Diving in Antalya is diverse: there are reefs, underwater caves, sunken ships and planes. During the dives you can see a variety of fish, turtles, rays and octopuses. There are several interesting WWI and WWII shipwrecks, aircraft, sunken cities and islands to explore.
A 3,300-year-old wreck was found off the coast of Uluburun, near the city of Kas in southwestern Turkey. It is one of the oldest ships ever discovered and contains one of the richest collections of Late Bronze Age objects found in the Mediterranean. The ship carried more than 20 tons of cargo, presumably it was a royal order. In total, more than 18,000 impressive artifacts have been found, including gems and even the golden seal of the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
Uc Adalar, which means “Three islands” in Turkish, actually consists of four islands, including Marti, Magara, Piknik and Kyuchukada. It is located near the Tekirova area. There is an abundance of marine life and crystal clear waters. There are various dive sites in the area and you can see the wreck of a C-47 Dakota, the wreck of a Coast Guard boat, the cave, the anchors, the pyramid and the natural reef. “Three Islands” is a favorite place for experienced divers. Here you can dive to a depth of 30 to 35 meters.
The sunken plane in Kas is another attraction for the divers. It is located near Maes Island. An Italian three-engine aircraft, lying at a depth of more than 50 meters since the Second World War, still has military equipment, unexploded and probably active munitions. Due to the heavy weight, the military aircraft is tilted to the side and partially submerged in the sand.
The French cargo ship, which sank 1.5 km from the marina in Kemer, attracts the attention of many divers. It has been located at a depth of about 25 meters since the Second World War. A three-deck ship with two holds was built at the end of the 19th century. During the dive, you will see torpedoes, the captain’s cabin and rifle cartridges, well preserved taking into account how many years have passed.
Sychan Island is located in Antalya between Konyaalti and Beldibi, 10 km from Kaleiçi dock. The island attracts diving enthusiasts and is also considered a good area for yachting. The depth of the sandy bottom in the western part of Sychan Island reaches 8 meters. And the most exciting part of the island is the northeast side, with the rocky bottom reaching 22 meters. In the east of the island, there is a small underwater cave that attracts divers who are in the region for the first time.
The French ship San Didier is located at a depth of 15-30 meters one kilometer from the harbor of Antalya. It is one of the most important diving sites in Antalya and its surroundings. It was sunk by British fighters in 1942 during World War II. The ship still has a lot of weapons and military equipment up to 480 tons. The dimensions of the wreckage of the ship are about 100 meters long and 15 meters wide.
Suluin Cave is one of the best diving spots in the Finike area. The cave is about 60 meters long and 25 meters wide, and most of it is underwater and accessible only to professional and experienced divers. It is the largest and deepest cave in Europe and the largest underwater cave in the Asian continent. An incredible atmosphere reigns in the cave. You will see stalactites, stalagmites and stone formations. This place arouses the curiosity of both foreign visitors and locals with its mysterious appearance.