Bozburun, Marmaris, – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°34’40.2″N 28°03’02.3″E / 36.577845, 28.050651

Serçe Liman is about 1.2 Nm on NE of Çatal Adaları, 2 Nm E of Loryma and 14 Nm W of Marmaris. It is an excellent all weather anchorage and very well protected. It is hard to find because its entrance is a narrow opening surrounded by high cliffs.

The narrow entrance 135 m of this bay between two high humped points, can not be identified from a distance. As you get closer, you can pick out the passage between steep points against the mainland behind it. Care is needed at the entry, there are reefs off the western point, extending out for about 10 m. You can also anchor on the deep W side of the cove. The holding at 6-10 m is good but you should also take a line to the rocks.

Serçe Limanı is fjord-like; you get a kind of shiver at the entrance, with its huge steep rocks. The water in the bay is deep; 40 m at the entrance and 30 m in the inlet. There are two ancorages in the bay.

After the entrance, the bay indents to the north and narrows-this part is called Serçe Limanı. The southern corner is Akça Limanı. The water shelves to shore on the north, dropping 10 m depth in the middle. Local fishing boats occupy the shores on the west. Watch out floating laid moorings of the restaurant, which can be use if you can find one free. The bottom affords good holding and you can anchor off with a line ashore.

Serçe Limanı is an attractive anchorage. The water is cool and very clean. The slopes are covered with olive trees. The anchorage on the south is wider. There are sufficient depths for anchoring. Drop the hook in 5 – 8 m with a line ashore. Akça Bay, ends in a shingle beach, and there is a restaurant ashore. There are floating moorings of the restaurant. Serçe Limanı provides all-round shelter. When prevailing wind blows strong, it pushes swell into the bay.

Sailing in Serçe Limanı waters puts you at the very end of the Bozburun Peninsula on the southeast coast. It’s remote and rugged, with rocky hills, often bare in places, rising from the sea to create a starkly beautiful scene. Sheer cliffs front each side of the narrow entrance of this tear-drop-shaped bay.

There is a restaurant and a buffet among the trees. You can get some limited provisions.

Kaptan Nemo’s Farm Restaurant
GPS : 36°35’06.0″N 28°02’56.5″E / 36.584993, 28.049016

There is just one family run restaurant, Kaptan Nemo’s Farm Restaurant. It is set in a well shaded small park area and has a playground for children, a shop that sells their own organic fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and freshly baked bread. Part of the bay’s charm is its rural setting and part of the personal service. Hasan or his brother will be waiting to take your line when you arrive and tie you to one of the buoys. They will thern take a long line ashore for you.

Whenever you are ready to eat you can either take your dinghy or arrange with Hasan whilst you moor up what time you would like to be collected, and there is no extra to pay! In early 2012 Hasan had a new jetty commisioned right outside the restaurant, so now you have the option of jetty or buoy. Make sure, though that your boat is secured and do not rely on the restaurant people 100%. Needless to say, if you take one of the moorings, you are expected to eat in the restaurant. The food and service is good however.

A rough path in the valley goes to Fenaket Village 9 km. Donkey tours are organized to the village. It is said that there are 41 cisterns around. 40 cisterns are already found, but the last one fully covered with gold is still missing.

The bay is famous for the Glass Wreck, a cargo vessel that sank there about 1,000 years ago. When archaeologists excavated the wreck site in the late 1970s, finding and preserving 20 percent of the hull, they discovered approximately 6,000 pounds of various glass objects ranging from cups to dishes. The skeletal remains of the hull and many of the artifacts from the wreck site are on display at the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

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Bozburun, Taşlıca Mahallesi, 48710 Marmaris/Muğla Province, Turkey

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