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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 coastline of the Bodrum peninsula on the return trip to Bodrum. The tour ends at 07:00 PM, when you arrive back in Halikarnas harbor.

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

2. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

After being picked up from the port in Kos, take a stunning boat cruise across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum. Once you have passed through passport control and customs, enjoy a full day to explore this incredible ancient city on your own.  When you arrive in the port, gaze in awe at the beautiful white houses built amphitheatrically on the hillside, dozens of sailboats and yachts, plus one of the most imposing castles in the world. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in the historical sights and ancient ruins, including the Castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, the Windmilles, and the ancient Greek Theatre with 13,000 seats. If you are not a history lover, take a stroll through the small streets and get to know the local cuisine instead. Enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a traditional coffee shop, or try 'kebab' and other traditional 'mezedes' and sweet 'kazandibi' - some of the most popular Turkish specialties. After that, head into the really big bazaar for a chance to practice your bargaining skills. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs, folk art, crafts, and clothing. Soak up the incredible lively atmosphere and enjoy the aromas of the spices and local produce. Many stallholders accept euros and almost everyone speaks Greek or English. For a truly Turkish experience, visit a Turkish bath for a little relaxation. Discover how Turkish bathhouses have held a special place in the Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Relax in the steam roam while a highly skilled masseur works away the stresses and strains that have built up in your body during the year. At the end of your incredible day trip, take the boat back to Kos Port in time for your onward journey. 

Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Hop aboard this boat tour for a fun-filled day exploring Black Island. Relax with plenty of time to swim and discover the island's beautiful bays. Enjoy alcoholic beverages and soft drinks onboard throughout your day at sea. Start your tour with a stop for a refreshing swim at the Black Island hot spring cave. Then, discover Meteor Bay, where a meteor crashed many years ago, and jump in. Stop at Aquarius Bay for a lunch break and time to swim. Make your way to Red Bay for a swim and enjoy complimentary fresh fruit. End your tour with a visit to Rabbit Bay. Enjoy some tea and biscuits before heading back to Bodrum.

From Bodrum: Ferry Ticket to Greek Island of Kos

4. From Bodrum: Ferry Ticket to Greek Island of Kos

Hop on a Ferry to Kos and spend a day on this beautiful Greek Island only a 45 minutes ride away from Bodrum. Just 12 miles off the coastline of Bodrum, Kos is near enough for a pleasant day trip. On this day trip you have the full day to explore the island. Discover the island by renting a scooter or Quad for the day. Visit one of the beautiful hill villages or spend your day relaxing on one of the many beaches or shopping in city center. Explore the antique sites and ancient Roman ruines, including the 14th-century Castle of the Knights.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

5. 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 where Cleopatra used to swim, and the monumental tomb of the Christian apostle St. Philippe. Marvel at the Necropolis of Anatolia, filled with sarcophagi, most notably that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.

Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

6. 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 a day of journeying along the spectacular Bodrum Peninsula, begin your voyage back to the port.

Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

7. 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 something different.

Bodrum: All-day Private Boat Cruise with Lunch

8. Bodrum: All-day Private Boat Cruise with Lunch

As you rent our boat private 3 tour options you can pick BLACK ISLAND TOUR 1.Bay – Black Island 2.Bay – Meteor Bay 3.Bay – Poyraz Harbour 4.Bay - Redbay 5.Bay – Rabbit Bay CAMEL BEACH TOUR 1.Bay – Aquarium Bay 2.Bay – Bagla Bay 3.Bay – Camel Beach 4.Bay - Haretem Bay ORAK ISLAND TOUR 1.Bay – Redbay 2.Bay – Orak Island 3.Bay – German Bay 4.Bay - Rabbit Bay From above you pick one of the tours and we start our journey. You can bring your own drinks and alcohol where we provide you with a fridge ice machine coffee machine. On your request there will be a lunch prepared chicken menu, meatball menu or fish menu. You will enjoy the best bays in bodrum with sunshine with your private boat. You can play your own music via bluetooth on our boat. You got a cabin where you can sleep use wc and shower facilities. We can arrange the, departure and return times and harbor of our boat upon your request.

Bodrum: Boat Tour for Mein Schiff Cruise Passengers

9. Bodrum: Boat Tour for Mein Schiff Cruise Passengers

Explore the picturesque coastline around Bodrum on this 6-hour boat tour. Visit Black Island and enjoy a mud bath or a dip in the warm thermal waters. Continue to other idyllic coves and stop to swim and snorkel. This tour has been designed especially for Mein Schiff cruise passengers, and is timed to coincide with the cruise ship’s arrival and departure times. Relax on board, enjoy the gentle breezes and admire the views of sheltered bays and beaches. Savor a delicious buffet lunch, and enjoy fresh melon and traditional Turkish tea in the afternoon. The tour ends back in the Halikarnas harbor.

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

10. 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 ready to enjoy unlimited Wi-Fi throughout your trip.

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 538 reviews

We had the best day! You will 100% get sunburnt so bring lots of suncream! But the guides are great and friendly, the day is so much fun, there is a good amount of doing stuff compared to relaxing on the boat. The bays are beautiful, especially the shallow one with blue water and white sand. It was great value for money too! It’s good that lunch is included, although I think they should ask about dietary requirements before serving up plates - we had pasta, meat and salad so I’m not sure what other options there were. However, as a vegetarian with celiac it wasn’t great that it was all on the same plate. BUT this is the only fault with the whole day! The experience as a whole was fantastic and I couldn’t recommend it enough. We especially loved snorkelling in the bays.

Incredible tour. The charm of the captain (Hasam) and his assistant (Kadir) The gulet , very clean and in excellent conditions. Wooden constructed (as I wanted to hire) , is the boat the you can see in the photo of brochure We choose fish , but it comes with surprise... some starters , a giant salad and delicious pasta with sauce. Drinks, dont worry to take your own drinks . They sell it at reasonable price , kept cold. Four bay steps , incredible for swimming. Well managed the tour times by the captain, allow relax tour. I strongly recomend this tour, relax and enjoy it

Amazing trip! I went once in May and liked it so much I came again in June with my family. It’s a lovely day trip that leaves from the harbor and you get to relax on the water all day. The boat has two levels and I appreciate that you must take your shoes off when getting on the boat. The upstairs has pillows and thin mattresses that you can lay on. Food is fresh and great, and staff is lovely! Swimming at the different bays is a dream. Absolutely would come again and again!!

Very easy process. Was contacted day before for passport info and where to collect ticket. Ferry was a relaxing 40 minutes. In Bodrum roughly 5 hours. Enough time to visit the castle (wear good shoes), do some shopping, have a drink by the beach and lunch at the marina. A good day out.

Very relaxing and beautiful trip. Excellent service! Katarzyna