Updated and improved for your 2019 summer, our trip to Jimmy’s Island is a fantastic way to spend an evening, from beginning to end. Jimmy’s Island is a secluded oasis, a beautiful sandy beach on the edge of Koycegiz Lake. We will combine a beautiful sunset with delicious food a relaxed environment and the incredible sounds of a trio of traditional turkish musicians. As you are surrounded by 360 degree mountain views, it is like being transported to another place. Only when the sun goes down and you see the glow from the lights of Dalyan, can you appreciate where you are. It is truly spectacular.
To begin our magical evening we will meet at our office at 16.45pm and once all our guests have arrived, at 17.00pm we will take a short stroll to our boat. Our boat is a hugely spacious two tiered vessel with an abundance of sunbeds and seating areas for you to relax and enjoy the views with your complimentary alcoholic or non alcoholic welcome drink.
It takes around 90 minutes meandering up the river to reach Jimmy’s Island and we will stop along the journey for a swim break in the lake. The musicians will journey with us so expect some impromptu entertainment as we travel!
Once we get to the island we will have time for more swimming or to explore. There are pedalos and kayaks to use so grab a beer and see what you can discover. The island is surrounded by trees and reed beds providing the perfect opportunity to wander off and explore. You can walk along the shoreline or into the trees behind the beach and it is possible to walk all the way to the Sultaniye Mud Baths if you are feeling ambitious.
There is an established picnic area with wooden tables for us to eat at, fully equipped toilet facilities aswell as a tree swing and hammocks, all for our own private use.
As you are enjoying the island the campfire will be lit and the BBQ prepared. Cooked fresh at Jimmy’s, chicken and meatballs will be sizzling away for you, accompanied by a huge variety of mezes, salads and breads. Fish, vegetarian and vegan options are available if requested at the time of booking and all dietary requirements can of course be catered for. Bar service will be available from the boat throughout the entire trip.
As the sun begins to set over the lake, the skies turn a brilliant orange. With the sun setting in front of you, the moon will rise behind the mountains. As we settle round the campfire our musical masters will perform their beautiful routine, bursting full of traditional turkish songs to immerse you in culture. They will be playing on authentic instruments including the turkish clarinet and kanun, a fabulous string based instrument played on the lap. The sounds of the music, the hypnotising campfire and the peace of the island creates the most mesmerising atmosphere that will take your breath away.
When we are ready we will depart Jimmy’s Island and make our way back to Dalyan, the music will continue on the boat so don’t fear the evening is over! As a guide we would estimate return to town around midnight but as with all our tours, the night is yours for as long as you want it.