Moonlight Boat Cruises on Köyceğiz Lake are a great way to spend a relaxed evening. When the full moon arises in the sky and the cliffs where the ancient Lykian Kings have been buried in their tombs for thousands of years you will board a boat at the river. The tour starts at about 8 pm at night from the harbour and cruises along the riverbed towards Köyceğiz Lake. A Turkish Barbeque is provided on board and you can swim by the boat or dance and drink through the night to music. The cruise finishes around midnight but that's about the time the nightlife is really getting going in Dalyan.
The boat trip to Iztuzu Beach only takes approximately 30 minutes, winding its way down the channel, through the rustling reeds to the open tip of the beach. Chaise lounges and beach umbrellas for rent are available at the beach, and cold drinks and snacks are available. A Turkish style barbeque will be served on the boat.
Bakardi Bay is just south of Aşi Bay between Dalyan and Sarigerme. A paradise for people who love nature. Swimming and snorkelling in the clean seawater of Bakardi Bay. And the best part of the trip is the barbeque prepared with traditional Turkish fare. Its lush meal with lots of spices. You will never ever regret having spent a day doing one of these boat trips. A very queit and very secluded beach more for nature lovers than sun-bathers who wish to lie on a beach chair in the sun. The clear aquamarine blue water is certainly inviting for those who would like to swim or snorkel.
Ekinçik Bay is an excellent place to relax and take a break for swimming and sunbathing. After that you'll go to the underwater caves which is a really interesting place to go snorkeling. You will be awed at the fantastic beauty of these under water caves. You will also be able to enjoy a traditional Turkish barbeque on the beach during this tour as well. With a return to Dalyan at about 5 pm in the afternoon, it makes for a great day in the sun.
The Sultaniye boat trip takes you to scenic Köyceğiz Lake, located near Dalaman International Airport and within a convenient distance of both Fethiye and Marmaris, but closest to Dalyan, is well known for its natural hot springs and mud baths. The waters of Sultaniye are good for both bathing and drinking. The treatment consists of covering the body with a layer of mud and then soaking in the hot mineral water. You will spend hours at the Sultaniye mud baths, swim in Köyceğiz Lake and enjoy a Turkish Barbeque on the boat.
The Köyceğiz Market boat trip travels across the lake to Köyceğiz. Old Köyceğiz was once a thriving town on the south coast of Turkey. The original Köyceğiz was owned by the Selcuk people before the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century. The people of Selcuk known as the 'Mentese Ogullari' were a very rich and owned land covering the area from Iztuzu Beach to the other side of the present Köyceğiz.
The end came for this thriving people when an earthquake filled the valleys to create what is now Lake Köyceğiz. Only half of the old town still exists. This area is now protected and the original descendants of the ''Mentese Ogullari'' occupy the dwellings.
Köyceğiz Market boat trip travels on Lake Köyceğiz over the area where half of Old Köyceğiz once was. When you arrive in Köyceğiz there is time to walk to the Pazar and shop with the locals that come here every Monday for the weekly market. A couple of hours later the boat leaves and goes back towards Dalyan with a stop at the Mud Baths and an onboard barbeque lunch before returning to the boat jetty at about 5 pm in the afternoon.
For a simple transport to the beach you use the public boat and then you can just jump onto any boat for your return journey. You will need to give your ticket to the returning boatman so that he will be paid. It's a fantastic way of travelling to Iztuzu Beach or up river to the Mud Baths. This is for those who simply desire transportation and does not include any meals or drinks.
Jeep Tours on the south coast of Turkey are always spectacular. During a one day jeep safari you will make stops for swimming in Köyceğiz Lake which is a clear fresh 12 kilometer long lake, stroll through an ancient amber forest whose trees provide oil for cosmetic annd medical purposes, visit a clear water spring which is the source of a local river, have lunch in Yuvarlakcay at a restaurant built out of wood over the top of a river, or enjoy a barbeque on Aşi Beach.
There are a number of great day treks that originate in Çandir. There is a trek up over the mountain to Ekinçik where you will be picked up by a boat for a barbeque on the beach and returned to Dalyan via Iztuzu Beach and through the reed beds. Other treks which take usually about 2-3 hours are from Çandir to the old cemetary where you can see Rhodes on a clear day, or to the viewpoint from which you overlook Iztuzu Beach and back over Dalyan. These can include a stroll through the ruins of Kaunos should you like to spend some time in the midst of this Lycian antiquity.
From Dalyan you can walk to Gökbel and on to Iztuzu Beach, or a number of other spectacular destinations such as the upper village in Gökbel and over towards Aşi Beach. The mountains around Dalyan in areas like Gökbel are full of enough less traveled roads and paths to spend weeks covering. This area has many breathtaking views, vistas and out of the way destinations, and all are easily accessed from Dalyan.
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