Orhaniye is an important tourist place by the Hisaronu Gulf. Yachts anchoring to Hisaronu Gulf always spend their nights in Orhaniye.
Orhaniye has a great environment covered with pine forests and nice beaches. The color of the forests reflect to the sea and a wonderful landscape appears. The sea is always very calm in Orhaniye.
The most interesting event that you will see in Orhaniye is that you will see people walking in the middle of the sea. It is a natural surprise for the visitors. The sandy underwater bottom divides the gulf into 2 parts and you are able to walk along the sea while the depth doesn't increase as you walk far away from the shore.
This 600 meters of coastline is called "Kizkumu" and has a legend. According to the legend, daughter of the Bybassos King, the beautiful princess, goes to the sea for an escape from the pirates. As she doesn't know how to swim, she fills her skirt with sands and tries to pass the cove. She loses her way when it get dark and as she ran out of sand, she drowns. This region "Kizkumu" named after her, meaning "maiden's sand".
Hisarönü Gulf lies between Bozan Burnu (36°44’97”N-27°55’52”E) on the north and Atabol Burnu (36°40’27”N-27°57’64”E) on the south. It has many interlaced coves, which provide excellent shelter in attractive settings. Pine trees come right down to the shores on north and the shoreline is embellished by date palms. Hisarönü Bay is one of the prettiest bays in the Aegean Sea. Nature has been generous here-blue and green mingle as two gorgeous birds in one nest.
Caution: Reefs extend out from most of the points in Hisarönü. Always keep some distance off the points.
Prevailing wind comes from the west in summer and blows light swell into the bay in the morning then grows stronger by noon. The north shore gets swell from southerlies, the south shore will get swell from northerlies.
Care is needed about the southerly blowing winds while sailing around Hisarönü Bay in winter, spring and autumn.
1) Reefs at Point Lindos,
2) Rocky patches around Dişlice Island,
3) Sea level rock on the SE of Dişlice Island. It is marked by a black conical buoy with a N cardinal top mark,
4) Sand bank on the northwest of Kale Adası,
5) Reefs on the route to Selimiye Village,
6) Rocky patches at Karaburun in Selimiye Bay,
7) Rocky patches in Çökertme Bay-Selimiye.
Along the southern shores, from Selimiye to Point Atabol, there are five islands. The bays here are open to westerlies and the islands are not safe anchorages. There is sufficient depth in the middle of the passage between the islands and the mainland. This is more protected water when prevailing winds blow. The island on the farthest east is called Kameriya Island. The southern shore has adequate anchorage for swimming breaks. A popular spot for tripper boats. There are ruins of a chapel and village of Greek origin. There is an islet in the middle; you can safely pass either side of it.
Sponge divers have found a shipwreck at Küçüven. Excavations are completed by the underwater archeologists. Findings are displayed in Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archeology. It is estimated that the ship is from 9th century, from Byzantine period. The sunken shipwreck lies 30m off the coast.
All sort of provisions can be found. Public market is arranged in the villages on certain days. There is a marina in the region, providing all services including dry berthing facility. Water and electricty facilities and regular transportation services are available from the most anchorages. State clinics are available. There are number of hospitals in Marmaris. Security is well maintained. Coast guard and gendarme stations are accesible. The nearest airport in the region is in Dalaman.