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Kabak consists of two physically seperate sections: the settlement proper, a small agglomeration of two-story buildings along the road, clinging on a mountainside way above the coastline (though with a view of beautiful Mediterranean), and the cluster of guesthouses below, between the coast and the canyon known as ''Kabak Koyu'', which, with its pine groves, waterfalls, and coastline, is quite similar to much more famous Butterfly Valley of [[Faralya]]; however physical access to Kabak Koyu is a little easier than Butterfly Valley, although the relative remoteness of Kabak offsets that.
The state of development in Kabak is in major flux. There are still backpacker/family oriented places that are truly interested in keeping Kabak beautiful and are invested for the long-term (Full Moon, Reflections, Sultan, Kabak Valley Camping, Turan Hill Lounge, and a few more), but they are being pushed out of the way by developers who just want to make a buck quickly (Lonely Planet authors got free accomodation/food here in exchange for a certain place being highlighted) and have no interest in the long-term outcome of Kabak besides profit. Someone who remembered it from 2005 would find it different now. For example, to build a resort on the property closest to the beach, they cut down the forest next to the beach. They also want to pave the road to the beach so package tourists can come. If you want to stay at a place that is helping Kabak stay beautiful, choose wisely.
==Get in==
There are '''minibuses''' (''dolmuş'') from [[Ölüdeniz]]. They are relatively frequent, (every 1-2 hours until 19:00 or so). They return to Ölüdeniz and continue to [[Fethiye]] at the same frequency. 4 TLfor a trip from Ölüdeniz, 6 TL from Fethiye further away.
A heavily winding road connects Kabak with [[Ölüdeniz]], passing through [[Faralya]] on the way. Road condition is good until the upper village of Kabak. Decending into the valley, it's a rough dirt road. Total distance from Ölüdeniz is around 25 km.
==Eat and Drink==
You'll have your '''meals''' in your guesthouse. Just don't have expectations too big—for the guesthouse owners, a hearty and filling dinner means some local handmade noodles with basic tomato sauce and various green salads, which is welcome if you are a vegetarian. You might even get some fried aubergines and/or squash if you are in your lucky day! In general, you can stop at just about any guesthouse/campground/bungalow area, have a look at their food menu, and decide if you want to eat there. Since many only provide breakfast and dinner, all of them offer food to buy for lunch. If you are not staying overnight, you can easily negotiate a price for dinner.
* <eat name="Lazy Fish Cafe" alt="" address="" directions="Not far up the valley from the beach. Facing away from the water up the valley, go up towards the left a minute or two and look for a hanging banner with Chinese characters." phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="Meal in the 15-25 TL range">Conveniently located near the beach, all reports have this food as being very delicious. </eat>
* <eat name="Mama's House" alt="" address="" directions="in the upper village" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">If you are on a day trip to Kabak, this is the most likely place where you will have your quick lunch, consisting of freshly baked Turkish cheese pancake (''gözleme''), perhaps alongside a cup of tea. Run by a local old lady, the place has a patio at the backside with an outstanding view of the cove below. Also has a pension/guesthouse</eat>
* <eat name="Full MoonOlive Garden" alt="" address="" directions="5 minutes walking down from in the upper village" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="4-20 TL">You will pass this place if you are walking to the beach. Great owner It is little restaurant with a family that grows all of their own fruits and vegetablesgreat well server meals. You will see the family hard at work in the kitchen preparing incredible foodcan seat on chairs or lay on very comfortable mattresses. Also has bungalows and a camp area. For more info, see the 'Sleep' listing below. The 6 TL tuna sandwich is tastyViews from there are outstanding, freshprices reasonable, waiters quiet but friendly and quite large. Fried/chips 5 TL. Prices go up from therevery helpful.</eat>
Both the upper village and the coastal part have a number of '''guesthouses''', some of which consist of wooden bungalows. Most also offer '''campgrounds''' in their yards, although you can because it is not allowed to camp wild camp for free on at the beach or in the isolated parts of the canyonforest. Overall, Full Moon is the closest to the dolmus stop, but far from the beach. The rest are closer to the beach, but it's a walk back up to the dolmus stand. Something to consider if you have a heavy pack and you either want to chill in your camping/bungalow area or hang out more on the beach. Follow the '''red and white painted rocks''' for the trail all the way to the beach, through which you will pass several locations with bungalows and camping spaces. There are plenty more to find, so contribute if you stay at any of them!
The more local, backpacker , and family oriented places are Full Moon, Reflections, Sultan, and Kabak Valley Camp (not Sea Valley). The rest of See the places are rented by developers and are having a deleterious effect on 'Understand' section more info about the natural environment of tourism development in the placeKabak Valley.
* <sleep name="Full Moon Camp" alt="" address="" directions="5 minutes down the Lycian Way from the bus stand" phone="+90 252 642-10-81" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="35/50 TL pp low/high season, including breakfast and dinner. 25 TL/pp (including food) camping in own tent." lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">Rustic bungalows with great views, delicious home-grown food, and a swimming pool if you don't feel like going to the beach. Incredible common patio covered with grape vines overlooking the entire valley with plenty of cushions. Free Wifi. You can camp in your own tent on the roof. 20-25 minute walk downhill to Kabak beach. The owner, Mustafa, is from Kabak and truly interested in keeping Kabak beautiful, and fights against big tourism development (he's the one who put the sun shades on the beach and painted the rocks /made the sign to get to the waterfall). Great for backpackers and families. Kids 0-6 stay for free, ages 7-12 stay for 10 TL per night. </sleep>*<sleep name="Sea Valley Bungalows" alt="" email="[email protected]" directions="Follow the red and white painted rocks all the way until the beach. If you contact ahead of time, they can arrange a pick-up." phone="+90 252 642-12-36" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Small bungalow: 80 TL/pp, Large bungalow: 100 TL/pp, with own tent: 20 pp, with their tent: 25 TL/pp, only breakfast included" lat="" long="">The most up-market place in Kabak with the best location in terms of proximity to beach. Nice pool, internet, manicured lawn, a wide selection of bungalows. Bar on site. Depending on how busy it looks, you can probably negotiate the prices. All bungalows have own shower and toilet, and are of high quality. If you want to wash off after swimming, you could probably use their showers by the pool and no one would say anything. However, that well manicured lawn meant cutting down the beautiful pine forest that used to be on the beach. Interested in profit, but not interested in keeping the rest of Kabak beautiful.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Gemile Camping" alt="" email="[email protected]" directions="Follow the red and white painted trail down from the dolmus stop, 15 min down" phone="+90 252 642-10-16" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="40 TL pp with own tent, with their tent w/ bed and blanket: 55 pp. Bungalows range from 55-125 TL pp, see site for more pricing details. All include breakfast and dinner. " lat="" long="">Popular with Turkish tourists. Free wifi. Nice lounge areas and bar, close to the beach. Web site has gallery if you want to look.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Cabile Kabile Camping" alt="" address="" directions="Follow the red and white rocks until the beach, then follow the road up in the same direction as Reflections. On the right." phone="+90 252 642 11 88" url="[email protected]" checkin="" checkout="" price="Only camping: 30 TL pp incl breakfast and dinner." lat="" long="">The sort of place with dread-locked employees. Live music every night at 9. Solid place to pass a few nights. Bed and blanket provided in every tent. You might have to ask around to find this place.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Kabak Valley Camp" alt="" email="[email protected]" directions="Follow the red and white rocks down to the beach and come back up the road a short walk. You should see signs." phone="+90 252 642-10-27" phoneextra="mobile: +90-536-868-83-82" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="Bungalow en suite: 70 TL pp, Bungalow shared bathrooms: 50 TL pp, Own tent: 25 TL pp." lat="" long="">Nice location, close to beach. Free wireless and plenty of lounge space. Dinner and breakfast included. Along with Full Moon, the owners here are really working to keep Kabak quiet and beautiful.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Reflections" alt="" email="[email protected]" directions="Follow the red and white painted rocks all the way to the beach, then follow the road up a few hundred meters, you will see signs." phone="+90-539-872-56-50" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="35 TL pp in own tent, 50 TL pp in bungalow" lat="" long="">Part-American owned and listed in the guidebooks. Along with Full Moon, the owners here are really working to keep Kabak quiet and beautiful. Great location close to the beach. Free wifi. Plenty of chillout zones and great food. Breakfast and dinner included. Children 0-6: free - 7-12 %50: discount - 13 and over: normal price. The website has lots of info.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Sultan Camp" alt="" email="[email protected]" directions="Sultan Camp is a 20min walk down the red and white marked path. Shuttles dropping you to our door are also available at a cost from the bus stop." phone="+90 252 642-12-38" url="" checkin="24 hr" checkout="" price="2 bed tent: 30 TL pp, single and double bungalows range from 50-120 TL pp, shared and en suite." lat="" long="">Only a 5 minute walk to the beach, Sultan Camp has a variety of accomodation options including bungalows with or without toilet and shower, and tent areas (tents available). Delicious breakfast and dinner is included with each accomodation option. Bar, pool, internet, hammocks. Cash or Credit card accepted for balance upon arrival.</sleep>*<sleep name="Turan Hill Lounge" alt="Turan Hill Camping" address="Kabak Valley / Fethiye / Turkey" directions="" phone="+90 (252) 642 12 27 " url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Turan Hill Lounge was the first campsite to start life and living in Kabak Bay. For the last 20 years, it has been one of the most popular meeting points amongst nature lovers throughout the world due to its strong commitment for preserving nature's beauties. Turan Hill Lounge is located on the most beautiful slope of the bay, directly overlooking the blue sea and the secluded beach. It is surrounded by a wondrous canyon towering up to eight hundred metres high. In its backyard lies a thick, lush forest and the Aladere Waterfall giving life to thousands of different kinds of creatures, supporting a harmonious wild life. Together with its white cushioned terraces overlooking the magical sceneries, its large library, its temple-like fireplace and vases full of wild flowers, Turan Hill Lounge offers a most lovely and unique setting and embraces its guests with cosy tales seated deeply in its dear past. </sleep>
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