How to get to Butterfly Valley from the Blue Lagoon

Have you heard of Butterfly Valley? It is quite near Ölüdeniz’ Blue Lagoon and an ultra-popular selfie-stop for people exploring the wider Fethiye area. The reason is obvious; Butterfly Valley is one of those off-beat places created by nature that leaves you speechless. The valley is a green oasis with a beach surrounded by steep to almost vertical rocks of up to 350m. There’s a waterfall at the end of the valley creating a little stream all the way through the Mediterranean. And ‘spoiler alert’; the valley does indeed get its name from the many butterflies that live there. The question is: How do you get to Butterfly Valley?

We're Almost There

We’re Almost There

Butterfly Valley: an isolated slice of paradise

Contrary to what many tourists seem to think, the best way to reach Butterfly Valley is not to drive to Faralya, the village above the valley. Of course, your drive up is rewarded with a gorgeous vantage point, but there is no such thing as a parking lot and easy access from above. Up until last year, people used to hike down to the valley and beach, but after a few fatal accidents, authorities have put up warning signs to discourage or even forbid hiking the trail. Our original intention was to tell you both how to hike to Butterfly Valley and how to reach it by boat. But since the warning sign in the valley clearly states it is forbidden, we have decided to stick to what is allowed with this post on how to safely access Butterfly Valley from the Blue Lagoon.

Sunset At Butterfly Valley

Sunset At Butterfly Valley Fethiye

  1. If your base is Faralya, you can take a dolmuş (local bus) to Ölüdeniz. During the season( May-Oct), buses run from Kabak every hour from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Don’t forget to take advantage of the fact that you’re already there to take in the view from above. You won’t regret it!
  2. If your base is Fethiye or anywhere else in the area, you’ll find regular connections to Ölüdeniz at almost all times of the day.
  3. No need to worry about where to get off the bus once you have arrived at the Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz. The dolmuş always makes a planned stop right at the waterside. That’s where you get off.
  4. Look out for the shuttle boat with a sign that says: ‘Butterfly Valley – Shuttle Boat – Kelebekler Vadisi’. The shuttle sails only three times a day. Departing from Ölüdeniz at 11 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm. It won’t be there until half an hour before departure.
  5. Buy your ticket on board. 2018 price per person is 30TL for a return ticket.
  6. Make sure you do not miss the last shuttle boat out of the valley! It leaves at 5 pm. If you don’t make it, you’ll have to call for a taxi boat which will easily cost you between 150 to 200TL.
Shuttle Boat To Butterfly Valley

Shuttle Boat from Oludeniz To Butterfly Valley

What to expect from Butterfly Valley?

The attractiveness of Butterfly Valley lies in a combination of things. The fact that it is in theory only accessible by boat has helped in keeping this a relatively untouched place. We say relatively because there are facilities on site. You will find a cafe and restaurant as well as a quite extended camping area. The positive thing about this is that you don’t have to worry about a lack of comfort and you can make it a relaxing day out. The valley is a fabulous place to while away the day in the shade of the many trees or grapevines while enjoying a cooling sea breeze. The management is putting tremendous effort into the protection of the area and its environment. Still, the place gets overrun with loads of tourists from time to time, as Butterfly Valley is a stop on the sailing route of the big pirate party boats that leave from the Blue Lagoon every day. It’s a short stop, but it can be overwhelming. Other than that, you will find this place relaxing and peaceful, particularly out of peak season.

The Perfect Spot To While Away The Day

The Perfect Spot To While Away The Day

What about butterflies?

Sometimes people complain about the fact there are no butterflies. Rest assured, the butterflies are still there, more than 80 different species live here. The only reason you may not see any is because either you’re going too early or too late in the year (the best time to spot butterflies is in June), or you are too intrusive and noisy with a big group of people. During our May visit, we’ve spotted at least 50 butterflies. Also, most butterflies are more towards the back of the valley, where the waterfall is. Unfortunately, unless you are visiting Butterfly Valley with an organized day trip, you will have to pay a small entrance fee to that part of the valley. Is it worth it? All depends on what your expectations are and how many people are visiting at the same time as you are. There is a small path leading all the way to the end of the valley where the waterfall is. Be sure to wear water-resistant shoes that provide a good grip as you will need something sturdier than flipflops if you want to see the waterfall from up close without the risk of slipping off a rock. Do not expect a well-maintained path all the way up to the waterfall, the last bit involves some rock climbing. And speaking of waterfalls, remember that you can also go waterfall chasing in Kabak! In any case, if you ask us, the charm of Butterfly Valley lies in its beach area and more specifically the lush green area directly behind it. That, combined with its isolation makes it a great spot to relax in the shade on a hot day.

Finally, A Butterfly

Finally, A Butterfly

Practical information to visit Faralya and Butterfly Valley, Turkey

Check out our dedicated page with information about visa applications, transport, and more, and have a look at the reviews from other travelers on TripAdvisor for more Kabak travel tips. You will find regular public transport to Faralya during the season. In winter, only 3 buses go there, so plan ahead! If you are looking for more things to do in the area, use our map search for inspiration on places to go and places to stay.

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The important thing to notice about visiting Butterfly Valley, Turkey is that timing is everything, especially if you’re after a relaxing experience in nature. Joining an island tour on a pirate boat is a completely different experience. Despite its name, apart from the month of June, there won’t be a lot of butterflies to spot. But if you take their shuttle and head over there on a beautiful day out of season, this place is still the quiet little paradise it was before it got popular on social media.

Other than that, keep an eye on the clock so you don’t miss the last shuttle out of the valley, and wear good shoes if you’re planning on venturing around.

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You must have guessed it already, we’re independent travelers. Joining groups for excursions or activities isn’t really our cup of tea. But we fully understand that not everyone is keen on exploring Turkey on their own. That’s when Get Your Guide comes in handy. They offer plenty of activities and sightseeing tours that you can pre-book online.

If you are like us, and you want to explore offbeat places, check out Kalabantia, or the hike to the hidden waterfalls in Kabak. You’ll love it, we promise! For equally (or even more) spectacular views, head up to Babadağ’s summit.

If you’re more into a personalized experience while enjoying the services of a guide, Tours by Locals may be what you’re looking for! We just love them! You get the knowledge and assistance of a local, and the experience of independent traveling. Best of both worlds, really. If you want the assistance of a local member of the Culture Routes Society on your Lycian Way ventures near Faralya, get in touch with the Lycian Guide. He’ll take you along beautiful footpaths where you’ll discover all, the natural and historical beauty Faralya has to offer.

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We still love to use Booking.com when searching for the perfect hotel or vacation rental in Turkey. Unfortunately, the website isn’t accessible from within Turkey without the use of a VPN. If you don’t have a VPN, and you’re already in Turkey, Hotels.com is a good alternative.

Faralya and Butterfly Valley are places for nature lovers. In that perspective, we can highly recommend Faralya Botanica as a place to stay, or, if you prefer to have a view of Butterfly Valley, Keyif Motel, which is situated right above the Valley. This is also a great spot for a very affordable sunset dinner!

Of course, you can also check out the options of spending the night down at the valley. If you want a piece of the action, you might be happier with a hotel at the Blue Lagoon in Ölüdeniz or Fethiye.

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When searching for flights, we like to use Skyscanner. It’s easy to use, and reliable. Find the best flights to Turkey and domestic flights that will take you all around the country here. The closest airport to Butterfly Valley is Dalaman.

Do you prefer some good old road tripping? Once you get used to the unconventional driving style in Turkey, you’ll love to hit the road. After all, it’s all about the journey, and you may expect some very scenic rides! Renting a car in Turkey is easy. If you’re looking for an established car rental company that allows pick-up and drop-off at different airports, check out Europcar. They have offices all over Turkey.

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