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Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)
Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)

Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)

Free admission
Iztuzu Beach , Dalyan, 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.

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Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
$27.09 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good day out
The cruise itself was good, the guide was very hospitable. The first stop which was the mud bath was nice views but the mud bath itself wasn't got me. It looked a bit more like a dirty pool, lunch was decent, the stop at dalyan beach was amazing and the water was warm, it was a shame didn't get to see any turtles but overall it was good value for money
Tendai_M, Dec 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Marmaris

star-5
Delightful day for out
Helen_T, Oct 2020
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Tour from start to finish was well organised and well managed. Enjoyable boat trip on a small boat with other English speaking guests. Tour guide very knowledgeable about the area. Boat captain was delightful and had many skills from driving the boat to serving drinks and cooking tasty meals for us. Thoroughly recommend booking this tour.
star-5
Great day out at a cheap price
Maria, Sep 2020
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Thank-you to our lovely tour guide, captain and crew. Enjoyable all day excursion, great value for money.
star-4
Very nice day
haiss, Aug 2019
Dalyan Mud Baths and Turtle Beach Day Trip from Bodrum
We enjoyed our trip. It was a long day, from 6:30 am till 8:00 pm. Drivers and guides were very helpful and friendly. It started by breakfast, then mud bath, trip by boat, going to the beach and finally way back to the hotel.
star-5
Great day out. Well looked after by the...
wendystrode, Sep 2018
Dalyan Cruise: Iztuzu Beach, River Cruise and Mud Bath from Marmaris and Icmeler
Great day out. Well looked after by the crew. Lots to do and see. Very happy. Excellent value for money. Loved it.
star-5
The first swim stop in the tour was...
Mohamed S, Aug 2017
Dalyan Cruise: Iztuzu Beach, River Cruise and Mud Bath from Marmaris and Icmeler
The first swim stop in the tour was amazing. The cruise captain was cheerful and helpful. The staff were great.
star-4
Lazy day on beautiful river.
449austinm, Oct 2019
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
This was a most enjoyable relaxing trip with plenty to see. The Lake and river cruise was most enjoyable with Dalyan tombs the highlight. Turtle beach was beautiful although turtle sightings are rare.
star-5
Excellent day, good price
PierreTrip, Jun 2019
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
We enjoyed our day thoroughly, an excellent mix of swimming in the sea, ship, food, mud baths, beautiful places, ancient spots, ecotourism (turtles)
star-5
Brillaint trip. Seeing the turtles...
Sarah H, Jul 2017
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Brillaint trip. Seeing the turtles swimming around was awesome, Just remember to take money as there are souvenirs to buy and food on board the boats!
star-4
All OK. A little too fast. Things...
Krzysztof K, Sep 2015
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
All OK. A little too fast. Things chasing other attractions.
star-4
This is an ALL DAY trip! First you...
Caribbean Beach Bum, Jul 2017
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
This is an ALL DAY trip! First you board a big boat at the harbour: PLEASE BE AWARE -- NO OUTSIDE FOOD or DRINKS allowed: plan ahead and don't bother to bring them because they WILL be taken away from you, placed in a plastic bag wtih your name on it and given back to you I think when you switch boats to go to Turtle Beach or at the end of the day. So you spend about 1/2 day on the big boat where there is a swimming stop and lunch. Also you might get asked if you would like to purchase the CRAB SNACK for 20TL: I did, but it was just OK, not amazing as was promoted. So will leave that up to you. Once you board the small boat as is seen in the promo pics on Viator, you are first taken to Turtle Beach. NOTE: if you use a beach chair, you will be charged, and there is not always nice spots for putting out your towel on the beach, because it is all TURTLE PROPERTY!! Lol lol lol..... After the beach, you will board your small boat for the trip up the river, where you will see the sites of the area, the old tombs get your zoom lens out!!! and then reach the spot for the mud baths. Go ahead and let the guy take your picture covered in mud and buy it later, because you cannot really take a camera to the location. The smelly sulfur springs is also worth a dip! After that you are transported back to the big boat, where you can now snack and drink all the way back to port. If you are lucky, there might be some light entertainment on board: but I'm not sure it it is a regular feature. HAVE AN AWESOME DAY: GO HAVE FUN!!!!
star-5
The coach was full of people so it...
Asia K, Nov 2017
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
The coach was full of people so it is a really popular excursion. The guide was multilingual and on some strange frequency, but he was approachable and friendly that i wasnt bothered about his phoneline..to be fair he was funny at times. sailing across the beautiful Lycian Coast along the Turquoise Sea was really relaxing and fun. Everybody was buying drinks and ordering the crab which seemed like some kind of luxury item.. Lunch was actually included, but there was no fuss if you wanted to eat and drink more. Sailing along the coast was idyllic and the highlight was the rock cut tombs of the Kings of Kaunos founded in the 9th Century BC on the border of the Kingdom of Lycia. Sailing along the the Dalyan Canalo from Koycegiz Lake ti Iztuzu Beach was a gem, leading to the Mud Baths - which is why I actually booked the excursion. The mud is supposed to be really good for your skin because of its sulphuric qualities and I absolutely loved it. I met another guest who helped with what to do instead of bugging the guide or the souveneir photographers. There was mud, drying off, taking a dip, showering and a hot-tub. Then onto Iztuzu beach for swimming , sunbathing and relaxing.. It was a really fun and therapeutic day around other people who were friendly and like vacating. I would do this specific excursion again.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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