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Bozburun Thursday 13th – Tuesday 18th October
On arrival in the bay we found the Aphrodite hotel and restaurant pontoon on the starboard side just before where all the gulets are moored up. We were soon tied back using two of their lazy lines having been helped by Ramazon the owner and Celin his assistant. This was a lovely spot with beautiful clear water for swimming. The dock was new and attached to a sun bathing deck with steps leading down to the water. Behind this was a restaurant and bar area with easy chair seats. Then up a few steps were the small hotel units on 2 floors. Each room having a king-size bed and separate bathroom en-suite all recently re-furbished. Beyond that was the laundry area and toilet and showers for yachties! Ramazon took us into town on his taxi boat and to the small agents office called Lodos run by Solih where we were able to leave our paperwork to get legal access back into Turkey. Just over an hour later we returned and collected our new Transit log and passports with the new visas - the charge was 110 Euros. So cheaper and quicker than anywhere else we have done this to date in Turkey!
The usual arrangements were in force at the restaurant – we were expected to eat ashore so we did and the food was good and plenty of it, our bill for the two nights to eat was around 100 TL per night. On Friday our friends on Piper arrived, they originally came onto the pontoon with us but then discovered that the taxi boat couldn’t take them to town until the evening so they headed off to the main harbour. We followed the next day when we had a call from June to say there was space for us inside. It is very nice little town with good facilities for such a small place. It is very popular and fills up quickly with yachts and gulets! There is plenty of room to anchor in the bay to the north west of the harbour. The toilet and shower block is new and situated next to the harbour office 1 TL for the WC and 3 TL for a shower – though the booth where you pay the money is not always manned! The charge here per night is 35 TL which includes water and electricity. There is a good bread/patisserie shop on the far side of the square which has the inevitable statue of Ataturk, and there are several small supermarkets, chandlers, hairdresser/barbers and butcher’s shops. One of the cafe/bars offers a laundry service – 15 TL for a 5 kilo load to be washed and dried. There is a dolmus service to Marmaris cost – 9 TL each way and the journey time is 1.25 hrs. Osman's Place has good coffee and his partner Lee is Scottish! Most of the restaurants have free security enabled wifi.
June and Jacky went into Marmaris on Sunday and then caught a connecting bus to the Yacht marina where they visited Barbara and Steve (friends from Lagos). They were also invited to the marina BBQ which was good fun and Jacky caught up with other friends – Judith and Tony whose boat Mora of Hamble had just been lifted out the day before. June had a good look around as the marina is on her list of possible places to stay for the winter.
The forecasted weekend gales from the NW did not materialize but the rain arrived on Monday morning so we decided to stay put for another night before heading further east.