Located at the mouth of the Gulf of Gökova, the historic port of Bodrum is a popular starting point on many international multi-day cruise itineraries as a strategic starting point. Opt for a seven-night cruise around the Bodrum Peninsula and the Greek Dodecanese Islands by luxury yacht, or sail along Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast, stopping at lively coastal towns, traditional fishing villages and picturesque beaches along the Datça and Bozburun peninsulas. Alternatively, the most atmospheric way to sail the seas is on a gulet, a traditional Turkish yacht and the perfect vessel to take you on a tranquil seven-night cruise around the Gulf of Gökova, stopping off at little-visited beaches and islands along the way.
But you don’t have to sleep onboard to enjoy cruising from Bodrum. There are also plenty of options for day or half-day boating options. Step onboard a hydrofoil and take in the highlights of the scenic peninsula, docking at secluded bays along the coast to swim or snorkel. You can also sail out to explore nearby Kara Ada (Black Island) or head further out on a day cruise to the Greek island of Kos to take in the views from the 14th-century Castle of the Knights or spend an afternoon sunbathing on the island’s pristine sandy beaches.