Göcek town is in the northern corner. Town settlements lie at the foot of Toros Mountains.
There are several areas to anchor in Göcek harbour, off the piers and there are no obstucles in the fairway on approaching to port zone. Boats can be anchored off and swing in the port zone. Care is needed for the shallow patches at the head of a stream, coming out between Municipality Marina and Port Göcek Marina. Port zone is always loaded with boats, they constantly churn in and out. Keep close watch on your anchoring position and check the swing room to avoid to be on the cruise line.
Göcek bays along the coast with the historical sites are impressive. Göcek was a Lycian town, squeezed between Gulf Telmossos (Fethiye) and Caunos. There are several remains in Taşyaka (Tomb Bay), Tersane Island, Cleopatr's Bay (Manastır), Sarsala Bay, Kapı Creek and Wall Bay (Manastır). Some of these sites are still in good condition.
A number of interlaced coves adorn the shoreline of Göcek Bay, on the western side of Gulf Fethiye. Adequate anchorages from Ağa Limanı (36°37’06”N - 28°52’57”E) on NE of Kapıdağ Peninsula to the Town of Göcek (36°45’11”N - 28°56’08”E). Göcek is one the most important boating spots in Turkey. Most of the anchorages in Göcek afford all-round shelter. Göcek is easliy accessible by air and road. Most provisions can be found. Maintenance and service facilities have been improved since the marinas opened. The bay is sufficiently deep.
Dangerous shallows in Göcek:
1- A shallow bank and reefs lying ; 1/2M on E of Büyük Yassıca,
2- Reefs on NE of Büyük Yaslica; extending out for 100m towards Göcek,
3- A group of rocks (Yılanlı Ada Sığlıları or TopBurnu) lie between Boynuzbükü and Yassıca. These rocks extend northward for about 800m. There is good depth between these rocks and islet, There is a light ;(Fl (2) 10s 6.5m 5M), but care is needed in the vicinity.
Göcek carries Mediterrenean climate conditions. Mild and rainy, relatively warm in winter and hot in summer. The medium temperature is 30 C degree in summer. Rainfall is relatively low along the shoreline because of the geographical formation of the mountains. The mountains plummet into the sea. Humidity is relatively low. Vegetation along the shoreline is maquis including bushes and olive trees, but the valleys are thickly wooded with pine including pinus nigra, pinus bruita and cedrus. Göcek is renowned for growing tangerines and lemons as well as oranges because of the climate.
The predominant wind in Göcek blows from W-NW. The breeze (Meltem) starts blowing in may. It is full strength in july august and dies in october. The strenght varies between 15 and 40 knots. The prevailing wind blows from the isthmus of Kapıdağ Peninsula, penetrates into the coves in varying strenghts, depending on their location, and reaches Göcek as southerly. When the winds blows stronger in the Gulf of Fethiye, it blows into Göcek Bay from N and NW, but does cause severe gusts. In strong nighttime westerlies, there can be gusts and confused seas, and considerable swell will penetrate deep into the bay.
There are several ways to enter. There are good depths in the passages close to the coast, the slopes rise sheer from the sea. Powerboats usually follow the route off Yassıca Islands due to speed limit in Göcek Bay.
Electricty is not available in the coves. The restaurants produce their own electricty. Water supply is available.
Göces coves are crowded and hot in July and August, but cool in May through June and in September and October. Seasonally, there may be mosquitoes, bees or flies in some of the coves, depending on the wind.
Göcek has been taken under a preservation programme. Cruising and anchoring regulations are instituted according to memorandium announced on 04.05.2010. Gulf Göcek, Göcek and Dalaman bays are taken into special environmental protection zone.
Göcek bays are the wonders of nature. Göcek was a quite place that kept its identity as a fishing and mining village until recent years. Today Göcek is the most attractive spot for sailors. Most provisions can be found in the town. The public market occurs on sundays. Regular transportation facilities are available to Fethiye, Marmaris and Muğla. Dalaman International Airport is 20 km from Göcek. There are number of restaurants bars along the coast. Boating facilities are well maintained. The marinas in the region are well developped.