Gokova (Akyaka)

Continent
Europe
Country
Turkey
Next Big City
Dalaman
Next Town
Akyaka
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rooms, Camping, School, Shop, Repair, Rental, Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small wave
Hazards:
None
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide independent

The sea is shallow for 250m and the bottom is purely sand. For the first 50m the water is completely free of waves and calm. Small waves occur after 50m depending on the wind's power. A few spots in the bay (where the creek reaches the sea) are good for surfing. Mostly kayaks go there for playing. No jet-skis or other motor things (all forbidden except safety boat). 2 different areas for beginners and professionals.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
June, July, August

The beach is 3 km long and doesn't have any rocks, buildings, power lines or any other obstacles which might be dangerous for kiteboarding. There is a very large area to raise and land your kite on the beach. Even though there are some swimmers and beach users on some parts of the beach, our training location is far from all of these in a very convenient area.

Wind

Best Months:
May, June, July, August, September, October
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
WNW, NW
Main Direction:
W, WNW, NW, NNW

More than 150 days guaranteed onshore wind during season which starts at 11 am and usually slows down after 5 pm. It blows mostly 4-5 Bft. Just a few days (10 maybe) it blows offshore and these days it is impossible to surf because of rapidly changing wind direction. There are hardly any gusty winds in Gokova Bay. The increase of the wind rate throughout the day allows for different levels to practice at different times. 6 months everyday: 9-12 with 12-17 knots, 12-15 with 15-25 knots and 15-17 with 12-17 knots. Onshore to sideonshore winds.



How to get there

Transport
Car, Bus
Access
Short walk

The beach is 45 minutes from Dalaman Airport, 1 hour from Bodrum-Milas Airport, 1.5 hours from Bodrum, 20 minutes from Marmaris (only 3 YTL by bus to kitebeach) and 3.5 hours from Antalya Airport. From Dalaman Airport, you can use taxi, airport shuttle or other tourism agencies shuttles to come to Akyaka Town very quickly and comfortably.

Extra information

Rules
Fees, License

The beach divided in two by a seawall. The left side (as seen from the sea) is managed by a kiteschool and after paying a fee you can use all facilities and services or just surf on your own, but you need to have an IKO license. If you don't have an IKO license you can get it from the IKO instructors at the school. The right side offers the same flat water, shallow and sandy bottom and is managed by another school. There is no fee and you can ride as much as you like. Most local kiters ride on this side which gives it a friendly and helpful atmosphere.

Nightlife

Akyaka is famous with its wild nature and it is under protection of Special Environmental Protection Project by government. There are a few bars by the seaside in Akyaka and some local restaurants by the creek but life is not so much exciting for party fans. Try Marmaris at night (28 km).