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Gemiler Island (Gemiler Adasi) Tours

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Gemiler Island (Gemiler Adasi)
Known in English as St Nicholas Island, Gemiler Island (Gemiler Adası) lies along the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, south from Fethiye and west of the sandy beach at Ölüdeniz. Separated from the mainland by a narrow sea channel, it is a tiny speck of an islet, just 400 meters (1,312 feet) wide and 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) long but is renowned for its wealth of Byzantine ruins, which date back more than 1,500 years.

Gemiler Island was once one of Christendom’s most popular pilgrimage points with devotees heading for Jerusalem in the Middle Ages. They came to honor the tomb of St. Nicholas – the original Father Christmas, who was Bishop of Myra on the Turkish coast opposite. Even though his remains were moved to the mainland in 650 AD, the island is still occasionally known as St. Nicholas Island. Also around this time, the little Byzantine settlement on Gemiler came under threat from pirates and was abandoned as the residents moved to the mainland for protection.

Today a chaotic jumble of ruins covers much of the island, comprising the scattered remains of four churches, evidence of Byzantine houses, a port, waterways, tombs and graveyards. Stores once stood along the shoreline, where traders would sell olive oil and grain to passing ships. The fragments of St Nicholas’s tomb that still stand today reveal faint vestiges of frescoes depicting scenes from his life; these are open to the elements and are slowly deteriorating in the sun.

Gemiler has plenty of rocky bays providing safe mooring for yachts and provides excellent snorkeling along its coastline; tumbledown ruins can occasionally be spotted just below the surface of the sea.

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Gemiler Island lies just off the Turkish coast between Ölüdeniz and Fethiye and is easily accessible by day trip boats from the mainland.
Address: Gemiler Island, Fethiye, Turkey
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Boat trip from Oludeniz Blue Lagoon to Butterfly Valley and Gemiler Island with lunch

Boat trip from Oludeniz Blue Lagoon to Butterfly Valley and Gemiler Island with lunch

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Cruise to Butterfly Valley and Gemiler Island, also called St. Nicholas Island, on a full-day sailing excursion from the Blue Lagoon in Oludeniz, and enjoy a day of sun, sea, and exploring on the spectacular Turkish coast. This full-day cruise includes a grilled lunch on deck, as well as pickup and drop-off at hotels in selected areas.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$30.74
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Private Butterfly Valley & St. Nicholas Island Cruise

Private Butterfly Valley & St. Nicholas Island Cruise

Excellent choice for those who wants to celebrate an important event in their life or just to spend a great day surrounded by friends and family. You can sail any direction and stop for swimming wherever you like. Fishing and snorkeling equipments are available on the boat; nice lunch and all day soft drinks are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$573.99
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