7 August 2013

Çalış Boat Trip... Set Sail Today!

The Turquoise Coast of Turkey has got to be one of the most beautiful places I have travelled to, its truly idyllic! Taking a Çalış Boat Trip is one of the best ways to be at one with the crystal blue sea. I've been a faithful holidaymaker to the Çalış Beach area of Turkey for the last eleven years, partaking in many boat trips around the bays and coves of the region. 

On the second day of my Turkish holiday myself and some of my family set sail on a lovely boat trip that took us around several islands and bays that surround the kitsch town of Fethiye. We decided to take a small Çalış Boat to experience another beautiful day on the Aegean Sea. I packed the essentials; including my camera and my notepad with pen. I must admit I went out drinking the night before but my hangover wasn't too bad, plus a swim in the deep turquoise water washes your worries away! Honestly, what sounds bad about a day like this?! If the sun is not your thing then just simply sit in the shade and feel the sea breeze welcome you to Turkey's majestic waters. Boat trips are for relaxing and enjoying each others company, to take in the beautiful blue sea and mountain views because life is a celebration! I for one love the sun so I'm straight up on the top deck early before the sun gets too hot for me!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Fethiye to Rhodes Hydrofoil as it passed our small Çalış Boat, seeing that super speed vessel made me want to get to Greece! My parents had originally planned to go for a Turkish Bath but we graciously postponed that outing for a Big Fat Turkish Boat Trip! You can't please everyone! After arriving a few days earlier I wasn't completely set on going on a boat trip but like always its better once I'm on the boat heading for the bay area, the boat departs from the pier really early and I don't deal well with early starts. Being back in Turkey was something that I had been looking forward to, I didn't spend much time by the sea in Spain because spent a lot time in the cities and hungover the morning I was by the beach so I was up for some time on the boat. If truth be told I'm not all that bothered if I don't get a golden tan because I'm all about capturing every moment through my blog. I have a feeling that this boat trip won't be the only one this holiday!

Making our first stop close to Aquamarine Bay, by this time the midday heat drew us all closer to the ocean blue. This bay was perfect, the water felt just right and their was a little pebble beach which I swam over to, I did feel like a Bond Girl swimming to the deserted cove but I didn't see my 007! If you have never been to Turkey I suggest you seriously reconsider because its Çok Güzel! If you like fishing then you'll be in for a surprise! The waters surrounding Fethiye are home to some interesting fish, some of which have to be handled carefully because they are poisonous! Anyway, its time to keep moving or should I say keep on sailing! Going on a private Çalış Boat Trip doesn't have to break the bank, we had eleven people on the boat and it worked out a £35.00 per family. Drinks aren't included, it's wise to keep hydrated with water to save the bill? Holidays are for relaxing, we can all live the good life!

Our time spent a Aquamarine Bay was lovely, spending time relaxing in the deep blue without a care in the world. Back to the sailing I won't lie I did feel like Rio when she dances in the sand, just picture the Duran Duran music video! Boats trips have been a faithful part of my Turkish holidays over the last decade, there's always been call for a day going around the bays. They're different compared to a Jeep Safari because the boat offers a chance to see the mountains and coastal landscape of the wider Fethiye and Çalış bay area, from the top deck its always bliss watching the world pass us by! If I cast my mind back to this boat trip we stopped around three times, you can really notice the change in the heat because the water feels lovely and cool. Talking about Rhodes like I did before I don't think I'll be making the trip over the Aegean Sea because I want to revisit the local area. Just to clarify I don't fish, I tried before but I've not go the patients to persevere.

A sailor needs his grub so its a good job that our boat put on a great spread of freshly cooked food, which included; salads, kofte, rice and much more. Our food was served during our second stop of the day. To conclude our more than filing banquet we had a sumptuous fresh fruit platter to complete our barbecue meal. As the day pushed on it was time for us to move to another port of call, this penultimate stop was called Rabbit Island, visibly in the shape of a rabbit. The water here is very shallow so its more of a swimming stop with no jumping or stunts into the water. If you keep your eyes peeled you shall see some cute fluffy rabbits going about their business. If you fancy trying the latest beauty treatment, take a few steps onto the island where you shall find a sulphur mud-bath that makes your skin feel rejuvenated and refreshed! Not bad for a twenty minute stop before the end of the trip?

As the afternoon drawed to a close it was time for the final swim in the ocean blue, Sovalye Island was our the final stop of the day where I enjoyed a final swim in the sea before enjoying some tea and cakes. After our sunshine day cruising upon the Aegean Sea it was nice to know that the boat made its way closer to Çalış, the sea salt get annoying after a while if you get what I mean? Our three or so stops gave me the chance to relax and our lunch was simply beautiful. I could easily eat another plate of Kofte and fried aubergine because it was so damn good! I must say that Çalış Boat Trips never get boring for me, pour me a cup of tea and pass me the cake because I'm ready for the villa. You should go on a Turkish boat trip! Even though I didn't feel so good at the beginning of the day I felt rested and bronzed when I stepped of the boat at the pier in Çalış. I will definitely be enjoying another boat trip within the next two weeks. It's a hard not life being on holiday in Çalış!

Let's Go Into The Blue!

Joseph Harrison

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