The bay, whose real name is Kelleci Bay, is located right across Suluada. Apart from being a stopover point for tours, there is also a story of the sheep, which attracts the attention of archaeologists.
About 40 years ago, American archaeologists came to Kelleci Bay with the aim of carrying out the first underwater archaeological excavation in the world’s history and finding the Gelidonya Shipwreck. The bay, which has been the center of archaeological diving for many years, has become a base for American divers. For this reason, it has been called the American Bay since then.
Land access is blocked due to the rocks around the bay, which is 1 hour away from the Gelidonya Shipwreck. There are cliffs rising in the form of walls in the bay. The importance of these rocks is the fresh water source on them. The source provided water to the divers and archaeologists who camped in the area during the archaeological excavations, while also washing and desalinating the artifacts unearthed under the water.
As a result of the excavations, the Gelidonya Wreck, also known as the Phoenician Wreck, which was unearthed in 1960 and known to be from the Young Bronze Age, is now exhibited in the Bodrum Underwater Archeology Museum. Diving activities are also carried out in the American Bay, where beautiful shades of green and blue meet. You can contact the dive centers in Adrasan and Olympos and dive here.
American Bay is not included in the itinerary of every tour. If you want to come here, we recommend that you consider whether it is on the route when deciding on the tour you will choose. Like other bays, one of the most popular and one of the bays that can be included in your route depending on the tour you choose is Ceneviz Bay. At the foot of Mount Musa, facing the open sea, the bay is also called Porto-Geneviz Bay. Although construction is prohibited in the bay, which is located in the Beydağları National Park and is a natural protected area, unfortunately the prohibitions have been violated and this cove, which is a natural wonder, has been touched by human hands.
It is possible to camp in the cove, which has makeshift houses and living families. However, the most common complaint, especially by the people of the region, is that those who camp in Genoa Bay leave all their waste in the bay. Isn’t it ironic that these people, who supposedly love nature and camp to be alone with nature, do the worst harm to nature? There is a fresh water source for those who want to camp in Ceneviz Bay, but it takes about 5 hours to reach the bay on foot. It is not possible to reach the cove, which you can only reach on foot and by boat, by vehicle.
The castle ruins on a slope of the bay caused it to be called Porto-Geneviz Bay. It is known that the Genoese established trade colonies on the Mediterranean and Black Sea coasts in the 11th and 15th centuries, built castles or repaired the castles there. It is also possible to see the bay called Liar Bay just behind the Ceneviz Bay. Boats can also come here. Liar Bay and Genoese Bay are on the back row. If you are lucky, you can see Mediterranean Seals and Caretta Caretta turtles in both bays.
What makes Ceneviz Bay so popular among other bays is the mud found in the inner parts of the bay, which is believed to beautify… It is not known how much the mud beautifies, whether it benefits the body, but it is definitely a good marketing strategy…
Since the cove is surrounded by rocks on both sides, it has clear water without waves. You will be fascinated by the blueness of the water, and you will want to jump right in. But if you are going ashore, you should remember that there are pebbles. A pair of sea shoes that you will take with you will make you comfortable.
Forforlu Cave, which emerged with the merging of red pines and magnificent cliffs, is approximately 40 meters long. Tour boats enter the cave accompanied by lanterns. It is also possible to enter the cave by swimming through the rocks, but swimming is prohibited during the breeding season of the Mediterranean Seals. Inside the cave, there is also a small area such as a sandy room where you can stand.
This name was given because the rocks forming the walls of the cave are covered with phosphorus and shine brightly. We recommend that those who are afraid of closed spaces and the dark do not go, and do not choose the tours that include the cave in their route. However, the Phosphorus Cave, which is also very valuable geologically, is a place worth seeing. Particularly in the evening, you should join the tours specially organized here and see the awesome glow in the dark. One of the most important but lesser-known places in our country that adventure lovers should definitely explore is the Phosphorus Cave.