Diving in Turkey

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Diving in Turkey With 8,000km of coastline, a perfect Mediterranean climate, great visibility, fascinating historic wrecks and a growing number of marine parks, it is no wonder that Turkey is fast becoming a destination divers want to explore. You can get away from it all on a liveaboard and discover deserted sandy coves from traditional sailing boats. Or you can visit chic resorts and enjoy bustling bars and restaurants at night and some great boat diving during the day.

Turkey is the perfect spot for a family holiday that allows you to sneak off for a few challenging dives while the non-divers can chill out on the beach and have fun. It is also an ideal place to learn to dive – warm, calm waters and great value for money, with well-run schools and dive centres.

There are lots of dive centres in most resorts and they are run to strict government-set regulations – foreign visitors can only dive with registered centres whose boats must meet the highest standards.

While diving is all year round, the main season runs from May until November, with water temperatures ranging between18ºC and 26ºC.

Traditional gulets and custom-built dive boats provide the perfect platform to explore the often protected waters. These large, spacious and well-equipped vessels, complete with sun decks, have the capacity to carry in excess of 30 divers, and some of the newer vessels even more. In practice, numbers normally remain well below this figure, leaving more than ample room to kit up or prepare photographic equipment.

Diving conditions are excellent throughout the diving season from April to November with visibility up to 30m. The underwater landscape is typically a varied selection of reefs, walls, drop-offs and caverns. Marine life is less abundant than in tropical seas but includes grouper, rays, moray eels, turtles and octopuses. Observant divers may be able to catch a glimpse of seahorses in some areas and there are lots of nudibranchs. Many sites also shelter amphorae and other pottery remains.

There is a large number of wrecks around the Turkish coast, both ancient and modern - many are protected by law. Some have been sunk on purpose to give divers novel adventures – exploring a Dakota that looks as if it about to take off on an underwater runway is an experience not to be missed!

Published date: May 31, 2018 Published by / Owner : Publish Place Free Classfieds Ads

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