Is there anything more enjoyable than admiring the glittering Mediterranean? The only thing would be to sail it!
There are a lot of organizers offering boat trips along Cyprus’s northern coast. The boat trips start from Kyrenia’s delightful old harbor, taking its passengers from shorter tours to any nearby beach bay, for longer day trips where both food and drinks are included.
The boats sail out of the harbour, where they pass the impressive old castle, then round the cape and venture out along the coast. The English-speaking guides will point out sights such as St. Hilarion Castle and Bellapais Abbey, which can be clearly seen as you turn your eyes on the impressive mountain range behind the city.
On board, a welcome drink is usually served while the boat sails on the blue sea. During a full day trip, the boat stops at one or more places for swimming and snorkeling in the warm water. Escape Beach in Alsancak is a popular beach to stay close to, but you usually also lay anchor in smaller coves. Some time during the day there is a buffet lunch which usually consists of seafood and lighter salads. During the day you also usually get served coffee and cake. The boat operators have different offers so remember to always check what is included in the boat trip you are booking. You can always bring a food bag and drinks for lunch if it’s not included in the price.
Sailing into the magical sunset can be the most romantic memory you take with you from the trip to North Cyprus. Most organizers offer sunset cruises with dinner aboard.
To remember to bring to a boat trip is swimwear, towel and a good sunscreen with high sun protection factor. You should also bring a hat and sunglasses as the sun become very strong mid day. Also do not forget the camera! And binoculars if you want to take a closer look at the coast.
Most of the boats carry equipment for snorkeling, but you are always welcome to bring your own gear. Those who snorkel along the coast of Cyprus have a great chance to see sea bass, flatfish, jellyfish, shrimp, octopus and maybe even sea turtles.
Genre Yachting (phone: 0548 828 00 75) and Prenses Bot turları (phone: 0548 841 29 16) are two of the organizers offering boat trips from Kyrenia harbour.