Category Archives: Bodrum

Cavern Reef

Pırasa Island

Captain’s Bay

Keme

Yassıada

Yellow Grass

Shepard Island

Tüllüce

Kargı Island

Wolf’s Point

An ideal point for both advanced divers, open water divers and beginners. It is 15 minutes journey to reach there by boat. Rock formations start from 3 meters and gradually goes down to 20-30 meters. During the descent/ascent expect to see stone fish, groupers, star fish, sea cucumber and lots of broken amphora. There is also an old Phonecian ships anchor at the 15 meter level. You will also see rock outcrop, stone sea bed, sea grass and an occasional sandy sea bed.

There is a bizarre “truck wreck” somewhere around 13-14 m. It is not well known how and why that truck came there.

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.

Small Reef

Same but smaller than the Big Reef, but more fascinating. It lays 200 meters from the Big Reef towards Bodrum. Lots of fish swim in that Reef to be waited for seeing. The depth starts at 5m (15 ft) to 26m (50ft). 15 min. far from the harbour. Divers can use the anchor chain to descent to the top of it. Small reef has cylinder shape and has walls all around it. You can circumnavigate around it at least twice during your dive. Walls of the small reef have plenty of inlets, overhangs which is well suited for micro photography. Octopus, many small species, scorpion fish, large groupers, white groupers, barracuda, moray eel and many more can be seen. This dive site is suitable for experienced divers as often there are currents.

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.

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.

SG115 Coast Guard Wreck

SG 115 is an old coast guard ship which was sunk by BOSAD in 2007 to be an artificial reef around Black Island. After leaving rocky coastline – across the neptune grass SG 115 looms in distance – stern in 17mt., bow in 26mt. Squid eggs growing on mast. Swim through the captain’s wheel house – back up to the stern, and then along across rocks back to our boat. Experienced divers may penetrate the wreck with great caution as lots of metal parts are thorn away and may cause entanglement.

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.

 

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.

Smuggler’s Bay

Smuggler’s Bay is 25 minutes journey to reach there by boat. An ideal point for both advanced divers, open water divers and beginners.

Smuggler’s Bay is famous since Ottoman Times and known as a stash place for drug smugglers from Greek islands to the land. The bay makes a deep cut on the island’s profile and it is very hard to see the enterance from distance. On the shore there are small caverns to hide things. There is also a very long and winding underwater cave system with an enterance at right below the sea level. At low tide one can see the top of the enterance. It is not recommended for divers, even to those with cave diving experience since it is very narrow and labyrinth-like. It’s common to encounter the cave sweepers different species of sponges in this small cave..

It is possible to dive into two directions of the bay. Right Side : Many amphoras, sandy bottom, stingray, large family of groupers, soldier fish. Left Side: Soldier fish, axe fish, groupers, rocky and sandy. 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. Also different species of sponges will be seen.

The photo above is taken by Turkish Champion of the 13th CMAS Underwater Photography World Championship, Orhan Aytür, in the Smuggler’s Cave. Below is the photo of the amphoras on the right side of the bay.

Temel Bay

Typical Aegean dive. Sand, rocks and grass dominates the area. Swimming forward from the boat you will come to the large cliff ranging between 10mt and 30 mt. Glide down the cliff and swim through some caverns around 15- 22 mt. Eels nest in these caverns as well as big sponge colonies. Good dive for spotting cuttle fish and axe 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.