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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BODRUM BAYS

Many tourists who visit Bodrum for their vacation often miss out on experiencing the true beauty of the city. It is a common occurrence for people to return home without fully appreciating the charm and allure of the destinations they have stayed in. It is disheartening to witness even some individuals in Bodrum concluding their holidays without venturing beyond the confines of their hotel.


There are numerous exquisite bays encircling the Bodrum peninsula. Accessing most of these bays by road is not feasible, as they are predominantly situated on islands. To behold the splendor of these captivating Bodrum bays, embarking on a boat tour is an absolute must.

Before embarking on a boat tour in Bodrum, it is advisable to consult with the hotel you are staying at, as they may have a partnership with a reputable boat tour company. Alternatively, if you are located in the city center, there are plenty of tour boats available at the harbor. These boats have designated stands where authorities can assist you in planning a suitable daily boat tour itinerary. Daily boat tours not only operate within Bodrum center but also visit other key locations such as Turgutreis and Gümbet.


To ensure a smooth experience, we suggest reading our comprehensive Bodrum Boat Tour article for all the necessary information.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BODRUM BAYS YOU MUST SEE

We highly recommend exploring all the Bodrum Bays, however, it is essential to allocate a few days to fully experience them. Boat tours departing from various towns offer visits to different Bodrum bays. While Bodrum center and Gumbet share similar bays, boat tours departing from Turgutreis provide access to unique Bodrum bays due to the town’s distance from them.


The consensus among boat tour captains and tourists we spoke with was quite similar when it comes to the must-see Bodrum bays. Orak Island stands out as the top choice among the Bodrum bays worth visiting. Following Orak Island, Aquarium Bay and Karaada are also highly recommended. Beyond these three, the list of must-see Bodrum bays varies based on personal preferences. Let us now provide a brief overview of the most stunning Bodrum bays…


Akvaryum Koyu
Take pleasure in the exquisite Aquarium Bay, and upon departing from the bay, ensure to bring along a bag and gather even the tiniest litter within the bay.
BODRUM BAY WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SEA

AQUARIUM BAY / ADABOĞAZI

Visitors can reach Aquarium Bay by taking a 30-40 minute walk from Bitez beach. The route is perfect for hiking enthusiasts, but for those unaccustomed to such activities, it’s important to note that a trek is required to access this secluded bay. We advise families with children against attempting this journey.


You may infer from its name that the sea of Aquarium Bay is crystal clear. Aquarium Bay is one of the most stunning bays in Bodrum, boasting beautiful sea views. The trees surrounding the bay, making it an ideal spot for swimming, enhance its natural beauty. A truly beautiful bay must have lush greenery instead of concrete structures. As we mentioned, this is an untouched bay; therefore, there are no facilities available. If you intend to visit on foot, remember to bring your supplies.

The water’s remarkable transparency is the reason behind the name “aquarium” for this body of water. The bay, resembling a secluded lake, is among the most renowned bays in Bodrum.When food is thrown into the sea, the sight of numerous fish gathering around creates a spectacle akin to that of an aquarium.


Aquarium Bay stands out as an exceptionally suitable bay for swimming. Upon arrival at this picturesque bay, immerse yourself in its pristine waters and, upon departure, take a moment to appreciate the beach and diligently collect any litter, regardless of its origin. It is important to bear in mind that the authorities do not have the means to clean this area. If you cherish the natural beauty and crystal-clear sea of this place, endeavor to preserve it in its current state…

WHERE IS AQUARIUM BAY AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Aquarium Bay can be reached by walking for 30-40 minutes from Bitez port and is situated at the end of the peninsula-shaped cape called Adaboğazı.


Aquarium Bay is often visited by boat tours departing from Bodrum center and Gumbet. This pristine bay is gaining popularity among the general public and may occasionally get crowded.

How to Get to Aquarium Bay : googlemaps


Karaada
Karaada is the most frequently visited location by Bodrum tour boats.
ITS NAME IS BLACK, BUT EVERYWHERE IS GREEN AND BLUE

KARAADA

Karaada, a captivating island located at a visible distance from Bodrum center, attracts numerous tour boats due to its remarkable features. This island distinguishes itself from others with its excellent facilities and the picturesque bays that encircle it. Additionally, Karaada is highly renowned as a top destination for diving enthusiasts.


Version 1: Don’t miss out on visiting the hot water cave, a must-see attraction on the island. Known as Cleopatra’s Cave, the water inside is 5-6 degrees warmer than the sea. This natural spring water from underground is the reason behind its pleasant warmth, making swimming here an incredibly enjoyable experience.

Visitors can look forward to a fascinating experience at the hot water cave, where swimming is allowed. Additionally, visitors can also enjoy mud baths in this unique cave. Local belief suggests that the mud baths in this cave have skin-nourishing properties.


Upon stepping into the depths of Karaada’s cave, a profound sense of entering an alternate realm will envelop you. It will transport you to a realm that feels entirely distinct from the picturesque bay of Bodrum. Nevertheless, it is important to note that access to this captivating cave comes at a cost. As of our article revision in 2022, the entrance fee stands at 30 TL.

WHERE IS KARAADA AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Karaada can be found diagonally to the left, across from the Bodrum harbor. Every tour boat leaving from the center of Bodrum makes a stop at the island, which is easily visible from a distance. To catch a glimpse of Karaada, simply participate in a tour organized by the boat tour operators at the harbor.

Where is Karaada : googlemaps


Most Beautiful Bodrum Bays
The azure region depicted in the photograph is the area recognized as the site where the meteor descended.
EVEN A METEOR KNOWS WHERE TO FALL

METEOR PIT

The name Meteor Pit originates from the belief that a meteor landed in this location in the past. This event created a 40-meter hole, giving rise to the name Meteor Pit.


Although the surrounding depth of the pit ranges from one and a half to two meters, the actual depth of the Meteor Pit itself reaches up to 40 meters. Naturally, due to the erosion caused by waves, the pit has gradually become shallower over time as sand and stones were washed into it.

Holidaymakers visiting this destination demonstrate their bravery by leaping into the sea from the cliffs near the Meteor Pit area. The water is exceptionally clear, similar to the other bays in the vicinity. Meteor Pit, a perfect spot for swimming, can be found on Karaada Island. In Bodrum, the prevailing wind usually comes from the north, causing the sea to occasionally have gentle waves.


Despite its faded allure, Meteor Pit remains a destination worth visiting during your boat tours. However, it is unlikely that you will desire to linger here as much as in other bays. Take caution of sea urchins when venturing to the island.

WHERE IS THE METEOR PIT AND HOW TO GET TO IT?

Meteor Pit can be found on the Karaada side overlooking Bodrum. Visitors can access this site by joining boat excursions that depart from Gumbet and the center of Bodrum.

Where is the Meteor Pit : googlemaps


Most Beautiful Bodrum Bays
Poyraz Harbor is situated behind Karaada and offers a more tranquil ambiance compared to other bays.
THE QUIETEST BAY OF BODRUM

POYRAZ PORT

Poyraz Harbor, situated behind Karaada, is a must-visit bay in Bodrum. With its deep blue waters, Poyraz Port offers a more secluded experience compared to other bays.


While Bodrum tour boats usually anchor at the front of Karaada, the back side of the island provides a tranquil escape. Its stunning sea and natural surroundings make it a top choice for those seeking their favorite Bodrum bays.

WHERE IS POYRAZ PORT AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Boat excursions departing from Bodrum center offer the opportunity to visit the island situated behind Karaada. However, boat tours departing from Turgutreis do not include a stop at this particular island.

Where is Poyraz Port : googlemaps


En Güzel Bodrum Koyları
Similar to the bays in Bodrum, the sea in Küçük Poyraz Bay is as smooth as glass.
BODRUM BAY A MUST SEE

LITTLE POYRAZ

Little Poyraz Bay, situated behind Karaada, is a captivating bay that is sure to capture your heart. We highly suggest including Little Poyraz Bay, one of our cherished bays, in your list of must-visit destinations.


Little Poyraz Bay offers a delightful swimming experience in its crystal-clear turquoise waters. As you dive in, you may even encounter friendly fish eager to greet you. We advise bringing along your mask or snorkel to fully enjoy the wonders of this bay.

WHERE IS LITTLE POYRAZ BAY AND HOW TO GET THERE?

This bay, situated at the rear of Karaada, is highly recommended for its stunning turquoise sea. To reach the island, you can opt for boat tours departing from Bodrum centre. However, please note that boat tours departing from Turgutreis do not make a stop at this particular bay.

Where is Little Poyraz Bay : googlemaps


Orak Bay
Orak Island is an essential Bodrum bay that you must absolutely explore. Make sure not to conclude your vacation without experiencing the beauty of Orak Island.
MALDIVES OF BODRUM

ORAK ISLAND

Certainly, the only way to reach Orak Island is by boat, and once you set foot on this beautiful island, you may never want to leave its crystal-clear waters. Situated near Kargicak Bay, Orak Island is a popular stop for tour boats departing from Bodrum center and Gumbet.


While tour boats typically offer a one-hour swimming break on the island, you may find yourself wanting to stay longer in this paradise. If you wish to extend your time on Orak Island, we recommend considering a customized boat tour for a more personalized experience.

Orak Island, renowned for its stunning shades of blue and green, offers a tranquil escape with its calm winds. The crystal-clear turquoise sea invites you to explore its depths with a sea mask and snorkel.
Families with children particularly enjoy the shallow waters, making Orak Island a beloved destination in Bodrum for swimming. Moreover, the pristine white sand beneath the sea creates a Maldives-like experience.


Due to its popularity among locals and foreigners alike, the leisurely breaks on Orak Island tend to be extended. However, it’s important to note that boat tours departing from Turgutreis do not include a stop at Orak Island.

WHERE IS ORAK ISLAND AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Orak Island, a beloved destination for Bodrum tour boats, is situated near Kargicik Bay. Accessible by boat from Bodrum, the journey takes approximately an hour. Despite potentially being crowded during the summer months, Orak Island remains a must-see location. Boat tours departing from Bodrum center and Gumbet offer convenient access to the island.

Where is Orak Island : googlemaps


Pabuç Burnu, Alman Koyu
Pabuç Burnu will also hold a special place among the Bodrum bays that you will deeply adore.
THE MOST IDEAL BODRUM BAY FOR SWIMMING

GERMAN BAY / PABUC BURNU

German Bay, located in close proximity to Yaliciftlik, can solely be accessed by boat. The appellation “German Bay” stems from the fact that German warships sought refuge in this area during the First World War.


German Bay boasts pristine waters, making it an ideal spot for refreshing swimming breaks. If you enjoyed your time at Aquarium Bay, you will undoubtedly adore this location as well. Despite its relative obscurity, German Bay, with its charming sandy beach, holds a special place in our hearts. We are confident that you will be enamored by the crystal-clear sea and the inviting sandy shoreline.

WHERE IS GERMAN BAY AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Although it is linked to the mainland, German Bay does not have any land transportation access. Situated within the Bodrum Park Resort hotel, the bay can be reached by taking boat tours that depart from Bodrum centre.

How to Get to German Bay : googlemaps


Most Beautiful Bodrum Bays
Despite not being as renowned as other Bodrum bays, we firmly believe it ranks among the top three Bodrum bays that you must unquestionably visit.
MAKE SURE TO TAKE YOUR SNORKEL AND MASK WITH YOU

KIZILBURUN BAY

The bay near Yalıçiftlik is inaccessible by road, but boasts turquoise and clear waters like many other bays in Bodrum. Swimming in this bay is a delightful experience, allowing you to observe the sea floor.

Despite being less popular than other bays in the area, the beauty of this bay is sure to leave a lasting impression. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel or sea mask, as you’ll have a wonderful time swimming with the fish.


Thanks to the north winds, the sea water in this bay can be cooler compared to other bays. If you’re seeking a refreshing dip, be ready to jump in as soon as the captain gives the signal to swim.

WHERE IS KIZILBURUN BAY AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Despite its connection to the mainland, accessing the bay by land proves to be quite challenging. The only viable option to reach Kızılburun Bay, located in close proximity to Yalıçiftlik, is through boat tours.

How to Get to Kızılburun Bay : googlemaps


BODRUM BAY WHERE YOU CAN CAMP

KISSEBUKU BAY

We will drive past Yalıçiftlik town and guide you to our next destination, Kissebükü Bay. The water in Kissebükü Bay is crystal clear, resembling glass, and the bay offers tranquil, wave-free waters. Despite being perfect for swimming, this bay features a pebbly beach.


It is worth noting that accessing this bay by car is quite challenging. If you plan to drive here, consider camping for a few days. Occasionally, you may spot tents or caravans of dedicated camping enthusiasts near the beach.

WHERE IS KISSEBUKU BAY AND HOW TO GET THERE?

If you plan on visiting the bay in Mazıköy town, it is advisable to have an SUV due to the challenging road conditions. However, if camping is not on your agenda, the most sensible option would be to take a tour boat from Bodrum center, as they make stops at this bay.

How to Get to Kissebükü Bay : googlemaps


Most Beautiful Bodrum Bays
Despite being located further away from the center of Bodrum, Çatal Island in Turgutreis is not as famous as Orak Island. However, it offers a serene environment where visitors can spend an entire day.
THE ISLAND WITH THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VIEW

CATAL ISLAND

This extraordinary natural island, exclusively accessible through boat tours departing from Turgutreis, is situated directly across from Turgutreis D-Marin Marina. The remarkable Çatal Island can be easily spotted from the center of Turgutreis with the naked eye. When observing Çatal Island from a distance, two prominent hills come into view. These two distinct hills are connected by a level expanse. The majority of Turgutreis tour boats typically drop anchor in this level area.


Visitors have the opportunity to venture out onto this flat terrain and relax under the shade of the trees. Additionally, one can even take a leisurely stroll to the opposite side of the island. Çatal Island is renowned for being one of the most delightful bays frequented by Turgutreis tour boats. Swimming on the side of the island facing Turgutreis is particularly enjoyable, as the other side of the island tends to be windy most of the time.

Private boats also offer the option of organizing picnics on this island. Now, let me share an interesting anecdote; if you opt for a private boat, you can even host evening parties here. This area is highly suitable for surprise celebrations such as marriage proposals. Occasionally, romantic couples arrange such events on Çatal Island. While these words may become repetitive, I kindly request that you refrain from littering even the tiniest piece of garbage in this location, as well as in all the bays you visit.

WHERE IS ÇATAL ISLAND AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Çatal Island is situated directly across from the heart of Turgutreis. The island is easily visible from the center without the need for any optical aids. Exclusive to Turgutreis tour boats, Çatal Island is not included in the itineraries of tour boats departing from Bodrum center and Gumbet due to its considerable distance.

How to Get to Çatal Island : googlemaps


Bodrum Camel Beach
Camel Beach stands out as one of the top beaches in Bodrum due to its popularity among tourists.
THE MOST POPULAR BEACH OF BODRUM

KARGI BAY / CAMEL BEACH

When visiting Bodrum for a vacation, the idea of riding a camel may not immediately come to mind, right? However, in addition to the stunning coastal scenery, Camel Beach offers the opportunity to embark on a short camel ride.


As one of the top attractions in Bodrum, Camel Beach tends to attract large crowds during the summer months. This is primarily due to the allure of its picturesque shoreline and sandy beach. The beach boasts calm, crystal-clear waters, making it an ideal spot for both swimming and observing the underwater world.

WHERE IS CAMEL BEACH, HOW TO GET THERE?

Camel Beach can be found in the Ortakentyahşi District. This magnificent beach is accessible not only by road but also by tour boats departing from Turgutreis and Gümbet.

How to Get to Camel Beach : googlemaps


YOU CAME TO BODRUM AND YOU HAVE A WISH!

WISHING CAVE

The Wishing Cave, situated near Camel Beach, can be found on the cape at the entrance of Bağla Bay. For those who are superstitious, a visit to the Wishing Cave is highly recommended, as it is a stop for boats departing from Turgutreis. Tourists who visit the Wishing Cave, a well-known spot, swim into the 10-15 meter long cave, toss a coin, and make a wish.


This age-old belief is a cherished tradition among locals and visitors alike. Additionally, the crystal-clear sea surrounding the Wishing Cave makes it an excellent location for swimming. Due to its sheltered location from the wind, it is a popular stop for tour boats as well.

WHERE IS THE WISHING CAVE, HOW TO GET THERE?

Wishing Cave, situated near Camel Beach, is exclusively accessible to tour boats departing from Turgutreis. Positioned at the entrance of Bağla Bay, Wishing Cave can also be reached by car, although this may pose some challenges.

How to Get to Wishing Cave : googlemaps


Paradise Bay
Let’s hope that Cennet Bay, living up to its name’s beauty, remains untouched by developers driven solely by financial gain.
HEAVEN SHOULD NOT BE A DARK CONCRETE BAY!

PARADISE BAY

Paradise Bay, situated in Bodrum, is renowned for its breathtaking beauty. The bay derives its name from its mesmerizing charm. Located just three kilometers away from Göltürkbükü, Cennet Bay can be easily accessed by car as it is connected to the mainland.


Now, let’s turn our attention to the symbolic title of our discussion. The proposed construction project in this exquisite bay has stirred up anger among us all. Nature enthusiasts and volunteers have expressed their strong opposition to this project. Nevertheless, it is crucial to emphasize that these volunteers require substantial support in their endeavors.

Paradise Bay is truly a sight to behold, with its stunning sea and abundant greenery. The beauty of this place lies not only in its crystal-clear waters but also in the lush trees and vegetation that surround it. However, if the natural beauty of Paradise Bay is destroyed, it will lose its heavenly and serene charm. Instead, it will become just like any other swimming pool in a city villa. We sincerely hope that this grave mistake will be reconsidered, and Paradise Bay will continue to be a paradise for all to enjoy.


The bay offers an ideal setting for individuals seeking to swim and unwind. Surrounded by vibrant greenery, the sea in the bay is exceptionally calm and transparent. Paradise Bay is definitely a must-visit among all the bays.

WHERE IS PARADISE BAY AND HOW TO GET THERE?

Paradise Bay is situated at a distance of around three kilometers from Göltürkübükü. One can reach this destination either by car or by embarking on a leisurely stroll from Göltürkbükü. It is worth noting that Paradise Bay is not part of any tour boat itinerary. This is primarily due to an ongoing construction project that has garnered significant public attention and the resulting challenges it presents. Nevertheless, individuals have the option to visit this picturesque bay using their own transportation or by opting for a private boat tour.

How to Get to Paradise Bay : googlemaps


There are numerous exquisite bays in Bodrum and its surrounding areas. Our aim was to acquaint you with the most stunning bays in Bodrum, and we hope we have succeeded in doing so. When in Bodrum, it is essential to explore these bays and indulge in a legendary Bodrum breakfast at one of the renowned breakfast spots. Don’t forget to select a breakfast place by referring to our article on the finest breakfast spots in Bodrum.


We are confident that you will be greatly impressed by the beauty of these Bodrum bays. In fact, you won’t be able to resist praising their magnificence to your friends. Enjoy your time at the Bodrum bays, but please make sure to maintain their cleanliness with utmost care.


Remember, the reason you chose to visit these bays is because of their natural beauty, crystal-clear waters, and cleanliness. If you wish to experience this beauty again on your next visit, kindly assist us by picking up even the smallest cigarette butt if you come across one.
We admire the mindset that values, respects, and safeguards nature, going as far as keeping a cigarette butt in your pocket to prevent littering. Your dedication does not go unnoticed, and we are grateful to have you with us.

Wishing you a wonderful Bodrum vacation, with each day surpassing the last…

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