Kempinski Blog Article
Surrounded by the sparkling azure waters of the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, Turkey is home to some truly beautiful coastlines. On the surface, tranquillity can be found where golden sands meet soft, crystal-clear waves. Beneath the water, an entire new world is waiting to be discovered.
With such a rich cultural heritage, the coastal destinations of Turkey, and in particular those on the southern coast, have become a popular attraction for divers of all abilities.
If you are considering a trip to Turkey this year, especially during the peak diving season between April and October, make sure you take a look at our favourite diving spots.
Beautiful Bodrum, part of the Muğla Province, is located along the serene Turquoise Coast. Divers visiting Bodrum will experience its picturesque whitewashed buildings and popular yachting port that lie beneath the famous 15th century Bodrum Castle.
The waters in Bodrum are wonderfully clear, promising perfect views of the aquatic life. Colourful sea sponges, schools of fish and hidden caverns are waiting to be discovered off shore. Bodrum’s waters are also dotted with history, and divers can expect to see ancient relics and shipwrecks along the sea floor.
Guests at the Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay are only a short distance away from the thriving Turkish town, so after a busy day of exploring, you can retreat to your own piece of paradise on the serene private beach in Barbaros Bay.
Some of the finest diving spots in Turkey can be found in the small fishing village of Kaş. Wreck diving is highly popular here, and one of the most popular wrecks in the area is the Douglas Dakota DC-3 which served a Turkish paratroop regiment before sinking in 2009. Kaş has many diving sites located just off the shore so you can conveniently be back on land in time for lunch after a morning dive.
Visitors to Kaş will enjoy the traditional, unspoilt village setting. The beaches may not be the finest, however the waters are rich in marine life so expect to see sea turtles, moray eels and stingrays amongst historic artefacts.
Antalya, the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast, is a highly popular destination offering a diverse mix of the classic and modern. Before heading out to sea, make sure you visit the district of Kaleiçi, also known as Old Antalya, which is in heart of the city and surrounded by high stone walls. To enter, walk beneath the grand Hadrian’s gate and you will find many charming old buildings inside.
There are plenty of diving opportunities in the jade blue waters of Antalya. If you liked the sound of the flourishing marine life in Kaş, you will find Antalya equally enticing. Guests of Kempinski Hotel The Dome Belek, can enjoy the mysterious caverns and schools of fish all year round, but the most popular time to spot sea turtles is between July and August.
The Turkish waters are waiting to be explored and if you are eager to add a little adventure to your holiday, diving is an incredible way to do it. We hope our suggestions above have helped you plan your perfect trip and if you are seeking more information about diving experiences located close to Kempinski’s hotels please don’t hesitate to contact us.