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On your approach to Okluk Bay you will see on your port side a statue of a mermaid. This sculpture was placed there by the first Turkish yachtsman (considered to be the father of Turkish Yachting), Sadun Boro, to sail around the World in his yacht “Kismet”. Sadun loved this cove so much that it has become known as “The paradise of Sadun Boro”. The mermaid sculpture has an inscription beneath it stating “This mermaid has travelled many seas, continents, islands and bays in order to reach the heaven of her dreams and found such a place in Gökova”.
English Harbour is the smallest of the bays to the west of the main bay shown on the chartlet below and does not have any restuarants situated within it's shore line.
However just across the main bay to the east you will find two restaurants set in a creek and lodged between the heavily tree'd coastline (as seen on the chartlet above).
The restaurant considered to be the best is the first you come to and it is called Deniz Kızı Kaptan. This restaurant offers tailed mooring lines with electricity and water for up to 30 yachts also there are showers and WLAN connectivity for the internet users amongst you. The wind in the afternoon can blow from the port bow area when you are mooring stern too against the pontoon. If you wish to stay in the real English Harbour you will need to anchor, take a line ashore and eat on board. Be watchfull of the depth as in some places especially at the head of the bay it can be very shallow, but a soft sea bed.
Both restaurants serve some fish specialities such as grilled octopus and steamed grouper. Kuzu çevirme (spit roast lamb) can be ordered one day in advance. Again both restaurants have small supermarkets and ice is available for yachts including fresh baked bread.
English Harbour, shown on the chartlet to the left, was given it's name due to a small elite group of Royal Marine commandos that worked from the quiet and secluded bay during World War two. There are no remains of any buildings, but it is alledged that many attacks against the Dodecanese Islands where made from this part of the coastline.
English harbour anchorage
Deniz Kızı Restaurant pontoon
Mermaid sculpture - Okluk
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