Fethiye Diving Sites Points Spots Places Reviews

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Fethiye Diving Sites Points Spots Places Reviews

Oneof the most beautiful spots on the Lycian coast, there are pine-clad mountains, secluded bays, pretty villages and ancient ruins. The area is made up of several holiday areas: the main town, Ölűdeniz with its stunning Blue Lagoon, Hisarőnű and its quieter neighbour Ovacik.

The town was formerly known as Makri and was renamed Fethiye in 1934 in honour of Fethi Bey – a famous Turkish Air Force pilot. The old city (Paspatur) is a great place to wander around – enjoy a coffee in one of the small squares, check out the fish market (Balik Pazar), or buy some spices in the weekly open market. Fethiye is very popular with tourists and is an ideal base to mix a family holiday with diving. Non-divers can enjoy the safe and fun beach activities around the protected Blue Lagoon or take the 40-minute trip by coach to the Saklikent Gorge, which at 20km long is the second-largest gorge in Europe and a fantastic spectacle. Meanwhile, scuba divers can experience some of the best underwater adventures that Turkey has to offer. Dives range from shallow calm reefs to caverns, walls and dramatic drop-offs, tunnels and swim-through arches coated in soft corals. Don’t miss out on the excellent night dives.The night dives are a great opportunity to spot octopuses, shrimps and lobsters. During the day expect to see groupers, moray eels, jacks, barracuda and cuttlefish with the occasional turtle. Also, if you are really lucky, rays and dolphins can be spotted. Remember to have a close look at those patches of sea grass for peacock flounders, gurnards and seahorses.

THE TCSG-121

This is an old 40m-long coastguard ship that sits at 27m. The wreck is next to a reef that is rich in marine life, with plenty of moray eels and some very large grouper which have set up home in the purposely sunk diving attraction. It is possible for experienced divers to penetrate the wreck with access points at the rear and through two engine bays, and you can look around the crew’s living quarters and come up onto the bridge.

SARIYARLAR BAY

You start off at a deepish cavern (29m) and you can pick out hundreds of resident shrimp with your torch before you head off for a 100m swim to a wonderful, wide tunnel which surfaces in a freshwater enclosed cave that is surprisingly chilly. Look out for octopus in the rocks before you enter the tunnel.Red IslandThe sea bed here forms a natural amphitheatre at 20m – bring your torch to enjoy the full colour of the sponges. Lots of large, and friendly, grouper.

AMPHORAE BAY

An ancient Roman amphorae site that dates back to 300 BC. The slope plunges down to more than 60m, with two large rock outcrops – the deepest at 30m. Lots of marine life, including crayfish, octopus and grouper.Three TunnelsWith a maximum depth of 36m and some buoyancy-testing passages to negotiate, this boat dive is more suited to intermediate and experienced divers. The three tunnels have been created by cracks in the rock and need to be entered and exited in single file.

ALADDIN’S CAVE

This unique dive takes you to a cavern at 29m. where divers can view delicate colourful corals and the resident grouper. After a few minutes you ascend to 12m and then fin to another cavern known as the ‘hammam’ where natural light falls through two openings in the ceiling.

This is a great spot to learn to dive with highly respected schools. The schools offer a full range of PADI courses, from try dives for complete beginners, right up to learning to be a diving instructor, and the standard of instructing is high. The diving is from comfortable day boats, often with Turkish crews and international dive masters and instructors. Expect to pay £30 to £45 for a full day’s diving (two or three dives plus lunch on board). A night dive costs around £25.

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

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