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Bodrum: Black Island Boat Tour with Lunch

1. 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.

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. 

Full-Day Orak Island Boat Trip from Bodrum

3. 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.

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.

Scuba Diving Tour in Bodrum

5. 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: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

6. Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch

Spend a day away from the crowds of the beach resort of Bodrum and sail on the open water on a fun-filled cruise along the coastline. Hop on a sailing boat to discover out-of-the-way islands and caves, including hidden spots only accessible by boats. As you sail along, take plenty of breaks for swims and snorkeling. At one of many coves, soak up some sun with a good read or just gaze over the calming sea. Continue to Kara Ada aka Black Island. Here, plop into its mineral-rich waters and see if its renowned skin healing qualities come true. Since this island is set in Turkey’s legendary Turquoise Coast, keep your eyes peeled for luxurious yachts and gulets (classic Turkish sailboats) floating beside the banks. Around midway through the cruise, take a break onboard for a lunch prepared by your crew. Savor grilled chicken along with rice or pasta and crisp salad or a similar meal. After a day of journeying along the spectacular Bodrum Peninsula, begin your voyage back to the port.

Bodrum: Turkish Bath Experience

7. Bodrum: Turkish Bath Experience

Experience the cleansing and relaxation of a Turkish bath treatment. The process involved is similar to that of a sauna, but is more closely related to ancient Greek and Roman bathing practices. With this 2-hour visit to the Bodrum Hammam you can enjoy the sauna, peeling, foam massage, and oil massage – leaving your skin feeling amazing. This full regime will make you feel more fit and healthy. If you’re looking for a bit of calm and relaxation on your holiday, indulge in a body scrub and soap massage as you enjoy one of Turkey’s most unique and pleasurable traditions.

Bodrum: All-day Private Boat Cruise with Lunch

8. Bodrum: All-day Private Boat Cruise with Lunch

As you rent our boat private 3 tour options you can pick BLACK ISLAND TOUR 1.Bay – Black Island 2.Bay – Meteor Bay 3.Bay – Poyraz Harbour 4.Bay - Redbay 5.Bay – Rabbit Bay CAMEL BEACH TOUR 1.Bay – Aquarium Bay 2.Bay – Bagla Bay 3.Bay – Camel Beach 4.Bay - Haretem Bay ORAK ISLAND TOUR 1.Bay – Redbay 2.Bay – Orak Island 3.Bay – German Bay 4.Bay - Rabbit Bay From above you pick one of the tours and we start our journey. You can bring your own drinks and alcohol where we provide you with a fridge ice machine coffee machine. On your request there will be a lunch prepared chicken menu, meatball menu or fish menu. You will enjoy the best bays in bodrum with sunshine with your private boat. You can play your own music via bluetooth on our boat. You got a cabin where you can sleep use wc and shower facilities. We can arrange the, departure and return times and harbor of our boat upon your request.

Bodrum Market Visit and Cooking Class

9. Bodrum Market Visit and Cooking Class

At 09:30, you will be picked up from your hotel or the cruise ship port. At your first stop, you will meet your host and culinary guide for a cup of tea. Next, you will drive to the farmers’ market to shop for the ingredients to make your lunch. Your lunch will comprise of three cold starters, one warm entrée, and a main course. At the market, you will meet local food purveyors selling homegrown olives, wild seasonal greens, vegetables and homemade noodles, jams, pickles, breads, and cheeses. Once you have bought all the necessary ingredients, you will drive to Erenler Sofrasi in an olive garden. Your final stop is the Erenler Sofrasi restaurant where you be will guided through the delicious secrets of regional Aegean cookery, a special and particularly healthy branch of Turkish cuisine. You can either join in with the cooking sessions or watch while sipping a glass of Turkish wine. Either way you will be given written recipes of each dish. You will be served lunch in front of the mythological Aegean Sea. At 14:30, you will drive back to your original location in Bodrum.

From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

10. From Bodrum: Full-Day Boat Trip with Lunch and Drinks

Set sail from of one of Turkey's celebrated coastal cities, Bodrum. Bask in the sun as you cruise the coastline on this full-day tour of its bays, including a stop at Black Island Springs and an on-board lunch. Your tour starts as you set out in the late morning to cruise the turquoise seas of the Bodrum coastline. Visit several of the area's most beautiful bays. Swim and snorkel to your heart's delight in crystal-clear water or simply relax in the mild coastal breeze. Enjoy stunning views and perfect your suntan to the sound of gently lapping waves. At Black Island, you can bathe in the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are believed to beautify the complexion. Conclude your tour in late afternoon.

Frequently asked questions about Bodrum

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Planning Your Visit

  • Ask Before Photographing

    Many Bodrum residents will refuse to be photographed because of their religious beliefs, so it is especially important to ask before snapping all those beach pictures.

  • Take off Your Shoes

    It’s always appropriate to take off your shoes when entering a private residence or mosque.

  • Dress Code: What to Wear

    The city can be quite traditional, so use discretion when wearing shorts, skirts, sleeveless shirts, and bright colors.

Good to know

  • Language
    Turkish
  • Currency
    Turkish Lira (₺)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +90
  • Best time to visit
    From May until October the temperatures are warm and great for visiting the beach, but bear in mind that the hottest months are July and August, when the city's population nearly doubles due to the influx of visitors!

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What people are saying about Bodrum

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 487 reviews

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.

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

I loved it, great quality internet, works very well. those in charge are considerate. delivered to the hotel I was staying at

It’s lovely experience to try the boat it’s the best thing ever