Ölüdeniz is a small neighborhood and beach resort in the Fethiye district of Muğla Province. It is situated on the Turquoise Coast of southwestern Turkey, at the conjunction point of the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. It is located 14 km south of Fethiye, near Mount Babadağ. It is literally called the Dead Sea due to its calm waters, even during storms. Its official translation name is Blue Lagoon.
It features a sandy bay on a turquoise lagoon near the mouth of Ölüdeniz. Pebbles make up the actual beach, and this national natural reserve is the lagoon for various water activities. Ölüdeniz is known for its turquoise and aquamarine saltwater, and its beach is a recognized Blue Flag beach. A geological wonder, Babadağ (Father Mountain) towers above Ölüdeniz on Turkey's southwest coast.
How to explore Ölüdeniz?
- Ölüdeniz is most famous for its paragliding activities. Due to its unusual height, consistent weather, and outstanding panoramic vistas, Mount Babadağ in this region is marketed as one of the greatest sites in the world to paraglide.
- It has a running trail called Lycian Way. A six-day Ultramarathon is held on this trail eastward on a route of around 220–240 km, where runners begin from Ölüdeniz to their final destination to Antalya. This trail has many important ruins along the way, which might grab your attention.
- Ölüdeniz offers various diving opportunities due to its crystal clear waters, fauna, and rich underwater caves. Scuba diving is one of the most famous underwater activity here. Local diving agencies provide courses and require a scuba diving license.
- Snorkeling is another diving activity, and many sites are very suitable for snorkeling.
- The Dead Sea makes it the ideal spot for a family beach break, with safe waters for swimming.
- Originally a small fishing community, Ölüdeniz has grown over the years and is now a booming tourist destination in the summer for fishing opportunities. Get your fishing gear and sit at the fishing grounds for hours to fulfill your fishing desires.
- For novices, small diving areas are teeming with vividly colorful marine life. If you're an experienced diver, go deeper and explore the tunnels, drop-offs, and arches. Additionally, there are a few archaeological dive sites nearby with a history going as far back as 300 BC of Alexander the Great.
- Around Ölüdeniz, there are several little bays and islets that are best explored by boat. You may go on a paid boat trip.
- Around one hour from Ölüdeniz, you will find a natural wonder – Saklikent Gorge. You can kayak or canoe, walk, and enjoy the area's stunning scenery during the summer. You'll also find small village restaurants in this region which serve delicious and authentic Turkish breakfast.