Side Tours
Dolphins Island Cruise
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Dolphins Island Cruise

By Side Tours
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Ages 0-99, max of 45 per group
Duration: 7h
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: German, English
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  • Lunch
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option is selected)
What's not included
  • Drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Bootsanleger Manavgat Boot (Lake and River Hotel), Çeltikçi, 07600 Manavgat/Antalya, Türkiye
    Baba A Boat near Lake and River Hotel
Pickup details
  • Pick-up from hotel security gate
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9398P24

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • We cannot guarantee that we will see dolphins on our trip
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 9398P24

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      • amyr647
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Family boat trip
        The trip was organised online and it was our first time using this company. About 24 hours before the trip we were contacted by WhatsApp to arrange our meeting point and time and they answered any questions we had. We were met with our transfer and Brought to the boat. We paid the 5 euro for the fresh lunch which was well worth it. Freshly prepared salad, grilled fish, caught on route, warm pilaf and fresh bread. It was delicious. We had 3 swim stops with buoyancy aids for the kids which was perfect. And if they didn't fancy a swim they had a kids sofa area with looney tunes cartoons on instead in the shade- amazing. Music and dancing on board, snacks available at really good prices of about 1-2 euro! The kids had face painting and the foam disco was hilarious. The kids loved the day at sea and I thoroughly recommend this trip and company. All translated for us, with English, German and Russian guests on board with us so everyone could join in. 10/10
        Written 11 June 2024
      • marymH4970NW
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Beautiful destination
        Really great trip where you are whisked through the Turkish countryside up to the huge dam , from there we were taken on a trip over aquamarine blue waters surrounded by towering rock. Then off for a lunch at a picturesque lake As a vegetarian, the lunch was a really tasty salad with cous cous and tomato pasta , really nice Great way of seeing a bit of the country other than resorts
        Written 11 June 2024
      • jonnel2020
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Nice time diving
        We went diving with silver diving, we have a bit of experiance. We had a very Nice instructor who took us diving. We would defenitly recomend it.
        Written 10 June 2024
      • A7245TDdeans
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Amazing experience and really cheap
        Went on the trip today it was amazing! The staff couldn't help enough! The food on the boat was really good and we got a suprise foam party which we loved too
        Written 10 June 2024
      • md1912
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Green canyon TUI trip
        What a load of rubbish Pick up the taken to fake shopping for hour Then back on bus to a farm of orange trees Back on bus to get boat to cross the river for lunch which was good back on boat to cross back On the bus again to green canyon on a boat that was packed Sit in a boat on a man made river no water falls just sit there This was missed sold you spend more time on off bus. This trip was with TUI my advice don’t bother
        Written 9 June 2024
      • Sidcup_11
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fabulous Boat Trip
        Fabulous day out, transfer to and from Green Canyon smooth, boat trip amazing and lunch plentiful and well organised. All in all a great trip
        Written 9 June 2024
      • T5337VFannap
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
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        The guide, was nice! Beautifull views!!! Nice lunch, bus, driver. Good places to take photos. Nice people. The lake was amazing.
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      • Julie M
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great day out
        Timely easy collection from hotel. Fantastic pirate boat where great fun was had from the pirates to the parrot and the foam party we had a really good time!! Lunch was lovely rice chicken salad. The first stop off was stunning the waterfall was ok the market was huge!!! Then a taxi ride back to the hotel what could be better
        Written 4 June 2024
      • benediktn375
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        Boring, not as advertised
        Bahram has already said everything in his review. Very boring experience, where are the mountains? Power of the buggies is very bad, hard to drive any hill. They want to sell pictures after driving, this is not included in the price. Before driving you should buy extra sun glasses and other stuff. While break you get offered drinks and Snacks, afterwards they tell you that this also has to be played extra. Bus drive from hotel very long because many people of other hotels must be picked up.
        Written 2 June 2024
      • Laura K
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good trip
        A fantastic trip! Breathtaking landscapes, outstanding guides, and truly unforgettable experiences. 5 stars!!!..
        Written 29 May 2024
      • GautamD239
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Worth a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site
        Pamukkale, hierapolis and Cleopatra's pool are in the same location. There is a common entry ticket for pamukalle and hierapolis but a seperate ticket is required for cleopetra's pool. First we visited the ruins of Hierapolis. The major attraction was the arena which was huge and would have been used for entertainment purposes. The next we walked to Pamukalle which was all white due to calcium carbonate deposit brought in by water. There were several ponds where one could stand as water would not be more than ankle high. The view was breathtaking. This is a natural formation and a world heritage UNESCO site. After spending time at Pamukalle we walked towards the cleopetra's pool. There is a myth that cleopetra used to take bath in the pool. The water in the pool has minerals and said to have healing properties. There is a seperate ticket to be bought to enter the pool. The locker facility is available for a refundable deposit. The pool is small and not deep except a small section. There are huge rocks in between where one can sit. Considering a very high entry ticket for cleopetra's pool, it could be avoided.
        Written 29 May 2024
      • Magda W
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Best day of holidays in Turkey!! BOOK DONT HESITATE
        What an amazing day we had!! This was absolutely the best day of entire holidays in Turkey. Communication with provider was spot on ,pick up at the hotel then meeting with other jeeps and our host Johnny Cash from Spass Tour, the provider of trip, was an absolute star of the day! Very funny charming guy, made everyone relaxed , joked about everything and everyone but in a polite manner. He’s a great personality type of guy for sure , real treasure for this company,proper showman. The driver of our Jeep the Turtle was vey caring about my son who didn’t feel too confident at the back and let him sit on the front seat,let him to change the gears when we drove, he was mindful of children in the car so we weren’t going as crazy as other which I really appreciate as I was concerned about safety but he knew what’s he’s doing. Both of them with Johnny looked after him and made him relaxed ,sang songs with him and covered him with a towel after water fights. The photographer was a proper athletic,climbing on the cars while driving fast ,going on the top of the car,running between cars , jumping,I was shocked how those guys are fit and confident in what they do. You could see how greta they do cooperate with drivers so they don’t get hurt. The green canyon boat trip was great too. Amazing views and swimming time, please jump In the water best experience,very refreshing, y po u uh will regret if you won’t. Lunch was fresh and tasty, served with breath taking views of the lake. Thank you guys for this amazing day of fun and adventure,and to bring us home safely. A whole team was brilliant fun friendly and so so kind and polite. Can’t thank you enough for this wonderful day,we are taking home beautiful memories ☺️ If we return Turkey we will I see you again for sure !!!
        Written 29 May 2024
      • Happiness39632054449
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic
        I would highly recommend this tour. Our tour guide Murat was very friendly & informative and shared lots of knowledge about Antalya. Once you get to the old town the tour is self guided and you get around four hours to explore. This was plenty of time to sightsee and shop. The lunch was nice too.
        Written 26 May 2024
      • lorraineke
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        A joke
        How do I begin, we were picked up promptly from our hotel no issues there were driven to pick up few other people, The tour guide then told us all what we were supposed to be doing when she got to much Husband and myself she said we were having free time around Antalya old town , I informed her we had actually paid for the full tour package which included to different places on tour and the cable car she said there was a problem with cable cars and we couldn't go aparently someone had been killed on the two weeks prior, I had no Idea about this and when I booked the excursion I was not notified intact. the full amount of £96 for the two of us was taken, The day before the trip we received a message which still said we would be doing full experience, The tour guide then said the boat trip I wasn't sure if she was asking me a question or stateing a fact I asked and she said yes the boat trip , as I hadn't seen the boat trip details I wasn't sure what to do as we were half an hour on the road to destination I felt what else could we do so we agreed to boat trip , we were then taken to a clothes shop which was strange way to start trip brought inside n left to be harassed into buying goods from shop the guide them came back and hurried us out the shop promising the man in there we could buy is wears later, we were brought back to the group there was no guidance she spoke in Russian to the rest of group and hardly said to words to us just to say we are here or there no real information at all we learned nothing we then went on a short boat trip on a small rather uncomfortable boat where we were harassed again to buy photos and cold drinks, after returning to shore the guide then stood buy whilst a man in shore went on to us to buy his tea she spoke like she knew him, then she said we will go for lunch girl delicious traditional Turkish food well she led us back threw streets all time being constantly harassed by every star we passed, Then to my horror she led us to a dinghy kebab shop I couldn't belive it roasting hot little shop with a filthy toilet with no lock on door I refused to eat, they served us with a kebab eack on paper plate I was horrified, my husband eat some of his mine was full of oil and as I suffer with dietary issues I thought it better to no eat anything, we then had free time for few hours and went off and brought our own food and drinks meet back up at the shop as instructed to be further harassed to buy from the shop which we didn't,Then given back we were asked to give a tip to driver which we politely declined I did tell the guide I wasn't happy she said she would talk to her supervisor we got dropped off and my Husband latter got into a texting war with travel provider who flat out refused any kind of refund so we payed £96 for travel to a town and back.
        Written 22 May 2024
      • Culture68418800573
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended
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      Fhiona G
      Kilmarnock, UK23 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Couples
      This trip is not as described on trip advisor.
      This trip is run by a company called Baba Boot who are also on trip advisor but for some reason they have this trip down as a Dolphin cruise.
      We booked online for a Saturday but were told it was cancelled and could we go on sunday.
      So we were picked up on sunday and not taken to Side harbour but a dusty car park at side of a hotel in Manavgat.
      The boat is a big 3 tiered custom made pirate themed boat with a dragon head at front of it.
      We knew then we were not in for the cruise we were expecting.
      We set sail from a river lined with run down fishing platforms and passed a very sad looking fish farm which must have been well polluted with all the pirate boats that sail along it twice a day on trips.
      The announcements were made in 3 or 4 different languages very loudly and took ages.
      Then the loud music began.
      We sailed along the coast line for a while until we came to the area where you can spot dolphins apparently. We did see a few turtles surface which was nice.
      Then on out into more open ocean-the swell of the waves unfortunately got to my husband and he was feeling very unwell for the rest of the trip.
      More blaring music then a stop for swim. Along to a small island for another stop and lunch. Lunch was ok-fish or chicken but as a vegan I wasn’t even given an extra portion of rice or salad so was a bit hungry.

      We sailed along again with more blaring music then the foam party started with booming dance music and foam flying everywhere. Of course there were plenty of people enjoying that but it’s just a nightmare really that we didn’t want. I feel sorry for the marine life below. All that foam going in the sea and that loud music-not good.

      I would not recommend this trip if you are looking for a leisurely quiet sail on a small boat. In further we will not be booking trips from trip advisor as this is false advertising.
      Written 27 September 2023
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      GustaviLund
      Lund, Sweden1 contribution
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Friends
      We were happy with the trip overall, very professional. Perfect boat, tasty quality lunch.
      But the music was constant and extremely loud and that was not acceptable, it was disrespectful. There was nonstop pop music in turkish/german/international. There was no option for us to have a normal conversation with each other. How the operater can act like this is beyond my comprehension. Without the loud music, 5/5.
      Written 24 September 2023
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      distantshores
      Peterborough, UK91 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2022 • Couples
      The advertising board at Side Harbour read: ‘Dolphin Island Cruise…..80% chance of seeing Dolphins’. Of course we realise that dolphins don’t just turn up on cue just because we are on a boat trip, but we didn’t see any dolphins or any islands.

      Pros: excellent staff very friendly. Lunch was great and tasty. The river/sea stop on the way out was peaceful. The boat was well equipped.
      Can see it would be quite good fun if you were a child or young adult I.e. loud music and foam party (I’ve put this as a pro as some people may want that but it wasn’t to our liking)

      Cons: The boat could get very cramped and you could find yourself without a seat on the upper decks if you were not one of the first on. Some of the music was quite offensive with almost every other word beginning with an ‘f’. Not great if you have young children. (Noted that another reviewer mentioned this aspect and the reply was that they ‘would try to improve their service, but this has not been addressed)

      I guess we were fooled into thinking it would be great to go to ‘Dolphin Island’ as, as the name suggests there is an ‘80% chance’ of seeing them! Don’t be fooled by this description.

      If you want a bar, entertainment, a nice lunch, a foam party and loud (sometimes offensive) music a bit of sea swimming all packaged on a boat then this is for you. If you expect a relaxing cruise, with an ‘80 % chance’ of seeing dolphins near an island, then it is not.
      Written 19 May 2022
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      Thank you for your feedback. We are very sorry you had such an experience and we could not meet your 5-star mark. Next time we will do our best to make you happy by improving our services even more.
      Written 25 May 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Bethany S
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2023 • Family
      We had an amazing day out at sea, the four swim stops were fantastic we snorkelled on the first 3 seeing lots of fish, the final stop was great with the option of swimming in the sea or the fresh water river which was so cool and refreshing after a day in the sun. The foam party was a riot we all loved it. We also had photos taken with the parrot onboard there was no pressure to buy all of the photos they took. Lunch was lovely fresh salad couscous bread grilled peppers and chicken or fish both were cooked really well. Would highly recommend this boat trip for a fantastic day out.
      Written 28 July 2023
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      Thank you so much for taking your time to give us your pleasant feedback. hope to see you again in the near future. All the best. Tourmania Team.
      Written 30 July 2023
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      Dragomir R
      Timisoara, Romania1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2023 • Family
      The team picked us up on time with a nice bus and headed directly to the boat that was waiting for us. The staff was very nice and kind. They served us lunch, a delicious freshly caught figh and rice. The boat ride was great and fun! Thanks for everything!
      Written 30 June 2023
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      We are grateful that you took the time to leave us a review. Your feedback helps us to improve service for everyone
      Written 1 July 2023
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      Will H
      12 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2023 • Solo
      Fantastic day on this boat. Very friendly crew and prices very reasonable at the bar. Stopping off at 4 locations for a swim in the warm sea. A delicious fish (or chicken) lunch was included Great atmosphere on the boat and a really enjoyable day out of Side. Highly recommend it.
      Written 14 September 2023
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      Thank you for a very well-rounded and thorough review of the tour. We appreciate your hard work in putting this review together and know it will be helpful and informative for our customers. Have a good day!
      Written 16 September 2023
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      Seaside47833322410
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Aug 2023 • Friends
      The boat trip, was exactly what we signed up for. We saw sea turtles and got to swim in the open ocean and saw dolphins. The food was good, the atmosphere was amazing and we all had a fantastic time together. I can definitely recommend it. :)
      Written 1 August 2023
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      Thanks for taking the time to review. We know it takes time and we appreciate your effort! We’re glad you had a good experience and hope to see you again soon. All the best;
      Written 3 August 2023
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Aimee T
      14 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day out. Plenty to see and do. Food was nice and rinks affordable. Would recommend. Murat was helpful and messaged to advise of pick-up times and to see if we are having a good day.
      Written 15 September 2023
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      Thank you for a very well-rounded and thorough review of the tour. We appreciate your hard work in putting this review together and know it will be helpful and informative for our customers. Have a good day!
      Written 16 September 2023
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      benoliver1
      Manchester, UK4 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sept 2019 • Couples
      The start of the day was fine, picked up at the states time without any problems. However, we were on the boat for an hour before moving waiting for bus loads of other guests. It says that you set sail from an Side ancient harbour - in reality it is from a wooden pier on the Manavgat river at the side of a dusty gravel car park, but this was fine. The start of the cruise was pleasant, stopping for an hour for the first swim about 30 mins into the trip, followed by lunch. The drinks are not included in the visit and are expensive so take a fair bit of cash if you’re going on the boat. The captain found a pod of dolphins, which we viewed for about 2 mins. After this we set sail for Dolphin island. I am still non the wiser as to how it’s got it’s name as essentially it’s an old Roman ruin about 100m off shore. You anchor about 200m from the beach of a hotel. We swam in the sea for about 30mins before the return trip.
      This was where it went massively downhill. The description for this trip was, and I quote “an amazing relaxing boat trip”. The return trip of over two hours would have been more suited to Magaluf or Ayia Napa. The music was horrendous, at times offensive and far too loud. There was an on board foam party. Considering that there were young children, it was hugely inappropriate. The boat stopped out at sea for a while for the loud music and foam party to continue, and then stopped back at the original swim point for 20mins again, which was pointless and a further waste of time.
      The whole trip was massively mis-marketed as a relaxing cruise to see Dolphins, when in reality it should be marketed as an 18-30 party boat.
      To top it off at the end, the driver drove us 15 minutes in the wrong direction to pick up guests from a hotel that he was obviously dropping off elsewhere, to then drive back past the boats to go to our hotel.
      In all it was a waste of a day for me and my partner, a massively mis-marketed trip. I have contacted the tour operators to express my displeasure and they offered a 20% refund which is ridiculous as it was an absolute waste of a full day of our holiday. Avoid this trip at all costs would be my advice, unless you want the 18-30 party boat experience, in which case I am sure you will have fun. Tripadvisor must take responsibility for the mis-marketing of this trip on their website as well. It definitely doesn’t do what it says on the tin!
      Written 6 September 2019
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      Dear guest! Sorry you have such experience! We will improve our service, so you will enjoy next time!
      Written 21 March 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Chloe T
      Tiverton, UK7 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2019 • Family
      This was a nice but very long trip (7hours) if it was our only boat trip it wouldnt have been too bad but we did one a couple of days before thinking they would be completely different. They both went to a few of the same places and the food which was included was exactly the same. Both boats had a foam party for the children and both stopped at the same beach for an hour. The problem with this one was when we arrived at the boat all of your own drinks were prohibited and had to be handed in. This may not be a problem if it's only one or two of you on the trip, but when you are a family of 9 it ended up costing us an extra £50 just in drinks. This could not be avoided due to the heat. We also saw no signs of dolphins but then this was only given an 80% chance. (We must have been the unfortunate 20%). Staff also offer the children toys and ice creams rather than asking parents, this caused a bit of upset with the children. Apart from that the trip was beautiful.
      Written 28 June 2019
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      Dear guest! Sorry you have such experience! We will improve our service, so you will enjoy next time!
      Written 21 March 2022
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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