Diving Turkey

12 February 2020
Most of the diving in Turkey is in the west and south of the country in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas. It also borders Black Sea and the inland Sea of Marmara.

The main diving season starts in May and continues until November, although you can dive year round. Water temperatures range from around 16 oC in February to 20 oC in May & November and 28 oC in August. Visibility can reach 30 m. Dive sites include wrecks, reefs, walls and caverns.

Bottlenose Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphins

Ten types of whale and dolphin are seen in Turkish waters, plus the rare Monk Seal. They are all protected by Turkish law.

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Dive Sites in Turkey

The main diving areas are Kas, Fethiye, Kalkan and Northern Cyprus.

Fethiye Kalkan Kas Northern Cyprus

Fethiye

The Fethiye area has some attractive diving: caverns, amphora, rocky reefs. The sea is often quite choppy but the visibility is generally good (around 20 m).


Cratena peregrina nudibranch by Tim Nicholson

Fethiye
Butterfly Valley

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended

" This is mostly shore diving, also it is very nice place for snorkelling. There are 5 main spots mostly walls. There are not too many fish but water is so clear and visibility about 50 feet. I stayed at a camp site and I'd stay there again and again...Scuba cost 20 and 35 Euros (2004). accommodation is about 15 Euros included breakfast and dinner (mostly vegetarian). "

Fethiye
Aladin's Cavern

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

" Nice big cavern with corals and very good visibility. "
Mike Morris

Fethiye
Dalyan Reef

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Drop off to turquoise blue and lots of barracuda "
Mike Morris

Fethiye
Three Tunnels

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Swim-throughs covered with soft corals "
Mike Morris

Kalkan

Kalkan
Duchess of York

This area comprises the wreckage of more than one wreck. It is called the Duchess of York after the ship's bell which was found. The main wreckage though is thought to be from the SS Sakarya.

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Wreck dive for all levels "
Sandra Bedford

Kalkan
Middle Reef

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Very good fish "
Sandra Bedford

Kas

Kas
Canyon

The Canyon runs between two steep walls. It features a tunnel with loads of invertebrate life. You might even see a Mediteranean Monk Seal. After travelling through the Canyon you will come across the Dimitri wreck at between 30 and 40 m. (Although most often referred to as "Dimitri", according to the wrecksite.eu the ship was actually called the SS Dimitrios M.) She was built in 1948 and ran aground in 1968 on route from Turkey to Greece with a cargo of cotton.


Grouper by Tim Nicholson

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Canyon entrance at 5 m dropping to 38 m. The wreck is split in two. Canyon wall has stunning flora recovering from wreck damage. Small chimney at 30 m climbing to 20 m. Deco at 5m wall brimming with life "
Gareth Davies

"Starting from at depth of 2m you slowly descend into the narrow mouth of the canyon through several shades of blue until at a depth of about 25 m you encounter yellow, brown and orange soft coral. The final surprise, the wreck of a steel hulled cargo vessel at 35 m. "
Johnny Hogue, Turkey

"Perfect place to make an very exciting dive in a deep blue next to sheer reef. Eagle ray, grouper, barracuda. "
Angela, Italy

Kas
Dakota C47

This wreck of an aircraft lies between 25 and 30 m. It is a Douglas C-47 Dakota "Skytrain" from the Turkish Air Force. When in use it tranported paratroopers. It was deliberately sunk in July 2008 by , originally used for transport of paratroops, intentionally sunken on 1st of July 2008 for scuba diving (some source 2007), by the Bodrum Underwater Association as part of their Bodrum Karaada Artificial Reefs Project. Originally sank in shallower waters, currents and storms have taken the wreck deeper and broken it apart.

Dakota, Kas by Wusel007, CCO

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended

"At this site is a sunken WWII C-47 Dakota aircraft. And, in season, jack-fish mackerel, barracuda and loggerhead sea turtles all along a small and quiet cove. "
Johnny Hogue, Turkey

"American aeroplane sunk during the second world war. Suggestive place and full of big grouper. "
Angela, Italy

Kas
Besmi Adasi

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended

"Another site best approached by experienced divers due to strong current. The feeling of being enveloped in a swirl of every variety of local fish makes this one of the more exhilarating dive sites around. Many large ancient amphora are seen here deep at 40 m. "
Johnny Hogue, Turkey

"Sometimes strong currents make it a difficult side but then current bring lots of plankton from open sea which makes the dive side so lively. Lots of huge groupers, jackfish, barracudas are the ones to underline. Different coloured and shaped nudibranchs are also so common to sea together with 1000 s of small fish. "
Emre, Bougainville Diving, Turkey

Kas
Gurmenli Ada

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Wall dive with large grouper at depth. The wall bottoms at 85 m. Stunning vis. "
Gareth Davies

Kas
Flying Fish Reef

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"5-40m dive with Moray eels, Amberjacks, Trigger fish and large grouper. Relaxing multilevel dive, Stunning. "
Gareth Davies

Kas
Sun Diving House Reef

Reviews: 4 Star Rating: Recommended

"Shallow area close to the dive centre, placed on a nice reef where so many fish live. It is very usual dive with turtles, octopus, muren. Perfect place to take pictures specially in the night. "
Angela, Italy

Northern Cyprus
Karpaz Peninsula
"Big groupers, steep walls and some caves. The water temperature never goes below 16 oC and is 21 oC in June. Cyprus is famous for groupers and turtles."
Marion

Diving Operators in Turkey

Altinkum Fethiye Kalkan Kas Northern Cyprus

Altinkum
Okenos Scuba Center

Efficient but tend to have a lot of people on their boats.

Parlementerler yolu
3 koy Didim
Aydin Turkey
Tel: 0532 780 30 89
okenos@gmail.com

"Their staff all speak English and their dive sites are great. They also have ribs and a 17 metre steel dive boat. "
Sean Walker

Fethiye
European Diving Center

Efficient but tend to have a lot of people on their boats.

Cumhuriyet Mah
Dispanser Sokak No27
Demirci Is Hani 2 Kat No 26
Fethiye
Mugla
48300
Turkey
Tel: +90 252 6149771
Mobile: +90 533 6698043
info@europeandivingcentre.com

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"I did my courses up to Padi rescue diver and my son did his instructor course with them. We also keep diving with them every year. Excellent service, safety and nice dives from EDC Fethiye, Thanks to these guys. Daily diving on hard boats. They help you to find nice accommodation. We and our friends will be going there again and again. "
Mike Morris

Fethiye
Elite Diving Centre

Meliss Teknesi Ugur Mumcu Parki
Meydan Resaturant Onu
Fethiye
Mugla
Turkey
Tel: +90 533 550 05 91
info@elitedivingcentre.com

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"We are going back next year, we enjoyed the adventure that much. Overall value for money is the best for the time they spend with you. New to diving, but I feel that the Personal touch is far greater than the other boats we saw around. My personal opinion of this dive centre is that they compromise on nothing, Safety and the personal touch. I cannot applaud them anymore, they are patient and understand people’s fears and can to dispel them, the spend time with you if you are struggling but yet still support the people that have been diving for years. "
Darren Harrison

Fethiye
Lykiaworld Diving Center

Kidrak Mevkii
Liberty Hotel
Oludeniz
Fethiye
Mobile: +90 534 388 62 61

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"I have just returned from diving in Oludeniz, Turkey and I must commend Lykiaworld diving centre. The staff were just brilliant. I have been fortunate enough to dive all over the world, but you seldom come across a centre whose staff ooze enthusiasm and passion for what they do and pass this on to their customers. The down side of diving in Turkey, but I think it's the Med all over, is the rarity of fish life. "
Simon Chuckles

Kalkan
Dolphin Scuba Team

Kalkan
Tel: +90542 627 97 57
info:dolphinscubateam.com

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"I have been diving with them for years and it is always a great pleasure. The boat is excellent, the crowd and the food too. "
Sandra Bedford

Kas
Mavi Diving

Kucuk Cakil
Kas
Antalya
Turkey
Tel: +90 (242) 836 2673
Mobile: +90 553 354 68 28

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Operator Burak Gultekin Mavi. I have dived with this company for many years and will always return due to the fantastic dive sites and Burak Gultekin's professionalism. The fully equipped boat will cater for 32 divers. Deep water entry with finladder recovery. Exceptional fun filled crew Has emergency oxygen, comms. Has Nitrox. Day trips a must, with excellent lunch on board. The boat is 5 years old and fully prepared by the operator and crew, sun deck a must soft drink bar on lower deck with beer after the final dive. I would highly recommend the company the facilities, this part of Turkey. The sub-aqua architecture is a wonder as is the amphora which is plentiful as Kas was one of the most important trading harbour in Anatolya. The town of Kas is unspoilt, eating drinking and shopping is great pleasure. "
Gareth Davies

Kas
Sun Diving

Mehmet Karahaliloglu Caddesi
Kas 07580
Antalya
Turkey
+90 (0) 242 836 2637
info@sundiving.com

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"They have two boats. One is a RIB designed for 7 divers, the other one is a "V" custom made dive boat for up 12 divers or suitable for groups. Only certified divers get on the two boats. Accommodation in Chalet or Bungalow next to the sea. Private beach, restaurant, café, beach club and house reef are offered. "
Angela

Kas
Bougainville Diving

Ibrahim Serin Cad. No. 10,
Kas
Antalya 07580
Turkey
Tel: +90 242 836 37 37
Skype: bt.adventure.sales

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"I recommend Emre Cevikel and Fevzi Dikici the dive instructors and operators of Bougainville Diving without reservation. I was a frequent customer of Bougainville Diving before I retired because of the fantastic dive sites and Emre's emphasis on safety with fun. Bougainville Diving can arrange accommodation for both the budget minded as well as those with more luxurious tastes. The fully equipped boat will cater for 40 divers. The cost of 6 Dives with full equipment is 125 Euros and 20 dives are only 340 Euros (2012). I was a diver for several years in the Florida Keys. I liked visiting there and diving a lot. I now live near Kas which is located on the south coast of Turkey. It has the Best Scuba Diving in the Mediterranean. "
Johnny Hogue

"Bougainville travel is a big tour operator and have two hotels, transfer and many different other activities. If you buy diving packages with transfer and accommodation you can have great deals. "
Emre, Bougainville Diving, Turkey

Kas
Anemone Diving Center

Yacht Marina
Kas
Antalya
Turkey
Tel: +90 555 4730986
E-mail: info@anemonedc-kas.com

Northern Cyprus
Amphora Dive Center

Kervansary
Kyrenia

North Cyprus
Tel: 0090 524 851 49 24
E-mail: asimuygur@kktc.net

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

"Erkan and Azim and the rest of the staff are fabulous. Some good deep dives - thermoclines after 18 metres - big fish too - great dive centre - and will dive again there for sure "
Alyson, Belgium

Northern Cyprus > Karpaz
Mephisto Diving

Mephisto Diving
Karpaz Gate Marina
Yeni Erenköy
Karpaz
North Cyprus
Tel: 0090 533 867 37 74
E-mail: marion@mephisto-diving.com

Northern Cyprus > Kyrenia
Scuba Cyprus

Scuba Cyprus
Kazim Ozalp Sok. No 1a
Alsancak
Kyrenia
Northern Cyprus
Turkey
Tel: +90 (0) 533 865 23 17
E-mail: info@scubacyprus.com.

Reviews:

"I dived with Scuba Cyprus who are outside Kyrenia , great guys with some good reefs just 5 minute rib boat ride away with some big grouper and amberjacks about also the occasional turtle in the hotter months "
Mark Gale, 2016


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