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Boat trips are good value and fun. It is best to book at the harbour side close to pigeon island or inside the Marina (whichever is coser to your accommodation) as this is cheaper than buying an excursion. However if your accommodation is quite far from the harbour then it is useful to book an excursion with one of the operators in town, as you will be picked up as part of the price. About 30 lira is a good price, as this includes lunch and soft drinks.
The boat trip itself leaves about 9.30 am and it moors off a number of beaches so that you can swim in the sea or sunbathe at the beach. The more adventurous can dive of the sides of the boat and there are life jackets for the kids. Lunch consists of grilled meat (normally chicken) pastas, rice and salads, with lots of turkish bread.
The boats have turkish and summery beach music playing and if there are lots of young people around a real party atmosphere can happen, with dancing and singing. It is incredibly relaxing and laid back.
The views and photo opportunities are fantastic as you follow the coastline and the boats themselves are typically turkish.
The boats get back into the harbour about 4.30 pm.