If your bucket list is anything like ours, swimming with turtles in Turkey’s crystal clear waters with ancient ruins nearby, will be somewhere on that list! And what better way to explore the coast than on a V-GO Sail Turkey Cruise, with more than a dozen new friends and a great crew!
V-Go Sail Turkey cruise – Fethiye to Kekova in 8 days
We arrived at the V-GO office in Fethiye at 4pm and as expected, could hear a high majority of Australian accents. However, we were pleasantly surprised to also discover a large group of kiwis (New Zealanders) plus a few Italians. It was V-GO’s biggest week ever, with over 90 people getting on board 5 boats and setting out for 8 days of sailing! A lot of the tourists had booked through V-Go’s partner Busabout, and we were all looking forward to the week ahead.
With no idea as to the size of our boat or of what to expect, I was wowed as I clambered aboard the large, 26m dark wooden Gulet (sailing boat) and was shown to our room with a double bed and ensuite. However, I did not admire the room for long, as being peak season, the temperature was also peaking somewhere above 30 degrees.
We quickly began making friends and as there were 19 of us on board, there were a lot of names to learn. Our tour leader Ekin, with his impressive moustache was the easiest to remember. Because, as he pointed out – his name was Nike spelt backwards! Ekin was extremely helpful, keeping us all informed about what activites were available, playing his ukulele to us, plus we even convinced him to show us our path on a proper map!
What gear is supplied by V-Go Sail Turkey?
We felt ridiculous, lugging our large bags on board. All we really needed was togs (bathers), towel, sunnies, sunblock and jandals! V-GO supplied shower towels, bedding (which, due to the heat we used for sleeping on the deck under the stars each night), snorkels, flippers and foam noodles for swimming. Some of the boats even had stand up paddle boards and kayaks.
V-Go Sail Turkey Meals and Desserts
All meals are prepaid for and included in the trip. However, you will need to pay for any drinks you consume on the boat eg a beer is 9TL. Our desserts were amazing and certainly not the norm. We were extremely spoilt by Captain Sunny whose hidden talent is also designing desserts made of fruit!
Our favourite swimming and snorkelling locations with V-Go Sail Turkey
Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz): Here everyone was very quick to jump into the water. Just be careful of your cameras, sunnies and any loose items as the water is fairly deep and unless you have a free diving friend on board (like Moss), you will never see your beloved possessions again. While we were there, Moss became a treasure hunter and found Turkish money, some snorkels, deck chairs, a watch, bracelet and a go pro!!
Shark statue bay: This is not the bay’s actual name, however the location will be obvious once you see it. There is a concrete shark just over 7 meters underwater, plus there were turtles swimming about which was awesome to see! However, Moss noticed one turtle behaving a bit too friendly and discovered fishing line tangled around its fins and neck. At that moment Moss gained his new nickname – Moss Grilles (after Bear Grilles) and caught the turtle so the fishing line could be cut free.
Sunken City Bay near Kekova Island: After playing cards and having drinks as we motored to our overnight destination we then proceeded to have party in the water. The water was crystal clear and the perfect temperature! (Note: we made sure no litter was left behind, hope you will do the same!)
V-Go Sail Turkey Day excursions
On most of the days, extra activities are on offer for an additional cost. Plus, our V-Go boat was often approached by locals offering sea biscuiting, and items for sale such as ice creams and jewellery.
- Waterfall at Butterfly Valley: Once the boat has anchored in the bay, everyone has the option of paying 5TL each and venturing on a short walk of less than 15 minutes to the waterfall. If you are game enough (and strong enough) there is also a rope leading up the cliff next to the waterfall which enables you to climb even higher and to see a lot of butterflies. For more details you can read about Coles Butterfly Valley Adventure a few years ago.
- St. Nicholas Island (Santas Island): In the evening you can pay 8TL per person to explore the ruins, walk to the top of the Island and watch the sunset.
- Paragliding at the Blue Lagoon (Oludeniz): You can go paragliding off the top of the hill which is nearly 2000m (6000ft) high. It costs 225TL per person. Paragliding photos cost 80TL and the videos cost 80TL, however, if you want both they will cost 140TL. Please note that most pilots do not let you use your own camera during the gliding. Tip: Take your camera and money with you. That way if you are like us and refuse to pay for photos that you could have easily taken yourself then at least you will get some of your own pictures before take off, plus if you do as many spins and flips as I did, you will be wanting an ice cream to sweeten your stomach at the finish 🙂
- Simena Castle: A few of us braved the heat and paid the 10TL entry to the castle. The views from the top were amazing and certainly worth the sweat! Plus the path leading to the Castle has lots of women and children selling bracelets and items they have made, and yes I got sucked in and purchased some from a cute little girl!
More towns and attractions we visited with V-Go
As well as all the amazing snorkelling locations and day excursions, we also visited Tarzan Bay where all the boys swung from a rope – like Tarzan! We also stopped in at a couple of towns including Kalkan, Demre and Kas, plus we motored past the Sunken City and Pirate Cave as unfortunately swimming is not allowed.
Putting up the sails with V-Go Sail Turkey
Unfortunately, sailing is not a huge part of the trip but we did sail long enough to get a photo!
The V-Go Sail Turkey Pirate Party
The pirate party took place at Smugglers Inn in Gokkaya Bay. Everyone improvised with what ever sailor/ pirate themed clothes they happened to have and it was a great night! Entrance to the party was free and it was great to mingle with all the other V-Go/Busabout boats.
V-Go Turkish Night
On the final night of the trip we moored in Fethiye harbour, had dinner on board and then made our way to the V-Go hotel for a complimentary Turkish night. To my amusement our tour guide rigged the selection of belly dancing candidates and picked two people from our tour – one of them being Moss! The night was a good laugh and a great way to end the trip.
Accommodation in Fethiye
If you require accommodation in Fethiye before or after your boat cruise, there is plenty of accommodation to choose from. However of the four places we happened to stay at in Fethiye, we highly recommend the V-Go hotel.
V-Go Yatching & Travel Agency Review
- The team at V-Go Yatching were extremely knowledgeable as they have been sailing the route since 1997. They know all the best locations for anchoring so the water is always tempting for a swim and a splash.
- We visited all the main towns and attractions, however it was all done at a nice pace and we did not feel too rushed.
- It wasn’t all about being on a boat and drinking the entire time. Even though some people on other boats did drink their fair share of alcohol, everyone was generally interested in having a good time and not being too hungover – except for after the Pirate party of course!
- In conclusion I highly recommend V-Go Yatching if you wish to explore the coastline of Turkey.
- Cost: 8 day sail Turkey trips range from 285.00 € – 485.00 € depending on the time of year. This includes breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, but excludes drinks and extra activities such as entrance to Simena Castle and Paragliding. Note: it is also recommended to tip 3-5% of your trip cost to the crew at the end of the tour.
- V-Go are a Yatching & Travel Agency who offer many types of boat trips, private boat trips, daily tours and activities, plus they have a hotel in Fethiye.
- You can also read Coles review from 2012 about the first ever Busabout Sail Turkey adventure cruise and see how much the tour has progressed and improved over the years.
Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the V-Go Yachting Sail Turkey cruise, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.
Most Underrated Travel Destinations
Everyone knows about Paris and Rome and London but there are so many other beautiful travel destinations that are amazingly underrated and they are cities on our list to visit again once the Coronavirus allows. The fact that so many beautiful countries go unexplored by travelers is a tragedy and we want to change that after Coronavirus. 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.
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 to learn about while stuck at home due to Coronavirus:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
3 Tips For A Luxury Camping Experience
If you are used to travelling in style and staying in high end hotels, camping is probably your idea of hell. Why would you spend a week sitting in a freezing cold tent, hiding from the rain when you could be relaxing around the pool in a nice hotel? But camping gives you a completely different travel experience and if you do it right, it can be very rewarding. If you invest in the right equipment, you can enjoy all of the good things about camping without any of the downsides. If you follow these simple tips, you will have a comfortable experience and fall in love with camping.
The tent is the most important thing if you want a comfortable camping experience. All of those horror stories you hear about leaking tents only happen because people buy cheap tents. If you invest in a good quality tent, it should hold up to the weather and keep you dry and warm.
When you are buying a tent, you need to check the hydrostatic head rating. This gives you an indication of how much rain the tent can stand up to before leaking. The higher the rating, the less likely your tent is to leak. It is also important to consider the size of the tent and how easy it is to put up, especially if you are planning a road trip. You need to make sure that it fits into the car easily, and you also want to avoid anything that is too complicated to put up. However, be careful with pop-up tents because most of them will not stand up to the rain.
If you want the ultimate comfortable camping experience, you should consider a camper trailer instead. There are some great camper trailers that come with all of the same facilities that you would find in a basic hotel, so you can camp in comfort. If you really hate the idea of camping, this is the best option.
If you are worried about being freezing cold at night while you are camping, you need to get a good quality sleeping bag. A cheap one will not be comfortable and it won’t keep you warm, so you need to make sure that you buy a good thermal one. Sleeping directly on the floor will be uncomfortable as well, so you should invest in a sleeping mat as well. If you are willing to spend a little more on good sleeping equipment, you will be nice and comfortable while camping.
The food is another big issue for people when they go camping, but there is no need to live on beans all week. You can get some great dehydrated camping food packs so, as long as you take a small camping stove, you can still eat proper meals. If you pack a coolbox and freeze some food before you go, it should last a while so you can have barbecues as well. As long as you plan ahead, there’s no reason why you can’t eat well while you are camping.
Camping doesn’t have to be the nightmare experience that you think it does. If you follow these simple tips, you can have a luxury camping experience and enjoy all of the benefits of the great outdoors.
Tips for Planning Your Uluru Tour
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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