Kas Diving Sites Points Spots Places Reviews

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Kas Diving Sites Points Spots Places Reviews

12 Located in Turkey’s south-western Antalya Province, the picturesque hillside town of Kas is a two-hour drive from Dalaman Airport, with the route’s latter stages taking in some spectacular scenery along the Turquoise Coast.

Considered by many native divers to offer some of the country’s finest diving, Kas remains something of a hidden gem to outsiders but it is increasingly becoming better known. The Kas archipelago has more than 30 recognised dive sites, most lying within a 30-minute radius of the harbour itself including reef, wreck and sites of historical value. The light-coloured sand and volcanic rock formations provide the area with a unique identity. Expect clear, warm water and some spectacular underwater scenery. There’s plenty of marine life to see, particularly in comparison with other Mediterranean destinations. Look out for amberjack, barracuda, Mediterranean octopuses, several species of ray, trumpetfish, seahorses, moray eels, grouper, turtles and more turtles! While Kas makes the perfect destination for relaxed diving and lots of the ‘pretty stuff,’ italso offers more challenging diving for those that want it. There are plenty of deeper dives and several naturally-occurring wreck sites, although some of the latter do lie a little deeper than recreational limits permit.

DAKOTA PLANE

This enormous cargo plane was sunk at a very diveable 22m as an artificial reef in 2009 and is now covered in a lightly-coloured algae. It’s a hugely popular dive, not least with photographers, who love the chance to shoot the relatively rare sight of an underwater plane.

THE DIMITRI

This cargo vessel ran aground on the islet of Kovan Adasi in 1968 and offers a 20m descent down a narrow crevice known as the Canyon, which is covered in colourful growth. The wreck itself is a twisted mass of metal, the result of a salvage operation that involved the use of dynamite, but it remains a fascinating dive.

TCSG 119

This former Turkish Coastguard vessel was scuttled in 2011 to provide an artificial reef. It came to rest deeper than planned and now sits at 40m on a flat, sandy bottom. The reef itself begins at around 15m and the wreck sits upright, with the deck around the 35m mark. It has a substantial covering of growth including large spiral tube worms. Small fish patrol the wheelhouse, while inside the wreck you can see saddled bream.

CAMEL REEF

Camel Reef is a small reef marked by two large humps in 14m that give the site its name. Strong currents can often sweep through the area but they are worth the effort as the second reef in the deeper water to the south-east provide encounters with some decent-sized and friendly grouper.

PIGEON ISLAND

A sheltered site popular for training but still with plenty to recommend it for any diver, Pigeon Island has an old wooden wreck, amphorae and the artificial wreck of a never-completed sheet metal vessel. The shallows provide ample opportunity to observe fish life and see an underwater-sculpted facsimile of a full-size shark.

HEYBELIADA

Two small islands form the basis for this relatively shallow dive with a maximum depth of around 24m, providing a pleasant scenic dive. Either island may be circumnavigated and on offer are sea grass, turtles and the skeletal frame of an unknown wreck.◊ Due to the close proximity of the dive sites it’s normal practice to carry out two dives in the morning, leaving the rest of the day free to explore the surrounding area, spend time with family or take up the option of an afternoon dive, according to demand. Expect to pay between £30 and £40 for two morning dives.

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

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