Fethiye is the fastest-growing yachting base in Mediterranean Sea. The town lies in SE corner of the Gulf of Fethiye, hidden under Fethiye (Şövalye) Island. On approaching; Batıkkaya and Topyalak Burnu will be abeam on straboard, Fethiye Island, Point Çapariz and Sunken Shipwreck Buouy will be on port. There are 10-13m depths in the bay, it gradually get shelves to the east side and the shoal area is marked with two beacons. The shoreline along Point Çapariz ends by Aksaz Cove. Aksaz Cove affords all-round shelter. Boats drop anchor and swing. The bottom is muddy which provides excellent holding. You may have some difficulty rasing your anchor. It is advisable to rig a trip line on your anchor, it will make it much easier to raise.
The quay gets crowded by excurison boats and gullets in summer. The settings behind the quay is attractive. There are several ancient Lycian rock tombs on the hillsides. The amphitheatre by the harbour, the archaeological museum in the town and abandoned village of Kayaköy (Karmylassos) are worth visiting.
GULF OF FETHİYE - ÖLÜ DENİZ
The best places and the anchorages to dock along the shore of Gulf of Fethiye, from Çığlık Koyu (36°42’45”N - 29°00’01”E) on the north to Ölüdeniz (36°42’45”N - 29°00’01”E) on the east.
The mountains flank the north coast of the Gulf Fethiye. Split by ravines, they rise sheer from the sea and some indentations are bordered by pine forest that come right to the water's edge. The shoreline in the Fethiye Gulf and Ölüdeniz are lee from the prevailing winds. The bays along the coast with historical sites are impressive for the visitors.
The region is a booming spot for para-gliders.
Fethiye carries Mediterrenean climate conditons; mild and rainy, relatively warm in winter and hot in summer. The medium temperature is 30 C degree in summer and 10 C degree in winter. Water temperature never goes below 16 C degree. Rainfall is relatively low.
The predominant wind in Fethiye blows from N and NW, but it does cause severe gusts. It gets up by noon time and dies off late afternoon. In strong night time westerlies, there can be gusts and confused seas and considerable swell penetrate deep into gulf.
Care is needed for the shallow patches and reefs, extending out from the points. They cannot be easily seen. Always keep some distance off the points.
1- A group of rocks lies 150m off the east coast in Katrancı Bay,
2- An isolated rocks extending out for about 60-70m off the coast around point;Uzun Burun,
3- An isolated reef in the depth of 2m, lies 3/4 M NW of Tavşan Island. About 30-40m long, It has a yellow buoy with W cardinal markings (36°40'4"N-29°01'5"E ),
4- Izkaya Shoal: This shallow area lies 2 M west of Tavşan Island-the minimum depth over it is 4 to 6m (36°40'4"N-29°5'.4"E ),
5- Balık Rock; A half -meter high rock rise 2 1/2 M E of Tavşan Island (36°40'2"N-29°05'3"E ),
6- Reefs on W of Karacaören Island.
Ölüdeniz is truly one of the wonders of the world. Ölüdeniz lies on the east of point ''Yoğun Burnu''. This lagoon has a long sandy beach behind sand band. Ölüdeniz is protected under preservation programme, and entry by sailors is prohibited. However, you can tuck yourself into and nearby anchorages and come by dinghy. The cove by Point Yoğun is suitable anchorage. There you can anchor in 20m take a line ashore.
Ölüdeniz is a booming spot for para-gliders. They leap from nearby mountaintops, and soar and float above the beach and sea, and finally land right on the beach. Mount ''Baba Dağı'' - 2000m is the take off point. The weather and winds are stable during summer.