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  • Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

    1. Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

    The Orak Island Boat Tour departs from Halikarnas harbor at 11:00 AM, and makes its first stop at Red Bay, where you’ll be able to enjoy a short swim. Continue to Orak Island, and one of the most beautiful bays in the region. You’ll have about 2 hours to swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the white sand beach. After leaving Orak Bay, there will be 2-3 additional stops at different bays, where you’ll also be able to swim and snorkel. The exact itinerary will depend on sea conditions the day of your boat tour. You can be sure of stopping at a number of beautiful sheltered bays on the Bodrum peninsula. Midway through the tour you’ll have lunch on board, which is freshly prepared by the staff. Meals can vary, but usually include fresh salad, grilled chicken and rice or a pasta dish. In the afternoon, enjoy melon and Turkish tea with biscuits. Admire views of the picturesque coast...

    Great value for the money we paid. We went for swimming in different beach spots, all of them beautiful and different. Nice lunch, they even offered tea and biscuits. The crew of the Boat they are all great people.

  • Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

    2. Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

    Explore the unique travertine terraces of Pamukkale (literally “Cotton Castles” in Turkish), and enjoy a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Depart Bodrum and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Pamukkale, known as the “8th Wonder of the World” to those in the know. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale attracts some 2 million visitors every year. Get a view of the terraces from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli. Then, go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, built on top of the “Cotton Castles” in the 2nd century BC. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and visit the former Turkish Bath, now converted to an archaeological museum. Discover...

  • Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

    3. Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

    Spend a day away from the crowds of the beach resort of Bodrum and sail on the open water on a fun-filled cruise along the coastline. Hop on a sailing boat to discover out-of-the-way islands and caves, including hidden spots only accessible by boats. As you sail along, take plenty of breaks for swims and snorkeling. At one of many coves, soak up some sun with a good read or just gaze over the calming sea. Continue to Kara Ada aka Black Island. Here, plop into its mineral-rich waters and see if its renowned skin healing qualities come true. Since this island is set in Turkey’s legendary Turquoise Coast, keep your eyes peeled for luxurious yachts and gulets (classic Turkish sailboats) floating beside the banks. Around midway through the cruise, take a break onboard for a lunch prepared by your crew. Savor grilled chicken along with rice or pasta and crisp salad or a similar meal. After ...

    Great experience, food was good and spots are nice. The timings could be better (starting late, ending late)

  • Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

    4. Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

    There are more than 15 dive points around Bodrum with typical Aegean and Mediterranean flora and fauna. Shallow water diving points offer dives without currents but full of fish for first timers, while some deeper points have small currents for experienced divers. At times visibility reaches up to 40 meters meaning that you are now diving in crystal clear waters, literally! Rock formations in the dive points offer shelter for groupers, octopuses, learfish, barracudas and other different creatures. You also may see amphoras and antique anchors which are more than 2000 years old. There are two reefs with depths ranging from 7 to 40 meters. They are full of fish with good chances for photography. There are two caverns, the first at 12 meters, a bubble cavern. The second is at 6 meters with air in it, and walls reflecting different shades of deep blue. Drop-offs allows you to discover som...

    A definite must for me - and would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves some adventure and also excitement.. Worth every single penny as well, which I think is a very reasonable price!!

  • Bodrum: Unlimited 4G Internet in Turkey with Pocket Wi-Fi

    5. Bodrum: Unlimited 4G Internet in Turkey with Pocket Wi-Fi

    Enjoy a pocket hotspot device rental service for between 1 and 14 days to access the web throughout Turkey. Avoid expensive data roaming charges or connecting to insecure public internet points and, most importantly, save yourself the time and hassle of looking for free Wi-Fi every time you need an internet connection. With this service, you won’t have to change your SIM card during your vacation or buy a high-cost data package in advance. This is an unlimited package at truly 4G/LTE speed — it is secure and works everywhere in Turkey. There are no speed limitations at any level of data usage. Watch movies, play games, make online calls, stream your playlists, share your memories, use live navigation, and more.  Order your pocket Wi-Fi device and have it shipped to your destination in before you arrive or make a collection at the airport upon arrival. When you get there, you’ll be read...

  • Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

    6. Full-Day Jeep Safari from Bodrum

    You won’t want to miss this unforgettable adventure and the chance to see another side of Turkey. On this full-day jeep safari you’ll travel through the landscape of the Bodrum mountains, far from the main streets and city life of Bodrum, and through narrow, dusty valleys, rivers, and mountain ranges. Not only can you be a part of this great adventure but you’ll also have an opportunity to participate behind the wheel of a 4x4. Visit a small Turkish village, swim in a mountain river, and enjoy lunch at a small local restaurant. You’ll drive through romantic ravines and fertile fields into the high Bodrum mountain range the pine forests and remote parts of the region. In the late afternoon, after an extended drive through the mountains and valleys of Bodrum, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

    A great day running around in the jeeps. Food was good. Just one comment is that the stops in the villages took longer than expected so the trip could have easily been done in 5 hours but was good overall and a great fun water fight as well.

  • Bodrum: 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari

    7. Bodrum: 2-Hour Quad Bike Safari

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Bodrum and get a safety briefing and short test run to establish your confidence on the Quad Bike before you head off. Venture into the surrounding mountains and marvel at the different landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula.  Take a 20-minute ride to splash along the riverbeds and drive through the forest to get back to nature off road. Return to the practice track to speed things up a little and get an adrenaline rush as you race around the track. Cool down with a swim in the beautiful countryside to experience a different side to the coastal resort. Return to the starting point dirty and dusty, but in great spirits. Get dropped off at your hotel at the end of your memorable experience. 

    Good fun with some surprises. Only disappointment was that the booking wasn't done at the agreed time when I booked so I had to miss out on my evening event which wasn't great news

  • From Bodrum: Buggy Safari Adventure

    8. From Bodrum: Buggy Safari Adventure

    Explore the natural landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula on a buggy safari adventure from Bodrum. Ride along the rugged terrain of the surrounding mountains, dirt tracks, sand dunes, and riverbeds. Take in the pine-scented forests and jagged mountain peaks in the distance.

    After getting picked up in Bodrum, get a safety briefing and short test run to get comfortable on the buggy before you head off into the surrounding mountains and landscapes of the Bozburun Peninsula.

    Take a 20-minute ride to splash along the riverbeds and drive through the forest before heading to the practice track to speed things up. Feel an adrenaline rush as you race around the track. Afterward, cool down with a swim in the countryside.

    Return to the starting point dirty and dusty, but in great spirits. Get dropped off at your accommodation in Bodrum at the end of your...

  • From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Cruise

    9. From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Cruise

    Enjoy a day at sea with lunch served on a full-day boat cruise from Bodrum. Depart at 11:00 AM and cruise across the turquoise waters of the eastern Mediterranean at ease. Visit several of the most beautiful bays to swim and snorkel in crystal clear waters, or simply relax in the sun and enjoy the views and cooling breeze. Go to Black Island (Kara Ada) 30 minutes from Bodrum, and bathe in a grotto said to improve your complexion thanks to the warm mineral waters that flow out from the surrounding rocks.

  • Bodrum: Turkish Bath Experience

    10. Bodrum: Turkish Bath Experience

    Experience the cleansing and relaxation of a Turkish bath treatment. The process involved is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. With this 2-hour visit to the Bodrum Hammam you can enjoy the sauna, peeling, foam massage, and oil massage – leaving your skin feeling amazing. This full regime will make you feel more fit and healthy. If you’re looking for a bit of calm and relaxation on your holiday, indulge in a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique and pleasurable traditions.

    Overall nice, but the pick-up driver was 30 minutes late and had to wait about an hour to get oil massage.

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Planning Your Visit

  • Ask Before Photographing

    Many Bodrum residents will refuse to be photographed because of their religious beliefs, so it is especially important to ask before snapping all those beach pictures.

  • Take off Your Shoes

    It’s always appropriate to take off your shoes when entering a private residence or mosque.

  • Dress Code: What to Wear

    The city can be quite traditional, so use discretion when wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts, and bright colors.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    From May until October the temperatures are warm and great for visiting the beach, but bear in mind that the hottest months are July and August, when the city's population nearly doubles due to the influx of visitors!

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 470 reviews

the tour was just amazing. the boat is for my wife and I a must see on vacation and we were not disappointed with it. a more than top staff, a multitude of stops to swim in crystal clear waters. I think we spent more time in the water than on the boat for our greatest pleasure. meals in this type of activity are often revised downwards and well let me tell you that this one was simple but really very effective. thank you for this great time. go there with your eyes closed.

We had a great experience. Started out with sauna, followed by body scrub in the hammam and then 45 minutes of massage including face mask. Some of the best massages I have received thanks to 2 skilled masseurs from Uganda. Highly recommended to have a luxury experience!

Great value for the money we paid. We went for swimming in different beach spots, all of them beautiful and different. Nice lunch, they even offered tea and biscuits. The crew of the Boat they are all great people.

The experience was amazing, they brought us to many beautiful seasides and served a really good lunch! I really recommend the experience

Excellent. Comfortable, spectacular bathing areas. Simple but rich food.