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Best Diving Destinations in Turkey

The Most Beautiful Dive Sites in Turkey

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About scuba diving in Turkey

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental parliamentary republic, with its smaller part located in Southeastern Europe and its larger part in Western Asia. Turkey is washed by four seas - the Aegean, Marmara, Mediterranean and Black Sea, and is a great place for divers. Have a passion for scuba diving and want to dive in Turkey? It is interesting to dive in the crystal-clear waters of Turkey. Rich fauna, caves, walls, vast variety of wrecks, reefs, submerged aircrafts and sunken cities, as well as good visibility (20-40m/66-131ft) contributed to the development of diving in Turkey. While on a dive, visitors get a chance to observe octopuses, moray eels, loggerhead turtles, Malabar groupers, barracudas, stingrays and other inhabitants. The south and south-west Turkey feature a great number of popular diving destinations including Kas, Marmaris, Bodrum, Kemer, Kalkan, Fethiye, Alanya and others. The district of Kas - Kalkan - Kekova presents a great interest to fans who favor wreck, cave and canyon diving with some of the popular sites in the area like Canyon, The Tunnel, Lighthouse and The Wall. Professional divers will probably find the waters of Kalkan more to their liking due to the strong flow and features of the underwater topography, while novice divers will appreciate calmer waters of Fethiye where there practically no fast undercurrents. Bodrum and its surrounding islands of Kechek, Kargi, Orak and Datcha peninsula are rich with amazing dive sites. Orak island, for instance, features a natural hundred-meter wall. On island Kechek and Kargi a local reef offers an opportunity to explore a striking beauty of ancient ruins and diversity of life forms. Anatolia welcomes its visitors with magnificent views of superb coastline and glorious white sandy beaches. A great number of interesting dive sites are situated around Dardanelles, with most diving sites focused near Cannakkale and Sulva Bay, as well as Gokceada and Bozcaada islands and Saros Bay. The most famous dive sites around Canakkale include Kaba Tepe, Minnos, Kilit, Bahir, Kemikli, Limani and Tayfur. Saros Bay is especially valued among divers for its black corals. Turkey is also rich with hundreds of ancient sunken ships and aircrafts. Despite the great number of ship wrecks around Dardanelles diving is only possible around a few of them, since most of the sites are located at a depth of 60-80m/197-262ft and diving there can be dangerous. The sunken warship "Majestik" in Canakkale deserves a special attention and is a great dive to do as well as Gelidonya ship which is a 14th century shipwreck located not far from Uluburuka.

When to go to Turkey

On the west coast of the country temperatures stay warm throughout the year and on the south, they may get even warmer. The swimming season lasts from April to October. Generally, the average air temperature in January stays between 5-15C/41-59F and in July it climbs up to 15-32C/59-90F. The water temperature, even in the winter, does not fall below 17C/63F and from April through October it typically ranges between 18C/64F and 30C/86F.

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