Datça – Muğla – Turkey
Büyük Çatı Cove
GPS : 36°47’35.9″N 28°00’52.7″E / 36.793300, 28.014637
Mersincik Burnu Lighthouse
Fl.W.R 3s 30m 7-5M
GPS : 36°50’07.5″N 28°00’10.8″E / 36.835403, 28.002992
This is 2 miles to the south east of the lighthouse on Mersincik Point. Büyük Çatı is one the prettiest anchorages in Gökova Gulf. It lies on on the south of Dördübet Limanı. Büyük Çatı is quite impressive with its coves and its main port. In some parts of the coves there are sandy beaches and pine trees everywhere. The sea is clear and clean. In the main port area there is drinking water available.
On approaching from the north, an islet with a single pine tree is identified from a distance. Büyük Çatı is entered from the east of this islet. Care is needed for the reefs on approaching from the west. These reefs are lying from the tip of the islet and there are sea-level rocks running out between shore and islet. The passage between these rocks and point is about 8 – 10 meters wide. Careful plotting is required.
The western shores of the entry make a large bay and provide adequate sheltering from breeze. Anchor in the depths of 8 – 10 meters and take a line ashore. Then a cove on the south part, affords better shelter from the prevailing wind. Care is needed for the reefs around the passage.
You can be anchored in 6 – 9 meters and get aline ashore on the west. This anchorage does not get any swell. Both anchorages are pretty and the shores are densily wooded by pine trees. Both anchorages get crowded by gullets in summer. The cove on the western direction by the entry, affords all-round shelter.
Drop your anchor in the depths of 4 – 5 meters and take a line ashore from north or south. Care is needed for rock patches, extending out from the western shores.
A pier on the north is for local fishing boats. The bight on the east, gets swell from westerlies. Fair weather anchorage for those loving serenity. There is delectable well water on the shore.
Büyük Çatı is totally land locked cove, surrounded by pine trees, and it is very calm although the water is kind of murky. It is a lovely place almost unreal. Anchor in 4 m, good holding. It is best to take a stern line to a tree.
The fairly impressive Büyük Çatı with its coves and main port is located 3.2 km (2 miles) from the Mersincik Point lighthouse and at its mouth has a small island with just one tree growing on it.
Parts of these coves have sandy beaches with many pine trees and the water is crystal clear and clean. At the main port drinking water is available and a further 1.5 km (1 mile)
This track also leads to the coves of Ballıcak and Boynuzlu with another track leading to the eastern part of the entrance of the coves where a small cove has shallow water. Inside here you find pine trees, 100’s of years old, and liquid orientalis trees that rise far up.
The two springs here merge forming a small lake that you can swim in and this water then flows out into the sea.