Discover Turkey and its best rafting rivers
A great variety of fish species, coral reefs, wrecks and all other underwater beauties are waiting to welcome diving lovers at diving destinations. Here are the best diving spots to go in Turkey with its turquoise crystal waters.
Antalya: Antalya is the world famous tourist region, has the highest number of diving schools in the country, containing many contrasting dive sites just like an aquarium.
Kemer: Kemer is one of the most popular diving areas in the region. Tekirova, the surrounding islands have a wonderful array of sea life including huge thornback rays, and are also a good location for cavern diving.
Kas: Kas is probably top of all the Turkish dive sites, due to the range, frequency and quality of the dives. The seas around Kalkan are suited to experienced divers, with species of sea life. Patara has coral and sea sponges with lively and colourful sights.
Mersin: The clear waters of Mersin have many interesting dive sites including the sunken cargo ship at the western cape of Dana Island. There is a submerged island northwest of Sancak Bay, with large ancient oil jars made Mersin a popular dive resort. Most of the dive sites are situated around the coastline of the Tasucu.
Side: Side is a really great place for who want to discover underwater life. The underwater museum, wrecks, sea turtles, caves, big groupers, lionfishes and other marine life.
Datca: The area around Datca has wonderful diving opportunities with many sharks, dolphins and Mediterranean seals.
Marmaris: There are 52 diving points and a large selection of ancient underwater ruins around the area of Marmaris.
Bodrum: Bodrum is known for its great diving opportunities with great depths, colourful sea sponges and caverns. Orak Island is a scuba diving haven with beautiful rock formations in the shallow area. Big Bango is one of the symbol diving spots of the region, with a maximum depth of 4 meters. Small Bango is about 200 m from the Big Bango. Kargi Island is about one and a half hours sail from Bodrum. Kocek Island is a sea mile away from the island of Kargi in the direction of Bodrum and has small rocky islets.
Gokova: Gulf of Gokova has an unbelievably beautiful underwater topography for those who like wall diving.
Ayvalik: According to rumour, the area around Ayvalik is the location of the lost city of Atlantis but what is known is the unique diving options especially off Gunes Island, Yuvarlak Island and Kerbela Rocks. The most popular area is the waters off Kiz Island with fascinating underwater fauna from a depth of 19m.
Canakkale: Gulf of Saros is a favourite diving spot for divers due to its proximity to Istanbul, and full of submerged ruins. Gokceada and Bozcaada islands have good tourist facilities, interesting plant life, sea creatures and submerged ruins.