Category Archives: Dive Sites

Aksona Bay

It took its name from a famous sponge hunter “Aksona Mehmet” of Bodrum. It takes about 50 minutes by boat and is for advanced and open water divers only. It starts at 3 meters and then goes down to 20’s, then a rock wall until 30-35 meters. Aksona is a dive site where Agean history lies. There are lots of archeological foundings. Continue the dive passing over sea grass and rock formations where hopefully you should find an old Phonecian ships anchor at 13.5 meter level (about 16 minutes into dive). This anchor has been placed on top of a flat rock for easy sighting. On reaching the wall, look out for one almost complete piece of amphora lying on the sandy sea bed (about 30 meters depth). You might see, octopuses, groupers, goldblotch groupers, barracudas, murray eels and if you are lucky, thornback rays!

Divers should be aware of reverse currents. This point is almost the southeast tip of the Black Island. Winds change quickly and currents as well.

Amphora Field

South to the port of Sığacık, this dive site is 30 min. away from the center. Antique city Teos was close to south port and trade vessels sank around this site. It is possible to see ancient anchors and amphoras.

Dive type; Reef, archaeological

Depth; 5-33 m.

Visibility; 25 ,m.

Current; Slow.

Marine life; %80

Atlantis Island

North to the port of Sığacık, this dive site is for every level diver. 10 min. boat trip to the center

Dive type; Reef

Depth; 5-18 m.

Visibility; 25 m.

Current; No

Marine life; %80

 

Big Reef

 

The most beatiful and fascinating dive site in Bodrum. Big Reef has all the diving opportunities in it.  The depth starts at 7m (25 ft) . Divers can use the anchor chain for easy descent to top of the reef. lt has a wall which faces Black Island and drops straight down from 7 mtrs to 34 mtrs. The other side of the reef is gradual slope down to depths of 25 to 30 mtrs. Padi open water or 1 star Cmas divers can use this side of the reef to descend to their depths. The higher level of divers can descend straight from the drop off. The wall is rich with marine life and particularly well suited for photography. It will take only 20 minitues to reach here from Bodrum. Octopuses, Moray eels, small fish, huge groupers, barracudas,  jacks, colorfull slugs, spiny lobsters  and many other varieties of marine life expected to be seen in Big reef . This dive site is suitable for experienced divers as often there are currents.

Bubble Cave

It is on the back of the Black Island at a depth of 12 meters. The cave is full with wreckfish and tubeworms. There is light in cave. But dont forget your torch for a better view. Easy to see many kinds of spongesand, look for lobsters on the roof. One by one swim up the chimney and be careful not to kick the sponges. Out of the chimney – 5 mt. – all the bubbles breathed out in the cave come out through the cracks in the top.

C-47 Dakota Plane Wreck

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On the left side of Paçoz Bay, there lies a plane wreck. It was sunk by BOSAD in 2007. C-47 DAKOTA is a military plane with a length of 20m and 30m of wing. Its depth starts at 16m and descending to 28m. In 2010 the wreck is broken into two pieces and the body/tail part drifted deeper down. Left engine was also broken as she was moving.

The wreck has contact with the rock formations and because of this fish surroundered the wreck very quickly. Large groupers and big schools of breams swim around the wreck, making a good shot for the photographers.

Canyon

South west to the port of Sığacık, this dive site is 25 min. away from the center. May be the best dive point for all level divers. Very rich in aquatic life.

Dive type; Reef, wall, cavern, canyon

Depth; 5, 15,  25, 35 m. multilevel tables.

Visibility; 25 ,m.

Current; Sometimes, mild.

Marine life; %100

Captain’s Bay

Cavern Reef

Flat Rock

Flat Rock is an unusual rock formation caused by volcanic eruptions. It takes about 50 minutes by boat and is for advanced divers only, since there is little bit of current. The Flat Rock is about 300-400 meters far from the Aksona Point. The Black Island side and the northern part of the island is not good for diving, since it is very shallow and full of algeas and sea grass. In almost every dive you might see, lobsters, moray eels, octopuses, groupers, dentex, wrasse, barracudas and an occasional 3 meter long ray swimming together with divers!

Fridge Bay

Fridge bay is located next to lighthouse and only 20 mins by boat. lt has two sites to visit, as one of them, is by the point of the bay and has similar topography as lighthouse. The other site is only for advanced divers as it is at the depth of 18 to 30 meters.  You need an experienced dive leader to find the spot since it is in the middle of the bay, surrounded by sea grass. A slight slope and large cracked rocks create good nesting places for all types of sea creatures. It’s common to see school of barracudas circling around the dive site, big octopus and lots of broken amphoras scattered around it. Dentex join the feast in the afternoon.

Greek Warship Wreck

South west to Sığacık, 10-15 min. to the center. This wreck is an old Greek mosquito craft which has a length of 18 m and a height of 7 m. The boat sank in 2002 as she was towed to the ship dismantling facility in Aliağa. During this time quite a lot of marina life was gathered around this artificial reef.

Dive type; Wreck

Depth; 30 m. descent from a reference line

Visibility; 25 m.

Current; No

Marine life; %70

Heart of Fish

South west to the port of Sığacık, this dive site is 30 min. away from the center. As the name suggests, this site is the heart of the marine life around the region.

Dive type; Reef, wall

Depth; 5, 15,  25, 35, 45 m. multilevel tables.

Visibility; 25 ,m.

Current; Sometimes, slow.

Marine life; %100

House Reef

West to the port of Sığacık, in front of a dive center. This dive site is especially suitable for try dives, open water courses and newbies

Dive type; Reef

Depth; 15 m. max.

Visibility; 25 m.

Current; No

Marine life; %80

Kargı Island

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Lego Hill

South west to the port of Sığacık, this dive site is 20 min. avay from the port. A small fisherman’s boat was caught in the storm and wrecked on the reef. Groupers, murray eels, barracuda and amberjacks can be seen seasonally.

Dive type; Reef

Depth; 5-30 m.

Visibility; 25 m.

Current; No

Marine life; %90

Lighthouse

It is at the northwest corner of the Black Island.  It is 20 minutes journey to reach there by boat. An ideal point for both advanced divers, open water divers and beginners. The rock formations start from 5 meters and goes down to 20 meters. During the dive, pass over sea grass, sand, rock outcrops and white coral (this is the only dive site on Black Island where white coral still exists). Look out for octopus, stone fish, moray eels, groupers of all sizes and other species of fish.

Neco Bay

Typical Aegean dive. Sand, rocks and grass dominates the area. This place is very good for beginners and diver training. A large sandy bottom around 6-7 m. is safe and suitable for newbies. More experienced divers should take the left side, as the cascading rocks drop down to 30 m. Lots of fish, tritons, murray eels and octopus may be encountered.

Paçoz Bay

A bay located between Smugglers and the Lighthouse. It is 25 minutes journey to reach there by boat. An ideal point for both advanced divers, open water divers and beginners.

It is a very scenic dive spot as it has 3 fishing boat wrecks at the depths of 16 to 24 mtrs at the left side wall. Dive site also has a small cave at 30 mtrs and the entrance of it has tooth corals, loads of micro and different types of sponges. Watch out for lobsters, sponges, barracuda, octopus, sting rays and groupers resting on the sponges. The sea bed is mainly sand and covered with rock formations. In 2007 on the left side of the bay, BOSAD sank a C47 Dakota Plane for the divers and as an artificial reef project.

If you follow the right wall you may encounter with giant groupers at around 19m to 24 m. Right side inclines gently with a sandy and grassy bottom.