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Turkey

A bustling melting pot of culture, history and outstanding natural beauty. Explore dramatic coastlines, soar over arid mountains, get lost in bustling markets and dive into history.

Overview

Turkey is one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations. The rectangular shaped country is surrounded on three sides by three different seas. Its shores are laced with beaches, bays, coves, ports, islands and peninsulas. Turkey is also blessed with majestic mountains and valleys, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and grottoes perfect for winter and summer tourism and sports of all kinds.

Turkish lifestyle is a vivid mosaic, juxtaposing the West and the East, the modern and the ancient. Life in Turkey is a rich variety of cultures and traditions, some dating back centuries and others or more recent heritage. Any visitor to Turkey will find a great deal that is exotic, and much that is reassuringly familiar. The surprising blend of East and West makes up the Turkish lifestyle. One of the most renowned aspects of Turkish culture is it’s food, whether you’re eating from a roadside seller or in a bustling restaurants you’re sure to find spectacular food and the heart of Turkish culture, hospitality and people.

One of the most well known campaigns of WWI occurred in Turkey’s Gallipoli region. The area is known as a place where you can pay homage to those who fell in battle with numerous memorials, museums and exhibits. If you’re interested in learning about wrecks before you dive them then this surely is the place for you.

Snapshot

Turkey has a Mediterranean climate with plenty of sunshine, mild temperatures and a limited amount of rainfall.
22°C to 25°C Summer Season (June – August)
7°C to 9°C Winter Season (December – February)
Spring and Autumn can be very up and down in terms of weather.

We recommend packing for the season you are visiting in. Be sure to take lots of lays if you are going in Spring or Autumn. Please be aware that the countries culture and religion call for a more conservative dress code especially away from tourist areas. Please take this into consideration if you are planning on participating in above water activities.

Turkish Lira
Type C and F
GMT+2
Take normal travel precautions when eating and drinking – tap water is not safe to drink unless boiled or chemically treated.

Diving

Overview

The absolute highlight of diving in Turkey are the wrecks of the Gallipoli campaign. The Gallipoli Campaign occurred during the First World War in 1915. During this campaign hundreds of ships were sunk. There are just over 200 wrecks in the area, although much of them are placed in inaccessible areas, as the Dardanelles Strait is still a very busy shipping route with strong currents and potentially very challenging conditions.

The primary dive sites that you will visit are made up of French and British WWI destroyers, cruisers and Anzac and British lighters. The eerie beauty of these sites is given a whole other dimension after learning more of their history, making the area perfect for those interested in history and wrecks and can produce some truly spectacular photographs.

Currently, Turkish diving authorities enforce a depth restriction to all recreation divers. The maximum depth limit is 40m. For wrecks located deeper than 40m, dive permits are required and must be pre approved prior to travel.

Temperature

17°C – 25°C 5-7mm

Dive Season

April to September – Spring, summer and autumn in the northern hemisphere

Dive Highlights

Historical wrecks of WWI

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