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Diving in Marmaris

Diving in Marmaris
Marmaris has 52 diving locations in and around the area which makes it a very significant place for diving tourism. There are daily dive tours organised for beginners and professionals that leave from the central Marmaris port and the boats are fully equipped and have excellent licensed instructors.  

Diving has to be the best way to experience the crystal clear underwater world of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas and certainly the beautiful underwater environment of the Marmaris bays.  The most popular diving locations are:

Baca (Chimney) Cave

Baca Cave is the most famous diving points in Marmaris and is of particular interest for underwater photographers.
The depth here goes from 5 to 50 metres and is suitable for both beginners and professionals. It gets its name from the conical shaped cave that is on the cape which resembles a chimney as the entrance to the cave is 14 metres deep but the exit is only 4 metres deep. Here you will see many red and white cardinal fish and small shrimp.

Sari Mehmet Cape

Sari Mehmet Cape is located between Turunc and Icmeler is very popular with the diving tour operators and suitable for beginners and professionals. The cape and bay offer a good diving point with a depth of between 5 and 21 metres and has an outstanding rocky environment of high peaks that stand perpendicular to each other because there is no stream. Here you will see octopus, moray eel, sea bream and melanur and it’s also a popular place for night dives. There is another cove in this area called “Cathedral Cave”.

Keci Adası (Goat Island) Lighthouse

Keci Adası (Goat Island) Lighthouse which is located by the lighthouse that leads out to the open seas. This has a depth of 8 to 38 metres and is particularly good for professional divers with a variety of fish that include octopus, moray eel and red cardinal along with lots of amphorae pieces to be seen. The water here changes at the start of the new moon and develops a soft stream.

Hayitli Cape

Hayitli Cape is located opposite Keci (Goat) Island Lighthouse. This area has been named “the reef as it’s an easy place to drop anchor and is mainly used by beginners for diving practice although it is also used by professionals. The depth is between 5 and 38 metres and has a rocky environment. If you dive below 30 metres you will possibly see much larger fish and pieces of amphorae.

Ince Cape Lighthouse

Ince Cape Lighthouse is located by Yıldız (Star) Island and the waters here are not as clear as in other dive sites. It is tropical here and has lots of underwater peaks and reaches a depth of between 3 and 40 metres. It is very popular for photographers especially at the end of summer when there are many more varieties of fish and sponges to be seen and it’s also possible to see sea rabbits in different colours from 1 to 4cm in size.

Abdi Reis Cove

Abdi Reis Cove is also located by Yıldız (Star) Island, it has clear bright water and because of this divers have named it the Aquarium .  It’s good for beginners and is also enjoyed by professionals, has a depth of 0 to 33 metres, but as it’s so close to the Phosphorus Caves, sea traffic is the area becomes very busy.

Yazih Rock

Yazih Rock is another site located by Yıldız (Star) Island, is most suited to morning dives and has a depth of between 3 and 32 metres. As there are large rocks and walls around the area it becomes shadowy in the afternoons and here it’s possible you will see many sea bream and blacktail.

Aksu Cove

Aksu Cove is again located by the Yıldız (Star) Island and is suitable for beginners, professionals and the yacht and boat swimmers and as you descend deeper and deeper down you see the water gradually changing into a dark blue colour. On the cape there is a 40 metre high wall with a circular hole in the centre and pieces of Byzantium amphorae can be seen.

Kutuk Cape

Kutuk Cape has a depth of 0 to 52 metres and has a fascinating underwater environment where divers must be aware of their limits as many can become mesmerised by it, and the water stream here changes at the start of the new moon. 

Kadirga (Galleon) Cove

Kadirga (Galleon) Cove is at the furthest point from Marmaris close to the rocky area opposite the Kadirga Lighthouse and has a depth between 0 to 40 metres offering a unique experience for both beginners and professionals. At the front of the lighthouse building there is a field of amphorae and the remnants of a sunken ship dating from the Hellenistic age, and hundred of amphorae can also be seen on the rocks here. This particular site is very popular with photographers.    

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