Asin Limani and Paradise Cove
27 July 2019
Thanks to Elizabeth for the additional research, we are not surprised by the $1m plus price per week for hire. We agree that we prefer being able to access small and out of the way places, much more fun. Although, sometimes it would be nice to have someone do the dishes and the cleaning - not that there is very much to clean on SCII.
We decided to spend a night in the town harbour of Asin Limani, which is a small fishing village. We are the only foreign yacht tied up at the town key, most of the boats were fishing boats or day trip boats. We have recorded a short video of the harbour during the call to prayer - apologies for cutting off the Iman's prayer.
Adjacent the village are the remains of an ancient city of Iassus that dates from about 2000BC to around 1500AD. We spent a few hours walking around the area, there are still theatres, some marble columns and the remains of some of the paved main streets, as well as a few parts of buildings. There has been very little evidence of recent archaeology and some of the paths leading away from the ruins that are on a general map at the entrance get lost in the cow paddocks (and cow dung and thistles....) It's certainly different to exploring the ruins of somewhere like Ephesus which you would be sharing with hundreds of others.
Along the harbour were about five of six shops selling fish that had been caught by the local fishermen. Interestingly there was no refrigeration or glass cabinets to display the seafood on offer, everything was in polystyrene boxes covered with ice. A number of the fish shops also had a restaurant or café where they cooked and served their produce. We enjoyed beautiful calamari and sea bass with a salad and chips, the seafood all freshly caught that morning. (see the view from the restaurant above) We later purchased some prawns and calamari from one of the fish shops. The lady in the shop spoke no English apart from the word 'fish' but through hand signals we managed to negotiate our purchase. We ate the prawns that evening, they were cut open and butterflied, marinated (with lemon garlic and oregano) and cooked on the BBQ, delicious. The calamari was purchased for fish bait, but given it cost the same as the prawns ($28A per kilo) we decided we would cook it and Glenn could use the offcuts for bait. Sadly, no fish caught at this stage apart from one small fish about 10cm in length, which was thrown back. I think the right decision was made in relation to eating the calamari!
Today we are anchored in a beautiful bay appropriately called Paradise Cove. It has clear turquoise water and native pine trees coming down to the waters edge, very picturesque. Lots of small local boats coming and going, many trolling a lure in an attempt to catch a fish. The water is teaming with fish but all of them small.
The Turks love being out on the water, even if not fishing or swimming. A small boat dropped anchor near us with two Turkish men aboard. They sat in their boat for most of the afternoon, only once going for a swim. The afternoon was spent smoking and chatting, as well as playing CDs on a portable CD player which they sang along with loudly (not very well though).