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MARMARIS TRAFFIC JAM

We were recently anchored off the Town of Marmaris near the quay where tripper boats and gulets line the port and watched with amusement the comings and goings of myriad vessels that ply the waters of one of the most beautiful harbors in southern Turkey.  

Hundreds of tripper boats leave Marmaris Harbor daily.

Tripper boats make hundreds of passages through Marmaris Harbor daily

Marmaris is a town of under 30,000 year round residents that bustles with vacationers this time of year–some 300-400,000 of them–all wanting to enjoy the crystal clear water from a gulet or day trip boat.  

Who has the right of way?

At any given time there a boats moving in every direction in Marmaris Harbor

From about 10 a.m. on the boats are loading up and taking off for the many islets, inlets and bays that line Marmaris Limani (Turkish for “harbor”).  Invariably, they all return about 4 p.m. with congestion in the harbor as they all vie for places at the quay that can only be described as a massive traffic jam. 

Heading out in morning. . .

Heading out in morning. . .

Here come the gulets

Here come the gulets, back at day's end.

The boats all blare loud 1970’s US rock-n-roll or Euro-techno rock, as bare-chested men and bikini glad women sway to the beat.

Happy Vacationers

Happy Vacationers

Dream Boat--you bet

Dream Boat--you bet

Whoa, boy!

Whoa, boy!

Eventually, by late afternoon the boats are all backed into the quay and some semblence of peace returns to the harbor.

Gulet Fleet's in. . .

Gulet Fleet's in. . .

and the day tripper's too!

and the day tripper's too!

Until it starts all over the next day.  We’re told that things are less chaotic in the “off season”, but that remains to be seen.

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