Kabak Beach is located on the southwestern shores of Turkey, where the Mediterranean Sea meets with the Aegean Sea. It lies within the borders of Muğla Province, Fethiye Region. Fethiye is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Turkey with the world famous Ölüdeniz (Dead Sea) Beach, and overcrowded by people coming from all over the world.
Kabak Beach on the other hand was not known by anyone until recently and today is still no comparison to the overcrowded beaches of the region. It’s located 25 km south of Ölüdeniz and 35-40 km from Fethiye. The 25 km road from Ölüdeniz to Kabak is not for the faint at heart: It’s a narrow dizzy winding road, passes on top of huge rocky cliffs. After 25 km, the road ends suddenly on a hilltop. From here down to Kabak Beach, there is no road and you need to walk on a steep winding pathway that goes down among the pine forests. Therefore, coming to Kabak with a car does not make sense at all. (Also because of the highly dangerous 25 km Ölüdeniz-Kabak road). Best and safest way to come to Kabak is to take the dolmuş (minibus) that comes from Fethiye via Ölüdeniz. In addition to that, you shouldn’t have heavy luggage with you as you will have bad times walking up and down on the pathway to Kabak. This is a backpacker only zone for a good reason.
The pathway is marked with white-red painted stones so you have to be careful to avoid getting lost among the trees. After a 20 minutes of walk downhill you will be on the beach.
Color of the sea, it’s a tropical blue. This tone of blue, it’s not easy to find on Turkey beaches. The beach is not crowded at all, even in the high season. Although there are a few cafes and bungalow hotels around the beach, the natural beauty of the place remains mostly untouched.
What else can you do in Kabak, apart from enjoying the beach? Well, you can rest in one of the bungalow hotels for a couple of days, enjoy the natural tastes of the region, you can hike around the surrounding mountains, you can explore the waterfalls nearby, or you can take some Yoga lessons on the beach, given by the teachers of the bungalow hotels.
Kabak beach is a quiet, peaceful and amazingly beautiful place that still has its soul for now. As all the natural beauties in Turkey gets easily corrupted by the inadequate and unprincipled policies applied by the government, the beach soon may convert to a place like Ölüdeniz: Concrete hotels everywhere, package tourists being pumped in. Before this paradise is also lost, hurry up not to miss it.