Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island) Tours
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According to legend, Cleopatra enjoyed clandestine rendezvous with her lover, Marc Antony, on the shores of this tiny island in the Aegean Sea, just off the Gulf of Gokova. Their story makes the island a renowned romantic spot. Its other claim to fame is its unusually textured sand, which is made up of smooth, white, ground-up seashells.
The island’s crushed seashell sand is so special that visitors are required to leave their belongings and shoes at the beach entrances, and sullying or removing the sand is strictly prohibited. This kind of sand is most often found along Egyptian shores, and legend has it that Marc Antony had it shipped from North Africa in an attempt to woo his love. The island also boasts Roman ruins.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Some tours of the region have a maximum 2 passengers per cabin and a minimum age (usually 12).
- Tours are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
- Make sure to bring swimwear, sun protection, and water bottles when you head out to Cleopatra Island.
How to Get There
Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island) is located off Turkey’s southwestern coast, about 15 miles (25 kilometers) from Marmaris. To reach the island, head to Camli Village (about a 30-minute drive from Marmaris along the Marmaris-Mugla Road), then take a boat to the island. Many tours include transfers from hotels in Marmaris.
When to Get There
Cleopatra Island’s high season is July–August, but you can avoid the crowds and enjoy temperate weather by visiting in early fall. Alternatively, visit in May for the Marmaris Maritime and Spring Festival, which is celebrated with yacht races and street performances, or for the larger Marmaris Yacht Festival later in the month. The Marmaris International Short Film Festival takes place in June and July, and in October, the city hosts International Race Week.
Gulf of Gökova
Cleopatra Island is located just off the Gulf of Gokova, one of the most stunning stretches of Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast. After visiting the island’s famous beaches, explore the rest of the area, which is full of hidden coves surrounded by pine forests. Enjoy kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling, or hike the coastal Carian Trail, which runs from Cape Crio to Bodrum through the sleepy resort town of Akyaka and the Latmos Mountains.
Address: Marmaris, Turkey
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)
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Enjoy a day of guaranteed fun in the sun during this adventure-filled, all-inclusive getaway from Marmaris. Hop on a red convertible bus for a scenic journey through the Turkish countryside before transferring to a boat cruise, with on-site amenities like karaoke and a foam party. Enjoy an onboard lunch before taking a dip in no less than three unforgettable swimming spots, from the Blue Lagoon to Cleopatra Island.
Channel the languorous life of Cleopatra on this cruise to Cleopatra Island, departing from Marmaris. Sail the emerald Gulf of Gökova, admiring stunning vistas and indulging in swimming dips during stops along the way. Savor a lunch onboard the boat, then port at the island’s shores where the Egyptian queen famously vacationed with Mark Anthony. Enjoy the island itself as you wish — stroll, swim, sunbathe or explore the ancient ruins before returning to Marmaris, with one final swim stop on the way back. No trip to the Turkish coast is complete without this experience.
Spend a day exploring the Turkish Riviera’s stunning scenery on this adventurous tour. Following pickup from your Marmaris hotel and a safety briefing, hop in your Jeep and go for an off-road tour through the region’s hills and forests, enjoying panoramic views as you go. Next, transfer to a boat and journey to Incekum Bay, where you can dine on board and swim. Continue to Cleopatra Island—so named because the Egyptian Queen was said to spend time here—for further sunbathing and paddling before returning to your hotel.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travellers
This full-day excursion to Cleopatra Island offers departures from hotels in both Marmaris and Icmeler. On the way to the island you’ll stop for swimming breaks in Incekum Bay and near Fenerli Island. Enjoy the warm turquoise waters and stunning views of Gokova Bay. A delicious BBQ lunch will be served back on board, and includes chicken or meat balls, spaghetti, salad, and seasonal fruits. With 3 hours or more of free time on Cleopatra Island, you’ll be able relax on the white sand beach, take a leisurely walk through the olive groves, and explore the ruins of the Roman amphitheater and fortifications. The island’s sands are legendary and are believed to have been imported by Mark Anthony as a gift to his lover Cleopatra. This unique sand cannot be found anywhere else in the world: the grains are so tiny and shiny that the beach on Cleopatra Island was declared a National Conservation Area. It is not permitted to take any sand with you when leaving the island.
Cleopatra Island is located in the Gulf of Gökova, off the coast of Muğla Province, and is a sunny getaway from the busy resort towns on the Turkish Riviera. Sail across the Gulf and disembark for the day on the island. Sunbathe, swim or snorkel at the island’s idiosyncratic beach with seashell sand, rumored to have been specially imported by the Egyptian ruler Cleopatra centuries ago, and explore the island’s olive groves and coastlines.
COVID-19 PROTOCOLS. Tour capacity has been greatly reduced to allow for proper social distancing. Seating capacity has been reduced by 50%. Tour Inclusions: Pick up & drop off to hotel, Lunch, Insurance, Guide Tour Exclusions: Drinks, Extras Pick-ups from: Pick ups from/to all clients hotels. (N/A from Marmaris Imperial - Suntopia Hotel , Marmaris Resort & Spa Hotel) Any dress-code or clothing suggestion, or anything clients need to bring :Swimwear and towels. Highlights: • Definitely a "Must See" place for all nature lovers • An ideal day out for those who wish to relax in peace. • Have delicious lunch on board • Get up to speed between the blue sea and blue sky • Swim in bays only way to go with maritim line
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island)?
The best ways to experience Cleopatra Island (Sedir Island) are:
- Akyaka Tour with Cleopatra Island From Marmaris
- Cleopatra Island Boat Trip, Lunch and Entrance Fee include ,from Marmaris
- Ecoventure Jeep Safari and Cleopatra Island Boat Trip from Marmaris
- Cleopatra Island Boat Trip from Marmaris
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