Bodrum Diving Sites Points Spots Places

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Bodrum Diving Sites Points Spots Places

Like so many other coastal tourist centres, Bodrum began life as a sleepy fishing village before catching the attention of visiting Europeans in recent times in search of sun and sand. Today this port on Turkey’s Aegean coast receives more than one million visitors a year, yet still retains a traditional feel with whitewashed buildings and ancient ruins providing an aesthetically pleasing authenticity.

The centre of the town is around the harbour, where St Peter’s Castle towers above narrow streets that are packed with bars and restaurants. The castle was built partially with stone from the nearby Tomb of Maussollus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and today houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Although the Bodrum peninsula covers an area of approximately 650 square kilometres, and has a coastline some 174km long, the main tourist resorts are found along the southern coast at places such as Gumbet, IÇmeler and Bitez. On the western side of the peninsula, you’ll find excellent beaches at Turgutreis and Gűműsluk, which offer a number of watersports including scuba diving.

Life underwater is varied, with Bodrum’s interesting topography providing a number of different types of diving, including wrecks, caverns and reefs. At several of the sites, ancient amphorae remain scattered on the sea bed and there is a good mix of fish life, including schooling barracuda and damselfish and several types of wrasse and grouper. There’s a decent chance of an encounter with both octopuses and lobster, and in between spotting marine life you can take advantage of some of the diverting tunnels and swim-throughs.

BIG AND SMALL REEF

These two reefs between Bodrum and Black Island are separated by only 200m. The reef walls are packed with fish life and extend from 5m all the way down to 32m on the south side and 36m on the north. These walls are particularly popular with photographers, who flock to capture images of sponges along with grouper, wrasse, scorpionfish and schooling barracuda and jacks.

PINAR 1 WRECK

This tanker located southeast of Karaada was sunk in 2007 as an artificial reef, and is particularly popular with photographers by virtue of its attractive wheelhouse (where the wheel remains in place), now the home of nudibranchs and tube worms. There’s also a good chance of seeing a number of cephalopods and moray eels. The wreck sits between 18 and 33m, making it perfect for scuba diving.

BUBBLE CAVE

Southwest of Karaada, this boat dive is named after a chimney-shaped cave that can be accessed at 12m. Once inside, keep an eye out for an abundance of fish life, along with crabs, corals and sponges. The bubbles, of course, come from the many visiting divers whose exhaled air ascends through cracks in the cave’s ceiling, all of which make a spectacular sight as you exit the cave via its chimney at 5m.

C47 DAKOTA PLANE WRECK

Further west is the wreck of a Turkish Air Force C47 Dakota plane, which was purposely sunk as an artificial reef in 2008. Storms and currents have shifted the plane around and it is now somewhat broken up, with one wing at 17m, the other at 25m, and the tail at 28m. Nevertheless, the C47 still makes for an impressive dive.

GÖKOVA BAY

Those able to make the 60 mile or so journey east from Bodrum to Gökova Bay will be rewarded with stunning topside views and memorable underwater encounters. This is a popular site with sailors and was designated a Special Environmental Protected Area (SEPA) in 1988. Among the notable species found in this area are sandbar sharks and Mediterranean monk seals.◊ With a dive season that extends from April through to November, visibility averaging between 20 and 30m, and a variety of dive sites that includes wrecks, reefs, drop-offs and caverns, there is much to recommend the diving in Bodrum. Novices and more experienced divers are well served by several dive centres in the area Diving is on good quality day boats and you can expect to pay £30-£45 for a day’s diving including lunch and two dives, with boats returning around 3pm.

Published date: December 29, 2018 Modified date: December 30, 2019 Published by / Owner : Mediterranean Sea Dive Diving

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