Do you like extreme sports? I definitely don’t. However, once in my lifetime I decided to be brave and tried paragliding in Ölüdeniz, Turkey. I am so glad that I did, it was unbelievable! If you visit this beautiful town, I highly recommend you to try paragliding Ölüdeniz. If I was able to do it, anyone can!
It was in October 2013 but I can remember as if it was yesterday. As I said, I am really afraid of heights and had never tried any extreme sport before. I had thought about paragliding in Ölüdeniz but I was sure I would never dare. However, when I arrived to the incredible Ölüdeniz Blue Lagoon and watched the stream of paragliders flying gracefully overhead, I suddenly made up my mind: I had to do it too! Why would I just want to relax on the beach if I could fly like a bird over the sea? The place was so beautiful and I really wanted to see the views from above.
Located only 15 kilometers from Fethiye, Ölüdeniz is a dream come true for tourists. This small town has become famous for being home to the famous Blue Lagoon, UNESCO world heritage and the signature coastal image for Turkey. If you are looking for an easygoing day on the beach, you can’t go wrong here!
The only problem is, as with most beautiful destinations, everyone wants to come here and it gets really crowded during peak season. When I visited Ölüdeniz for the first time, I noticed most of the tourists staying there were British. I have nothing against British people but I believe this kind of mass tourism has led Ölüdeniz to lose some of its original charm. Ölüdeniz does not seem like a Turkish town anymore. To give you an example, instead of local food, you will find “fish and chips“ and British breakfast everywhere. Even Turkish locals in Ölüdeniz speak English with a proper British accent!
For all these reasons, Ölüdeniz is probably not the best destination for independent travellers seeking for a quiet place or a local experience (if that’s your case, skip Ölüdeniz and go directly to Kabak). Having said that, even crowded and touristic, Ölüdeniz is well worth a visit. And, if you’ve always wanted to throw yourself off a 2000m mountain, there is no better place for that. Paragliding Olüdeniz is a must!
Thanks to ideal weather conditions, the Babadağ mountain and the gorgeuos white sand and turquoise blue water beach, Ölüdeniz is Turkey’s top destinations for tandem paragliding and one of the top places in the world for this sport.
With more of 25 years of experience, professional pilots and a proven safety record from day one, Sky Sports has the best reputation. Although they are not the cheapest, safety is always worth the money!
The cost of the jump is 250 TL (around 87€) including transfers from your accommodation to Babadağ’s top and insurance. There is an extra of 140 TL if you decide to buy the pictures and videos that the pilot takes during the flight.
“I believe we can fly“ – My experience paragliding Ölüdeniz
After being picked up from my accommodation in Hisaronu, we proceeded to drive up the narrow, winding road to the top of Babadağ mountain (1960m). This was an experience itself that many describe as even more terrifying than the actual jump.
The place was packed with paragliders from all over the world. It was nice to see there were people of all ages and even children who seemed to be less scared than I was. As a fun fact, Sky Sports has flown passengers from 4 to 84 years old.
Once at the top, Burak Tuzer, the pilot I had been assigned, introduced himself, prepared the equipment and we proceeded to wait our turn to jump off. Having to wait at the top was for me the scariest part. Unfortunately, the day was not windy enough and we had to wait for more than half an hour. When the right time came, Burak ask me to start running and, within seconds, we were in the air.
Once in the air, I manage to calm down and the experience became much more relaxing. I was flying!