I've read many different versions of coming to Kayakoy and they kinda give me anxiety, that's the reason why it took me a long time til now to see the place when I've been wanting to see it for a long time.
I was staying in Faralya that time (couple of weeks only, November 2012), and I took the dolmush passing by the highway (Fethiye - Faralya - Kabak route). I don't want to guess so I asked the driver how do I get to Kayakoy. He dropped me at Hisaronu district of Oludeniz - the entertainment town, lots of bars - and from there right at the corner along the many soujvenir and jewelry shops I've waited for the dolmush that goes to Kayakoy. Took only less than half an hour.
I boarded the van and before I stepped out of the van when it reached Kayakoy, I asked the driver the last 2 dolmush schedule going back to Hisaronu/Oludeniz, to make sure that I don't get stuck at the place.
So, if you're coming from Fethiye (infront of Carrefour at the main bus terminal), take the dolmush that goes to Hisaronu and catch the dolmush at Hisaronu to Kayakoy. I'm not so sure, but maybe there's a direct dolmush from Fethiye to Kayakoy.
or from Oludeniz beach, take the dolmush at the station near the beach and get off at Hisaronu and connect with the Kayakoy dolmush.
Sometimes, people can get complicated with descriptions, in reality that's how easy it is.
I took the offer of the camp's revv car to take me to the upper part of the village at TL30.
Now, here's a caution: during the winter time starting November 1, the dolmush (van) frequency to and from Kabak is lessened to 3 trips and I found that the hard way, and it was exactly November 1
when I was left wandering around the little village waiting for the dolmush.
When I arrived at the bus stop at the end of the Kabak Village, I found out that the next dolmush will arrive at 4 or 4:30pm and this is the last dolmush of the day, and it was just around 1:00pm and those couple of yellow taxis that I've seen the day before aren't around anymore also.
So I don't have any choice than to wait for the dolmush and it's not really nice getting stuck there for a long time as there are really very few things to do, like walk back and forth along the dusty road a this very small village, or have a lunch at Mamma's Restaurant and Pension house right at the corner which I did just to pass the time and I was hungry anyway.
For a long time I was the only foreign subject in the village, except when a little later a european (Brits perhaps) couple arrived, probably staying at the Olive Garden a little walking way down at the back of Mamma's resto, who ordered meals for lunch at Mamma's.
I did not moved for half an hour along the main road infront of Mamma's restaurant as I'm afraid if I ever blink and miss the last transport option of the day, I'll get stuck at Mamma's Pension. The dolmush finally arrived a little past 4:00pm and I really felt a strong surge of relief.
The dolmush heads all the way to Fethiye town center at TL6, long trip, more than an hour I think.
REMEMBER: during winter (starts November 1) there are only 3 dolmush a day, one on the morning, second at mid day and the last one at 4pm. Check the latest schedule or ask the driver even before you get off, believe me, you wouldn't want to get stuck here.
The only way to get to several camps and accommodation down the valley in Kabak - aside of course from hiking - are the jeeps parked at the tranport depot at the end of the road in the main local village of Kabak.
If you're coming from Fethiye or Oludeniz, the dolmush (vans) will terminate at the upper part of the village and wait about 10m mintues for passengers going back to Fethiye/Oludeniz.
Now, from this transport depot to your chosen camp or accommodation down the valley or near the beach, either you walk down or take the jeep.
These red jeeps are really for rugged terrain.
Warning here (as it happened to me), wait for other passengers to fill up the jeep, so you could split the cost of the fare amongst all passengers, otherwise, you'll be paying for the whole jeep at TL40 -- like I did because the driver lulled me into leaving with his jeep and I thought he will charge me less since there really aren't passengers around and it's getting late in the afternoon. And he dropped me way before the entrance to the camp where scary dogs almost mauled me.
If you're already in Faralya (Uzunyurt) and want to get to Kabak Valley, there are dolmush (minibus/van) that pass along the main highway from Faralya to Kabak Valley. Fare from Faralya to Kabak is I think TL2 or less and trip takes about 10 to 15 minutes only.
Note though that the frequency of the bus trips becomes less during winter, so better ask the driver the return schedule if you want to get out of the place on the same day.
I was worried about this minibuses as it's starting to be winter time and I can't find any schedule online (so I'll be posting it here for the benefit of travelers).
I was in Dalyan and heading to Fethiye, then onto Faralya. So here's how to do it, from Dalyan (and from Fethiye too).
I took a public transport van from the center of Dalyan near the river and the turtle statue, this van goes to the transportation hub of Ortaca town, there's no direct Fethiye bus from Dalyan. Fare is I think 4TL.
Then, from Ortaca where I've waited for about an hour for the bus to arrive, I took the minibus at TL11 (this I remember very well) to Fethiye's main bus terminal.
I went out of the bus terminal and waited for the passing minibuses infront of Carrefour. The local couple told me there's no direct bus to Faralya from there - maybe because it's winter already but I found out later that there are minibuses that goes all the way to Faralya from the main bus terminal because I took that from Faralya to Fethiye (opposite direction) after my stay there. it's those minibuses that has Oludeniz and Faralya on the signboard infront of the bus.
So I took the fist bus that passed along with the local turkish couple on the way to Oludeniz as I don't want them to feel that I don't trust them. Maybe their right. I got off at the beach side of Oludeniz, the last stop of the bus and from there I've waited for less than an hour for the minibus that goes to Faralya arrives.
There are only about 5 passengers including me on the way to Faralya and the bus runs like crazy swerving at each turn only a foot distance to the edge of the ravine. I almost puked at the thought that if he missed any turn, we might be rolling on the sea below or valley, and all of us 5 passengers will die without much publicity, it could have gotten more attention if the bus is full, ain't it?
Fare from Oludeniz to Faralya is TL4 or 5, and dropped me off along the main road very near to my .chosen accommodation.
Hi, you can take a bus from fethiye bus station to bodrum which takes 5 hours and something like 35 TL per person. Or a private transfer company.
I'll recommend H.E. e-Tourism Services.
If you're staying in Fethiye and want to go to Oludeniz, there's a minibus that goes there. You can catch this minibus at the back of the Yeni Hamidiye Mosque which is after you passed the PTT. The minibus will be waiting at the bus waiting shed infront of a kebab/doner restaurant. That's the street (Gaffar Okkan Caddesi) on the side of the mosque.
Arriving at fethiye's bus terminal, I asked one of the bus companies where to catch a public transport to the town. So I have to get out of the terminal to the main road just in front of the Carrefour. The dolmush or minibus pass by there frequently.
if you're heading to the the town center, look for the sign "Karagozler" on the minibus front, these small buses or vans will go to the center passing by the marina onto the end where there's a workshops for yachts. if you don't know tour place, just tell the driver to drop you to your hotel or hostel or guesthouse.
Fare is flat at TL1.50, just hand it over to the driver before sitting. If you have luggage, you can just put it on the side near the dolmush entrance.
This dolmush is the same one you could take if you're lazy walking around town, just hail along the road and get off at any point.
This same dolmush will take you back to the bus terminal after your days in fethiye.
From Fethiye bus terminal, I hopped on the Havas airport bus to Dalaman airport - the nearest airport from Fethiye.
The Atlas Jet Flight that I took was the 3:30pm, small but nice domestic airline, free snack on board.
If you bought your airtickets online, DON"T FORGET to bring the credit card you used to pay for your ticket, they will be asking for it during check-in at Dalaman airport.
Also, I think they're not very strict with hand carries as I was having two bags - my backpack and a smaller shoulder bag that I carried on board to make it convenient for me not waiting for my luggage at the conveyors and go direct out of the terminal.
Atlas Jet is a budget airline, so the earlier you book and pay your ticket online, the cheaper fare you get. The staff are friendly from check-in to on-board.
From Fethiye bus terminal, I took the Havas bus which is the cheapest option going to the Dalaman airport, taxis are way expensive.
Fare is TL20 and travel time is about an hour, ours is a little more. But all the Havas bus schedules are rightly connected for most of the flights to Istanbul. I was taking the Atlas Jet flight at 3:30pm and the Havas bus I took was the 1:00pm and has enough time to check-in, waited for 15 minutes at the airport and catch the flight.
The shuttle serves all flight schedule of Turkish Airlines, Pegasus and Atlas Jet flying to Istanbul, so no worries there, they must have figured that out - not to be late for the flights.
From Antalya's main bus terminal, I took the Bati Antalya bus company to Fethiye. Travel time is approximately 4 hours or so.
The bus made a stop at a restaurant along the highway for restroom use and to take a snack or meal for half an hour. Don't forget to keep your ticket as there are two inspections during the trip.
Fethiye's bus terminal is about 2 kilometers from the center of Fethiye town. Dulmush / minibus starts and end their route at the bus terminal just outside infront of Carrefour.
Provinsial buses and minibuses are available at the otogar, tehre are a couple of bus companies that goes to Antalya - a much bigger bus terminal where you can catch buses to most cities and towns which are not served directly from Fethiye's otogar.
The airport bus - to Dalaman airport - called Havas is also available and has a small office at the Fethiye bus terminal just beside the police station.
This bus terminal serves limited provincial destinations that most of the time, you have to go thru Antalya.
From Istanbul, I thought I'd take an overnight bus to Fethiye. My friend's Turkish husband looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Pegasus Air". It turns out this budget airline has domestic flights from Istanbul to Dalaman, which is the gateway airport for the Turkish Coast. I had an easy check-in and slightly chaotic at Istanbul's Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, and only an hour or so later I arrived at the Dalaman Airport. I wasn't really sure how to get from the airport to Fethiye, but it turned out to be easy as pie! Immediately outside the airport doors there were a variety of busses waiting to take passengers to destinations along the coast; my bus for Fethiye departed only ten or fifteen minutes after I exited the airport! The bus stopped a few times along the way (it was too dark to see where), and about two hours later we'd made the fifty-kilometre journey to Fethiye. It was amazingly simple and convenient.
The Dolmus are small mini van type cars that can be found everywhere in and around Fethiye.They ferry people back and forth to surrounding areas such as Ovacik,Hiseronu and Oludeniz.There are always plenty to be found and dont particulary stick to any time table,but thats not a problem,we didnt wait longer than five minutes to catch one anywhere.There are a few stops to stand and wait for the Dolmus but like a taxi they will always pull up and pick you up with just a wave of your hand.If your lucky you will get a seat but a lot of the time will be standing although the farvest you will go will only be a half hour journey.
Prices are very cheap depending on destination will vary from 2 to 6 TL.
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