Aegean Island Boat Trip from Icmeler
There are few better ways to spend your vacation than taking a boat trip through the serene and pristine waters around the secluded Aegean Islands off the Gulf of Hisaronu. Nothing can match the peace and relaxation of a great boat trip and one of the best places to book one, is from the quiet resort town of Icmeler, located at the western tip of the Gulf of Marmaris.
The scenic, golden beaches of Icmeler where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean would be the ideal place to start off your vacation and then, embark on your boat trip through the tranquil islands and bays of the Aegean Sea.
The boat ride is for one entire day, which includes 6 stops of 30 to 40 minutes each, making a circle around the Gulf of Hisaronu while going from one island to another.
Icmeler Aegean Island Boat Trip Details
This Aegean Island Boat Trip from Icmeler consists of:
1. Time: The duration of the trip is from 9 am when you leave your hotel to around 6 pm when you return. The time to the wharf is roughly 30 minutes.
2. Meals: A continental lunch will be provided which includes white-meat chicken, green salad, pasta and bread, and local fruits of the season.
3. Local drinks will be available in unlimited amounts.
4. You can take the tour on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The boat which will be utilized for the trip has two decks with the lower deck having an indoor lounge, where you can get shelter from the sun and also, drop into the bar for drinks and lunch. The upper deck, laid out under the open sky is furnished with sun beds and mattresses where you can work on your tan and if so inclined, dance to your heart’s content to the passionate Turkish music.
This Aegean Island tour on the boat from Icmeler will include the following stops:
First stop: The first stop is at Orpan Bay, where you get to visit one of the largest marinas of the Aegean coast of Marmaris, in the district of Martha Marino. Walk down the golden beaches of the Kiz Kumu to the Maiden Sand, which is a marina with a flagship restaurant and is surrounded by legendary beaches which have been centers of civilization since the Ancient Romans.
Second Stop: The second stop of this Icmeler Aegean Island Boat trip is the Selimiye Bay, named after Selim II, the heir to Sultan Suleiman, the Magnificent and the beautiful Roksolana (Anastasiya Lisovskaya.) This bay is also widely known as the Bay of Drunks, a reference to Selim II, who was an ardent patron of Greek Wine and a fervent admirer of the beauty of the female form. The legend is that Selim II died here, after falling off a cliff. Another legend however, states that he died in the Haman after drunkenly chasing after one of his favorite mistresses, leading him to fall and suffer a fatal blow to his head on the marble floor of the Hamam.
Third Stop: The third stop is at Camellia Island, where you get the option to go for a swim or take a walk up to an ancient Byzantine Church, dating back to the 12th century. White, pink and black mosaics exquisitely decorate the surrounding areas. At the entrance of the church, there is a mosaic circle where people make wishes to fulfill all their non-material desires. Also, near the church there is an ancient olive tree, which surprisingly still bears fruit and where people go to make wishes of a material sort.
Fourth Stop: The fourth stop is at the volcanic island of Sharp teeth. It is named such, because the hardened lava has given rise to a shape, which when looked at from a birds-eye point of view, resembles the open mouth of a Giant Dragon. The numerous small shells scattered about the island are believed to bring about good luck in financial matters.
Fifth Stop: The fifth stop is at Rabbit Island, which is a private island owned by the proprietor of one of the most expensive hotels in Tukey, formerly known as the SelectMaris. This island’s aim was to provide a peaceful, secluded retreat for famous politicians and film stars, away from the public glare. Have a nice time feeding and petting the rabbits which were introduced here by the hotel for the guest’s recreation.
Sixth Stop: The sixth and final stop of this Aegean Island Boat Trip from Icmeler is the Bay Aquariam. Out here, the water is denser and of a much darker shade of blue than the surroundings. Lose yourself in the crystal clear, beautiful dark blue waters and maybe even go for a refreshing swim.