If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush experience on your next visit to the Mediterranean Coast, paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey needs to be at the top of your list. You’ll find Oludeniz Beach near Fethiye, in the Mugla Province of Turkey, nestled at the base of Babadag Mountain. Paragliding in Oludeniz boasts some of the best views taking off from Babadag Mountain and landing at the beach has been a highlight experience for our family.
Know Before You Go
COST: Approx. 150 – 200 EUR
HOURS: Sunrise to Sunset
BEST TIME TO GO: APRIL – OCT | Available Year Round
LOCATION: Take-Off: Babadag Mountain | Landing: Oludeniz Beach
PARKING: Paid Lots Near the Beach
TIME NEEDED: 2-3 Hours
- Kid Friendly | Kids 6 & Up can fly depending on the paragliding company you choose.
- Accessibility | Contact the paragliding company in advance to accommodate any special requests.
- Photography | The paragliding company will provide the GoPro and gear for your flight. You cannot take your own photography gear up.
- Food & Drinks | There are markets, restaurants and cafes at Oludeniz. They recommend not eating before your flight.
- Restrooms | There are public restrooms available at Oludeniz Beach.
Why Paraglide in Oludeniz, Turkey
Taking off from Babadag Mountain, at about 2,000 meters in the air, is the perfect starting point for your flight. Likewise, views of Oludeniz Bay and beautiful sandy beaches along the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean make for the breathtaking views you’d expect along the Turkish Coast.
Furthermore, paragliding in Oludeniz ranks globally as one of the top paragliding spots in the world. This is due to the incredible scenery, great weather conditions for flying, and safety standards among the local companies and pilots.
Not only flying at Oludeniz, but afterward, you can enjoy the Mediterranean Sea and blue lagoon. It makes for the perfect beach day on the Turquoise Coast. If you’re planning a trip to Kas, you can easily do a day trip to Oludeniz to fly and enjoy the beach.
Paragliding with Kids
If your kids are adventurous and looking to try tandem paragliding in Oludeniz, we have a few details for you. We recently went to Kas with our kids and my sister’s family. We took a day trip to Oludeniz and 5 of 8 of us flew. The kids that paraglided were 10 years and 14 years old and did great. They were a little scared before take-off but said it was the most amazing experience they’ve ever had. Ultimately, they felt safe and comfortable with their pilots and landing was a breeze.
Age Limits for Paragliding
Next, age limits depend on the company you are flying with – we talked to some companies that had minimum age limits of 12 and some that had experience flying with kids as young as 6 years old. The company we flew with would have let our 7 and 9-year-old fly, but we chose not to as they didn’t have proper shoes and I wasn’t ready!
If you’re kids or teens are going to paraglide, make sure they have the proper clothing and shoes to have a comfortable and safe flight. More on what to wear coming up!
Best Paragliding Companies in Oludeniz
Enes and I had made a trip out to Oludeniz in the spring to do some research on whom to fly with during the summer when our family was coming to visit. Subsequently, we talked to several companies and found that they all offered the same experience and pricing. We found the following to be some of the top companies for paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey:
- Fly Infinity
- Sky Sports
- Gravity Paragliding
Who We Chose and Why
All in all, we chose to paraglide with Fly Infinity in Oludeniz. When talking to them, they were able to show us their training, their flight process, and exactly how to make sure you are safe when flying. Also, Fly Infinity has a highly reputable flight school that trains pilots that are flying at Oludeniz.
All tandem paragliding pilots in Turkey have a T2 certificate and are licensed through the Turkish Aeronautics Association and the International Aviation Federation. Our pilots were amazing – they were knowledgeable, safe, and fun in the air. A great combo that makes for a great paragliding experience.
Before the flight, we had pre-flight safety training at their air-conditioned facility down by the beach. We watched a pre-flight video, and then their instructor went through all the safety gear for the flight, how it worked, how you wear it, and what to do when taking off, flying, and landing.
The following gear was provided for each person for their flight:
- Harness with seat
- Parachutes & Reserve Parachutes
- Flight suits upon request
- GoPro camera setup – You can purchase images and videos from your flight for an additional cost. Typically ranging from 20 – 30 USD for everything.
What to Wear Paragliding
Next, if you’re planning on paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey, be sure to have the right gear with you to fly. The right gear will help you have a safe and comfortable flight:
- Comfortable athletic clothing
- Running Shoes/Sport Shoes
- Jacket or Sweatshirt (If flying in Spring, Fall or Winter)
What Not Wear
- Sandlas or Flipflops
- Swimsuit Only
The Best Time to Go Paragliding in Oludeniz
The great thing about paragliding in Oludeniz is the weather conditions are ideal year-round. Ultimately, you can fly anytime but our recommendations are to fly between April and October when the weather is warmer. June – August is the high season for travel in Turkey, so you can expect a higher volume of flights. If you fly in the off-season, it will be colder, especially while flying so be sure to wear the appropriate clothes. Be sure to book in advance.
Paragliding at Oludeniz, Turkey
After completing safety training, everyone loaded up in the company van and headed up to the top of Babadag mountain (Father Mountain). At the top of the mountain is the take-off area – a nice, paved take-off strip. Once you’ve completed your pre-flight check and pre-launch observation, get ready to take off.
To take off you and your pilot will run together down the take-off strip as fast as you can. You continue running as you lift off and then you will sit back in your seat harness.
After takeoff, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the majestic views of the Mediterranean coast along with the other paragliders in the air too. Your flight will be around 25 minutes but depending on the weather conditions could bring you down faster or leave flying a bit longer. All things considered, our family fliers’ time in the air ranged from 20 – 45 minutes when we flew in the summertime.
Each flight included a GoPro attached to the gear that captured a video of your entire flight. You can see great views of the sea and Oludeniz Beach below as well as you fly through the sky with the views in the background. You can purchase the video and images after your flight. They will download all the files straight to your phone. A great souvenir to take home with you!
As you are coming in for landing there is the main strip along the beach where all the paragliders come into land. When you’re coming in there are other team members that are there to assist with landing safely. We all had a light touchdown to the ground and along with celebrations and big smiles.
In conclusion, paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey was a highlight for our family that we highly recommend for the adventurous and thrill seekers in your family. Since Oludeniz is one of the top places to paraglide in the world, we wouldn’t want to miss the experience when traveling along the Turkish coast.
FAQs : Paragliding in Oludeniz
Is tandem paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey safe?
Yes, tandem paragliding in Oludeniz, Turkey is safe if you follow the proper precautions.
- Research reputable companies at Oludeniz
- Check their safety training and pilot licensing
- Wear proper gear when flying
- Have fun!
What is the cost to paraglide in Oludeniz?
The cost to paraglide in Oludeniz varies by season. During the high season, you can expect to see prices starting at around 150 Euros per person. If you decide to purchase the video and images of your flight, there will be an extra charge.
What is the age limit to paraglide at Oludeniz?
The age limit to paraglide at Oludeniz in Turkey is dependent on the company you use. Some companies will allow kids as young as 6 to fly, while others have a minimum age to fly at 12 years old.
Where else can I fly in Turkey?
If you’re interested in paragliding in another location in Turkey, you can go fly in Kas. You won’t be up quite as high as you would at Oludeniz, but you’ll still have breathtaking views of the mountains and the sea.
If you’re not up for tandem paragliding but would like to see Turkey from a bird’s eye view, try a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia or in Pamukkale.