Iztuzu Beach
Iztuzu Beach
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Iztuzu Beach, also known as Turtle Beach, is a must-visit spot for wildlife and nature lovers. The beach is a nesting area for loggerhead turtles, so during the nesting season, it's closed to visitors. There are wooden stakes that mark the nests, and it's important to keep a respectful distance from them. At other times, you can visit the beach to enjoy the calm waters and fine sand, and soak in the beauty of the Mediterranean sea and lagoon. To get to the beach, you can take a boat from Dalyan, which typically includes a stop at the mud baths as well. – Tripadvisor
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  • Julie H
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing beach
    The best beach I have ever visited. 5km of sand - as far as the eye can see. Travel by public boat for 100 lira or go by mini bus for just 49 lira! The mini bus goes to the quieter end of the beach. They have toilets and changing cabins and a snack bar for food and drinks. Don’t forget to visit the turtle hospital at the bus end of the beach
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Hexazyz
    Brasov, Romania1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Beach Bad Humans
    Amazing beach that I've been coming to for 5 years, the reason that I gave a 4 out of 5 is the amount of trash on the beach. The ticket person tries to ccontinuously clean every once in a while but humans are humans and they mess up thr place pretty fast. If you want to come to this beach at a nice time you should either come before 8:00 and enter instantly when it opens, or close to closing time at around 17pm until 20pm is a very nice time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Ricky C
    Tadley, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning beach!!
    We did this tour through tui as we had an early hours flight with an hour and a half transfer from the hotel we were staying in. The tour was cheaper than a late checkout and also gave us second hotel just ten minutes from dalaman airport up until midnight so was excellent value. So after an hour or so coach journey to the dalyan side we met up with our boat. First stop was the mud baths and hydro pool. Was an experience even if a bit smelly. Then it was on to lunch at 2* hotel at best. This was the only downside, maybe because the food at the hotel we stayed in was so good. We couldn't eat this. Back to the boat it was on to see the tombs that have been carved in the mountains. Really was a beautiful site. Then on to see the turtles. You do get a fair few boats jostling for space so our guide said we'd park up and spend an our on the main beach was was absolutely stunning. Clean, nice sand and excellent waves. The water was warm, probably the best beach I have seen. We headed back to the boat a little earlier and we're amazed by the turtles all around the boat. Was a truly beautiful sight. Would love to go back and see the turtles and definitely spend a day on that beautiful beach
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Sharon E
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dalyan highlights
    Fantastic Dalyan! Take a boat trip through the reedbeds, a day's cruise out to sea, walk the length of Iztuzu Beach or stay a while at the sunbeds at either end of the 4km stretch. The turtle hospital is a must see too. I will visit again. The surrounding scenery is just magical and fresh pomegranate juice is a revelation!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Nathalie S
    Kassel, Germany5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Beach
    Very clean, very nice beach! Food and drinks can be bought locally and there are public showers and restrooms. The umbrellas and daybeds are available for a small price, I recommend to bring e.g. an extra towel because the umbrellas are made woven material and do not protect fully from the sun.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 20, 2023
  • trip1a
    Slovenian Littoral Region, Slovenia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boat trip to Turtle beach
    We took a boat trip along the Dalyan River to Turtle Beach. The entire area is a protected wetland. A paradise for bird watchers. Along the way, we admired Caunos Tombs of the Kings in the rocky mountains. Since it was not yet the season, the beautiful, long, sandy beach was almost exclusively ours. The warm spring sun made possible for us to swim in the crystal clear refreshing sea.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2024
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Sofia
Madrid, Spain61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The beach itself is quite beautiful but nothing out of the extraordinary. When you get to the city of Dalyan, there will be many boats offering you a ride to Iztuzu Beach, and the ride itself is around 30 minutes and very picturesque. You will be told that a boat ride is the only way to get to the beach, which is completely false. There are shuttle buses and taxis which can take you through the local entrance, which costs 15 TL (Turkish Lira, approximatey £1.60) per car including parking, to enter the beach. This side of the beach itself is very crowded, but you are not surrounded by tourists and hagglers.

If you choose to go by boat, don’t settle for the first offer you come across. The offers range from public and private boats ranging from 250 TL for a private boat (£26), whereas my family and I managed to find a public boat which charged 25 TL/person excluding food (£2.60), 75 TL/person including food (£7.80). Some will include excursions round the Lycian tombs and other sites, but can be negotiated.

What needs to be known is that you will not see turtles at the beach. Boat drivers and street vendors will try to lure tourists and sell excursions by saying that you will see turtles. After having been at the turtle sanctuary off the coast of Dalyan, staff members have said it’s almost impossible to see any turtles at the beach because of all the disruption caused by tourists and boats.
Written August 9, 2020
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Eleanor
Türkiye3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Lovely beach!

There are toilets, showers (outside) and changing rooms (one per person). All free YAY!

At around 1:30 loads of people arrived that the beach all at the same time. It was quite a surprise when there were only about 15-20 people before hand.

The only reason this is a 4 is because the prices of the cafe. For 2 magnums it was 50 lira which is a lot when you’ve spent 60 for the boat and 60 for the sun beds. From the local shop near our hotel a magnum is 14 lira where as the one at the beach was 25. Quite a big difference!
Written June 2, 2022
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EFDIII
Istanbul, Türkiye8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Our family holidays are best when they include nature. We selected Dalyan over Fethiye for a visit (though we spent a day in the latter as well) and are so happy that we did. The community strives to create a model of environmental sustainability for the tourism industry in Turkey. Fethiye, while a natural wonder, has lost itself to the consumerism of tourism and is a bit too ticky-tacky.

Iztuzu Beach is Dalyan's great example of sustainability and balance. The Beach is divided into three sections. East accessible by car and home to the small but mighty sea turtle rescue center (worth a visit!). Center off limits to anyone who is not a sea turtle! West accessible by boat with an amazing water tour through very special, brackish wetlands. We took Boat 127, the first to be converted from diesel to electric... ask for it!
Written October 31, 2020
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robinjn1
Sherborne, UK913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Great beach that can either be visited by boat from Dalyan centre, or bus/ car to a car park and small turtle museum at the other end.
We drove, and there is a large car park charging approx 10lira to park
Sun loungers with umbrellas are available for another 15 lira. There is a small cafe showers and changing rooms are available. Disabled access is also possible.
The beach is well worth visiting because it is in a conservation area and the surroundings have not been ruined by any developments.
Beach was very clean, safe for swimming, and a lifeguard was present.
Written September 22, 2020
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Elias Saad
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
One of the best and unique beach in the world where the sea and river meet .
They called it turtle beach , closed daily at 8:00 pm so turtles have privacy .
Naturally beauty and no construction at all ,toilets and small restaurants are available.
Clean and Long Beach ( 4.5 km ) , water is clean and the Mountain View is unbelievable.
A must visit to enjoy the sun and the sands
Written March 30, 2021
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Nathalie S
Kassel, Germany5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very clean, very nice beach! Food and drinks can be bought locally and there are public showers and restrooms. The umbrellas and daybeds are available for a small price, I recommend to bring e.g. an extra towel because the umbrellas are made woven material and do not protect fully from the sun.
Written September 20, 2023
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Colin M
Cjm0019 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
Stopped off here from our boat for a swim with our children. Sandy beach, nice swimming . Strong currents. Beach was very busy close to restaurant so we walked further along away from the crowds . Quite an exposed beach if you have children , no shelter or natural break from the wind . Beautiful location . Recommend
Written October 2, 2020
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Will R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our boat was one of a procession endlessly feeding tourists to ‘Turtle Beach’ and we arrived to find barely an inch of beach not covered with people.
You can hire a sun bed and a parasol but you’ll be shown to a sweat soaked mattress on the sand under what amounts to a tattered straw hat on a stick. But none of that is the worst part.

Turtles nest here and so nobody is allowed to be there between 8pm & 8am but that’s where consideration for the beach’s real tenants ends.

There are nests on the beach with a flimsy cage around. People were laying right next to them, hanging clothes on the cages or putting litter in them absent mindedly. There are signs asking people not to dig holes because baby turtles fall into them - but kids were merrily shovelling the sand as kids do.
The boat tour organisers, such as the Dalyan Co-op, are happy to take you to the beach and will wish you luck that you get to see one of the turtles. Our Captain (‘Captain Happy’) was so determined that his guests get to see one that when one made an appearance he drove our boat at it and cornered it along with a few other boats.
They’re also happy to take you to visit the turtle hospital - where turtles who have been injured by the tour boat propellers are taken to be cared for.
The tours charge you to go to a beach where nobody should be allowed to go. They injure the turtles with the boats and then charge you to visit the hospital where those turtles are sent to hopefully recover.
Bad vibes. The experience will stay with us. Avoid.
Written August 18, 2023
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Ricky C
Tadley, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We did this tour through tui as we had an early hours flight with an hour and a half transfer from the hotel we were staying in. The tour was cheaper than a late checkout and also gave us second hotel just ten minutes from dalaman airport up until midnight so was excellent value. So after an hour or so coach journey to the dalyan side we met up with our boat. First stop was the mud baths and hydro pool. Was an experience even if a bit smelly. Then it was on to lunch at 2* hotel at best. This was the only downside, maybe because the food at the hotel we stayed in was so good. We couldn't eat this. Back to the boat it was on to see the tombs that have been carved in the mountains. Really was a beautiful site. Then on to see the turtles. You do get a fair few boats jostling for space so our guide said we'd park up and spend an our on the main beach was was absolutely stunning. Clean, nice sand and excellent waves. The water was warm, probably the best beach I have seen. We headed back to the boat a little earlier and we're amazed by the turtles all around the boat. Was a truly beautiful sight. Would love to go back and see the turtles and definitely spend a day on that beautiful beach
Written August 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Eric B
London, UK1,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We went to the N end once on a boat from Dalyan and then walked to the S end (3-4km away) and came back by dolmus. In the middle there is a freshwater lake just inland and lots of exhuberant vegetation, pines, oleanders and grasses. We went there often in our 10 day stay in Dalyan. Always by dolmus after the first time. Sometimes we had a little picnic on the beach and once we had excellent gozleme at the café at the S end.
Written June 27, 2022
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