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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…

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

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.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

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.

Busabout Sail Turkey Photo Essay

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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46 Comments

  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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Hammock vs Tent Camping

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Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.

In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!

Weatherproof

Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.

Packing up your hammock after a long night of rain isn’t too bad, whereas packing up a soaking wet tent is always annoying. You almost always get wet in the process.

Setup

For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.

Essentially, a tent is simple, but a hammock can become a little more complicated for first timers. You’ll need to find 2 trees facing a good direction and tie each end of the hammock to them. If your hammock setup is too tight, you will generally wake up with sore ancles, but if it’s too loose, you run the risk of the hammock touching the floor, and insects crawling in with you.

If your campground doesn’t have many trees, or if the trees are dead (they could break and injure you), hammock stands come to the rescue! Basically, hammock stands allow you to pitch a hammock if there are no trees nearby. They are portable, adjustable, and are easy to setup. The only drawback is that the ground should be relatively flat, whereas if you were to hang a hammock between 2 trees, there won’t be any stands touching the ground, so a rocky floor wouldn’t be a problem.

Comfort

One of the main reasons for choosing a hammock is the comfort that it provides you! It has a basically has in-built seat which is arguably more comfortable than a standard blow up mattress. You need to pick your tree’s wisely though! You don’t want a pinecone falling on your face mid-sleep.

If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.

Price

Hammocks are usually lighter and don’t include a wealth of poles and gear that tents do. Depending on the type of hammock that you purchase, they are usually quite similar to tents. You can however, find very cheap tents <$60, but they most likely won’t last long.

A good tent or hammock can cost between $200-500 without accessories. If you need a hammock stand, that will add to your cost, just like a mattress and other tent necessities will to its cost.

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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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