Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Turkey

Ready to check out the best sites in Turkey for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 37 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in Turkey to suit your needs.
Paris II Wreck

#1 - Paris II Wreck

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer

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According to german magazine 'Unterwasser' 2003 one of the world's best dive spots!!! Paris II is a freighter built in 1913 at the shipyard A. Normand in Le Havre for the shipping company Lobez, Poret ve Cie. in Boulogne. She has a length of 70m with a beam of 15m. After WW I, as an ally of the Germans, Turkey has been amongst the looser of the war and so they began their liberation war primarily as a war against the European winners of the war. This liberation war ended in 1923 with the proclamation of modern Turkey by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. During that time of battles the French Navy has been patrolling through the Mediterranean Sea, frequently taking Turkish villages under fire. Amongst their fleet was freighter MS Paris II which has been converted into a battleship. With its two guns she attacked the fishermen's village Kemer what sealed her own fate. Somewhere in the hills near Kemer has been an artillery battery under command of the famous artillery commander Capt. Mustafa Ertugrul. With more than 60 hits the battery sank Paris II. The French crew made it to the shore where the Turks expected them. They helped them out of the water and took care for the wounded. Later on the Turkish artillerists have been honoured for this mission. Today the wreck is lying flat on the ground with the highest point at about 25m and the deepest point, at the screw, at about 32m. The wreck is very close to the harbour of Kemer and to reach within 10 min. It is easy to find because it is marked with a surface marker bouy from which a shotline is going down to the wreck. During descend this line can be used for the deco or safety stop. Usually the visibility is very good and the current low, so the wreck is easy to dive but because of its depth it is for experienced divers only. Anyway it's a nice dive site, always worth a dive.
Douglas C 47 A Dakota airplane wreck

#2 - Douglas C 47 A Dakota airplane wreck

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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It's an out sorted C 47 A Dakota from the Turkish Air Force, intentionally sunken on 1st of July 2008 for scuba diving. Overall length is 19,57m with a span of 28,96m, equipped with two Pratt&Whitney R-1830-93 engines. Originally it was mostly used for transport of paratroops. Originally located in shallower waters, by the storms and currents of the last winters, meanwhile the wreck is broken apart and it glided down to its present depth. According to Turkish diving laws the minimum diver qualification for this depth is CMAS**/AOWD. Meanwhile I don't recommend diving inside any more, because of the instable structure and a lot of stuff dangling around. Also entering is not necessary because everything of interest can be seen from outside. Douglas C 47 A Dakota airplane wreck is also known as Pacoz Bay.
Orak Island

#3 - Orak Island

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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Fantastic wall dive! 1.5 hours from the harbour
Flying Fish Reef

#4 - Flying Fish Reef

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kas

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WWII Italian torpedo bomber. Very deep dive but well worth it. Also worth a dive if you don't go that deep. Very nice reef. Usually a lot of fish (large groupers, barracudas, moray eels), especially during early morning dives. Recommended depth to go round the reef: 25-35m. Use local dive shops in Kas for access Flying Fish Reef is also known as Airplane.
Blue Cave

#5 - Blue Cave

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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Approx GPS position; please update.
Mid Reef

#6 - Mid Reef

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kalkan

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Mid Reef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kalkan which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Firnaz Bay

#7 - Firnaz Bay

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kalkan

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Mainly a sandy bottom with some rocks and sea grass; not a lot of great interest but good for training. Kalkan
Kargi Island

#8 - Kargi Island

Turkey, Aegean, Turgutreis

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One of the medium-level difficult dive sites around the Bordum peninsula. The surface and deep streams are usually strong. IT's a wall-type dive which starts from the south-eastern cove of the island. Reef structures are formed and species of Moray, Congar Eel, Groupers and Barracudas can be observed. Rarely, Caretta Caretta sea turtles can be seen at the bottom. Very joyful dive site... Kargi Island is also known as Kargı Adası.
Neptun Riff

#9 - Neptun Riff

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kas

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An easy to dive reef in a depth range of 12-40 meters. Lot of ancient amphoras and cans. Sometimes sea-turtles.
Duchess of York

#10 - Duchess of York

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kalkan

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The dive site consists of a reef approximately 3 nautical miles south of cape Ince Burun, surrounded by deep water. The ridge of the reef rises up to 3-5 m. On the one side it slopes down to a plateau at 20-30 m, on the other side is a wall that changes into a steep slope somewhere between 30 and 40 m. Pieces of wreckage, mostly pipes and plating, are strewn all over the reef. In some places there are also amphoras. On the plateau lie the remains of a small, steam-powered ship. There is not much left of its structure, only the bottom with keel and ribs and some lumps of coal strewn over it. The best preserved part ist he stern where remains of the steering mechanism can be seen. There are also parts of at least one boiler. The much more interesting wreck (or part of it) lies on the other side of the reef. On the top of the reef is a deep crack running diagonally over it. It was obviously torn during a wreckage, some pieces of metal are still wedged into it. Follow the direction of the crack and use your compass to keep it. Don't go down to the ground but keep a depth of around 30 to 35 m. If you watch the ground carefully, you can see a trail of wreckage leading to the wreck itself, for example a big part of the hull plating complete with railings. Because of the usually excellent visibility (sometimes more than 40 m), the main part of the wreck can be seen from some distance. The highest point is at 43 m where the ship is broken, at the corner of the deck and the port side. It's the bow part of a big cargo ship, at least 40-50 m long, lying on the starboard side with the bow down at a depth of more than 80 m. The decks are standing vertically, with some machinery (winches) still fixed to it and several open cargo hatches. Rows of portholes are running along the hull. There is a lot of small fish and the wreck has a beautiful cover of sponges and soft corals. To penetrate the wreck safely you need trimix, but because of the great visibility you can see the whole of it from the highest point. If you return to the reef, watch out for amphoras on the reef wall. The densely overgrwon reef itself is very beautiful. Amongst the animals that can be seen are hermit crabs, octopuses, lots of small fish, small and big scorpionfish, morays, schools of barracudas and mackerels and sometimes turtles. The reef is not only the best dive in the area, but one of the best in Turkey. There is some confusion surrounding the identity of the wreckage. A bell with the inscription 'Duchess of York - Hull 1893' was found close to the bow piece, indicating that the stern part on the plateau and the deep-lying bow part belong to one ship. However, the documents concerning the Duchess of York show that the shallow wreckage is probably all that remains from her. She was a two-masted sailing ship with an auxiliary steam machine, a length of 101 feet and 51 tons. She was built at Hull (England) in 1893, sold to a Spanish owner in 1902, renamed "Carmen" and sold again in 1919. After this date she disappears from Lloyd's lists. It is clear that the deep wreckage comes from another ship because both parts together would give a hull with at least 250 feet and 1.000 tons, much bigger than the Duchess of York was. Maybe the bell was thrown over the ridge of the reef by a boiler explosion. The devastated state of the wreck indicates a end of that kind. There is also a local tradition about a ship blowing up on the reef and some bodies being washed ashore sometime at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the eyewitness remembered that this happened during the First World War when the battle of Gallipoli was fought - this was in 1915 and some years before the Duchess disappeared, There are not many clues to the identity of the other wreck - whose stern probably lies in greater depth - except construction details like the wooden deck or the riveted hull that indicate a high age (probably early 20th century) and the information that a Turkish ship called Sakarya was lost on the reef sometime around 1957 while carrying a cargo of coal and chrome ore. Maybe it's the bow part of the Sakarya - or of another, unknown ship. By boat from Kas or Kalkan with one of the local diving centers.
Trigger Bay

#11 - Trigger Bay

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer

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Trigger Bay is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Kemer Bay

#12 - Kemer Bay

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer

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Kemer Bay is also known as Kemer Bay.
Pinar 1

#13 - Pinar 1

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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Many amphorae, groupers, nudibranchs Black island Pinar 1 is also known as Black island.
San Didier Wreck

#14 - San Didier Wreck

Turkey, Mediterranean, Antalya

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The "St. Didier" is known as "Societe" as well. It's a freighter build in 1920 at Livingstone & Copper shipyard with a lenght of 70m and a beam of 12m. She has been under French flag and has been confiscated by the Germans during WW II. They used her, camouflaged as a hospital ship, for transport of supplies for their Africa Corps. On board have been Jeeps, guns, ammunition and other war materiel. With an escort of one destroyer she tried to reach Africa, while permanently and heavily attacked by allied aircrafts coming from Cyprus. Trying to get out of these attacks, together with their escort, she came close to the Turkish shore. While permanently attacked, both ships rechead the area of Adrasan, about 40 miles southwest of Antalya. Meanwhile the "St. Didier" was heavily damaged and nearly unable to continue their voyage. The escorting destroyer had to leave the "St. Didier" in attempt to rescue himself. The "St. Didier" tried to reach the harbour of Antalya in attempt to ask for asylum in Turkey. They still had the permisson of the Turkish authorities to wait in sight of the horbour for asylum. Meanwhile the French crew throwed away their uniforms and renamed the ship to "Societe", in hope not to be attacked any more. But they couldn't mislead the allied Mustangs. While the ship was only a few hundred metres off the shore and obviously in Turkish territorial waters, they continued their attacks and torpedoed the ship. Many residents of Antalya watched the attacks from the harbour and because many torpedoes missed their aim and one exploded directly in the harbour, one Turkish citizen was killed as well. Finally one torpedo hit the ship in an area where a lot of explosives were loaded. The following explosion lead to a giant hole in the ship. While sinking, a lot of seamen died. The others reached the shore or have been picked up by Turkish fishing boats. In accordance with international rules they have been brought to a camp near Isparta, but without status as prisoners. Today the wreck is lying within short distance of Antalya harbour at a depth of 20 - 32m. During excavations in 1946 and 1974, a major part of the ship's cargo was discovered, including ammunition and medical equipment. Although there is little left in the submerged ship, it is still attracting much interest from divers, and permission is required from the Antalya Goverment and Marine Police Department. San Didier Wreck is also known as Societe Wreck.
Big Reef

#15 - Big Reef

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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Big Reef is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Neandros

#16 - Neandros

Turkey, Marmara

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Neandros is also known as Balikci Adasi.
Smugglers Bay

#17 - Smugglers Bay

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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An ideal point for both advanced divers, open water divers and beginners. It is possible to dive into two directions of the bay. Look out for moray eels in the numerous cracks in the rocks. The rock formations go down to approximately 26 meters deep. Groupers will be encountered along with several other small species of fish. It's common to encounter the cave sweepers different species of sponges in a small cave inside the bay. Bodrum
Louis Shipwreck

#18 - Louis Shipwreck

Turkey, Aegean, Gulf of Saros

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Historical Wreck. This wreck was known as the Water Ship Wreck until it is recently discovered by experts that it was actually the British destroyer Louis that washed ashore and then sunk several days later by the Ottoman artillery fire. Water Ship Wreck Louis Shipwreck is also known as Water Ship Wreck.
TCG 115 wreck

#19 - TCG 115 wreck

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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TCG 115 is a former Turkish Coast Guard Boat intentionally sunken on 16th July 2007 for scuba diving. Draught has been 1,40m with a displacement of 70 tons. It has been equipped with two 1360 hp Mercedes engines which allowed a max. speed of 18 kts. Arming has been one 40/56mm Bofors gun and two 20mm Oerlikon machine guns. The crew has been 1 officer, 5 NCOs, 2 contracted NCOs and 8 enlisted men. The engines and other potential hazardous material had been removed before sinking the boat. Now the wreck is lying between 19-27m, so according to Turkish diving laws, minimum certification requirement for diving this wreck is CMAS**/AOWD. It is perfectly suitable for first wreck diving experience. TCG 115 wreck is also known as Kara Ada.
Butterfly Valley

#20 - Butterfly Valley

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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great easy access boat dive,enter the water at 6m from the end of the valley and swim to shore keeping reef to your right,seen some good size rays here a massive amphora standing undamaged,big shoals of damsel,white bream,lots of parrot fish,squid,and crabs.wall elements and varied bottom composition,stunning beach with great people. access by boat from lykia world dive centre olu deniz
3 Islands - Aquarium

#21 - 3 Islands - Aquarium

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer

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3 Islands - Aquarium is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Cannonball Bay

#22 - Cannonball Bay

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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many flint or stone cannonballs scattered around,ancient anchor,and very old rigging and shackles,good access by boat from lykia world olu deniz access by boat,
3 Islands - DeepCave

#23 - 3 Islands - DeepCave

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer

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3 Islands - DeepCave is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kemer which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
The Waterfall

#24 - The Waterfall

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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a wall dive,boat access only,some very deep drops here and a lot of cold water thermo clines,wall is fairly good but can be a bit dark in early morning. access by boat from lykia world diving centre olu deniz The Waterfall is also known as Waterfall.
Pinnacle Rock

#25 - Pinnacle Rock

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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lots of broken amphora jars and bits of wreckage scattered'safe ga dive with loads of unusual geology at 6m isolated rock laying just below the surface.access by boat from lykia world diving olu deniz Pinnacle Rock is also known as Kabac.
Kidrak

#26 - Kidrak

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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a great,easy to navigate shore div,rays,squid,loads of bream shy groupers,swimthrough and huge rocks,fresh water thermo clines at 6 m,a truly relaxing diveon a stunning location access by foot about 10 min walk from lykiaworld dive centre,some equipment is availiable at this end of the beach,so not to much lugging of cylinders needed
Delikli Magara

#27 - Delikli Magara

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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Delikli Magara is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Poyraz Koy

#28 - Poyraz Koy

Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum

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Poyraz Koy is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Aegean, Bodrum which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Variant

#29 - Variant

Turkey, Mediterranean, Antalya

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Cave dive Site access is simple, in centrum. Variant is also known as Konyaalti Varyant.
Construction

#30 - Construction

Turkey, Aegean, Oludeniz

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site of a failed construction project that was destroyed by a storm prior to completion.site shows lots of flattened 300mm pilings which are now home to eels, groupers,soldierfish,white bream and occasionly rays and gurnards. via lykia world diving centre olu deniz Construction is also known as House reef.
Lodon Limani

#31 - Lodon Limani

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca

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Lodon Limani is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Papaz

#32 - Papaz

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca

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Papaz is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Akinti Burunu

#33 - Akinti Burunu

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca

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Akinti Burunu is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Leek Island

#34 - Leek Island

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca

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Leek Island is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Mediterranean, Kumluca which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Paradise island

#35 - Paradise island

Turkey, Aegean

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Paradise island is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Aegean which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Kirburnu

#36 - Kirburnu

Turkey, Aegean

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Kirburnu is a 0-star rated scuba dive and snorkel destination in Turkey, Aegean which is accessible from shore based on 0 ratings.
Big Wall

#37 - Big Wall

Turkey, Mediterranean, Kas

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Wall starting at about 20m going down to more than 40m. From the end of the wall a short swim over a not so interesting area brings you to the second highlight of the spot. A tunnel starting at about 35m with the other opening at about 20m. Big Wall is an alias of Anchor Reef? If so: There are seven old anchors and you can dive going from one to other... By boat with one of the local diving centers. Big Wall is also known as Anchors reef?.