Dalaman – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°38’38.0″N 28°51’02.3″E / 36.643898, 28.850648

Manastır Koyu (Wall Bay) lies 1 Nm SW of point; Boz Burun. It indents by the isthmus of Kapıdağ Peninsula. The setting is magnificient. The forested hillsides and violet cliffs on both sides are split by ravines. Manastır Koyu is one the most favorite anchorages in Göcek bays. There are two coves, both are adequate anchorages.

There is a fabulous bay shaded by pines just one nautical mile to the W of Bozburun called Manastır Koyu. In making your approach to Manastır, you should navigate to the right, while maintaining a distance of 50 – 60 m from the island in front. It is suitable to anchor anywhere in the bay, whereas small boats can moor alongside the wooden pier and spend the night by tying a line around one of the trees on shore.

Manastır Koyu is the cove half a mile to the NW of Ruin Bay and is one of the most delightful anchorages. Anchor in the horseshoe shaped cove at the top of the bay, to the north of to the 10 metres high defensive wall from which the bay takes its name, and take a line ashore to a bollard.

There is a ruined restaurant quay in the centre of the ‘horseshoe’ and two dangerous underwater rocks lie about 20 metres offshore from its northern end. Make sure you anchor clear of them if mooring towards the northern side of the cove. Depths here are 10 – 15 metres and the holding is excellent in sand and mud. Shelter is excellent from all directions except NE.

In the SE quadrant of Manastır Koyu, one can see ruins in the sea that have been named by the local folks as Cleopatra’s Hamam. However, this is a fallacy as these ruins do not date back to the time of the Egyptian Queen, but rather to that of the Byzantine Empire. The pines lean into the sea as if they are kissing it whereas they stretch from water’s edge to the top of the hills, adding distinct beauty to the bay.

There are restaurants that are open to serve guests who have arrived in this wonderful bay which has fused with nature.

The S quadrant of the bay, where there is an island as well as remnants of a Roman bath, is considered to be an ideal spot to anchor as it remains calm in stormy weather. However, you cannot drop anchor in the W side of the bay in winds coming in from the N as well as lodos. It is a comfortably nice place to spend the night as long as there is no wind blowing.

In the W part of Manastır Koyu is an old, long wall that runs by a restaurant called Wallbay. This wall was built to protect Lydae at the top of the isthmus and its village Arymaxa. From here it extends up to the hill and then back down to the sea again. Thusly, the peninsula was securely cut off from the mainland.

Entering into Wall Bay is not sailing into a wall, in fact, far from it. A backdrop of pine clad hills greet you as you sail through the clear blue sea. There are two jetties that will accommodate around 35 yachts tied up alongside. Electricity will come from a generator and you can use the showers if you wish.

Restaurant Pier
GPS : 36°38’40.4″N 28°51’02.7″E / 36.644545, 28.850739
The two wooden piers are for the dismemberment of the vessels’ passengers. There is a restaurant across from a long wall. It gets quite crowded around lunchtime with famished day-trippers on excursions from Fethiye. Once they cast off lines, the restaurant returns to its normal calm self.

Wall Bay Restaurant Pier
GPS : 36°38’40.4″N 28°51’02.6″E / 36.644560, 28.850729
Alternatively, berth alongside at the Wall Bay Restaurant on the north side of the bay, where there is space for around 30 yachts on 2 long jetties. Mooring lines are tied around angle iron supports, so don’t use your best ones. The menu at the restaurant is typical of Skopea Limanı. A restaurant stands among the olive trees, to starboard as you enter.

Now, let’s untie our mooring lines from the trees along the seashore and set a course for a new bay while we continue our search for hitherto undiscovered hues of green and blue.

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Dalaman, 48770 Dalaman/Muğla Province, Turkey

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