Icmeler is a popular Turkish holiday resort situated 8 kilometres from Marmaris. It is also a municipality of its own. Icmeler bay is located on the Datcha peninsula. The town is surrounded on three sides by pine forests. Hiking on the mountains provides fantastic views of the region and is very popular. Pronounced in English approximately like /each-mell-er/ (incorrectly as /ish-muh-lah/), the town has developed rapidly over the last 15 years, accommodation and other tourist facilities mushrooming across the formerly sleepy fishermens and sponge divers village. As a side to the increasing tourism, this village in the Turkish Riviera is seeing an increasing amount of watersports facilities, such as; scuba diving, waterskiing and many others.