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Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

1. Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

The Orak Island Boat Tour departs from Halikarnas harbor at 11:00 AM, and makes its first stop at Red Bay, where you’ll be able to enjoy a short swim. Continue to Orak Island, and one of the most beautiful bays in the region. You’ll have about 2 hours to swim in the crystal clear waters and enjoy the white sand beach. After leaving Orak Bay, there will be 2-3 additional stops at different bays, where you’ll also be able to swim and snorkel. The exact itinerary will depend on sea conditions the day of your boat tour. You can be sure of stopping at a number of beautiful sheltered bays on the Bodrum peninsula. Midway through the tour you’ll have lunch on board, which is freshly prepared by the staff. Meals can vary, but usually include fresh salad, grilled chicken and rice or a pasta dish. In the afternoon, enjoy melon and Turkish tea with biscuits. Admire views of the picturesque coastline of the Bodrum peninsula on the return trip to Bodrum. The tour ends at 07:00 PM, when you arrive back in Halikarnas harbor.

From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

2. From Kos: Independent Day Trip to Bodrum

After being picked up from the port in Kos, take a stunning boat cruise across the Aegean Sea to Bodrum. Once you have passed through passport control and customs, enjoy a full day to explore this incredible ancient city on your own.  When you arrive in the port, gaze in awe at the beautiful white houses built amphitheatrically on the hillside, dozens of sailboats and yachts, plus one of the most imposing castles in the world. Take a walk along the picturesque streets and admire the architecture. Take in the historical sights and ancient ruins, including the Castle and the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus, the Windmilles, and the ancient Greek Theatre with 13,000 seats. If you are not a history lover, take a stroll through the small streets and get to know the local cuisine instead. Enjoy a Turkish coffee or tea at a traditional coffee shop, or try 'kebab' and other traditional 'mezedes' and sweet 'kazandibi' - some of the most popular Turkish specialties. After that, head into the really big bazaar for a chance to practice your bargaining skills. Shop for all kinds of souvenirs, folk art, crafts, and clothing. Soak up the incredible lively atmosphere and enjoy the aromas of the spices and local produce. Many stallholders accept euros and almost everyone speaks Greek or English. For a truly Turkish experience, visit a Turkish bath for a little relaxation. Discover how Turkish bathhouses have held a special place in the Turkish culture for hundreds of years. Relax in the steam roam while a highly skilled masseur works away the stresses and strains that have built up in your body during the year. At the end of your incredible day trip, take the boat back to Kos Port in time for your onward journey. 

Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Hop aboard this boat tour for a fun-filled day exploring Black Island. Relax with plenty of time to swim and discover the island's beautiful bays. Enjoy alcoholic beverages and soft drinks onboard throughout your day at sea. Start your tour with a stop for a refreshing swim at the Black Island hot spring cave. Then, discover Meteor Bay, where a meteor crashed many years ago, and jump in. Stop at Aquarius Bay for a lunch break and time to swim. Make your way to Red Bay for a swim and enjoy complimentary fresh fruit. End your tour with a visit to Rabbit Bay. Enjoy some tea and biscuits before heading back to Bodrum.

Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

4. Pamukkale and Hierapolis Full-Day Tour from Bodrum

Explore the unique travertine terraces of Pamukkale (literally “Cotton Castles” in Turkish), and enjoy a full-day trip to one of Turkey’s most popular attractions. Depart Bodrum and transfer by air-conditioned coach to Pamukkale, known as the “8th Wonder of the World” to those in the know. Explore the natural landscape of limpid pools, hot springs and travertine, terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing water. Inscribed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 1988, Pamukkale attracts some 2 million visitors every year. Get a view of the terraces from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli. Then, go to the ruins of the ancient Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis, built on top of the “Cotton Castles” in the 2nd century BC. See the remains of the Roman amphitheater, and visit the former Turkish Bath, now converted to an archaeological museum. Discover where Cleopatra used to swim, and the monumental tomb of the Christian apostle St. Philippe. Marvel at the Necropolis of Anatolia, filled with sarcophagi, most notably that of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos.

Bodrum Peninsula Private Boat Tour with Lunch

5. Bodrum Peninsula Private Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a day on a private boat trip just with your friends and/or family and visit the most beautiful bays on the Bodrum peninsula. The advantage of hiring a private boat all to yourself is that you can choose when and where on the Bodrum coastline you would like to go. You can also simply relax and trust the captain to take you to the most beautiful bays. This private boat tour can be adjusted to your special wishes and needs. It's also the perfect choice for private parties, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, or any special occasion. Enjoy a freshly cooked lunch on board (including three Turkish starters), fresh fruits, afternoon tea/coffee and cake or biscuits. Lunch includes fish or chicken or meatballs, salad, pasta, fruits, tea or coffee and cake, The boat has lifejackets, a changing cabin, a bathroom and a shower. There is a large cushioned area and front deck for sun bathing. If the sun gets too hot there are shady places available for your comfort. The boats are fully licensed and insured and have a friendly English-, German- and Turkish-speaking crew. Now all you have to do is relax and enjoy the day.

Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

6. Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

There are more than 15 dive points around Bodrum with typical Aegean and Mediterranean flora and fauna. Shallow water diving points offer dives without currents but full of fish for first timers, while some deeper points have small currents for experienced divers. At times visibility reaches up to 40 meters meaning that you are now diving in crystal clear waters, literally! Rock formations in the dive points offer shelter for groupers, octopuses, learfish, barracudas and other different creatures. You also may see amphoras and antique anchors which are more than 2000 years old. There are two reefs with depths ranging from 7 to 40 meters. They are full of fish with good chances for photography. There are two caverns, the first at 12 meters, a bubble cavern. The second is at 6 meters with air in it, and walls reflecting different shades of deep blue. Drop-offs allows you to discover something different.

Bodrum Vineyard Tour with Dinner and Wine Pairing

7. Bodrum Vineyard Tour with Dinner and Wine Pairing

Visit a Chateau Vinery opened 18 years ago by the Ismen family in Bodrum, which has been a wine region since ancient times.  Learn about the family's perfectionist attitude as they research the ancient grapes varieties, climate and all other aspects of wine producing. Discover how they began producing the first Zinfadel and Syrah vineyard in Turkey.  Enjoy an unforgettable farm-to-table 5-course meal, accompanied by matching wines at this great location.

Bodrum: 5.5-Hour Boat Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers

8. Bodrum: 5.5-Hour Boat Tour for Cruise Ship Passengers

Cruise on the beautiful Aegean Sea on a 5.5-hour boat tour in a group of up to 15 people. Take a refreshing swim in the crystal clear waters and explore hidden coves and beaches along the coastline. Sit back and relax in the sun on the front deck or cool off in the shade. The boat is equipped with a changing cabin, a bathroom, and an outdoor shower to ensure maximum comfort for all guests. Benefit from the services of friendly crew members throughout the tour, who are fluent in both English and Turkish. Enjoy a freshly-cooked lunch on board and Turkish tea and fruits in the afternoon. Alcoholic and soft drinks are available to purchase on board. The tour is specially designed for Cruise ship passengers as the timings match with the cruise schedule, but anyone is welcome to join this fantastic boat trip.

Bodrum: Boat Tour for Mein Schiff Cruise Passengers

9. Bodrum: Boat Tour for Mein Schiff Cruise Passengers

Explore the picturesque coastline around Bodrum on this 6-hour boat tour. Visit Black Island and enjoy a mud bath or a dip in the warm thermal waters. Continue to other idyllic coves and stop to swim and snorkel. This tour has been designed especially for Mein Schiff cruise passengers, and is timed to coincide with the cruise ship’s arrival and departure times. Relax on board, enjoy the gentle breezes and admire the views of sheltered bays and beaches. Savor a delicious buffet lunch, and enjoy fresh melon and traditional Turkish tea in the afternoon. The tour ends back in the Halikarnas harbor.

Kos: Explore More in Kos

10. Kos: Explore More in Kos

Explore the true essence of Kos on a semi-private safari tour in a 6 seater premium off road vehicle, with an experienced driver-escort. Discover the chapel of Profitis Ilias and mount Dikaios through unpaved mountain routes. Travel through wild and dense vegetation, non-tourist places, get unique panoramic views with photo stops, and taste traditional local flavors. Follow an off road route to the inland of Mount Dikaios. Explore Mount Dikaio of Kos, enjoy the best panoramic view off the island from above, and learn about local cultures and histories. Discover hidden chapels in the forest and enjoy the most scenic views of the Aegean sea and the islands of Nisiros, Kalimnos, Pserimos and Bodrum. Continue to the peaks of mount Dikaios, full of amazing sights and historical treasures. Reach a traditional local tavern in Zia village to fill your appetite. Be served a dish with salad and traditional Mousaka for lunch, accompanied by bread and water. Go to the Aliki wetland, where you can take some great pictures and enjoy the flamingos during Spring and Autumn. End the day with a drive back to your hotel full of memories, breathtaking panoramic views and insight information about the island.

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What people are saying about Bodrum

We had the best boat experience in Bodrum all thanks to the tour guide Kadir! He was very knowledgable and made sure everyone had a good time and jumped into the sea! Kadir really did make the whole trip! Thank you so much Kadir, when we are back in Turkey we will be doing this boat trip again!

We booked the tour in early May 2022. Due to the low season, there were no more than three excursion boats in the bays. Orak Bay is a dream. Authentic Turkish lunch overlooking the crystal clear water. All in all an absolute recommendation.

If you enjoy sun I really recommended this trip. Amazing staff they are funny and nice. Beaches are beautiful. Food served very good. Really amazing !

Amazing day with the family, was a little confusing to find the boat but but the locals were really helpful. Tasty lunch and super friendly staff

Nice day trip, just a shame you had to queue for so long to check in.