Karakaören Bay 36°32.6′N, 29°03.4′E
Karakaören Adalari is a tiny island located off the coast, SE of Fethiye and close to Gemiler Adasi.
The island is probably the most secure anchorage in the area of Öludeniz. It is sheltered from the prevailing winds by an archipelago of rocky islets and reefs.
A cove has been developed by a restaurant on the northern shore into a popular yacht stop-over. The restaurant has laid 24 moorings in a crescent around the cove. Moorings are close together so it is necessary to take a line ashore (which the restaurant staff will do on arrival). Obviously, if you use their moorings, you are expected to eat in the restaurant. The set meal is well priced.
In addition, there are three mooring buoys further out where yachts may swing. Nearby anchoring is also possible in 14-16 metres, although shelter is not as good and there will be swell from winds. Some yachts anchor on the south side or on the west side and take a line ashore to the rocks – although the bottom is sand, weed and rocks and not the best holding.
There are church ruins, a few crypts and a well-preserved fresco of St. Christopher.
The crystal clear waters of the bay and the fascinating marine life around the reef make Karakaören a favorite destination for snorkelers and scuba divers.