June 04, 2012
We left early for Yalikavak and motor sailed all the way with a light breeze. On reaching Yalikavak and being shown to a berth by the pilot boat, we went to check in at the office, only to find it is not a Port of Entry (although it states it is on the web site). We departed and headed for Turgetreis where we entered Turkey two years ago. We were guided to a finger pontoon next to a small gullet which was too narrow for us and we had to come out to be shown another berth. Unfortunately, the gullet made several deep gorges into the side of our boat – not impressed – the berth we were allocated next was empty and plenty of space for us. We informed the marina office and they said somebody would come and look at the damage. We bought our transit log here for 106 TL and then went to an agent who typed it up for us at a cost of 25 euros. We then went to get stamped up at the Port Police, Harbour Master and Customs which are all in the same building. We went into town and got a Turkcell top up for the internet dongle and bought some new mooring lines. The lady at the agency told us that it was free to get a residency visa and all we had to do was produce 4 passport photos together with the transit log and take them to the Port Police in Bodrum.
Yalikavak – Turgetreis – 37 00 N 27 15 E