We , a group of 12 , have just returned from an unforgetable week aboard the SUMRU SULTAN. The reason for the trip was to celebrate with family and friends my husband´s 60th birthday .
Communication flowed frequenty prior to our trip and questions were answered and honest advice given . We would be very happy to reccommend Boating Turkey
We had a smooth transfer from Dalaman to Marmaris . On arrival at the harbour , our rep from Boating Turkey greeted us and after a brisk 5 minute walk we arrived at our waiting boat. The large map came out and we discussed our route . The whole point of the boat trip was to relax , sunbathe & enjoy the tranquil coast as opposed to hopping on and off and sightseeing etc .
The suggestion made suited us all perfectly ...........we were going to sail the Gokova Gulf : Marmaris, Hisaronu Gulf (Selimiye, Bozburun, Orhaniye, Bencik, Symi), Knidos, The Northern Shores of Datça Peninsula, Seven Islands, English Harbour, Sedir Island and to end in Karacasogut, with a transfer to the Airport after breakfast .
After an introduction to the boat & it´s crew , with G & T´s in hand , we set sail on our Turkish Gulet adventure . .Our crew were Captain Hasam , Chef Ertam & Burak .
After a few hours we docked in a small bay and had a swim . Our first evening meal certainly had the WOW factor as did every meal after that to be honest . We had customised our own drinks package following recommendations by the company and we were very happy with the beer & wine chosen .
We all decided to sleep on deck the first night under the beautiful night sky , watching shooting stars , satellites moving and the odd airplane and trying to work out which star was which ! The following morning we woke at day break and watched the most amazing sunrise . The generator was usually turned off from 1 am til appx 7 am when chef then started to prepare breakfast .
Each day followed a similar pattern .... sunrise , eat , swim , sail , eat , swim , sail , swim , eat , sleep under the stars . We did not tire of seeing the amazing scenery , the turquoise sea and the beautiful bays . There was sufficient equipment on board , although we did take our own snorkels . There was plenty to see under the water including a couple of turtles .
Our crew spoke practically no English and between us we did not know any Turkish words and yet we got along fabulously - they were so polite & accomodating and when invited , joined in with our fun & games .
Our compact double bedroom ( used only for changing clothes ) was basic but had everything required and our en suite bathroom was basic but again suited our needs . We had asked that on my husband´s birthday we could dock somewhere and get off the gulet for a couple of hours for a change of scenery .
This was no problem , our Captain took us to the harbour town of Datcha and we spent a couple of hours clicking on wifi and catching up on the outside world ( no wifi on board ) , but after a few drinks we were ready to set sail again .
If there was anything I would class as negative , it was the sudden arrival of wasps at sunrise & sunset - obviously this is nothing to do with the Captain , but maybe it would be worth them investing in some anti-wasps stiky tape ?
We were warned about mosquitos but didn´t seam to encounter too many of these.
The only other thing I would suggest is a change of bath towel during the trip as you do shower quite a lot ! ( We took our own beach/pool towel )
All in all , I think we were all pleasantly surprised at how fantastic our holiday was and it was all thanks to the crew on board as well as the company for what they offered . The whole experience surpassed our expectations .
Gary and Kim, Dan and Em, Ollie and Phoebe, Mick and Sharon, Dave and Sue, Dave and Debs.
July 27th -August 3rd 2019
Dear Mr. Artar,
You get this answer from very satisfied clients. We really enjoyed our holidays. All the people we have met were friendly and helpful. The area around Göcek is particular beautiful. The weather has been as in the catalogues. Sailing in the smooth spring time winds on a well equiped boat was so easy.
And you did a big deal to our satisfaction! Already during our e-mail-contact you built up a warm and friendly atmosphere. We have always felt being well informed. Whatever you told us, it has been correct. There have never been any problems, in contacting, booking, changing, paying, in- or outchecking. Again we thank you a lot for the free ride to Antalya - more than 200 kms! - in a quite new and comfortable car with a wide luggage boot and big windows to be fed up with a marvellous landscape. It was a fortune to change the harbour because we like the small city of Göcek. Mr. Turgut is a smooth and gentle man, he did everything to comfort us. He has always been reachable if we tried to contact him. And we were lucky to get a bigger boat, so we took profit from a lot of space. The Hey Joe is a boat without useless things but good sailing equipment. Roll-Fock and Roll-Groß make sailing easy, especially the autopilot because we always had a quite sea. As we had absolute good weather conditions we need not bring us or the boat to the limit. Though we think she would work greatly. The plotter and the gps might be helpful things then - we only used them to control what we could see by eye. The good cards and the detailed book about harbours and bays were best helpers to find a jolly good place in a bay for the night. However, we intensively used the platform for bathing and the dinghy for short trips. We loved to have good kitchen facilities to prepare the delightful Turkish fish and vegetables. A shower in the lighted and big dimensioned bathroom was always an enliven action. We never felt cold in the bed-linen.
Best wishes for a good season
Nikolaus and Ute Roggendorf