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Things to Know Before Joining the Boat Tour

Some important points to know before participating in boat tours are:

1. Type of Tour
Day Tours: Usually last a few hours and visit popular tourist spots.
Yacht Rental: A personal trip is organized by renting a yacht or boat for a private group.
Blue Cruise: Particularly popular in Turkey are long sea tours lasting several days or weeks.

2. Route and Destinations
Coastal Tours: Tours along the coast usually include bays, beaches and historical sites.
Islands: Tours to the islands offer swimming, diving and exploration.
Special Stops: Tours based on a specific theme include special stops such as diving spots or nature reserves.

3. Boat and Equipment
Boat Type: There are different types of boats such as catamarans, sailboats and motor yachts.
Equipment: Water sports equipment such as snorkeling, diving equipment, kayaks.
Safety: Safety equipment such as life jackets, first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

4. Weather and Season
Season: Summer months are generally the most popular period. Spring and autumn may also be suitable.
Weather: The weather should be checked before the tour. Storms or bad weather may cause tours to be cancelled.

5. Clothing and Necessary Materials
Clothing: Swimsuit, shorts, t-shirt, sunglasses, hat and comfortable shoes.
Sun Protection: Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses and cover-up.
Personal Items: Towels, change of clothes, water, light snacks and medications.

6. Security and Rules
Captain and Crew: Must be professional and experienced.
Rules: In-boat rules must be followed, especially safety instructions must be followed carefully.
Insurance: Check if the tour company is insured.

7. Reservation and Fees
Reservation: Making an early reservation is usually advantageous.
Fees: Prices vary depending on the duration of the tour, its scope and the type of boat. Check the services included in the price (food, drinks, guidance, etc.).

8. Food and Beverage
Included Services: On some tours, meals and drinks are included in the price.
Bring Your Own: If there is no meal service on the tour, bring food and drinks with you.

9. Events and Activities
Swimming and Snorkeling: Most tours include swimming breaks.
Diving and Water Sports: Opportunity to dive with professional diving equipment and instructors.
Travel and Discovery: Opportunity to discover historical and natural beauties.
1. Bodrum - Gulf of Gökova
Featured Places: Bodrum, Karaada, Orak Island, Seven Islands, English Harbor, Cleopatra Island.
Features: Turquoise waters, olive trees, hidden bays and historical ruins.

2. Gocek - Fethiye
Featured Places: Gocek Islands, Tersane Island, Domuz Island, Bedri Rahmi Bay, Fethiye Bay.
Features: Unique natural beauties, calm bays, luxury yachts and quality marinas.

3. Marmaris - Datça Peninsula
Featured Places: Marmaris, Selimiye, Bozburun, Knidos, Palamutbükü, Datça.
Features: Bays where green and blue meet, ancient ruins and natural beauties.

4. Kaş - Kekova
Featured Places: Kaş, Kekova Island, Sunken City, Simena, Üçağız Village.
Features: Crystal clear waters, sunken city ruins, ancient Lycian rock tombs.

5. Fethiye - Ölüdeniz - Kalkan
Featured Places: Fethiye, Ölüdeniz, Gemiler Island, Kalkan, Kaputaş Beach.
Features: Magnificent beaches, historical ruins, water sports and natural beauties.
1. Determining Boat Type
Motor Yachts: Suitable for fast and comfortable travels.
Sailboats: Offer a calmer and nature-infused experience.
Catamarans: They have a wide and balanced structure and are ideal for large groups.
Gulets: These are traditional wooden boats popular in Turkey.

2. Determining Your Needs and Expectations
Number of People: Determine how many people you will travel with.
Comfort Level: Do you want a luxurious experience or a more modest option?
Activities: Are you planning diving, water sports or special events?

3. Budget Planning
Rental Fee: Get information about daily or weekly rates.
Extras: Calculate extra costs such as fuel, food and beverage, port fees.
Deposit: Most rental companies require a security deposit.

4. Rental Period and Route Planning
Duration: Determine how long you want to rent a boat (daily, weekly, etc.).
Route: Plan ahead about the places and bays you want to visit.

5. Security and Insurance
Safety Equipment: Make sure you have life jackets, fire extinguishers, first aid kits and other safety equipment.
Insurance: Check if the boat is insured and review the policy.

6. Condition and Equipment of the Boat
Maintenance: Find out if the boat is regularly maintained.
Equipment: Check that navigation devices, kitchen equipment, electronic appliances and other equipment are in working order.

7. Captain and Crew
With or Without a Captain?: Decide whether you will rent a boat with a captain or on your own.
Crew: If you are chartering with a skipper, research the experience and professionalism level of the crew.

8. Reservation and Contract
Early Booking: Guarantee your place and benefit from discounts by booking early, especially during busy seasons.
Contract: Sign a contract that includes rental terms, cancellation policies and full details.

9. Food and Beverage Supply
Proviant: Plan how to get food and drinks onto the boat. Some rental companies offer this service.
Bring Your Own: If you want to bring your own food and drinks, prepare in advance.

10. Navigation and Routes
Experience Level: If you are chartering without a skipper, make sure you have sufficient maritime experience.
Routes: Plan your itinerary before sailing and consider factors such as weather.

11. Weather and Season
Season: Determine which season you will travel in. Summer months are generally more affordable and popular.
Weather: Check the weather forecast before getting on the boat.
By taking these points into consideration, you can make the boat rental process smoother and more enjoyable and make the most of your time at sea.
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