Perfect boat, perfect hosts, perfect day!!!
First, it's a lovely wooden-hulled boat in great condition recently refurbished with a big shady saloon eating and sitting area, fresh water shower, flush toilet and big cushioned seating areas on top that could easily take 8-10 people (and more if you were cosy). The boat can hold up to 12 and the hosts only take a single exclusive booking so there are prior reviews from couples that have had the boat and bigger groups, but you get it to yourselves, all day. This makes for a very relaxing day. There were 5 of us, 2 adults, 3 older teenagers and loads of space.
Second, your hosts, Bulent (or Bill) and Simone are just perfect. Friendly, talkative and informative about what you are seeing and visiting with their own interesting life stories, should you want to hear them. Equally sensitive to when you might want privacy or when a chat is good. They are really warm, genuine people who do their very best to ensure you have a great day. Both have spent time in the US and understand how to give great service. And they make delicious lunch and afternoon tea too, as well as taking you to some stunning bays. They speak Turkish, English and German.
Third, you will have just the most enjoyable of days - nothing beats swimming and snorkelling in crystal-clear blue water and because of the sea breezes, you could lie out all day and snooze on the top cushions and not feel over hot. Bill takes you to beautiful locations and will pace the day to ensure you get back when you need to. They were very generous with their time on our trip and we visited 5 bays with plenty of swim time in each and we didn't get back till after 1900 - but that is flexible depending on what you need.
All of us - adults, teens - had a great day, and you will see from the other reviews that everyone else does too. Contact them now and make a booking. The price is very reasonable for the experience you will have. And you'll feel like you've spent the day amongst good friends.
Review by McSkatenSmoke2 years ago
We traveled across the world from San Francisco to Bodrum for the first time, and it was because of Trip Advisor and member reviews that we stumbled on this gem of an activity. From the first email requesting information through hugs goodbye at the end of our day together, everything about Bulent and Simone and their boat day trip was perfect!! I recommend you make a reservation well in advance, via email, as these two amazing people and their boat are popular. Let me break it down: 1) THE HOSTS: adorable, funny, intelligent, warm........these are people I would want as my friends if I lived there! We had delightful conversations about the US, Turkey and all things in between. They provided us with insightful information about Bodrum and Turkey which we never would have learned otherwise. 2) THE BOAT: modern, clean, beautiful, safe. They keep their boat in tip top shape. There was plenty of room for all of us to sit, sprawl, lie down, jump off, suntan, sit in shade....you name it. The onboard toilet was kept in perfect condition. We felt pampered and spoiled. 3) THE FOOD: Simone prepares an amazing lunch which was so much food we could barely eat it all: chicken, rice, vegetables, salad....honestly, it was restaurant quality. Then we had another "tea" with sweets later in our day!! 4) THE TOUR: Bulent took us all around the bays and inlets and islands of Turkey for hours. He set us down for a swim several times. He is a master at operating his boat. He made sure we had a say in what we would like to do, which was awesome! This day trip is for all ages, swimming or not, young and old, sun lovers or shade lovers. We have done similar trips, in Italy for example, from Amalfi to Capri, and, believe me, there is no comparison!!! Our day trip to Capri cost us almost three times as much, we had no food or drink served to us and the captain spoke very little English so we couldn't get to know him or learn from what he had to say. Bulent is funny and entertaining and although he is Turkish, his English is perfect, as is Simone's, who actually lived in the US for over a decade before starting this business. Our family travels internationally a lot, and we do lots of day trips and activities where we go. This was one of our absolute favorites, and if you travel to Bodrum and do not treat yourself to this gorgeous, fun-filled day with two amazing hosts, you are missing out! We love you Bill and Simone!!!
Review by Kirsteni Derrow3 years ago
We visited Turkey as a family with our 3 children (aged from 10-15) between 8/8/16-22/8/16 with my friends and their children also. My friend had researched boat trips before we left England and decided that from reading many positive reviews on Trip Advisor - 'My Way' was the number one choice.
I can honestly say that it was the best experience ever.......we enjoyed it so much so that we actually went out twice on the boat during our stay in Turkey. The owner Bill is extremely welcoming and a wonderful attentive host. He advises you on all the beautiful quiet bays he can take you to with beautiful clear turquoise waters, provides snorkel equipment to use & cooks a wonderful fresh lunch consisting of tasty marinated grilled chicken, pesto pasta, fresh bread, tomato salad and homemade local fresh dip.
The boat itself is very clean and in great condition. We went as a group of 9 and felt there was plenty of room to move around the boat. It has very comfortable loungers built into the top and front of the boat and there is also a shaded area at the back of the boat for you to sit and escape the sun should you need to and comfortably eat lunch too.
As I mentioned before, we honestly had such a wonderful day out with Bill that we booked him for a 2nd boat trip before leaving Turkey so we were lucky enough to do it twice. If you are thinking about doing a boat trip whilst in Bodrum I would recommend using Bill 100%. Such a lovely guy, provides a wonderful professional service and will give you an amazing experience. We will cherish our memories from our trips out on 'My Way'........It was the highlight of my holiday to Turkey.
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