Our lives have gone wild in the city. The city-dwellers life is fast paced, automatic, border-lining on hectic. We often feel tired, bewildered and dispirited. Most of the vacations we take in crowded vacation destinations do not really offer us the radical change in rhythm and mentality that we so desperately need.
The Bonjuk Experience has been created out of our need to get back in touch with Nature.
It was determined that Boncuk Bay in Gökova, Turkey, is the only spot in the Mediterranean and the second in the world after the southern coasts of North America for mating and reproduction of the Sandbar sharks, that do not pose any danger to humans. Following the examinations, the Environmental Protection Agency for Special Areas declared Boncuk Bay a protected area since it is home to Carcharhinus Plumbeus, sandbar sharks.
The sandbar shark or Carcharhinus Plumbeus is one of the biggest coastal sharks in the world, and is closely related to the dusky shark, the bignose shark, and the bull shark. Females can grow to 2-2.5 meters, males up to 1.8 meters. Sandbar sharks are viviparous. The embryos are supported in a placental yolk sac inside the mother. The female reproduces every two years. They give birth to eight to 10 young. They carry the young for one year before birth.
These shy animals can be observed by snorkeling after 100m of swimming in the bay throughout the summer, especially in May and June. To observe these animals you have to wake up early, swim to their breeding area, hide behind a rock and be patient. There is absolutely no threat of attack as they are shy and run away from humans. To see a shark upclose knowing this is not frightening but very exciting.
The fact that these animals come from thousands of miles away to mate here is another proof of how special this cove is.
Although spear fishing is prohibited in the bay, fishing with a rod is allowed and fun with many kinds of delicious fish in the bay for a nice feast at dinner.
Kayaking / SUP
You can go out for a leisurely kayaking or SUP in the bay, or a more comprehensive tour can be arranged to discover the coastline and many beautiful coves in the area while having a great exercise.
Kitesurfing / Windsurfing
On windy days the wind usually blows onshore, which is great for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Also Akyaka, known as the kitesurf Mecca of Turkey and one of the best spots in the Mediterranean is only 25 minutes by car or 15 minutes by boat.
Running can also have psychological benefits, as many participants in the sport report feeling an elated, euphoric state, often referred to as a “runner’s high”.
Gokava bay overall is a sailing heaven and starting from Boncuk to sail around is amazing.
Hiking / Trekking / Running
Right outside our door we have a very nice forest with many different trails for a great morning run or a whole day of hiking/trekking.
Datca peninsula is one of the best places in Europe for bicycling with a total of 710km biking route through the forests and scenic routes with breathtaking views. These routes are accessed right outside our door. Biking trips can be organized with a nearby agency. http://www.marmariscyclingroutes.com/rotalar
Boncuk cove is blessed with fertile land and water with a stream running through our property. We have all kinds of fruit trees that you can pick from the tree depending on the season. We also have a farming area with many different organic vegetables that we use in our cooking. If interested, you can learn about farming and pick your own vegetables for healthy cooking.
There is no shortage of other fun activities such as slackline, swings, climbing rope, seasaw etc. We also have an outdoor gym with boxing, yoga, pilates and fitness equipment.
Sedir Island (Turkish: Sedir Adası), also known as Cleopatra Island, is a small island in the next bay on the right, easily accessible by boat in 5 minutes. It is famous for its beach made from seashells. It is said that this organic sand was brought by ships from the Red Sea especially for Cleopatra. Each grain of sand is a perfect sphere, for this reason the beach is heavily protected by the government to prevent any sand being removed from the beach. According to legend, Anthony and Cleopatra swam here and the sands were brought by ships from North Africa. It has been said that this type of sand can only be found in Egypt.
Only 25 minutes driving from Boncuk, Akyaka is a coastal township situated at the far end of the Gulf of Gökova, at the start of the fertile Gökova plain, and is a rising center for international tourism due to its advantageous location and natural beauties. Akyaka became a major center for kitesurfing in the last years and the crystal clear river with its ice-cold waters flowing through town is a major attraction.
Marmaris’ main source of income is tourism. It has an exceptional location between two intersecting sets of mountains by the sea, though following a construction boom in the 1980s, little is left of the sleepy fishing village that Marmaris was until the late 20th century. In 2010 the town’s population was 30,957, and peaks at around 300,000 to 400,000 people during the tourist season.
It is also a centre for sailing and diving, possessing two major and several smaller marinas. It is a popular wintering location for hundreds of cruising boaters, being also served by the nearby Dalaman Airport.
There are 2 horse ranches and stables that are accessible in 10-25 minutes. It is possible to ride in the forest as well as in the stable.
Sakar Pass near Akyaka is a favorite paragliders‘ spot where the road descends from an altitude of 670 m. to sea-level in the space of a pine-clad section of a dozen kilometers along very sharp curves.
Akyaka, known as the kitesurf Mecca of Turkey and one of the best spots in the Mediterranean is only 25 minutes by car or 15 minutes by boat.