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From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

1. From Side: Full-Day Dolphin-Watching Boat Trip with Lunch

Embark on a fascinating full-day cruise traveling from the Manavgat River in Side to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Stay on the lookout for wild dolphins, admire panoramic views of the coastline, and listen as your guide shares interesting facts about the local marine life. Get picked up conveniently from your hotel and dropped off at the Side pier. Set sail along the Manavgat River before going out to the sea. Watch the river turtles lined up on the banks and pass the shipyards where all the wooden river boats are built. Stop where the river meets the sea to take a dip or a stroll on the beach. After your relaxing break, hop back on board and move on to some of the most scenic stretches along the shoreline as you taste a freshly-prepared lunch. Depending on tidal conditions, sail east or go to the ancient peninsula of Side, with another swimming break on the way. Allow your guide to point out dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles in their natural habitat. If the weather is favorable, your captain will take you further east for incredible views while you enjoy a foam party. Alternatively, go in the direction of Alanya and stop at a small, remote island for a walk before returning to Side.

Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

2. Side: Dolphin Island Boat Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day sailing cruise with this tour from Side. Swim around Karaburun Baym, the Manavgat Bosphorus, and at Dolphin Island. Party with foam and savor a fresh-cooked meal as you sail along the water.  Be collected from your hotel by airconditioned bus and transfer to the sailboat where staff will greet you and ask you which lunch option you would prefer, Depart along the Manavgat River and listen as your guide provides you with facinating commentary.  Listen as a live DJ starts to play and stop for the first swim break. Head to Manavgat Bosphorus, which has the sea on one side and the river on the other. Here, you can rent a Jet-Ski or taste a Gözleme (traditional Turkish food). Be served by the crew a fresh-grilled lunch of chicken or fish which is served with salad and a rice. After enjoying lunch on board, cruise to Dolphin Island. Stop for a second swim break. Start the foam party on the boat.  Continue towards a third swim break spot, near Karaburun Bay. Keep an eye out for dolphins along the way. Return to your accommodation at the end of your experience. 

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 17 reviews

We liked it very much. We did the tour without children. The excursion is definitely something for adults who are looking for fun and entertainment. However, if you are looking for peace and quiet, you will not find it there. You can miss the foam party on the 2nd deck. Photos can be taken printed on a glass plate with or without a parrot (they look really great, I can't say anything about the price). We had the pleasure of seeing dolphins and turtles. However, it cannot be guaranteed, that's nature and that's a good thing. Even without the animals it's really a lot of fun. Several bathing breaks were taken, so you could swim, linger and enjoy the view in different places. Anyone who is looking for variety and enjoys life should take part, no matter what age.

Really great. Suitable for every age group. We in our early 20s had our fun and little kids and their families were also very entertained. Unfortunately, we didn't see any dolphins (who is surprised given the overfishing), but we did see Helmuts (turtle in Turkish). During most swimming breaks you could jump off the "Baba Boat", swim and snorkel. There was also food, I just wish there was an alternative for vegetarians. The guide was fantastic and ensured a great atmosphere throughout.

It was a great trip with the crew and the BabaBoot. The family does everything with a lot of passion and commitment. Sometimes you can't stop laughing, it's so funny and humorous. There were huge "Helmut's (turtles)" to see and every swim stop was an experience. The food was really delicious and overall the trip is highly recommended. ☀️

Everything happened as advertised. The crew is really in a good mood. It was even driven with the ship pictured on the internet. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to experience this with another provider. We have no regrets and will certainly do it again. I can recommend it with a clear conscience!

It was a very well organized excursion with a very angry boat crew which always made for fun and good cheer