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Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach) Tours

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Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)
A narrow spit of sand stretching out into the ocean, Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach) takes its name from the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on its shores. Forming a natural barrier between the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean Sea, the protected beach is one of the most important breeding grounds for the endangered creatures in Turkey.

The Basics
Sunseekers come to Iztuzu Beach to lounge on its golden sands and swim against a background of forested mountains. Turtle sightings are common, and you might even find yourself swimming alongside them. Stick around until sunset when the turtles return to their beachside nests, or pay a visit to the Turtle Conservation Center at the south end of the beach to learn more.

Day tours from Fethiye and Marmaris often combine a visit to Iztuzu Beach with a cruise along the Dalyan River. Stop along the way to admire the ancient King’s Tombs at nearby Kaunos, cruise around the Köyceğiz Lake nature reserve, or enjoy a soak in the thermal springs and mineral-rich mud baths along the riverside.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Iztuzu Beach is a popular family beach and a must for wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Parts of the beach are closed to the public during the turtle nesting season, and metal cages are set up to protect the nests.
  • The beach has restrooms, showers, picnic benches, and food kiosks; sunbeds and parasols are available to rent in high season.

How to Get There
Iztuzu Beach lies between Fethiye and Marmaris along Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Most day-trippers arrive by boat along the Dalyan River, landing at the north end of the beach. To arrive by road, it’s about 8 miles (13 kilometers) south of Dalyan village—a 20-minute taxi or dolmuş (shared minibus) ride.

When to Get There
Iztuzu Beach draws large crowds during the summer months, but most visitors are concentrated at the north and south ends of the beach. Loggerhead turtles nest on the beach from May to August, and July to August is the best time to spot the baby turtles making their way out to sea.

Day Trips from Marmaris
A popular resort town and cruise ship port of call, Marmaris is well-situated for exploring Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. Visit the ancient city of Ephesus—home to remarkably preserved Roman ruins—or admire the travertine terraces of Pamukkale; both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Alternatively, set sail for the Greek island of Rhodes, or stay closer to shore with a cruise to Cleopatra Island, famous for its white shell sands.
Address: Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey
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Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris

Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris

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=Spend a day cruising Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast on this full-day boat trip from Marmaris or Icmeler, including hotel transfers and lunch. Take in the highlights of the Dalyan canal, admiring the rock-cut Lycian Tombs of the Kings of Kaunos, taking a dip in the mineral-rich mud baths and viewing the protected Iztuzu Beach, famous for its large population of loggerhead turtles.
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Dalyan Cruise: Iztuzu Beach, River Cruise and Mud Bath from Marmaris and Icmeler

Dalyan Cruise: Iztuzu Beach, River Cruise and Mud Bath from Marmaris and Icmeler

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Spend a day exploring the natural wonders and historic gems of the Dalyan Delta on this action-packed full-day cruise from Marmaris. Set sail for the beaches and bays of the Adaköy peninsula, where you can cool off with a dip in the Mediterranean before cruising on to the Dalyan River. Spot loggerhead turtles at İztuzu Beach, soak in the mineral-rich mud baths and view the Lycian Kings’ Tombs in Kaunos, then tuck into a delicious lunch (included) on-board.
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  • 10 hours
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Dalyan Koycegiz by Bus Including River Cruise, Turtle Beach, Mud Baths and Lunch

Dalyan Koycegiz by Bus Including River Cruise, Turtle Beach, Mud Baths and Lunch

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Travel the scenic Dalyan Delta by bus and boat on an action-packed full-day tour from Marmaris, including lunch. Take in sights like the rock-cut tombs of the Kings of Kaunos and Köyceğiz Lake as you cruise down the Dalyan Canal, stopping to watch the loggerhead turtles on Turtle Beach, swim at the coastal beaches and soak in the mineral-rich mud baths.
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  • 1 day
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Full-Day Dalyan Caunos Boat Trip From Marmaris

Full-Day Dalyan Caunos Boat Trip From Marmaris

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For the ultimate relaxation, enjoy a full-day boat tour through the Dalyan Delta, home to one of Turkey’s most scenic nature reserves. Get a peek at 2,000-year-old Lycian rock-cut tombs and unwind along the pristine sands of Turtle Beach—named for its hard-shelled inhabitants. You’ll also enjoy free time to soak in mud baths and sulfur hot springs, plus a tasty lunch stop.
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  • 12 hours
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