Places to See In The Valley 

The Butterfly Valley can be visited by following a walking trail 900 metres into the valley, then climbing the remaining 100 metres through a moderate rock climb.

However during this trip you need to be especially careful of the type of shoes you’re wearing, because as you proceed deeper into the valley the climbing grades will become increasingly more challenging. So don’t make the mistake we have of wearing flip flops.

It would be helpful to consider the fact that you will be subject to the full brunt of the hot and arid climate and bring sufficient quantities of water and food (especially sweets). The further into the valley you go, the higher your chances of seeing the butterflies, as butterflies enjoy damp, dark, and hollow environments. Because of this, one needs to make sacrifices to see butterflies. Those who’ve been at the valley long enough claim that to see the butterflies you need to clap your hands toward underneath the rocks.

But it may help to be careful, because if you look up as you progress into the valley, you may see the rocks above eagerly waiting to drop down on you, and you need to heed the warning signs cautioning visitors not to “make loud noises as rocks may fall.” Loud noises may also kill the butterflies so you need to be careful of that as well.


After you’ve walked the 900 metre trail and climbed the semi-difficult 100 metre climb and you’re hallucinating from the heat you will arrive at an oasis of a waterfall. Although, between you and me, a friend of mine who was looking at pictures of it thought it looked like someone was holding a hose from above. Anyway, believe me, after the climb and the heat, cooling off under the icy waters of the waterfall and watching the view of the valley from above feels wonderful.

On the way back from the waterfall, you may stop by the stone house (one of the two stone buildings on the island) frequented by foreigners and mainly staffed by foreign youths, and have a delicious organically prepared lemonade and try the interesting summer desserts handmade also by the young people who work there.

Lifestyle of The Valley

The lifestyle of the valley is one of peaceful coexistence with nature. To preserve the natural fabric of the valley, people live in residences, tree houses (they call them bungalows in the valley but don’t believe it) or small tents.

At the valley you are far from the conveniences of technology, because the valley is not connected to the grid and electricity is provided at certain hours through generators. At these hours the residents are provided outlets with which to charge their devices.

At the valley there is no need to be concerned for your valuables. No one’s after your phone, or wallet, or sunglasses. But you need to keep careful watch of commodities such as flashlights, lighters, or cigarettes. Because “the rule of displacement” in the military is applied mercilessly to these items.

The lifestyle at the valley is one that could be considered interesting. There are two types of habitants. The first group are the residents who stay at the valley for 35-40 TL per day, and the second are young  people who work small jobs in exchange for food and residence.

Pictured above in the same frame are volunteers who are carrying cargo from the boat, and the paying visitors enjoying themselves on hammocks. In the evening it is truly delightful to watch the sun set over the sea at the beach.
You have different alternatives for nightlife at the valley. You may go to Rock Bar and enjoy yourself until morning by the waves of the sea or carry your bed to the beach and fall asleep to the sounds of the waves, watching the stars shimmering in the dark. In the latter case you will be guarded at night by two enormous kangal dogs and a labrador who live at the beach.


You can’t reach the valley by land (a big shame on the part of the Ölüdeniz municipality) but it is possible to reach it through a rough trip by sea.

The boat owned by the valley management called “Butterfly Valley” does 3 round trips per day (the small boat in the photograph.) The tour boats that depart from Ölüdeniz (the larger boat in the photograph) also stop at the valley for an hour.

Transportation to the valley from Ölüdeniz takes 30-35 minutes on average. But if you’re planning on taking the valley’s own boat you need to be wearing your swimsuit under your clothes, because as you’re getting on and off the boat you’ll be waist deep in water. The reason for this is that there are no piers built on the shore in order to preserve the natural fabric of Ölüdeniz.

Useful Information
  • If you’re staying the night at the valley make sure to bring a charged flashlight and enough batteries.

  • Bring durable sandals or waterproof and ridged-sole walking shoes to allow you to explore the valley better

  • Bring fly repellent (there aren’t any mosquitos but the gadflies are painful)

  • Get a tattoo or you’ll stand out

Who Must See The Valley

  • Those who enjoy being one with nature

  • Those who like butterflies

  • Those who enjoy the hippie subculture or reggae music

  • Those who are bored with industrial life and need a break

Who In Particular Shouldn’t Go To The Valley

  • Those who enjoy luxury and comfort

  • Those who can’t adapt to nature

  • Those who can’t tolerate wild insects and flies

  • Those who are afraid of dogs

  • Those who are afraid of the dark

  • Those who hold views that are at odds with the hippie subculture

In conclusion, Butterfly Valley is etched in our memory and in our records as a must see through both the wonderful natural atmosphere it presents and the lifestyle at the valley, and as a place with immense positive energy for those who are on the same wavelength.



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