Brief TV fame was brought to Dalyan in the late ‘80s by loggerhead turtles, or more accurately by David Bellamy and our own local celebrity Kaptan June, who still lives in Dalyan (read her books: Saving the Turtles and Breakfast with June), who led a world-wide campaign to halt proposed development on Dalyan’s pristine five miles Iztuzu Beach. The conservation battle was won and the whole Dalyan Delta turned into a wildlife sanctuary in order to preserve its unique flora, fauna and way of life. Dalyan has everything, an outstanding beach, fascinating wildlife, strong local traditions and the majestic remains of an ancient city. (Also visited by Sting and Dustin Hoffman and many other celebrities).
The Dalyan delta is an area of immense natural beauty and has become one of Turkey’s most treasured natural conservation areas. Flanked by imposing mountains and pine-clad hills, the river spreads out into tributaries which are teeming with local wildlife, a naturalists paradise. Dalyan is located on the river, between Koycegiz Lake, where there are hot springs and natural mud baths the waters of which have healing properties, and delta, where the river meanders out to the Mediterranean.
The river and tributaries lead out to the stunning sand bank, known as Ìztuzu Beach, home to the famous loggerhead turtles. To travel across to the beach by water taxi takes 40 minutes or 25 minutes by ‘dolmus’ (public mini-bus). Regulations have prohibited building on the sandbank so all hotels and apartments are located in the village.
As the beach is a short distance away, Dalyan is a quiet, peaceful resort, if you like the type of resort where there are hotels on the beach and loud karaoke bars, this is not the place for you. However there are a few discos for those of you who are night owls in addition to mouth watering restaurants, some of which line the riverbank, and the village has a smattering of local bars, souvenir shops and cafes
We offer boat trips that are the most popular during a yoga week such as noon to moon/moonlight (Saturday evening generally including a bbq meal) and 12 islands, exclusively for our guests.
12 islands for our guests we hire a luxurious adventure gulet which stops in fabulous bays to swim and snorkel, to delight in the joys of spotting a turtle. Enjoy a cup of tea as soon as you board, a snack too if you are hungry and prior to a delicious BBQ lunch, leaving room for afternoon tea and cake, biscuits and fruit. Not forgetting that the boat is often visited by a speedboat offering ice creams and a lady who makes beautiful hand decorated shawls and sarongs. Some guests have done this every year since we first opened and even twice a year but never tire have the wonderful excursion.
Saturday evenings – one of the nights off from eating at Spectrum Turkey (Villa Cabrece) we offer Noon to Moon/Moonlight boat trip which is a unique opportunity to enjoy a magnificent sunset at the beach after swimming in a couple of other bays. Photo below of Sindy and Michael adding a touch of romance to the evening – a married couple who are yoga teachers and a sell out for their week in September. After a delicious BBQ at the beach the boat sails up the river to the lake where there is little light pollution, therefore, magical, glorious views of the night sky where constellations are clearly seen, planets and shooting stars. Another hugely popular boat trip with all our groups, you are truly spoilt with these options which are also great value for money.