Ula – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°59’39.7″N 28°12’26.6″E / 36.994373, 28.207395

The islands between points Çapa Burnu and Domuz Burnu are known as Şehir Islands. The largest island is called as Sedir Island. Sedir Island is located on The Gulf of Gökova on the 18 km north of Marmaris. Sedir Adası, also known as Cleopatra Island, is a small island in the Gulf of Gökova of southwestern Aegean Sea off the coast of Ula, part of Muğla Province of Turkey.

As a passionate gesture, her lover Marc Anthony shipped a boat of sand from Egypt and together they swam in the crystal blue waters and walked the sandy beach that reminded her of home. Hence, the name of Cleopatra’s island and for many years, nobody challenged the myth until science proved that although there is no other sand like it in Turkey, its unique formation is actually caused by dissolving seashells.

It has one of the most special beaches in the world which is famous for its beach made from seashells. It is said that this organic sand was brought by ships from the Red Sea especially for Cleopatra. Each grain of sand is a perfect sphere, for this reason the beach is heavily protected by the government to prevent any sand being removed from the beach.

Under protection of the government, strict rules were enforced including making it illegal to remove any sand from the area. Beach towels and bags are not allowed and people are requested to shower before leaving. Most of the sandy beach is also under restricted access.

After disembarking from the boat at the jetties on Sedir Island, a short walk through rocky olive groves brings you to the “sandy” beach. The beach itself is about 100 m long and visitors are only allowed on a narrow strip about 2 – 3 m deep. It is said that sufferers of rheumatic aliments find that lying on this ‘sand’ significantly eases their complaints.

There is a clean passage between the land and the Saray island, when you arrive from southwest to the land. Of land depth is between 5 – 7 meters, in the hard sand. Because of the waves that come from the west, this cove is incompatible for passage, especially at night. There is a second northern passage to this passage, between the land and the tiny island Saray. It is the widest and cleanest passage, but be careful from the shallow water northern to Şehir island.

Ördek Rocks : Care is needed for a sea-level rock extending to W from Sedir Adası. This rock-bounded area is marked by a metal pole with W cardinal.

A custodian patrols the island, who will charge you a fee to step ashore. Visiting the island is controlled by ticket and you are not allowed to visit at night.

There is a pier by Sedir Island, occupied by tripper boats. It gets very crowded in summer. The settings are very attractive, but extreme care is needed while anchoring here.

There are 3 meters depths of the pier. Boats may drop anchor and get a line to the pier at night. The bottom is sand but you must be sure your anchor is dug well. With strong winds, there are gusts and confused sea and considerable swell penetrates right in the cove itself. The shore on the north of Sedir Island, extending like a tonque, provides better sheltering from breeze with a line ashore. The cove is open to northerly blowing winds. The wind direction is liable to change in the evening from N to NE.

There is a small Buffet on the island with fairly reasonably priced drinks and snacks. The beach closes at 7 pm and it’s best to visit the island in the morning, as early as possible, because the beach gets overcrowded especially after 1 pm during the high season. There is little shade so it’s a good idea to bring plenty of water.

GPS : 36°59’34.0″N 28°12’35.0″E / 36.992778, 28.209722
Visiting boats anchor at swing in calm weathers. A cove on the east is a safer anchorage. Drop anchor in the depths of 8 – 12 meters and take a line ashore. Care is required on approaching to the east, because of rocks of anchient mole, lying for about 75 meters on the northern tip of Sedir Island.

It has a better spot for anchoring in the east which is sheltered from western breeze. Since it’s pier is being used by daily boats, it is better to stay on anchor. During strong nights it gets some swell. It is also possible to anchor and take a long line ashore. The depths fall off quickly into the middle of the bay.

GPS : 36°59’28.0″N 28°12’26.0″E / 36.991111, 28.207222
There is another cove on the southern part of the island, providing adequate sheltering from northerlies. Drop anchor in 6 – 9 meters and get a line ashore.

GPS : 36°59’37.6″N 28°12’20.5″E / 36.993782, 28.205695

Sedir Island, known in ancient times as Kedreae, features an amphitheatre and some other Greek/Roman ruins shadowed by the silvery green olive trees. However, its biggest claim to fame is its Cleopatra Beach, with golden sands virtually non-existent anywhere else in the Eastern Mediterranean, accompanied by milky turquoise waters of the cove.

Called Kedreae in ancient times, present day myths refer to when the exotic queen of Egypt, Cleopatra spent time in the region. Although the natural landscapes and turquoise-blue sea captivated her, she was missing her homeland.

Kedreai was an important Carian settlement in the Rhodian Confederacy. Mykenails first settled here 1400 B.C., and together with Knidos and Halicarnassus they built the confederation of Heksapolis. This site had a fortified enclosure with towers. The remains of the Doric temple of Apollo were converted into a church. The city’s theatre is still in good condition.

This important settlement, paid taxes to the sea pact of Attik- Delos. By the year of 450 b.c, it is occupied the island by Lisander from Isparta, and the inhabitants were sold as the slaves. Later on, they became part of the kingdom of Rhodes. By the year of 129 b.c it is occupied by the Romans which established the east province. In its eastern side, there is a palace, situated next to it are remnants of walls dated back to the Greeks and the Romans. The best preserved antiquities are of the little theater. Later on, the Dorians built a sanctifies to the god Apollo, which several hundred years later, served as infrastructure for a Christian basilica.

Even though the beach is a popular attraction, there are other notable historical structures worth visiting. The beginnings of Sedir Island are estimated to date from the fourth century BC when the Greek Spartans ruled it. Following them, the island fell under Roman rule and it is from this era that several historic structures exist including an agora, ampitheatre, temples, churches, baths, and harbour ruins. Full excavations have not yet taken place and historians are eager to receive more funding to continue their work.

Even though the beach is a popular attraction, there are other notable historical structures worth visiting. The beginnings of Sedir Island are estimated to date from the fourth century BC when the Greek Spartans ruled it. Following them, the island fell under Roman rule and it is from this era that several historic structures exist. You can follow a path from the beach to the well preserved ruins of an amphitheatre on the island.

Near the top of the hill are the ruins of a temple (converted into a church by the Byzantines). Running parallel along the eastern shore are ancient city walls and towers that have stood the test of time. The Agora, containing stones carved in the shape of hearts is a delightful attraction and also offers a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

There are 5 meters depth in the passage between Sedir and Orta Ada and 185 m from the north of Sedir Island. The cove on the east of Orta Ada affords sheltering from breeze. Strong northerlies send swell in. There are reefs in the depth of 4 m, running out 500 m on the north of Orta Ada.
GPS : 36°59’55.6″N 28°12’19.9″E / 36.998766, 28.205522

Orta Ada Lighthouse
Fl 10s 15 m 9M
GPS : 36°59’55.5″N 28°12’19.9″E / 36.998762, 28.205519

Küçük Ada stands on the south of Orta Ada. The passage between Orta Ada and Küçük Ada is shoal water.
GPS : 36°59’49.9″N 28°12’40.2″E / 36.997184, 28.211179

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