Turkey's underwater world: a scuba-diving wonderland
- On 03/06/2009
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From Today's Zaman
Turkey's historical heritage and Blue-Flag beaches have made it a rising star in world tourism.
Its underwater beauty also attracts many tourists each year.
The coastlines of Antalya, Balıkesir, Muğla, Çanakkale and Mersin host rich underwater fauna, underwater caves and wreckages, attracting the attention of many underwater explorers.
Many scuba diving schools can be found in Antalya's Kemer district, which offers different kinds of diving opportunities.
Near the Kemer Marina at a depth of 33 meters, there is a wreckage known as the “Paris shipwreck,” which all divers are encouraged to visit, and off of Tekirova there is an area called the “three islands,” which is an ideal place to perform different types of diving, including cave diving.
Divers are likely to come across seals and schools of tuna in this area.
Since the winds are strong and the waves are high in Kalkan, which is another popular scuba diving area, it is ideal for more advanced divers.
There are many ruins as well as thousands of barracudas and groupers in this area.
The Patara Canyon, which is decorated with corals and sponges, attracts attention with its “lantern wall,” which goes down from 11 meters to 132 meters.