Yacht Charter and Boat Rentals in Marmaris
Yacht Charter Marmaris
The Turkish coast holiday resort of Marmaris is a great place to explore and begin your sailing vacation. On the Datca Peninsula, Marmaris is one of the jewels of the Turquoise Coast, a sailing area of Turkey that includes some of the most beautiful old towns and cities in Turkey.
The Turkish Riviera town has been inhabited since at least 1,044BC when Marmaris Castle was first built by the Ionians. The castle itself has seen warfare through the ages, with the Ottoman Emperor Suleyiman the Great expanding it ahead of his conquest of Rhodes, and in World War 1 it was shelled heavily by the French Navy.
Marmaris Old Town was first built in the 1600s and in the 1990s was extensively renovated for the tourist trade. Today you will find the narrow streets full of bars, restaurants and cafes offering the best of Turkish cuisine - and its famous coffee!
Right in the centre of the town is Netsel Marina, from where you will likely begin your sailing vacation. Though it has its own bar and restaurant, you may soon be distracted by the nearby bars and restaurants that overlook the marina - there is plenty to enjoy in this part of town.
For those looking to relax a bit, the long pebble beach and turquoise seas will be just what you need ahead of beginning your sailing holiday exploring the bays and towns of the Carian Coast.
Explore Marmaris By Renting A Yacht
A Marmaris yacht charter is one of the best ways of exploring this part of the Mediterranean Sea. Whether on a 'blue cruise' (gulet holiday) charter, a bareboat yacht charter or a luxury yacht charter, you will soon find yourself in one of the most beautiful parts of the Aegean Sea.
Think to consider doing:
- The Turquoise Coast is named thanks to its clear seas and secluded coves that will stay with you for years to come.
- You can sail on out to Bodrum up the Carian Coast, pausing in one-restaurant-bays for your evening relaxation
- Perhaps you could sail out to a nearby Greek Island that for centuries were part of Turkey until handed over after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire
- You can explore major tourist attractions such as Ephesus and the Lycian rock tombs of Fethiye
- Explore the natural wonders of the islands and mainland, going for a wander in national parks like the MarmarisNational Park
The sailing can be exciting with the NE Meltemi wind building through the day, so you will soon find yourself casting off in the morning for a blast to the next town or village and spending the afternoon ashore, taking in all your next anchorage or port has to offer.
How To Get To Marmaris
Marmaris Dalaman Airport is the main tourist airport for the area, served by airlines from across Europe and the United Kingdom. You can take a bus or a taxi into central Marmaris for a reasonable cost.
Marinas In Marmaris
Netsel Marina is the main marina in Marmaris. Capable of taking superyachts of up to 90 metres, it is in the centre of town and close to the nightlife. Several yacht charter companies work out of the marina, offering monohull sailing yacht charters, catamaran charters, gulet charter, blue voyage and motor yacht charters on a bareboat or crewed yacht charter basis.
Max Length 90m (295 Feet)
Max Draught 18m (59 Feet)
List of additional services: Water, shore power, WiFi, dressing rooms, bar, restaurant, market, yacht repair
Suggested Sailing Routes From Marmaris
Whether on a blue cruise or a bareboat yacht charter up the Turkish coast there is a lot to see and do on a Marmarissailing holiday. Here are two itineraries you can do on a 7 day or a 14 day yacht charter.
7 days - Datca Peninsula: Heading to the northern side of the Marmaris Peninsula you can take in the history and modern culture of the area. On the Hisaronu Gulf, the tourist town of Selimiye will be your furthest point with its restaurants that have their own pontoons for you to spend the night at after eating there. Heading back, spend a day at Loryma, an ancient city abandoned in the 7th Century AD with an acropolis you can explore.
14 days - Lycian Coast: This is an opportunity to explore the coast south-east as far as Kekova Roads. You will pause at the interesting old city of Fethiye with its cave tombs, and get to enjoy the best beaches in Turkey including the one at Oludeniz. Gocek Bay is one of the most beautiful on the Aegean, and Butterfly Bay is named after the thousands of butterflies that live there. Kekova Roads is famous for its quiet anchorages where you can drop the hook and row ashore to enjoy the beautiful scenery and relaxed local life.
Best Times To Hire A Yacht In Marmaris
The sailing season runs from April to October in Marmaris. July and August are the busiest months for a Marmarisyacht charter. This is also when the NE wind the Meltemi peaks in strength. Though this makes for a cooling blast from the fierce heat of summer, it can be challenging for all but the most experienced sailors.
With the Meltemi less powerful outside of the peak season - and the marinas and sailing waters less crowded - it may pay off to do a sailing holiday either later in the year or earlier - if you can get out in May or October you may find things calmer both in terms of crowds and winds.
Sailing Weather In Marmaris
The Meltemi winds dominate the weather of the Aegean Sea in Turkey. The further west you go - as far as Bodrum the stronger the NW winds are during the day. The further east you go - around Antalya in the east of the country, the gentler these winds are during the day. These vary day to day and through the day. The most comfortable time to sail in Turkey is during the morning every day during the holiday season. The winds tend to be lighter and steadier in the morning and can build to very exciting conditions come mid-afternoon.
What should I consider when hiring a Yacht or Boat?
The main points to consider are what is your budget, have you got the necessary sailing experience and qualifications to manage the boat if it's not going to have a skipper, whom you are taking sailing, where exactly you wish to go and what will the weather be like on the proposed dates of your trip.
What are the Marinas in Marmaris?
Netsel Marina is a large marina in the centre of the town, close to local amenties, bars and restaurants. With a maximum size of 90m, it can take all but the largest of superyachts afloat today.
When are the best times to hire a boat in Marmaris?
July and August are the peak of the sailing season with marinas full and anchorages at their busiest. If you can get out in September you will find the sea and air still warm but the destinations a lot less crowded.
Do you have to pay a deposit when hiring a Yacht in Marmaris?
You will typically pay 50% up front on booking the yacht hire and the balance on arrival. You will either pay a security deposit with your credit card on departure or can get insurance covering damage in advance. In some cases (such as the recent Covid situation) charter companies may be more flexible but this depends on the individual charter companies themselves.
What happens if my Yacht breaks down?
If you are at sea and in danger, call MAYDAY on VHF Ch16 or ring the coast guard on your phone if you have reception. If you have a mechanical fault and can make it to or are on a mooring you will be able to phone a help line number given by the boat charter company.
What should I think of before I hire a Yacht or Boat in Marmaris?
You should consider do you have the experience to handle the yacht charter or boat hire before you book and where do you want to go along with what the weather will be like. Bring warm weather and cool weather clothing if it looks like the weather can be cool as well as warm and remember at sea it can be cool on most evenings.
What Qualifications Do I need to hire a boat or yacht?
If you want to sail without a skipper then you will need relevant qualifications like RYA Day Skipper/International Certificate of Competence (ICC)/ASA 104 Bareboat certificate or the US Sailing Certificate. For small 'day boats' or if you choose to have a skippered on board your yacht charter you typically don't require licences.