With so much on offer in such a small bay, it’s almost impossible to run out of things to do in Oludeniz! From perfecting the tan on one of the stunning beaches, to taking to the sky for a flight (or fright) or your life…you can get as much or as little as you want out of your holiday. Here are a few pointers:
Visit the Blue Lagoon
You can’t possibly come to Oludeniz without spending time around the lagoon. As one of the most famous sites in Turkey, it is a must see on any visit to the area. Pay a small entrance and head onto the famed arm for a day of sunbathing, water-sports or drinks in one of the cafes, or head to one of the many private beaches like Sugar Beach or Seahorse where entrance is free and a shuttle service can take you to and from your hotel on request. A great day out for the family!
Daily Boat Trip Book a day-trip and lazily cruise the coastline stopping occasionally for a dip in the clear waters of a local bay. Soak up the sun, have a few drinks and eat a light lunch of BBQ fish or chicken on board then return to shore around 5pm in time for sundown. There are a number of boats that vary in size running trips from the beach front every morning. Either book via a local office or direct but keep in mind that cheap booking prices can mean a packed boat and expensive drinks on board so shop around for the best deal.
Hire a speed boat, take a banana boat ride or get towed across the bay parasailing. Lots of water sports are available on the beach front and by the lagoon and they are a great way to add a little action into your day.
Paragliding Oludeniz has been a popular destination for paragliders for many years and regularly attracts solo and tandem pilots from around the world. The area is famed for hosting the International Air Games every October where the craziest of aerial artists can be seen pulling all manner of stunts from free-falling, skydiving and paragliding, to jumping from micro-lights and hand gliding – a truly spectacular sight! For those that fancy a go tandem flight this is easily arranged in resort with many companies offering trips. Flying is fantastic and the majority of the tandem pilots well trained and professional but you should be aware that your travel insurance may not cover the activity. Be sure to choose a good, insured and well established company like Sky Sports on the main central pedestrian street.
A safer alternative to paragliding is micro-lighting and there is a local English/Turkish owned company offering 25 minute flights across the lagoon and Butterfly valley locally. Imagine a go-kart with wings and you will get the idea. Offering free pick up services, fully qualified pilots and flights throughout the morning and late afternoon, it’s a great way to see a little of the area and capture that all important picture of the lagoon.
Watch the sunset
What could be better than sitting yourself in a roof top bar, ordering an ice-cold Efes or a beach cocktail, watching the paragliders lazily fly by, and staring out at the sea as the sun sets through shades of yellow, orange and red? There are some wonderful sunset vantage spots along the front, particular favourites include Buzz Bar, Help, Crusos or simply sitting on a bench, eating muscles from a street vendor and taking in the beauty of Oludeniz at sundown.
Getting to and from Oludeniz
Airports: Oludeniz is a 45 minute transfer from Dalaman International Airport flying regular UK and European flights to main destinations from April to November and via Istanbul year round.
Local Buses: Local minibuses (dolmus) run regular services to Hisaronu (10 minutes), Ovacik (15minutes), Kayakoy (20 minutes) and Fethiye (25 minutes).
Intercity Buses: Fethiye Otogar (Bus Station) is a 25 minute dolmus ride from Oludeniz and the main intercity bus terminal for the region. Operating first class coach and bus services to most main towns and cities throughout Turkey, you can book tickets directly with the bus station or via ticket offices in the resorts.
Taxis: Registered yellow taxis can be called from your hotel or found at taxi-ranks throughout the resort. They offer reasonable fares to all the surrounding areas and are either metered or state a set price to popular destinations.
Boats: There are a number of boats taking tourists on daily trips around local bays on the main beachfront and a private water taxi service to Butterfly Valley leaving a few times a day. A daily hydrofoil service can be booked and taken from Fethiye to Rhodes, and a number of yacht charter companies offer 3 to 14 night cruises along the coast should it take your fancy.