Top 10 Reasons To Visit Ölüdeniz, Turkey

Ölüdeniz is famous for a good reason – it’s stunningly beautiful. Here are just 10 reasons to visit Ölüdeniz near Fethiye…

1. Ölüdeniz is breathtakingly beautiful

You’ve just got to see Ölüdeniz if you’re anywhere in the Fethiye area. Even if you don’t enjoy the ‘tourist scene,’ you’re really missing out if you don’t opt to visit. The scenery of Ölüdeniz is amazing!

2. Ölüdeniz lagoon

Ölüdeniz lagoon is what this area is famous for. Take a swim in the calm, clear waters or just sunbathe in stunning surroundings.

3. The private beaches of Ölüdeniz

Visit the private beaches around the far side of the lagoon. Camping, caravans and beach chalets are available for overnight stays if you like the outdoor life.

Ölüdeniz Lagoon & Belcekiz Beach

Ölüdeniz looking beautiful from above

4. On-the-water activities in Ölüdeniz

From the chilled out to the adrenalin water sports, there should be something in Ölüdeniz to entertain you.

  • The lagoon has pedaloes and kayaks available – that’s the chilled out bit.
  • Speed boats and inflatable bananas are available along Belcekiz Beach.
  • Daily boat trips taking in Butterfly Valley and Gemiler (St. Nicholas) Island.
  • And if you need to get away from it all, take the water taxi over to Butterfly Valley (Kelebek Vadısı).

5. Underwater activities in Ölüdeniz

Scuba diving can be arranged through the agencies in the main resort area of Ölüdeniz.

6. Sky activities over Ölüdeniz

We’ve heard it many times that Ölüdeniz looks better from above. Get a bit of height and you can see the landscape of the area and trace the shape of the beautiful coastline. There are a few ways to get some height in Ölüdeniz.

  • Parascending – Fly through the air with the aid of a parachute and a speedboat.
  • Microlight – There are various videos on the internet to look at if this is what you fancy doing. We spoke to a 70 odd year old woman a couple of years ago who’d done that and paragliding over a couple of days. She loved it.
  • Paragliding – Apart from the lagoon, paragliding is probably what most people think of when they hear the name Ölüdeniz. Loads of companies in the resort doing this activity for reasonable prices.

7. Trekking Around Ölüdeniz

Obviously, only a suitable activity in the cooler months but for me, a much more sensible option for getting some height and seeing Ölüdeniz from above. Try the hike from Kayaköy to Ölüdeniz. It only takes a couple of hours.

Paragliding in Ölüdeniz

Paragliding is really popular in Ölüdeniz

8. Wave jumping in Ölüdeniz

The stunning azure waters around Belcekiz Beach can get a bit choppy around the shoreline. Enjoy the pummelling or swim out a mere 10 metres or so to get to calmer waters.

9. People watching in Ölüdeniz

If all this sounds too much, take yourself off to one of the beach-front bars and watch everyone else taking part in the activities.

10. Ölüdeniz nightlife

We’ve only been to Ölüdeniz at night a few times and we usually head for a quiet restaurant. It’s a lot more lively than we thought it would be so it’s a case of take your pick. Quiet restaurants and bars, dancing, cocktails, barbecue nights at the private beaches…the list goes on.

How to get to Ölüdeniz from Fethiye

  • The (air-conditioned) dolmuş leaves from Fethiye dolmuş station every few minutes and goes via the resorts of Ovacık and Hisarönü.
  • If you’re planning a night out, check with the driver what time the last one leaves. At the moment – high season – the last dolmuş back to Fethiye is around 2am (1am from Fethiye to Ölüdeniz).
  • Always check with the driver if you don’t want to end up in a taxi – taxis are not cheap!
  • You can book hotel rooms in Ölüdeniz through Booking.com.

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Comments

  1. Hi Is there any dolmus route from Kayakoy to Oludeniz beach? I avoid to do trekking as I have a time limit. Thank you

  2. @ Anonymous: Unfortunately, at the moment, there is no direct dolmuş route between Kay and Ölüdeniz. However, you can get the dolmuş from Kaya to Hisarönü and then get another dolmuş from Hisarönü to Ölüdeniz. It’s really easy to do and the driver will show you were to get off. You wait for the next dolmuş at the same place. The dolmuş from Kaya is every half an hour in summer and Hisarönü to Ölüdeniz is every few minutes. 🙂

  3. Stephen Paul Shakesheff says:

    The dolmus out to Kabak Bay – beautiful and terrifying!

  4. @ Stephen Shakeshaff: Ha ha, I usually drive when we go there. I like to be in control on roads like that!! Will definitely add this one to the updated post though. Thanks for that. 🙂

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