Our earliest flight yet left Istanbul to Dalaman at 6.30am which meant we were up at 4.30am to get to the airport by 5.30am.
Again a great flight with Turkish Airlines and once arrived in Dalaman we caught a taxi to Gocek about 30mins away to the Mariner where Andrew was meeting us. We arrived with our suitcases in tow and with a quick phone call he met us and we boarded the ‘Abel Tasman’, our lodgings for the next 4 days.
What a spectacular boat, with 3 cabins all doubles, 2 with ensuites, a galley and sitting area and up on the deck, a great sitting and eating area.
We motored off to moor off an island called St Nicholas. Medieval sources claim that Saint Nicholas, known as Santa Claus, came here or lived here for some time. The Island became a residential area during the Byzantion Period until the 12 century A.D and we walked around the island looking at the ruins of several churches and a corridor or tunnel that still stands today.
The Island was an important port of call, especially for vessels sailing from Italy and other Western Mediterranean countries with pilgrims destined for the Sacred Lands in Palestine.
Amazing the next morning the locals turn up with bread for sale, even a husband and wife team that motor around, she in the front making and selling pancakes. Later we had one selling icecreams.
The next day after a very leisurely breakfast and swim we managed to do some sailing and were heading to another great spot called Fethiye. A little village that one of the local hotels allow you to tie up to their Mariner, in the event you book in for a meal. We spent a very lazy afternoon in the sun, lounging by their pool and reading. We had a great meal that night in the restaurant.
We were so comfortable around the pool the next morning we didn’t set sail until after lunch. We were heading to our last nights stay at a little cove with a restaurant. With a few G & T on the boat on arrival, enjoying the heat of the day we feasted on fresh calamari as the sun set.