Butterfly Valley or Kelebekler Vadisi in Turkish is the home of the diverse butterfly species and unique holiday destination for the travellers. This valley is a corner of heaven where green and blue meet, where you will throw yourself into the lap of nature who has managed to remain virgin, still in 2020. However, if you don’t like the cliche words and definitions, I can define Butterfly Valley to you more briefly. It is a magnificent natural beauty that has preserved itself among the high hills in the village of Faralya in Fethiye. Butterfly Valley bought by the Anatolian Tourism Development Cooperative in 1987 from the Faralya villagers and declared as a first-degree natural site on February 8, 1995. This is the essential reason that the valley remains protected.
Where is The Butterfly Valley?
Well, Butterfly Valley is located on just about 8 km south of the Oludeniz. But it is not very simple to go there. Butterfly Valley is not a place that you can just get in your car and go to your hotel. The only way to go there is to use the ferries departing from Oludeniz. Of course, there are some alleys that go to the valley from the main road, but they are too dangerous. Also, it is not possible to get down with your luggage.
So, if you want to go to the Butterfly Valley and spend a couple of days with the hearth very virgin nature, you should go to the Oludeniz first. Going to Oludeniz is quite easy for everyone. There are hundreds of intercity coach lines to the Oludeniz from Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and many other major cities of Turkey. If you like to use the flight, you should go to Dalaman Airport, which is 60 km away from the Oludeniz. You should arrange a private transfer before your arrival or rent a car from the airport to go to the Oludeniz. When the times come to go to the Butterfly Valley just go to the Oludeniz shore. You will see a bunch of ferries that are waiting to depart.
- Istanbul to Oludeniz and Butterfly Valley (Google Maps Route)
- Dalaman Airport to Oludeniz and Butterfly Valley (Google Maps Route)
It is also possible to go to the Butterfly Valley just for the day. There are different types of boat tours that visiting a couple of coves around the Oludeniz. You will have around 30 minutes to swim at each cove. You may find the guys who are selling the boat tour tickets and get information from them. Prices should be around 50 to 100 Turkish Lira depending on the tour type and food & drink options.
Staying at Butterfly Valley
This place is not a 5-star holiday hotel or village. If you want to go to the valley, first you should know that you will have very few options. There would be a restriction on electricity and the internet. But the point is that, right? Having a holiday with nature and going a journey through your soul. You may check the accommodation options and prices from the internet. There will be a couple of different staying options for you. But also just know the essential things before you arrange your accommodation.
- Breakfast and dinner will be included in the price.
- You should bring your sheets, pillows, a pique, and mat (For the tents).
Camping in the Valley
You may bring your tent to camp in the valley. In this case, you will only pay a few amounts of money for the place of the tent. If you don’t have any tent, you can also rent one of them from the management. You can find the tent prices below. Comfortable tents are a little bigger than regular tents. If you bring your tent, you will pay 30 Turkish Lira less than the given prices. I think it’s not worth it to bring your own that. Just rent one of them in the valley.
- January, February, March, April, and May: Comfortable tents, 135 Turkish Lira per person, regular tents, 120 Turkish Lira per person.
- June, July, August, and September: Comfortable tents: 165 Turkish Lira per person, regular tents 150 Turkish Lira per person.
- October, November, and December: Comfortable tents, 150 Turkish Lira per person, regular tents, 135 Turkish Lira per person.
Bungalows in the Valley
Your second option for accommodation is the bungalows. There are two types of bungalows in the Butterfly Valley. Big ones and the normal ones. Big bungalows are like for four people. And the big ones have their private shower and toilet. Bungalow prices are given below.
- January and February: Big bungalow, 180 Turkish Lira person, regular bungalow, 150 Turkish Lira per person.
- March, April, and May: Big bungalow, 195 Turkish Lira person, regular bungalow, 165 Turkish Lira per person.
- June, July, August, and September: Big bungalow, 225 Turkish Lira person, regular bungalow, 180 Turkish Lira per person.
- October, November, and December: Big bungalow, 195 Turkish Lira person, regular bungalow, 150 Turkish Lira per person.
Shower, Toilet, and Food
If you don’t reserve a big bungalow, you should use the shared showers and toilets. They are using solar panels to get the hot water so be aware that especially during the evening they will run out of hot water. There is a 500 person capacity restaurant in the Butterfly Valley. You may also buy anything during the day from here. You will also find a fish house, snack bar, and a market.
Waterfall in The Butterfly Valley
It is possible to reach the waterfall through the path that passing the centre of the Butterfly Valley. It is not a very big one though still worth to see. Just take the road under the shadow of the valley walls and enjoy the natures and butterflies. After an hour-long walk, you will reach the waterfall with the company of the tiger butterflies. In here, please be careful not to make noise because it is bad for the butterflies. Also, not try to climb to the waterfall, which can be deadly dangerous for you. There is a med-team in the valley, but for the severe injuries, you have to wait for the team from the Oludnize which takes time.
If you ever stayed at the Butterfly Valley, please share your experiences and thoughts. Besides, you can ask questions in the comment section. Also, please feel free to ask a question about the Butterfly Valley. however, you can buy Tiger Butterflies from this link 🙂