Diving in Antalya
This world famous resort has the most diving schools in Turkey
and many different dive sites.
The islands around Tekirova
are great for cavern diving and offer a fantastic range of sea life including huge hornback rays. During the months of August and September there is an abundance of tuna fish and seals and you see dolphins here all year round.
Frech Battleship San Didier
At the entrance of Antalya
Harbour and at a depth of 20-32 metres lies a French military transportation ship.
1 kilometre from Antalya
Yacht Harbour is the French Battleship “San Didier” that sank during the war in 1942. Excavations of the ship carried out in 1946 and 1974 revealed cargo that included ammunition, medical supplies and equipment. Not much remains of the sunken ship now but it still attracts much interest with divers and permission to go there has to be obtained from the Antalya
Government and Marine Police Department.
There are attractive rock formations and an array of sea life between the beaches of Lara
, Antalya’s largest beaches, which reach depths of between 14-25 metres. Sican Island is also a popular diving spot and just a few kilometres from Antalya
Hadley's Harem Plane Manavgat
The west side coast can be shallow with a maximum depth of 8 metres and is sandy. The northeast side has a rocky seabed that descends 22 metres and has a small cavern. East of Antalya
on the coast near Manavgat
and 200 metres down is a B-24 American war plane named Hadley’s Harem
that crashed after bombing over Romania in 1944. In 1995 the cockpit was removed and is now housed in a private museum in Istanbul
and to dive at this site you will need to obtain special permission.
Sunken Cargo Ship in Gelidonya
On the west of Antalya
Bay, in Gelidonya, are the sunken remains of a cargo ship that went down after crashing on rocks at Taslik Cape. Research carried out by divers in 1960 at a depth of 28 metres and the first completed excavation, revealed the ship dated back to the 13th century BC. Further research in 1994 established from the ship’s anchor it is of Middle Eastern origin and there are items from this on exhibition at the Bodrum
Underwater Archaeology Museum.
Suluin Cavern Kirkgoz
The Suluin Cavern in the Kirkgoz region used to be dry which is indicated by the stalactites and stalagmites and the plateau around Antalya
is travertine and composed of dissolved limestone. Research carried out in 1995 shows the depth of the cavern reaches 83 metres, has a huge 45 metre entrance and is covered in stalactites, travertine pools and other formations with many water channels coming off of the cave.
Diving in Kas
The areas around Kalkan
are best suited to experienced divers and offers marine life such as sharks, turtles and hornback rays.
Patara, Fener and Oksuz Island
gives you coral and sea sponges, the waters of Fener
reach depths of between 11-32 metres giving you some colourful and lively sights and Oksuz Island has lizard fish, a member of the shark family.
Sunken Cargo Ship Uluburun
60 metres off the east coast of Uluburun and 9km southeast of Kas
are the sunken ruins of a cargo ship that date back to 14th century BC. The cargo of the ship had slipped down to a depth of 61 metres and from dives carried out in 1984 was removed and some of which is now on display at the Bodrum
Underwater Archaeology Museum.
Italian World War II Plane
There are also submerged remains of an Italian World War II plane which is first seen at 57 metres with its tail going down as far as 70 metres and there is still ammunition remaining within the wreckage.
Diving in Finike
Gok Cavern, near Finike
, is one of the deepest in Asia that is accessible to divers. It has a wide entrance that meets the seabed and the stalactites here show that it was once dry.
Diving in Kemer
The Three Islands off Tekirova
is one of the most popular areas in the region for diving because it has many dive sites which reach a greater depth than those of Antalya.
Sunken Paris Cargo Ship
The French cargo ship Paris that sank in World War II is 2km from Kemer
Marina, lying at a depth of 25 metres and is one of the most important sunken ships. It was built in around 1896 has 3 decks and 2 warehouses.