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

Iztuzu Beach (Turtle Beach)

97 Reviews
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
$27.49 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

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.
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.
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.

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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