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Turkey

Where east meets west . . . . .
Overview:

Turkey is where East meets West.  A small part is in Europe, the larger part is in Asia. 

Most of the diving in Turkey takes place on the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts (the Turkish Riviera), diving centres have mushroomed in most holidays resorts making this coastline increasingly accessible to scuba divers.

The main dive centres are at Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Kas and Alanya.  Fethiye is probably the big diver-tourist centre, where the Aladins Cave dive is certainly worth doing.

At Alanya, most of the diving is from the finger of land that protudes from the sandy beach.  At Marmaris, a popular site is Wreck Rock, which is a tiny island 100 metres from the shore with just its jagged rocky tip showing above the waves and which in the past many Roman & Grecian ships have foundered upon. In being wrecked and disintegrating, the area has been littered with amphorae.

Kusadasi has become a great spot to dive the Aegean in totally unchartered and uncrowded waters with great visibility and few no currents and no tides.

Little diving is done in Gallipoli (Dardenelles) but dives can be arranged out of Çanakkale.  During WW1 there was a tremendous loss of life by the ANZAC forces, as well as a large amount of shipping.  I think it has to be said that this was a completely misguided campaign on behalf of the Allied Forces against the Turks.  The idea being to try and take Istanbul and the ANZAC forces were effectively sacrificed out of sheer stupidity. 

Of the diveable wrecks, The Lundy remains in very good condition bearing in mind the amount of years that have passed.  She was sunk by torpedo on 15 April 1915. This wreck lies on sand at 27 meters in Suvla Bay.  So far over 200 wrecks have been identified, the most important being the British Dreadnought warships Irresistible, Triumph, Ocean, Majestic and Goliath, the French Cruiser Bouvet and the Turkish cruiser Messudieh.

What to see:
  • Aladins Cave at Fethiye - at a depth of 23 metres (75 feet) Initially, you descend a wall with many varieties of marine life. You will find trumpet anemones, gem anemones, daisy anemones, strawberry anemones, devonshire cup corals, gold star coral, soft corals, dead man fingers and many forms of lace coral. There are occasional moray eels, groupers, lobsters, crayfish and shrimps but not a tremendous amount of fish life.
  • Lighthouse dive at Kas - the wreck of an Ottoman boat (Lighthouse dive) at 22m depth; the area is littered with amphorae.
  • Adabanko Reef and Barbarossa Reef at Kusadasi.
  • Rambo Cavern at Alanya - the entrance to the cavern is by a wide tunnel about 14 metres down a vertical wall.  A large cave is soon reached roughly 35metres wide and where you can surface and breathe the clean air and view the marvellous formation of overhangs and stalactites.  This is a dive well worth doing.
  • WW1 wrecks out of Canakkale.
Useful stuff:
Language: Turkish
Currency: New Turkish Lira
Time: GMT +2
Climate: Mediterranean on the coast
Diving season: Year round
Water temperature: Winter 17C (62F)
Summer 26C (79F)
Air temperature: Winter 10C (50F)
Summer 45C (113F)

Europe - Turkey: Latest User Reviews

Silver Diving Side  Side Silver Diving, Turkey 1 Star Rating Added: 23rd October 2013 by bona2
Deco line and divers pulled to the surface when 2 divers at 3m on it decompressing. My buddy had a minute more of deco, my computer said 4 mins. My computer locked out displaying 47 hours no fly. Hired regulator showed 230 bar but was told it was 30 bar less. 200 bar. General appearance...
best dive center in Turkey  Active Blue Diving Centre, Turkey 5 Star Rating Added: 20th June 2013 by maxarcher
Best dive staff I have come across.  I have been back for 3 years, not because of the hotel, but because of the dive team.  Tagmac is the best dive leader anyone could ask for.
A great experience  European Diving Centre, Turkey 5 Star Rating Added: 8th June 2013 by SiDiver
I recently visited Turkey where EDC visited our hotel pool near Fethiye offering a free taster experience. A few mins underwater was enough to convince me to book the DSD course for the next day, and what a day. Picked up from the hotel, driven to the dive centre and...
Best dive centre in Turkey  Active Blue Diving Centre, Turkey 5 Star Rating Added: 4th June 2013 by gbeall78
My wife and I have spent the last week with these guys and haven't regretted a moment. Through them we learnt our SSI Openwater certification plus specialty courses and the level of training was excellent. Emin was a fantastic teacher and by the end of our time there we were very...
WORST diving experience i could possibly imagine  Aquaage Diving Center, Turkey 1 Star Rating Added: 28th September 2012 by 06david90
To start the day off we were picked up from our hotel in a timely fashion. On arriving at the diving centre not a single word was spoken to us or anyone around, we were simply marched onto the boat following a silent guy with his hand in the air....
Best dive center ever  Active Blue Diving Centre, Turkey 5 Star Rating Added: 23rd September 2012 by martinwmurphy
I have been going to Active Blue Dive Center for many years now, and I can highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of experience or nationality, as the staff will adapt to so many different languages and cultures! If you are a beginner or an experienced diver, Tagmac and the...
Excellent diving center  Active Blue Diving Centre, Turkey 5 Star Rating Added: 23rd September 2012 by Lashin
I’m writing this letter to share my experiences with the Active Blue Diving Center in Kusadasi. One month ago I completed my Divecon course with them and it was a great experience all the way around! The instructors spoke excellent English, were friendly and highly professional. I also enjoyed interacting with...
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