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Liveaboard Diving in Turkey
Turkey is well known for its archaeological dive sites, but less well known for liveaboard diving. Amazing diving can be found around the coastline of Turkey.
Turkey is a popular destination for holidaymakers and has also been popular with divers interested in its historical dives sites and wrecks. Liveaboard diving in Turkey is much less common and only a handful of operators offer overnight liveaboard itineraries.
Bordering both the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas, Turkey is well positioned for some great diving along its impressive coastline.
Dive Sites and Areas of Turkey
Whilst very few liveaboards are currently operating dive tours from Turkey, those that do can take divers to spots not usually accessible by the day boats operating from dive centres around the country. A selection of some areas visited by Turkish liveaboards are below;
Fethiye is located in the southwestern area of Turkey and is usually the departure port for liveaboards operating in the area. The coastline offers various diving opportunities including caverns and some attractive reef areas. Some dive areas visited include Kizilada, Amphores Bay, Sariyarlay Wreck and Aquarium Bay.
The waters around Fethiye can be choppy but visibility and dive conditions are usually good. Turkey is well known for its consistent sightings of Octopus, Barracuda and Grouper. The topography of the dive sites can vary from rocky caverns to wrecks to corals giving a mixed variety of dives to keep divers entertained.
How to Get There and Port of Departure
Flights to Turkey are widely available from most international destinations into Istanbul where transfer to departure ports can be arranged locally. The nearest airport to Fethiye is Dalaman just North of Fethiye and most European countries have direct flights here. Please check your chosen itinerary for full details of the departure port.