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Turhan, Captain Emre and Ümit

Dragon boat is owned by two business partners who are also good friends – Ümit and Turhan. They grew up together working as teenagers on the  boats in Ölüdeniz, Turkey. They started  at  the bottom and over the years worked their way up to both become Captains, learning English along the way and understanding the importance of quality customer service.

Ismail doing repair work

Off the boat, wives Ilknur and Dawn, both of whom have years of experience in the Tourism Industry, each play a role too. Ilknur looks after the logistics of the business while Dawn oversees all aspects of social media and both take bookings. A family business that prides itself in offering family friendly experiences on the Dragon Boat trips.

Dragon Boat

The day to day running of Dragon Boat is not only carried out by Ümit and Turhan but also a close team of dedicated staff. Ümit's cousin Ismail works on the boat as his second in command, Ümit's sister Yaşam is the chef and all of the crew are like one big family! 

Dawn, Ümit and Ismail
Turhan and Ilknur
Volkan 5 2008
Dragon Boat 2021
Gareth and his son Jamie

A huge amount of behind the scenes work goes into the marketing of Dragon Boat Ölüdeniz. Dawn's brother-in-Law Gareth, CEO of, is to thank for many of the amazing images you see on the website and social media.

The first boat bought by Ümit and Turhan was a small but sturdy  vessel back in 2008. Since then they have worked hard in Ölüdeniz both on boats and in excursion agencies to finally fulfill their dream of purchasing a pirate boat - Dragon Boat in 2016.

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