After a spending a few days in Kos Marina with another ‘kid boat’, we all decided to sail to the Greek Island of Simi. But before hitting Simi we stopped off at Knidos at the far western end of the Datca peninsula in Turkey. (If you look at the map below you can find Kos and then look to the right and below Turkey to find Simi.)
Just for clarification purposes, ‘kid boats’ are boats that have children on them
When you have a child or children you’re a ‘kid boat,’ and while sailing around you look for other ‘kid boats,’ so that the children can play together.
We met up with the ‘kid boat,’ ‘Why Knot’ several weeks back, kept in touch and then met again near Kos. After finding each other we then sailed around for a couple weeks enjoying each other’s company and allowing the children to play.
Anyway, back to sailing from Greece to Knidos Turkey
When sailing from Greece to Turkey, you are required to close out of Greece and then announce your arrival in Turkey. Each time you exit and enter a country there’s either paperwork to fill out and/or a payment to be made. Depending on where you enter Turkey, the cost to enter can be €20 or €250! Make sure you ask around before you leave Greece and enter Turkey. Different ports of entry require ‘agents’ and you’re often forced to pay them way more money than you would if you simply went to a customs official in another port.
Most people spend as much time as they can in Turkey or Greece and then cross over to the other country when they’re ready to spend a block of time in the other country.
It’s uncommon to see boats sailing back and forth between the two countries as the paperwork and fees cause issues
That being said, when we sailed from Kos to Simi, both Greek Islands noted on the map above, we stopped in Knidos, Turkey without booking ourselves in. This is not recommended – I’m sure there’s a fine associated to doing this if your caught. If asked, we rehearsed the excuse that we were ‘in transit’. I’m not sure if that excuse would work?!
As a side note, I’ve heard of several boaters who have entered Croatia unannounced and have been boarded by the Croatian officials. The officials must find boaters by AIS (tracking system) or radar and seek them out. I don’t think this is the case in Turkey but who knows.
Anyway, feeling a bit nervous, we entered Knidos Bay and my fears quickly subsided when I was blown over by the amazing scenery
The video above doesn’t do it justice but hopefully it gives you an idea as to what you’ll find at Knidos, Turkey. And after I did the video I took the time to look on a map to see exactly where we were 🙂 The video and pictures were taken in September.
The beautifully protected bay was partially surrounded by a mountainside and incredible ruins. Furthermore, there was quite a bit of greenery! The Greek Islands in the area are all very brown and barren so to see a bit of greenery was a treat.
I had to look twice when I noticed an amphitheater in plain view from the boat!
Heck, we’ve taken boats, buses and trains, spending hours traveling, to see an amphitheater so finding one on our doorstep was an absolute delight.
When we arrived, an attendant on the jetty waved us over. We wanted to go side-to the long pier but he motioned for us to go stern-to the end of the pontoon between two other boats. It was a tight squeeze but after a few minutes we were secured and ready to take a dip in the amazingly clean water.
Our friends, ‘Why Knot,’ moored up along the side of the pontoon and waited for us to settle in
After a journey there’s always quite a bit of tidying to do. We cover the sails, tidy the ropes, cover the instruments, clean up any messes made while preparing lunch and run the hoover around to make the living area look presentable.
While hubby and I were cleaning up, our daughter, Sienna, ran off and spent time with the two lovely girls on ‘Why Knot’. As we left the boat we noticed Garth and Elaine, ‘Why Knot’s’ owners teaching Sienna to swim without a life jacket!
We all got together, discussed ideas for dinner and worked out who was cooking what
Older Sienna (aboard ‘Why Knot’) took the time to teach me how to play backgammon and later took me and my Sienna on a rock jumping adventure to find sea snakes.
We all enjoyed great conversation, lovely food and beautiful surroundings
There were children all over fishing and swimming. A tavern/restaurant welcomed boaters in at the base of the jetty and just a hop, skip and jump away were the beautiful ruins.
Feeling a bit guilty and vulnerable for entering Turkey on the quiet, I didn’t put one foot on land. I felt as if touching land would be a big no-no so I decided to save my close-up inspection of the ruins for another day. From what I’ve been told, they’re well worth a visit.
Well, the bay is very secluded and it fills up quickly. I’d get there before 2ish to get a spot on the pontoon or even anchor in the bay. By the time the sun was setting there wasn’t an empty spot anywhere – on the pontoon or in the bay. As far as entering Turkey without telling anyone…I won’t tell the officials if you don’t!