Things To Do
There are many things to do in Dalyan, including…… Boat Trips, Sailing, Market Days, Turtle Spotting, Turkish Baths, Adventure Tours, Great Walking Areas, White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Diving & Snorkelling, Jeep Safari, and visiting the ancient ruins of Caunos. The town sits on the Dalyan river fed by the local mountain streams that converge on the Köycegiz lake. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy the natural Mud Baths and Thermal Springs at the side of the lake, then meander through the maze of reed beds, passing the ancient Rock Tombs carved into the side of the mountain 3000 years ago. The river opens onto the beautiful Iztuzu Beach, better known as Turtle Beach where the gently shelving beach is home to the endangered Loggerhead turtle as well as much bird life.
At İztuzu Beach’s southern end is the headquarters of The Turtle Rescue Centre, established in 2009 largely through the influence of June Haimoff (Kaptan June) whose reconstructed baraka (beach hut) now serves as a small museum to her life and work.
The centre, which can be visited by guided tour, has saved dozens of loggerhead and green turtles, and you’ll see turtles injured by fishing hooks and nets as well as by boat propellers being treated. Highly recommended. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/turkey/mediterranean-coast/dalyan/sights/nature-wildlife/sea-turtle-research-rescue-rehabilitation-centre#ixzz3LmBnrxFL
There are sulphur springs and mud baths in Dalyan, and Sultanye only 4 km from Dalyan village. The temperature of thermal springs reaches 39 degrees, and the water also contains radon, chloride and calcium sulphide. It is believed that a bath with thermal water has a beneficial effect for rheumatism, back pain, sciatica, lumbago, nephritis, dermatological and gynaecological diseases. Drinking the thermal water is believed to help alleviate bowel, gall bladder and liver diseases. History of Dalyan mud baths is associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty. It is believed that the local mud provides healing and relief from arthritis, diseases of the musculoskeletal system and skin problems.
Dalyan is a ”paradise” for wildlife – a spectrum of birds, butterflies, fish, turtles and terrapins – and furthermore, a host of wild and rare flowers whose colours and perfumes enlighten the hillsides and meadows in spring time. Dalyan is a place that has something for everyone, no matter what your age; from doing nothing but relaxing, to white water rafting or sea kyaking, Jeep Safari, Starlight boat trips, the Turtle Hospital to lazy boat trips along the coast, stopping to snorkel and eat. Its a good place for the children/teenagers in your family: they can enjoy a greater degree of independence from the adults without getting into trouble. It is by and large a very safe place and the locals are friendly and trustworthy.
The boats from the Dalyan boat cooperative will take you wherever you need to go. Ride on the Public Boat down to the beach (Iztuzu Beach) in one direction or to Lake Köycegiz and Köycegiz(town) in the other. The beach is 5km long and you can also get there by public bus (dolmus). The journey takes you through the hills and small villages to the beach where the goats still wander!
Scuba Diving – the waters of the Mediterranean are crystal clear, allowing excellent observation of marine life by divers. Full day scuba diving tours are available for both beginners and experienced divers, enabling you to experience a whole new underwater adventure Scuba diving is fun and easy. In just one day, you can feed fish, stroke an octopus and explore crystal clear waters. All instructors speak English and are very experienced with beginners. For certified divers, a variety of dives are on offer, including caverns, reefs, drop offs and archeological sites.
Scenic Köycegiz Lake
The name comes from settlement place, which is in the northwest. With its island, it’s a convenient lake for water skiing, sailing, canoeing, water cycling, rowing and fishing. With touristic facilities, Gedeova Island, and with its fortress ruins Gavurbag Island are distinguished from the others.
The lake is 8 m from the sea level. The depth of the lake is 1.5-5m., but at some points the depth is 60m. The lake is quiet in the morning but it waves in the afternoon.