What is Blue Cruise

What is Blue Cruise


“Gokova Bay lies ahead on the east cost of Bodrum. Once you arrive there, you will realize that this might be the best place you could ever see in your life. Even better than Nice or Monte Carlos. Every little bay has its own sweet smell and every part of it is precious as gold. There are jumping fishes in the sea. Mountains are covered by orange trees. You will also see “Buhur” (Liquid Amber Styraxiflua) forests which only exist here in the world. Cliffs, island clusters and long beach covered with a golden sand lie ahead of you. There is everything you want. “

The fisherman of Halikarnas
Cevat ŞAKİR



The term was first introduced into Turkish literature by some writers, such as Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (alias The Fisherman of Halicarnassus). The author, who had been exiled to Bodrum in 1925, fell in love with the beauty of the local landscape, with its fishing villages and sponge divers. He began taking trips with his intellectual friends on the sponge divers’ sailing boats which he named “Hurriyet” (“Freedom”). These types of boats were called gullets and these excursions became known as “Blue Cruises”. Author Sabahattin Eyüboğlu (together with his family and friends) participated in these Blue Cruises, as Azra Erhat, who translated Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey into Turkish. Those who united around the literary revue “Yeni Ufuklar” (New Horizons) in the 1950s and 1960s have also contributed to the popularity of the Blue Cruise, and guidebooks have been published in Turkish and German.

After 1950’s gullets which were used by sponge divers in old times were adapted into current conditions and these boat trips have become an alternative holiday concept which satisfies the customers with traditional and modern wooden yachts. Today in gullets, you will have the same comfort as in hotels with modern and fully equipped rooms, toilettes, kitchen, sunbathing area and resting area.

While you pass through the nature with your gullet, you will be amazed by the beauty of nature, islands and untouched bays. Lycia has thousand years of historical background and you will swim in the sea where Cleopatra was having bath.

. You will feel very peaceful and this amazing nature will heal you. After sleeping over in a bay, you will open your eyes in another bay. During your trip, you will also have chance to see the most important vacation areas in Turkey. In a short word, blue cruise in Turkey is a great and unforgettable experience for you.