Back in 2006 I visited Oludeniz for the first time, this picturesque beach town on the south coast of Turkey was somewhere Shorty (Paul) had visited many times growing up and we were keen to check it out! Of course, being over 10 years ago and a family holiday it was VERY different to our backpacking escapades of the last few years. So when we saw the steady stream of paragliders floating and spinning off the mountainside we said, “One day” we’ll do the Fethiye paragliding! Fast forward to 2016 and we’re backpacking through Eastern Europe and make a stop off back in Turkey, to the friends, family and memories we have here as well as the incredible landscapes and culture that keep us coming back! Now it was our turn to finally “Jump of the mountain!” Paragliding in Oludeniz became one of our best travel experiences. We loved it so much we even went and did it for a second time in 2018! So after doing it twice here’s our ultimate guide Paragliding in Turkey and a run through our experience Babadag paragliding. This includes practical information such as the Paragliding in Oludeniz price, what to wear, when to travel, what to expect and how to get here!
Dreams Of Taking The Leap: Paragliding in Oludeniz
Paragliding in Oludeniz is something that we had been thinking about for years. In fact it had been 10 years since my first visit and 20 years at least since Shorty watched his Dad do it! Paragliding in Turkey was one of those things we always said we would do “One day!”
In the years since our last visit a lot of things had changed, we had taken up climbing and we’d done a lot of adventure sports. Climbing made us comfortable at heights and we would regularly travel around the UK doing it as well as and highlining (like tightrope walking but on slack webbing and at height).
We had also just been on an incredible trip to Switzerland where we did some extreme canyoning (jumping, sliding and abseiling off huge cliffs in a canyon), a 2000ft high Via Ferrata unguided as well as white water rafting and finally paragliding in view of the Eiger! So it just seemed like a no brainer than on this visit we would finally be Paragliding in Oludeniz!
So here we were, back in the little Turkish town we knew so well, surrounded by friends we’d made over the years and now family with Shorty’s Dad and Step Mum living here. The time to tick this long standing bucket list item was now!
We’d already had an incredible time returning to Turkey, finally making it to Istanbul as well as exploring the unworldly landscape of Cappadocia on foot as well as in a hot air balloon, so paragliding in Turkey would be the icing on the cake of our return!
Extreme sports enthusiasts on the trip of a lifetime backpacking around the world stood at the bottom of the mountain with enough money, time and contacts to make it happen whenever we wanted!! This was it, we were going paragliding in Oludeniz!
A Complete Guide To Paragliding In Oludeniz
So, after doing it twice and also having personal family and friends in the area we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to those looking to do the same. We know many people want to give it a go but have some apprehensions and questions about the Fethiye paragliding beforehand. So we’re here to put your fears to bed and make this amazing life experience a reality for you too!
Here you will find a breakdown of the frequently asked questions such as insurance, safety, Oludeniz paragliding price, photos, what to wear, when to do the jump and a walk through the experience.
How high is paragliding in Oludeniz? Did you know this is the highest tandem Paragliding spot in the world. The Oludeniz paragliding height is 1957m (6000 ft) and is constantly voted in the world’s best places to paraglide!
Booking Your Paragliding – Where To Go, Prices & What’s Included
Booking a Fethiye paragliding trip is REALLY easy to do in either Hisaronu or Oludeniz (The two main tourist villages in the area) as it is one of the main things to do here. Even if you are anywhere in the area it’s easy to organise.
Where Should I Book From
You have a few options when it comes to booking your Fethiye paragliding trip.
When travelling in the peak season (Summer) we recommend to always book in advance as there are only so many slots available, but if you do come in the shoulder season then you are fine to book last minute.
NOTE: Photos/ Videos are never included in the paragliding in Turkey price as they are sorted out between you and your pilot afterwards. (More on that later!)
Direct At The Paragliding Company Shops
This is the best way to be sure you have all the information, you know which company you are booked with and what is included.
But it might not be the best way to get the best paragliding in Turkey price unless you haggle a little. It’s also good if you have any specific questions you want to ask about the Fethiye paragliding, though most companies will be open to talk in the hopes of a sale anyway!
A Tour Agency
There are loads of companies/ shops where you can book various different tours and trips. Most of these are pretty reputable but it is worth asking around for the most reliable. This is where you might get the best Paragliding in Oludeniz price but be cautious!!
If you plan on booking other excursions or trips then you might be able to barter them down for a discount on the Fethiye paragliding if you buy everything from the same place.
Just be sure to check who you are actually booked with for the paragliding if you want a specific company and be clear on what is included. Sometimes if you barter them down they stick you with a cheap company!!!
Booking online might work out a touch more expensive as you can’t barter but it means your money is better protected in case your jump doesn’t go ahead or you want to cancel.
Online booking are also easier to book before you travel or without having to be pestered on the street! You can even book whilst still at home so no need to worry if you will get a slot!
Online booking usually all come with hotel transfers included as standard and you can also read honest reviews on the experience beforehand!
Which Is The Best Paragliding Company In Oludeniz?
Pretty much all the companies in Oludeniz are a good choice, because all are regulated and have experienced pilots. Given the amount of companies, and the number of flights going off the mountain each day, accidents are very rare.
But do be wary of the super cheap outfits as they often launch from a lower point to avoid National Park entrance fees and taxes!!
Two of the oldest and most trusted companies on the beach are Sky Sports Paragliding and Gravity if you want extra peace of mind. Reaction and Focus are also two good companies to consider also.
We flew with Gravity on our second time and with a personal friend the first time.
Though we enjoyed both experiences it was nice to see how the larger companies operate and how smoothly they deal with the high volume of customers. We found them to be professional and efficient.
Are Photos / Videos Included & How To Get Them
Be aware that when you book your flight the price will almost certainly not include a photo/ video package.
This is because these are arranged separately between you and your pilot who makes a separate commision from selling these. This means your pilot isn’t just giving the photography lip service, but expect them to put a bit of effort into getting cool shots and angles!
Photos will usually come on a CD or pen drive. It’s worth checking these on another computer before you leave town. You can also get them straight onto your phone too if you like.
Expect to pay between £20 – £40 (225 TL – 450 TL) for photos and videos depending on which package you go for. Pricey but in our opinion worth the money to capture your Fethiye paragliding experience.
How Much Does It Cost To Do The Fethiye Paragliding?
The average cost of paragliding in Oludeniz is £70 – £100 (790 TL – 1128 TL)
As mentioned above photos and videos cost between £20 – £40 (225 TL – 450 TL) depending on the package you choose.
Overall with photos expect the Fethiye Paragliding price to be around £140 Each
Go ahead and try to barter or get some great package deals but always be wary of the flights being too cheap as you might end up with a company that cuts corners or flys from the lower unofficial jump point! The Fethiye Paragliding price with a reputable company is what it is because they have a higher level of professionalism.
The Fethiye Paragliding price does tend to go up every few years, when we first did it we paid around £50 in 2016!
A good thing to know is that here in Oludeniz and Hisaronu you can pay in GBP (£) because of the high number of British tourists and often you get a better rate if you do.
Are Transfers Included?
Usually hotel transfers from Hisaronu, Ovacik and Oludeniz (And potentially Fethiye/ Calis, Kabak) are included but they will need to be arranged and you should always double check when you book your Tandem paragliding in Oludeniz.
However, sometimes the transfers are not included or you might have to pay a little extra depending on where you are staying and who you book with. Always check this and if in doubt get yourself down to the shop/ offices of the actual paragliding company you are booked to fly with. They are usually in Oludeniz near or on the front strip.
Paragliding In Turkey: Jumping Off Babadag Mountain
What Is The Bus Ride Up The Mountain Like?
The ride up the mountain will take about 40 minutes from the beach and is generally pretty relaxed and scenic despite the reputation it might have. However the last steep section can be quite stressful for those who are nervous on mountain roads but I’ve never heard of a crash up here!
Paragliding in Turkey: What The Flight Is Like
As you arrive at the top of the mountain and close to the take off point you will be allocated a pilot, usually randomly. This gives you time to get to know them a little and have a chat. They will answer any questions about the Fethiye paragliding you have as they get you ready in your gear for the jump.
The Take Off
Before doing the Babadag paragliding I imagined the take off to be different than it was!
Your canopy is laid on the ground and your pilot will lift it into the air behind you before turning towards the exit. This is when you will both run as the canopy fills with air and eventually lifts you right off your feet. Don’t worry about running out of runway, you will be running in the air before you know it!!
The Oludeniz paragliding take off runway is now paved and the take off is an easy and quick process. You might have to wait in a bit of a queue at the top with your canopy on the ground and someone in front of you takes off first.
Occasionally if the wind changes you might have to pick your gear up and move to the other runway on the other side of the mountain. But this is just the pilots knowing what they are going and reading the conditions!
What It Feels Like In The Air
As soon as you are airbourne your pilot will slide you back into your seat.
The initial area around the top of the mountain can be a little turbulent as you first set off and you might hear the wind in your canopy, but soon you will be floating off high above the sea and everything will be calm!
The whole experience in the sky is very relaxed and peaceful, your pilot will guide you out over the water and back over the land to see the mountains, villages and of course the famous Blue Lagoon.
The first part of the flight you do feel quite high, which is no surprise really given that the mountain is an incredible 1,969m (6460ft) above sea level and you actually initially rise up because of the warm air currents!
If you like your pilot will ask if you want to do some “tricks” whilst you’re over the ocean. This consists of some spins and turns which can be quite thrilling. But these are optional and can make you feel a bit dizzy! They might also let you have a go at the controls too which is a fun thing to try when doing the Fethiye paragliding.
Is It Scary?
I can’t say how everyone’s experience will be but we didn’t find it particularly scary though my sister in law did! The general consensus amongst people who have done it is that it isn’t that scary!
I would say the build up is where you get nervous and anxious with all the waiting. The take off is a bit heart racing as the ground just falls away below you, you feel the canopy take you and you do feel very high!
But all in all the Fethiye paragliding experience is very calm. Once out over the sea you’re just basically sat there floating above the world for 30 mins just taking it all in! It’s a beautiful experience!
What The Landing Is Like?
Landing is also nothing to worry about and is really easy!
Your pilot will let you know when you are coming in and you will start doing smaller turns and head towards the designated landing area along the beach.
There will be a crew from your company waiting at the bottom to assist as well. But you come in quite steady and your pilot pulls up as you near the ground insuring a soft landing. All that is expected from you is to lift your feet up so theirs touch down first and put them down once told to do so.
Advice For Those Thinking Of Paragliding In Turkey/ Things You Should Know
One of the main questions that comes up is how safe is the Fethiye paragliding?
Paragliding by its very nature is an extreme sport with huge risks and consequences if things go wrong. But thousands of people go paragliding in Oludeniz each year and accidents are rare given the numbers
One of the benefits to paragliding in Oludeniz is that the industry here is very well developed and has been going for a number of decades. With the area being a huge tourist destination the government is keen to keep people as safe as possible and year on year even more safety measures are put in place.
That being said, the sport is inherently risky and you can never be 100% sure an accident won’t happen, just like anything we do in life and that’s part of the thrill! However the pilots carry reserve canopies and radio devices too.
Crashes have and do happen here and you might hear of them, but almost all of these are from inexperienced single riders and not professional tandem riders.
Another important question that crops up is insurance for your Fethiye paragliding trip.
Your paragliding company will have some insurance that will generally cover you for an accident and medical cover whilst in Turkey. (This is included in the Fethiye Paragliding price)
What isn’t covered is repatriation, for that you will need your own insurance.
Be sure to check what activities your normal travel insurance covers as most regular travel insurance WILL NOT cover paragliding as it is an extreme sport.
You can take out single day policies with many insurers to cover you for just the day you will do your jump.
We recommend World Nomads for travel insurance.
What Time Of Year Should I Visit
Oludeniz and Hisaronu are popular beach resorts mostly for British holidaymakers and so the summer months are the most popular and expensive but it does close down over the winter. Fethiye city however is open and normal year round.
Although the region is generally temperate all year round the mountains are often covered in snow over the winter. This means the tandem paragliding season is from Spring to Mid Autumn.
Over the summer the conditions are at their most ideal and consistent with the warm air making it easier to stay in the air longer and also providing a more pleasant experience. However you might find these times popular and you might want to book ahead.
What Should I Wear When Paragliding in Oludeniz
During the majority of the paragliding season the weather here is lovely and warm, even at the top of the mountain.
If the weather is cool then your pilot will provide you will a flying suit/ jacket if necessary.
Just be sure to wear something comfortable!
The most important thing is to wear comfortable flat shoes, ideally trainers that are tied securely! This is essential for both take off and landing!
Is There A Weight Limit/ Height Restrictions/ Age Limits for Paragliding in Oludeniz?
The standard weight limit for Paragliding in Oludeniz is 110kg ( 242.5lbs / 17.3 Stone) for Sky Sports and 100kg ( 220.5lbs / 15.7 Stone) for most other companies.
As far as we are aware there is no upper or lower limit in height for Paragliding Oludeniz.
There doesn’t seem to be much of an age limit either, most companies advertise that they have “flown passengers from 4 to 84 years old” though consent from parents is usually needed for children to do the Babadag paragliding.
Can I Take My Own Camera or Phone Paragliding in Oludeniz?
Whilst being processed in the offices before you set off to do the Fethiye paragliding you will be asked to hand over anything that could be a potential hazard. This includes things like phones/ keys/ wallets etc. These will be placed in a locker for you to collect later.
If you must bring some items up you can arrange for your pilot to place them in their pack so they are safe or you could leave them with friends/ family waiting for you on the beach.
One disappointment might be the loss of your phone or camera to take your own photos of your Babadag paragliding experience. You should speak to the company before to be clear on what they allow to be taken up. Sometimes the issue is health and safety, other times it’s the pilot wanting to be sure you will buy their photos!
To avoid this issue be sure to find a way to secure your phone or camera to you using a lanyard and speak to the pilot before so they know and also reassuring them you also want their photos too!!
I will be 100% honest here. I snuck up my camera (My compact camera not my Mirrorless removable lens camera) and the pilot wasn’t happy when he was putting my harness on. I attached the lanyard to my arm and around my non removable bracelets and assured him I still wanted his photos and he reluctantly agreed.
On our first Fethiye paragliding trip this wasn’t an issue as we went with a family friend and I took a GoPro that time.
But I’ve heard Sky Sports paragliding are a little better with letting people take cameras up. But this is one area that has been tightened mostly due to safety issues so be sure to have a way to secure your phone or camera or it’s not coming up!!
Can I Back Out Of Paragliding in Oludeniz if I Don’t Want To Do It!?
Yes, you can back out at any point and even right at the top you can get back in the bus to come down. My sister-in-laws boyfriend did just that on our second time we went paragliding in Turkey!
However the companies are very unlikely to refund you especially if you back out at the last minute!
It’s best to be pretty sure you will do the Babadag paragliding when you book or try to cancel well in advance. Booking online gives you a better chance of getting a refund for the Fethiye paragliding trip.
Reflecting On Paragliding In Turkey
The Best Paragliding In The World: Landing On The UNESCO Listed Blue Lagoon Beach (Paragliding in Oludeniz)
The towering 6500 ft Babadag mountain rises directly from the warm Mediterranean sea (That’s higher than Australia’s tallest mountain for context). Not only does this create on of the most beautiful views coming off the peak and flying directly over the UNESCO listen Blue Lagoon beach, but the paragliding in Turkey is often listed among the top in the world.
If ever there was an ultimate location to try paragliding it has to be here in Oludeniz! It’s one of the reasons we love Turkey so much, besides our connections here with friends and family, the incredible landscapes, culture and diversity across the country make it an incredible destination.
Paragliding in Turkey: Flying Over The Mountains, Beaches and Sea!
So, it was finally time for us to go paragliding in Turkey for ourselves after all those years!
It was a strange feeling truddling up the mountain on the dolmus with all the tourists rather than in a paragliding bus for our first time as it was arranged through mutual friends. We didn’t really have too many nerves about paragliding in Oludeniz after giving it a go in Switzerland. Much of the trepidation of the unknown was gone and we were just looking forward to a much higher and longer flight this time right over the beach!
Before we knew it we were thousands of feet in the air, the wind whistling in our canopy and the craggy mountainside moving swiftly below us. The first sensation I remember upon leaving the ground is being pushed higher into the clouds above the mountain. Up here everything seems still and peaceful, maybe not what people expect of paragliding in Oludeniz!
Soaring high above the cliffs and valleys we were on the other side of the mountain to the sea, rounding the peak and breaking through the thin layer of lingering clouds we got our first glimpse of the classic view of the beach that had enticed us in the first place. The Babadag paragliding view is voted one of the best views in the world for good reason!
Twisting and turning over the mountainside before swinging out over the deep turquoise and azure sea, the unique blue lagoon bay and the golden sands of the beach came into sharp focus. A view we had dreamt of for years was finally right below our feet and is what makes Paragliding in Turkey so special!
From the air we could see the tiny village below, people like ants, boats speeding around the harbour and even the curvature of the earth. My pilot, Ibo, lives over in Kaya village on the over side of the beach, he extended my paragliding in Oludeniz experience to float gently over the famous ghost village.
We spent what felt like an eternity floating and flying free above the beach. Every turn gave us a new view of somewhere we knew so well. After spending years seeing photos of this view it felt surreal to be up here and seeing it with our very own eyes! This was it, we were finally paragliding in Oludeniz and it was incredible!
Then it came time to disrupt the peace and have a last kick of adrenaline. Ibo asked me if he could do some tricks in the air above the sea, of course, I said yes! Being pulled left and right by the high G forces I almost felt like we went upside down. Spinning around and around it was hard not to feel out of control, but we trusted our pilots to give us the ultimate thrill ride. Paragliding in Turkey isn’t just about seeing the views, but it’s about adrenaline too!
Paragliding In Turkey: Doing It A Second Time!
Paragliding in Oludeniz for the second time was probably more surreal than the first time. It was sort of unexpected!
After a 36 hr flight to the UK from New Zealand where we had been living we set off on a trip to Turkey for Shorty’s Mum’s birthday and a catch up with friends and family. We had no real plans to “jump off the mountain” again, I mean, we survived the first time and ticked it off the bucket list, this time we were here to relax after 4 years on the road!
We were asked to do the jump again by Shorty’s sister Mel and her partner Aaron who needed the moral support. I’m not sure our blase attitude did anything to improve the state of their nerves but in the end Mel did it ( and screamed all the way down) and Aaron backed off once at the top! Paragliding in Oludeniz isn’t for the faint hearted!
I had mixed feelings heading up the mountain again to do the paragliding in Turkey! In some ways I was more nervous knowing just how high you go and how exposed you feel. I also didn’t know if we were pushing our luck! But on the other hand I was pretty relaxed about the whole thing and knew exactly what to expect.
But each flight on this mountain is different, weather conditions change and each pilot takes a different route over the mountains, villages and coastline. Sitting high above that breathtaking view I was in my element and could reflect on how lucky I was to be able to do the paragliding in Turkey for a second time!
Would I do the paragliding in Oludeniz again when we inevitably return! Hell yeah!
Check Out Our Video Of Our First Time Paragliding In Turkey Here:
Getting To Oludeniz/ Fethiye/ Hisaronu
How to get to Oludeniz
Oludeniz is a popular beach resort on the south coast of Turkey close to the city of Fethiye. Another village called Hisaronu is also close by and popular with tourists and is just up the road.
Fethiye just 40 mins away by Dolmus (Local buses that are like minibuses). The Dolmus runs regularly every 15 mins and costs 6 TL / £0.80 / $1.00
Fethiye is a small harbour city which in itself is a beautiful place to visit. it’s well connected to the rest of the country with buses running from the “Otogar” (Bus station in Turkish) to Istanbul, Ankara, Antalya, Marmaris, Cappadocia and further regularly.
The closest airport is Dalaman which is around 1.5hrs away. Flights here from the UK are frequent during the holiday season but stop during the off season.
Most people on holiday here take a transfer but they are quite expensive for the budget traveller.
The best way is to make your way to Fethiye and take one of the coaches from the Otogar (bus Station). Kamil Koc, Pamukkale and Metro Turizm run them and the cost is between 10 TL / £1.30 / $1.65 – 20 TL / £2.60 / $3.30 and it takes between 40 mins and 1.15 hrs.
There is also the Havas bus service that is run in partnership with Turkish Airlines though anyone can use them as well as Muttas bus. These cost around 10 TL / £1.30 / $1.65 each way. Be sure to ask at the information desk in the airport to be pointed in the right direction.
If you are wanting to travel here during the off season when Dalaman is often closed or has limited services then the other major airport is over in Antalya which is a bigger city. Antalya is significantly further and it takes about 2-3 hours in a car. The best way to get here would be to take a bus from Antalya city to Fethiye and continue from there, thankfully there are a few that run each day and they are pretty cheap.
Where To Stay
If you’re a backpacker or just like to generally steer away from the touristy resorts then Oludeniz or Hisaronu are probably not for you!
For us we have a strange relationship with these places, they’re generally the epitome of the type of travelling we hate but having gone here on holidays as kids and having family and friends here we have a bit of a nostalgic love for them! But even we can’t stand two weeks of it and would rather stay in Fethiye or Calis!
Oludeniz or Hisaronu
The obvious place for paragliding in Turkey is in Oludeniz itself or the similar town of Hisaronu just up the road.
These two towns are very much British Holiday areas and if you’re looking for “cheap” accomodation and Turkish culture you’ll be hard pressed. However they are good if you want a “proper holiday” and a convenient spot from which to paraglide.
Generally between the two Oludeniz is more expensive as it is right on the beach and Hisaronu is slightly cheaper and is situated in a more mountainous location. Both are easily accessible on the regular and cheap public Dolmus bus. Nightlife in each town is pretty bustling each night and there are lots of great restaurants of all different cuisines.
Hisaronu is a better option if you want to rent an apartment for your stay whereas Oludeniz is home to more of the all inclusive hotels.
Another place to check out are the small village of Ovacik close by but just outside of Hisaronu. This area is a lot quieter but close enough to take advantage of the amenities in Hisaronu.
Kabak is along the coast from Oludeniz and beyond Butterfly Valley. This area is a bit of a secret spot and has some really nice hotels overlooking the bay from above and some great hippy type hotels and hostels down on the small beach. There aren’t many amenities here and it’s a little awkward to get to but it’s quiet and peaceful and has a much more international vibe.
Fethiye is a small city not far from the Oludeniz/ Hisaronu area and is one of the cheapest places to stay around here. Here you will get to experience more authentic Turkish culture in this working harbourside city. Hotels, hostels, guest houses and apartments are much cheaper here and there are plenty of great restaurants and bars in the city that are not touristy and instead are filled with friendly locals. Fethiye does have a beach over at Calis …
Calis is just on the outskirts of Fethiye and is considered to be the main beach for the city. This area does have a small tourist development but has also kept it’s local charm. It’s an ideal compromise between the city and the beach and is generally reasonably priced with a good mix of international and local restaurants and bars. It is also home to a small expat community.
Other Things To Do In And Around Oludeniz After The Fethiye Paragliding
Take a boat trip around the various islands and coves
Visit the amazing Butterfly Valley
Hike part of the Lycian way
Visit the beaches and hippy hideaway area of Kabak
Explore Saklikent Gorge
Take a road trip to Pamukkale and Ephesus
Wander round the old city of Fethiye, it’s harbour, ancient tombs and hillside fortress
Discover the ruins of Kaya ghost town
Have a traditional Turkish bath
Go on a boat trip over to the Greek island of Rhodes
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