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The Region of Datça & Cape Krio
Datça waterfront

Datça used to be the pleasant harbour of a sleepy provincial town. In the last few years it has grown into a booming resort with high-rise buildings, bars and discos.Sleeping in the harbor is problematical due to the cacophony of many competing discos and bars. Still it is a fairly convenient port of entry and exit.

The harbour has experienced similar investment and the area designated for yachts has been extended to the west with an area of decking and new stainless steel mooring rings have been installed all along the quay and is now operated as a marina. Datça can now accommodate in the region of 30 – 40 yachts in total. However, it is a very popular port of call and it is wise to arrive early during high season. If the harbour is full, there are good anchorages both south and north of the harbour, depending on wind direction.

Yachts anchor moor to the quay as directed by harbour staff. Water and electricity are available on the quay and are included in the mooring fee which was Turkish lire 70 for a 13m yacht (July 2014).

There are several additional anchorages along the south side of the Datça Peninsula between Datça and Cape Krio.


1055 Rhodes Channel and Gökova Körfezi
G35 Dodecanese and Coast of Turkey
54400 Samos to Rodhos
311 Marmaris - Fethiye
3112 E) Datça Limanı
451 Leros to Rhodos


See Turkey.



Chart of Baba Adasi

Baba Adasi

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Island icon Baba Adasi [[Datca#Baba Adasi|Baba Adasi]] 36°39.7′N, 27°30.4′E

A pleasant enough anchorage. Anchor in about 7 metres, good holding. It is safe from the meltemi.

Warning: There are many bees here, and they bite.


Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


Care needs to be exercised in the approach from west to avoid the islet and reef extending 50 metres off it just east of Kuru Burnu, the last headland you round before heading into the harbour. On the approach from north or west, the rocky above-water islets of Uzunca Adasi about a mile offshore should be given a wide berth.

Danger: There are fierce gusts of Cape Krio and along the steep slopes to Datça.


Datça is a port of entry/exit to Turkey. Unlike many other harbors the authorities are all in one building overlooking the harbor. So, you may, if your are cost conscious, dispense with the marina agents and do the clearance by yourself.

See also Turkey.


Chart of Datça Harbor

Datça Harbor

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Harbour icon Datça Harbor [[Datca#Datça Harbor|Datça Harbor]] 36°43.300'N, 027°41.500'E
Port of Entry

The marina staff are in attendance and will direct you where to moor on arrival. Anchor in 5 – 6 metres and go back to the quay. The holding is good in mud and sand.

It is also possible to anchor off in either the South or North Bay, where the holding is good in sand. The South Bay normally offers better protection in the prevailing winds and is just off the main town beach. The water is clear enough to swim off your boat.
The anchorage at Datça

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


Cove East of Kalaboshi

Cove East of Kalaboshi/wiki/Datca#Cove_East_of_Kalaboshi
Anchorage icon Cove East of Kalaboshi [[Datca#Cove East of Kalaboshi|Cove East of Kalaboshi]] 36°40.7′N, 27°36.7′E

A pleasant enough cove about 2 nM E of Kalaboshi. Anchor in 7 metres. Good holding. It is safe from the meltemi but a strong and possibly uncomfortable swell enters the cove.

Warning: There are many bees here, and they bite.
Chart of the Knidos Anchorage


Anchorage icon Knidos [[Datca#Knidos|Knidos]] 36°41.008'N, 027°22.714'E

Knidos or Büyük Liman is a nice anchorage just east of Cape Krio. It is usually crowded but the extensive archaeological site is a "must see" place. This was a place sacred to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. Here was the statue of Aphrodite by Praxiteles that was famous throughout the ancient world. It was not been found.

Anchor on either side of the bay wherever there is space. The holding is uncertain in some areas because of rocks and weed on the bottom, so be prepared to make several attempts. Make sure the anchor is well set before opening the Efes since the gusts can be strong even in moderate winds. Alternatively, go alongside on either side of the restaurant pier, where there is space for around eight yachts (more when rafted up). There is a man there who collects mooring fees (and issues a receipt) and provides access to the water. He may not collect the fee if you eat in the restaurant ashore.

Note: there is a submerged ancient mole located on both sides of the bay entrance, which can be difficult to identify under certain conditions. There are also a number of concrete blocks scattered on the bottom close to the root of the pier, so care should be taken when approaching or leaving it. It is advisable to leave the pier backwards rather than making a circle.
Knidos dock
The Mersinçik Anchorage


Anchorage icon Mersinçik [[Datca#Mersinçik|Mersinçik]] 36°45.2′N, 27°28.8′E
Mersinçik has two possible anchorages: a narrow cove NW and a larger bay to the S. Both are very attractive and secure but the NW cove is very popular with gulets. Anchor in 8 m, good holding. It is best to take a stern line to a tree.


Water Datca Marina: at the docks
Electricity Datca Marina: at the docks
Toilets ?
Showers ?
Laundry N/A (Not Available)
Garbage There are bins around the harbour
Fuel Datca Marina: at the fuel dock
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers None
Repairs N/A
Internet In internet cafés
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals In Datça there are everal rental outlets in the town


Datca Marina/wiki/Datca#.5B.5BDatca_Marina.5D.5DProvisions icon Datca Marina [[Datca#Datca Marina|Datca Marina]] a good minimarket right opposite the yacht berths.

Migros/wiki/Datca#MigrosProvisions icon Migros [[Datca#Migros|Migros]] upermarkets on the eastern outskirts.

Tansas/wiki/Datca#TansasProvisions icon Tansas [[Datca#Tansas|Tansas]] upermarkets on the eastern outskirts.

Other stores/wiki/Datca#Other_storesProvisions icon Other stores [[Datca#Other stores|Other stores]] in the town.

Eating out

  • In the town of Datça
restaurants/wiki/Datca#restaurantsEatingout icon restaurants [[Datca#restaurants|restaurants]] there are many restaurants; some very reasonably priced specializing in pide (a Turkish pizza) to the right of the main road leading inland.
  • 50 metres up the hill from the western end of the yacht moorings
Papatya/wiki/Datca#.27.27Papatya.27.27Eatingout icon Papatya [[Datca#Papatya|Papatya]] is excellent and has the best view of the south anchorage.--Athene of Lymington 11:11, 9 August 2011 (BST).
restaurants/wiki/Datca#restaurantsEatingout icon restaurants [[Datca#restaurants|restaurants]] there are several overpriced restaurants.


Regular dolmuş to Eski Datça. Enquire at the tourist office in the main square for details of other routes.


Fishing boats in Datca harbour
Busy main square in Eski Datça
Street scene in Eski Datça

Places to Visit

The walk west from the harbour along the town beach and past an inland freshwater lagoon out to Kuru Burnu is pleasant. A visit to the old village of Eski Datça (dolmus departures every hour from the main square) is a must. The village has been sympathetically restored and is a delightful spot to stroll around, with several cafes offering lunch.

If not visiting by yacht, it is also possible to take a trip to the site of ancient Knidos 15 miles to the west. Knidos was a very important harbor in the antiquity and home of the famous statue by Praxiteles, the Aphrodite of Knidos.


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Turkey.


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The Antiquities in Knidos
Trireme harbour of ancient Knidos

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