This morning we had a lazy and relaxed swim session with lots of fun for all. We had water fights, jumping contests, ball toss, and a pirate Olympics where we tries to climb hand over hand up the line tied to shore to see if anyone could make it up onto the boat from the water as you see pirates do in the movies. We had three successful pirates in our group!
After a nice lunch featuring lots of salads, green beans, fresh yogurt with cucumbers and garlic, and grilled chicken we set off cruising down the coast 2 hours to the ancient site of Kaunos. We had good weather and calm seas as we passed tall mountains and deep pine forests along the shore. We arrived in the late afternoon where we boarded a small local boat at the river mouth and entered into a nature preserve that is dedicated to the rare and endangered loggerhead turtle. We were lucky to get good views of these giant turtles when we pulled up next to a local fisherman who was feeding the turtles blue crabs.
|Banana Boat is everybody's favorite motorized water sport!|
|Kids sitting on the 2nd Century BC theatre seats....|
|Dalyan River and Carian Royal Tombs from 6th Century BC|
We then made a quick visit to the charming town of Dalyan where we walked through the quaint streets and restocked our boat supplies. On the boat ride back Jale purchased some fresh pomegranate juice from a local farmer and we all enjoyed the refreshing tart taste as we cruised back through the turtle sanctuary at sunset.