Yalıkavak has been announced as breeding and sheltering area of Mediterranean seals.Yalıkavak lies between points Göçük Burnu on southwest of Yalıkavak Peninsula and 1 M south of Çoban Burnu, it indents 2M to the east. The port faces to the west, open to westerlies. There are three coves on the northern part, this anchorage is known as Küdür. These coves; Ötüsarmı Koyu, Piresan Koyu and Bahçe Koyu. These coves afford good shelter from breeze. Stronger breeze cause choppy waters when it is funnelled down from the mountains. The bottom is weed. Make sure your anchor is well dug in.
If you are heading to the town, Karataş rocks, lying on the route, 650 meters from the shore, are extremely dangerous. Care is needed. Western tip of Port Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina is close to these rocky shallows.
There are two anchorages in the vicinity. First one is Port Bodrum Yalıkavak Marina. The other anchorage is Yalıkavak shelter. This shelter is always loaded with local fishing boats. Finding a place for berthing is nealy impossible. There are laid moorings tailed on pier. Cooperative manages the shelter and charges fee for berthing (Attendant: Mehmet Tokcan, 0555-204 02 67). Water and electricity are available, bilge water discharge service is given. Fresh fish can be purchased from the fishmonger in the vicinity. Yalıkavak Town is the coolest spot in Bodrum peninsula, breeze has welcoming effect in hot summers.
All sort of provisions can be found from the markets. State clinic, Coast guard, Gendarma station, Custom authority offices, banks, ATMs and cargo companies are located in the town zone. Regular transport services to Bodrum (19 km) and Bodrum Milas Airport (50km) are available. There are number of restorants, cafes, hotels and pensions in the town, providing services for visitors. Wireless connections are efficient.
There is a slipway on the bay. Yalıkavak Sailing school organizes sailing courses for the youngsters. Cultural activities are held in the town.
Take time to explore the village of Sandıma. Sandıma is a deserted Greek village, renovation works are being carried out.