Whether you’re cruising along Turkey’s Turquoise Coast or sailing along on a day tour from Marmaris, you’ll likely find reason to detour to the scenic Dalyan River and its namesake port town. The area’s top attraction is Turtle Bay, (İztuzu Beach) a strip of sand between the river and the Mediterranean Sea. With its prime location at the mouth of the freshwater delta, Turtle Beach has become an important spot for endangered loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) that come ashore to lay eggs during breeding season. Watching the turtles in their natural habitat is a popular pastime among visitors. 

Additional highlights along the Dalyan River include the Köyceğiz-Dalyan Special Environmental Protection Area around Lake Köyceğiz, the impressive ruins of ancient Kaunos and a series of Lycian rock tombs carved into coastal cliffs. Be sure to take advantage of one of the delta’s most noted natural assets – its mineral-dense mud baths and sulfur hot springs, renowned for their healing properties.

Practical Info

Dalyan is located east of Marmaris on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

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3-Night Gulet Cruise from Marmaris to Fethiye

Sail around the Turkish Riviera's poster-child beaches and enchanting bays, on a 3-night ‘gulet’ cruise from Marmaris to Fethiye! Aboard a traditional wooden ...  Read more

Location: Marmaris, Turkey
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $262.11

7-Night Gulet Cruise from Bodrum: Gulf of Gökova

Sail by Turkish 'gulet,' a traditional wooden sail boat, around the breathtaking Gulf of Gökova on a 7-night cruise from Bodrum. Introducing you to the ...  Read more

Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $341.14

Adaköy Peninsula Cruise from Marmaris Including Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Bay, and Mud Baths

Combine a day in the sun with Dalyan’s loggerhead turtles, Lycian tombs and mud baths on a full-day cruise from Marmaris! After leaving the city, enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: Marmaris, Turkey
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $37.87

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