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Blue Cruise

When I left Fethiye the morning after my Dalyan tour, it was, thankfully, not to embark on another long bus ride, but rather to abandon land entirely and set sail for the sparkling waters of the Turquoise Coast! Like the morning of Pamukkale, this was one I was pretty excited about, mostly because it was the one thing other travelers I’d met could not stop talking about: 4 days and 3 nights aboard a boat, sailing along, stopping in bays and coves and caves, swimming, snorkeling, relaxing, sleeping on deck under the stars, living together with a dozen other people like family. I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about!

The cruise took me around this part of the Turquoise Coast, stopping in several different places between A and B.

The cruise took me around this part of the Turquoise Coast, stopping in several different places between A and B.

The Blue Cruise is run by several different companies with a couple different routes to choose from. My particular course was from Fethiye to Olympos, with stops in Butterfly Valley, Blue Lagoon, St. Nicholas Island, Firnaz Bay, Kas, Kekova, Simena, and Pirate’s Cave. The crew wasn’t very good at telling us where exactly we were when we stopped to swim, but I wouldn’t have kept good records anyway, because the weather was warm, the water was blue, my book was good, and my tan was just getting started.

I was admittedly a little nervous about the whole thing turning into a giant booze cruise, which, in my mid-20s, I already feel too old for. My group was pretty great, though, and had a good mix of ages and characters, so it was a well-balanced few days with plenty of crazy and calm to go around. Plus, we were all together for much longer than the length of a dinner or a tour, so it was a good opportunity to spend a decent amount of time with people and get to know them better than I normally would, which is always nice.

Here’s a few photos of the half-week voyage!

In short, it was a fantastic 4 days, and definitely a must if you ever find yourself adventuring along Turkey’s southwest coast!

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