way to enjoy time indoors during the rainy afternoons and early evenings.

In Panama, check out the Panama Canal Museum in Casco Viejo. You can make use of headphones that offer the guided tour in multiple languages. If you happen to be proficient in Spanish, feel free to check out each exhibit on your own. You can also check out the Biodiversity Museum, which features exhibits on the over 1,000 species of animals and plants that are found in the country. Make the most of the discounts offered on Sundays. Retirees also get to enjoy discounts when visiting these museums.

Which season is the best time to visit Costa Rica and Panama? It’s really up to you. For those who prefer a slower pace and don’t mind rain during the afternoons and evenings, the raining season is ideal. Those who thrive on activity, sunshine, and plenty of tourist activities will enjoy going during the dry season. Whatever your choice, plan on coming back a second time. It’s rare for anyone to see everything they want to see during a single holiday.

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Most Underrated Travel Destinations

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Everyone knows about Paris and Rome and London but there are so many other beautiful travel destinations that are amazingly underrated. The fact that so many beautiful countries go unexplored by travelers is a tragedy. Not only because so many people are missing out on rich cultures and picturesque views, but also because a lot of these destinations tend to be a lot cheaper to travel to than popular cities. 

A majority of Americans, when asked about traveling abroad, will likely shake their head and say they can’t afford such trips. Many people deal with multiple monthly bills, such as mortgage or rent, student loans, and title loans, which are all stress inducing. 

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are gorgeous, underrated foreign cities one can visit for a fraction of the price of touristy European cities. Forbes recently published a collection of the ten most underrated destinations you should consider visiting. 

Here are a few of them:

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is known for its magnificent sights of Mount Ararat, historical monasteries, and its many striking temple ruins. Armenian cuisine is other worldly with classic dishes like rabbit stew, sautéed eggplant rolls, and lamb tartare. 

Telč, Czechia

Telč is a colorful town with Italian influences in Czechia. It boasts of Baroque-Renaissance architecture and has a castle of its own with exciting tunnels and passageways that you can explore underneath the town.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile and features gorgeous architecture from the neoclassical era. There are towering cathedrals and, of course, plenty of quality Chilean wine. Plus, the city of Santiago is a great place to kick off your exploration of Chile’s wine country. 

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is often ignored due to the popular neighboring city of Amsterdam, but it is a bastion of underground music and street art. The architecture is strikingly modern since the city was heavily bombed during World War II and thus had to be rebuilt from the ground up. The city is filled to the brim with amazing cuisine and museums.

Lagos, Nigeria

If you are looking for a big city destination, Lagos is a metropolis that has plenty to see and do so that you’ll never be bored. And whenever you need a break from the urban marketplaces, private beaches are just a short drive away.

Con Dao, Vietnam

Con Dao is a Southeast Asian island that makes an excellent beach destination with two resorts and tons of fascinating history. Once host to a brutal French prison, the island is also home to the tomb of the Vietnamese martyr Vo Thi Sau. 

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

This is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay dating back to the 17th century. The city has a vibrantly decorated historic quarter and a three-century-old convent. It’s also only a short trip away from the bigger city of Montevideo.

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