Diving in Turkey

Turkey is becoming a sought-after destination for divers with the 8000 km coastline, a perfect Mediterranean climate, amazing historical wrecks and a growing number of marine parks.

It is also an ideal place for a family vacation allowing you to sneak a couple of challenging dives while non-divers can relax on the beach.

There are dive centers at most resorts which are run by strict government regulations and foreign visitors can only dive at registered centers which must meet the highest of standards in all aspects.

You can dive all year round though the main season is from April till November with water temperature ranging between 18ºC and 26ºC. Diving conditions are excellent during this time with visibility up to 30 m with the underwater landscape typically consisting of a varied selection of reefs, walls, drop-offs and caverns.

Gallipoli

The main attraction for divers in Gallipoli is the many shipwrecks. Several hundred ships and boats have sunk in the coastal waters between the Anzac Cove and the Suvla Bay between April 1915 and January 1916. To our day the locations of 216 have been discovered and while some cannot be dived due to shipping traffic, there are many that are dived regularly. The main attractions here are the HMS Majestic, the British lighters, the HMT Lundy and the steamship wreck.

Bodrum

Underwater life is very diverse and the interesting topography of Bodrum provides different types of diving which includes wrecks, caverns and reefs. On some of the sites antic amphorae lay scattered on the seabed and there are different kinds of fish such as schooling barracuda, damselfish and several types of wrasse and grouper. You can also encounter octopuses and lobsters. The main attractions are the big and small reef, the Pınar 1 wreck, the Bubble Cave, the C47 Dakota plane wreck, and the Gökova Bay.

 

Marmaris

Underwater Marmaris is very attractive and offers great visibility as well as stress free diving since many of the dive sites are in well protected bays. Here you can do both boat and shore diving and large centers offer a variety of courses and night dives. You can expect a variety of sites including reefs and caverns with opportunities to spot ancient amphorae which were transported in large quantities, mostly containing wine and olive oil. The main diving attractions here are the Goat Island Lighthouse, the Kadırga Cove, and the Ince Burun Lighthouse.

 

Fethiye

Fethiye offers some of the best underwater adventures a scuba diver can experience in Turkey ranging from shallow calm reefs and caverns, dramatic drop-offs, walls, tunnels, and swim-through arches covered with soft corals. Don’t pass up a night dive which is an amazing opportunity to spot shrimps, octopuses and lobsters. During the day on the other hand, you can see groupers, jacks, moray eels, cuttlefish, barracudas and sometimes even a turtle. If luck is on your side, you can even see some rays and dolphins. Don’t forget to take a closer look at patches of sea grass for an opportunity to see peacock flounders, seahorses and gurnards. The main diving attractions of Fethiye are the TCSG-121, the Sarıyarlar Bay, the Amphorae Bay, and Aladdin’s Cave.

 

Kaş

Native divers consider Kaş the finest diving spot in Turkey. The Kaş archipelago offers over 30 recognized dive sites, most lying within a 30-minute radius of the harbor including reefs, wrecks and historical sites. Pale sand and volcanic rock formations make the area unique. You will find clear, warm water and some amazing underwater scenery. There is a wide variety of marine life to see as well. You can expect to see amberjacks, barracudas, Mediterranean octopuses, different species of rays, trumpetfish, seahorses, moray eels, groupers, and many turtles. While there are many spots for relaxed diving, Kaş also offers more challenging diving for the experienced. The main diving attractions of Kaş are the Dakota plane, the Dimitri, the TCSG 119, the Camel Reef, the Pigeon Island, and Heybeli Ada.

Last Updated: 21.7.2019 11:29:43