Kameriye Island: Marmaris boat trips make wishes come true

People who follow Slow Travel Guide will already know we never say no to a boat trip. We love being at sea, or at least, we love exploring the Turkish Aegean and Mediterranean coastline. Can you blame us? The natural beauty of the turquoise waters, inlets, islands, and peninsulas is mindblowing. So, any excuse to set sail is a good one. In this case, one look at a photo from the ruined Greek church at Kameriye Island was enough to know we just had to see it. And if you like a romantic setting, an impressive wish tree, and the most amazing pebble mosaics, you need to see it too! Check out the photos in this post and get ready to put Kameriye Island (or Kamelya Island) on your bucket list.

One Word? Dramatic!

One Word? Dramatic!

Kameriye Island or Kamelya Island?

Honestly, we were unable to find a reliable source that would tell us more about the different names used for the island. If you look on a map, today’s name for the island is Kameriye, but plenty of boat tours advertise it as Kamelya. In any case, regardless of its name, this pretty little island just off the coast of the Bozburun Peninsula, close to Selimiye is a gem. And it doesn’t really matter what it’s called or even what its history is, just spending some time there is enough to make you fall in love with the place.

One Look At This And You Know You Need To Visit Kameriye Island

One Look At This And You Know You Need To Visit Kameriye Island

What to expect from your trip to Kameriye?

Apart from a very scenic 20-minute boat trip from Selimiye, the bays around Kameriye are perfect for snorkeling and swimming. The water is crystal clear, and – especially if you’re equipped with some decent snorkeling equipment – you’ll have to opportunity to spot colorful starfish, sponges, and urchins, just to name a few. The island is home to nothing more than some goats, and, of course, the 1.800-year-old ruins of an Orthodox church. One online article in the Hürriyet daily News even mentions this place is considered as the second home of the Virgin Mary in Turkey.

Golden Hour At Kameriye Island

Golden Hour At Kameriye Island

Part Of The Pebble Mosaic Lost The Battle Against Time

Part Of The Pebble Mosaic Lost The Battle Against Time

The path to the church is easy to walk and the views from up there are amazing. Outside, the mosaic pebbled courtyard is a work of art of its own, especially with the blue waters and the Bozburun Peninsula as a backdrop. Centrally located on the courtyard, is a century-old olive tree which is older than the church. Visitors to the island have turned it into a wish tree. We didn’t leave a ribbon, as our wish had already come true: visiting the island at sunset with not a single person in sight. It was magical!

The Pebble Mosaic Courtyard Is Mindblowingly Beautiful!

The Pebble Mosaic Courtyard Is Mindblowingly Beautiful!

Enjoying The Sunset At Kameriye

Enjoying The Sunset At Kameriye

Inside the church, you’ll find traces of other visitors who have burnt candles near what appears to be a fresco. We’re not quite sure how authentic it is though! A few years ago, the government approved the plan to turn the island into a wedding location after restoring the church. While we can clearly see how romantic getting married here must be, we secretly hope this spot will remain as it is, a silent witness to the Greek community that used to live on the island. Still, preservation is a challenge, with over 1.000 visitors per day in high season, not all visitors are treating this gem with the respect it deserves.

Inside The Church Or Chapel On Kamelya Island

Inside The Church Or Chapel On Kamelya Island

At The Back Of The Church You Can See Right Through It

At The Back Of The Church, You Can See Right Through It

Our tips for visiting the ruined church on Kameriye Island

During the tourist season, there are several daily boat trips to Kameriye leaving from Selimiye, on the Bozburun Peninsula. The Marmaris boat trips that are leaving from Marmaris, probably won’t go as far as Kamelya, so it is better to plan this as an excursion to the Bozburun Peninsula and go aboard one of the boats departing from there. Even out of season, you should be able to find a local fisherman who is willing to take you to the island for a small fee. As always, this is our preferred method, since this allows you to visit at your own pace, and it creates the opportunity to have the place all to yourself.

Kameriye Is A Popular Stop For Marmaris Boat Trips

Kameriye Is A Popular Stop For Marmaris Boat Trips

You Can Still See How The Church Used To Be Painted

You Can Still See How The Church Used To Be Painted

The island is small, but not all paths are easy to walk on. So, if you plan on exploring this little dot in the sea, make sure you’re wearing good walking shoes. If you’re into snorkeling, this is definitely a place to bring your gear along! Finish the day at one of the many waterside restaurants in Selimiye and enjoy a sunset dinner with a view.

The Church Seen From Above, Not Sure The Green Roof Is On Purpose

The Church Seen From Above, Not Sure The Green Roof Is On Purpose

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If you like places like these, check out trips to Kalabantia, Gemiler, or even Sedir Island. We have a feeling you might like those too! Keep in mind that traveling out of season usually allows you to have these places to yourselves, especially as an independent traveler. Joining a boat trip in high-season is a different experience. To help you plan your itinerary, use our interactive map page. We keep adding new things every week.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

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You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Check out the 10 best hotels in Selimiye according to TripAdvisor, or book your table at one of these lovely restaurants in Selimiye.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We’re all different people, so checking reviews on TripAdvisor is always a good idea! Just know we’ve visited each place personally and all photos are our own. So, basically, what you see is what you get. If you have any questions about a place, feel free to ask. You can send us a message through our contact page, or join our closed Facebook group where other Turkey travelers and aficionados are ready and eager to help.

If you like places like these, check out trips to Kalabantia, Gemiler, or even Sedir Island. We have a feeling you might like those too! Keep in mind that traveling out of season usually allows you to have these places to yourselves, especially as an independent traveler. Joining a boat trip in high-season is a different experience. To help you plan your itinerary, use our interactive map page. We keep adding new things every week.

Turkey is a perfectly safe country to travel, except for these risks. Still, you should never travel without proper insurance. We love World Nomads’ travel insurance. We love their philosophy and their take on responsible travel, but also the fact that they cover popular activities in Turkey such as paragliding or balloon rides.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Check out the 10 best hotels in Selimiye according to TripAdvisor, or book your table at one of these lovely restaurants in Selimiye.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

Clicking these links will take you to pages of places and products we love and we’ve tested. If you happen to book or buy something, we may earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to you. So here’s a thank you for adding some coins to the tip-box! 😉

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