Offering spectacular views from above, the cruising grounds of Turkey become truly magical when explored from down below.
As one of the most historic destinations in the Mediterranean, Turkey treats its visitors to a variety of experiences which reflect the country’s rich past.
Indeed, simply arriving at a restaurant and glancing over a menu reveals a number of traditional dishes which were first imagined hundreds of years ago.
Similarly, the ancient sites which comprise the general geography of Turkey were once the preserve of iconic figures such as Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great.
No doubt the most fun way to trace the history of the republic, however, is to equip some diving gear and begin exploring the remnants found on the ocean floor. From abandoned shipwrecks to coral structures, and with plenty of colourful marine life between, there’s sure to be views to stun every member of a charter party.
In this feature we take a look at the best sites to scuba dive whilst enjoying a private yacht charter vacation in Turkey.
One of the largest towns to discover around the Aegean sea, Bodrum has earned a commanding reputation for its assortment of ancient ruins and quintessentially Turkish charm.
Ideal for visiting by superyacht, the positioning of the town allows charter guests to conveniently disembark and stroll along along backstreets lined with floral cafes before ascending to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Whilst the mainland is a treat for the discerning traveller, the greatest mysteries are certainly contained beneath the waters which fringe the coast. With rocks, reefs, and ancient vessels making up the layout, it’s not hard to see why it attracts a range of keen divers each year.
No doubt the greatest attraction of these waters, however, is a downed aircraft which is close enough to the surface for even less experienced divers to get up close to.
One of the most famous port cities in Turkey, the waters which stretch out from Fethiye abound with ancient formations for scuba divers to inspect.
Densely populated with a vibrant marine life, charter guests are able to swim along the Afkule Wall and see for themselves the natural beauty of this site.
With accessible caverns, lagoons, and outstanding underwater visibility, Fethiye is perfect for divers of all abilities
What makes Fethiye particularly good for divers is the lack of any current which would otherwise disrupt the experience of being underwater.
Once everyone is dried off, there’s no better way to celebrate a successful diving trip than by heading over to the picturesque waterside town for a traditional Turkish meal. For some inspiration, be sure to check out our feature on The Best National Dishes To Try When Chartering A Superyacht In Turkey.
No doubt the most popular Turkish dive site, Kas boasts a range of wrecks, reefs, and even some caves for the more daring members of a party. Perhaps the central attraction is a replica of a massive wreck of a 14th Century BC ship. The original was raised some years ago and is now preserved in the Bodrum Museum a short distance away.
Offering opportunites for amatuer and experienced divers alike, the marine life towards the surface is perfect for newcomers to diving, whilst the artifacts located 65m beneath the waterline are more suited for the technically capable.
Ultimately, Kas is the perfect spot to hit up with a charter yacht if those on board are of varying abilities.
In order to find out more regarding the itineraries which combine the best scuba diving spots Turkey, please get in touch with your preferred charter broker.
Also be sure to take a look at all of the superyachts which are available for charter in Turkey.