Category Archives: Bodrum

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.

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.

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.

Kargı Island

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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.

 

Pinar-1 Wreck

Y111 TCG Pinar 1 Navy Costguard water carring ship is a dive point in the north of Bodrum at Black island between the Bubble cave and Poyraz bay.It has a length of 37m and 7m width.Stern lies in 20m depth and descending to round 30m.  It has been sunk by BOSAD (Bodrum Sualtı Derneği) in May 2007 to create an artificial reef for divers.  After swimming round outside of the ship, swim up to wheel house – enter large wheel house. many nudibranches, tube warms, and squid eggs growing on hull. After leaving ship interesting rock formations can be seen on the way back to the boat

 

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Pırasa Island

Poyraz Bay

It is on the back of the Black Island and takes about 45 minutes by boat. Poyraz means Northeast wind in Turkish. This bay is always windy and is relaxing on hot summer days. An ideal point for both advanced divers, open water divers and beginners. The rock formations start from 5 mtrs and slopes down to 20 mtrs. Look out for groupers, octopus, moray eels, star fish, sponges and several other species of small fish – also amphoras.

Following the right side, a nice slope brings you down to the first rocky reef at 16 m. If you follow the rocks deeper, you will arrive to a larger and deeper reef with more fish and critters around. This second part is only for advanced divers. It is not only the depth but a strong current welcomes you against your way back to the boat. There is also an old fish net tangled to the rocks and cut left behind, still hunting silently. Bad for aquatic life, as well as diver safety.

Since it is a good mooring site for gulets as well, there are always traffic in and out of the bay. Divers must be careful.

 

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.

Shepard Island

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.

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.