Once in Dalyan, walk along the water and get information from several different boat captains and companies. The ones with stands may or may not not be the best deal. For larger families, finding a boat that you can have to yourself is an ideal option. Otherwise, smaller families can get seats on a day-long cruise. Bartering for a great deal is expected with all the boats you can choose from.
Good to know
Boat cruises will include food, but drinks are paid in cash on the boat (and very reasonably priced).
A full-day boat trip will take 6 hours, from about 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Recommended time of the year
The summer season along Turkey's Mediterranean coast offers great weather from about May–September. The busiest time for tourism is late June through September.
About This Day
Contemplating what to do in Dalyan, Turkey with kids? Spend a day sailing through the myriad waterways on this Dalyan day trip. After a yummy Turkish breakfast, head over to the boat terminal. There, boats and guides will be waiting along the river to whisk you away for this day-long journey, a must-do in Turkey with kids. Stops include Iztuzu Beach, offshore swimming spots, blue crab catching, Turkish lunch and lastly, a not-to-be-missed Dalyan mud bath. This boat trip in Dalyan offers adventure and fun for all.
Downtown Dalyan is a mix of restaurants and shops. There are many boats lining the river area. As the boat leaves it will travel down the river toward the Mediterranean Sea and the beach. Tombs carved into the rocks surround the river are the feature point as you start the cruise.
DIRECTIONS All the boat cruises leave from the river area in downtown Dalyan. Arrange with your captain where and when to meet.
TIP All the restaurants downtown are very family friendly. Most include some sort of toys.
Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach, is a narrow piece of land that separates the waterways and the Mediterranean Sea. This stop offers a chance to get off to explore and fish for some crab while the crew prepares a lunch on the boat. They provide a full lunch of homemade Turkish food.
DIRECTIONS The boat will drop you at the far end of the beach, away from the normal beachgoers.
Dalyan Mud Baths
After getting off the boat, pay for entrance into the mud baths. The cost for adults is quite cheap and kids are free. Bathers must shower off before heading to the pool full of mud. Once showered off, hop into the mud pool and don't be afraid to apply the mud all over your body. After the mud has dried and started to crack, proceed to the sulfur pool to rinse your skin. The combination is great for your skin and a lot of fun to do.