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?
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.
- If your base is Faralya, you can take a dolmuş (local bus) to Ölüdeniz. During the season( May-Oct), busses 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 1 am, 2 pm, and 6 pm. It won’t be there until half an hour before departure.
- Buy your ticket on board. 2018 price per person is 30TL for a return ticket.
- 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.
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.