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  • Shannon Wolf | November 25, 2015 11:00 PM ET

    Butterfly Valley: A Gorgeous Hippie Haven

    Butterfly Valley: A Gorgeous Hippie Haven

    PHOTO: Nothing is more magical than swimming in turquoise water as the sun sets over the coast! (photos by Shannon Wolf)

    It's 12:36 a.m. in the secluded Turkish paradise of Butterfly Valley and I’m sitting with Adam and our new friend Jiao on yoga mats along the seashore. We are only steps away from waves loudly hitting the shoreline while encased by mountains and a star filled sky. 

    I'm buzzed off Efes lager, they’re drunk and Adam is attempting to teach Jiao how to do a Vinyasa flow. (And I'm trying not to laugh while he demonstrates how to do dancer’s pose on rocks while trying to maintain drunk-balance.) They topple over and in seconds are laughing hysterically while I advise them to try warrior pose.

    I lie back on my mat with a smile and stare out at the millions of stars above us. I see a shooting star and make a wish to myself — just because. I close my eyes, listening to the waves hit the shore and I am happy.

    I thought to myself in that moment: Why would I ever want go home? I have everything I need: Sunny days, star filled nights, a turquoise coast and friends by my side. Truthfully, do you really need more?

    Butterfly Valley is a hippie haven, reminiscent of “The Beach” — with turquoise water perfect for swimming, the best traditional vegetarian breakfast and dinner buffet you’ll ever eat in Turkey and full of chilled-out vibes. You’ll feel as though you went back in time.

    Accommodation Cost: 45 TL a person

    Note: In high season, make sure to book ahead.

    Includes: Tent rental, breakfast and dinner buffet.

    If you want to have a roof over your head, for an extra charge, you can rent a cute wooden hut.

    Washrooms: There are working toilets, sinks and cold showers available for free.

    Getting to/from Butterfly Valley:

    Cost: 20 TL (round-trip)

    On the beach at Oludeniz, you can catch the official Butterfly Valley boat taxi, which has three departure times:  

    • Oludeniz to Butterfly Valley: 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

    • Butterfly Valley to Oludeniz: 12 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

    PHOTO: Adam and I head out on our 30-minute boat ride to Butterfly Valley and that alone was worth it!

    Contact Info

    e-mail :

    phone: +90 252 - 614 26 19

    Butterfly Valley Office:

    +90 555 - 632 02 37/+90 539 458 7321

    Money saving tips:

    • Before taking the boat over to Butterfly Island, load up on as much water, snacks and alcohol as you can manage. The prices are steep there and your wallet will deplete.

    • Bring your own tent and stay in the back. It’s cheaper and the views are just as great as on the beach.

    Best things to do:

    • Hike in the canyon — there are two hiking trails (one easier and leading up past the waterfall and another one that is far from safe and better left for experienced trekkers).

    PHOTO: Hiking up to the top of butterfly valley has some of the most gorgeous views!

    • Hang out at the waterfall taking in the beautiful sights of the valley.

    • Partake in a Yoga class.

    • Swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

    • Chill out in hammocks or sunbathe on the beach.

    • At night, lie under the stars and have a bonfire on the beach.

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Shannon Wolf Tales From the Leap

Shannon Wolf Shannon Wolf is a freelance photographer and writer, traveling across the globe with an open itinerary and no intent of stopping. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she left behind a fast paced life to truly live and not just exist in an attempt to inspire others to follow their bliss. At age 26, Shannon has visited 20+ countries on four continents around the world. She has travelled overland by chicken-bus and tuk-tuks, hitchhiked by fruit trucks and through islands on horse and buggy. She has slept in the jungles of Nicaragua, on benches in London, secluded hidden beaches and she’s only getting started.
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