SNORKEL DIVE CENTER

November 25, 2006

Bodrum – Muğla – Turkey

We are again pleased to serve you with our professional staff and equipment in the year 2005 to discover underwater beauty of Bodrum. Get ready to dive to 16 different diving point awarded blue flag with our four different diving boats. We have English, German, Russian, Dutch, and French speaking instructors and staff in our boats. Our Dive Boats is specially designed for diving, with easy enter and exit platform.

DIVING BOATS

DION
Large sundeck and front sundeck for about 35 people, preparing area, and dive platform (6 m) with fresh water shower.
Inside siting place for 30 people, tv and video (Beginners and students have chance to watch the lessons) Kitchen for hot lunch and hot drinks, Fridge for cold drinks, wc. Dive boat ‘Dion’ is 16 m long with 165 HP ford diesel engine. Also we have a rescue speed boat (5.80 m) with 115 HP outbound engine.

DERIN DENIZ
Large sundeck and front sundeck for about 30 people, 15 m preparing area, and dive platform (6 m) with fresh water shower. Inside siting place for 14 people, tv and video (Beginners and students have chance to watch the lessons), Kitchen for hot lunch and hot drinks, Fridge for cold drinks, wc. Dive boat ‘Derin Deniz’ is 15 m long with 135 HP ford diesel engine. Also we have a 4 m inflatable boat with 25 HP outbound engine.

ATLANTIS EGE
Large sundeck and front sundeck for about 45 people,preparing area, and dive platform (6 m) with fresh water shower. Inside siting place for 25 people, tv and video (Beginners and students have chance to watch the lessons). Kitchen for hot lunch and hot drinks, Fridge for cold drinks, 2 wc. Dive boat ‘Atlantis Ege’ is 21 m long with 135×2 HP ford diesel engine. Also we have a 4 m inflatable boat with 25 HP outbound engine.

ILMER M/Y
Large sundeck and front sundeck for about 30 people,preparing area, and dive platform (8 m) with fresh water shower. Inside siting place for 25 people, tv and video (Beginners and students have chance to watch the lessons). Kitchen for hot lunch and hot drinks, Fridge for cold drinks,ice maker, 2 wc. Dive boat Ilmer M/Y’ is 16 m long with 280 HP Delfin diesel engine. Also we have a 4 m inflatable boat with 25 HP outbound engine.

DIVING LOCATIONS
We have more than 15 dive points around Bodrum with typical Aegean and Mediterranean flora and fauna. Shallow water diving points offer dives without currents but full of fish for first timers, while some deeper points have small currents for experienced divers. There are two reefs with depths ranging from 7 to 40 meters. They are full of fish with good chances for photography. There are two caverns one at 12 meters, a bubble cavern. Other one is at 6 meters with air in it, walls reflecting different shades of deep blue. Drop-offs allows you to discover something different.

At times visibility reaches up to 40 meters meaning that you are now diving in crystal clear waters, literally! Rock formations in the dive points offer shelter for groupers, octopuses, learfish, barracudas and other different creatures. You also may see amphoras and antique anchors which are more than 2000 years old.

Big reef
20 minutes by boat. Depth to the south is 32 meters and to the north 36. Groupers, barracudas, learfish and octopuses are the head actors of the reef. You may even come across a caretta turtle if you are lucky.

Small reef
200 meters from the high reef towards Bodrum, sharing the same habitat with the high reef. Both reefs are waiting for you to show how endless blue looks like.

Poyraz Cavern
Not a cave but a cavern… Entrance is at 6 meters and there is air in it. We call this the Seal Cavern as we have seen seal in the area on occasion.

Bubble Cave
Bubble Cave in Karaada have its’ entrance at 12 meters and its’ ceiling is at 6. The air bubbles you produce escapes from the holes in the ceiling producing amazing scenery. You’ll love this one…

Kargı Island: 500 meters from the tip of Akyarlar, one of the closest points to the Greek Islands. Diving point at the Gökova side of the island starts at 20 meters and with a gentle slope goes down to 36. One must pay attention to the surface and deep currents towards Cos.

Köçek Island
Dive points at this rocky island, about a nautical mile from Bodrum, has depth of 10 meters at the side towards land, and 20 – 22 meters at side towards Greek Islands. At the Gökova side of the island depth reaches up to 34 – 36 meters. There are abundance of amphorae remains, and a lot of fish, mostly blackeyed bream.

Kaçakçı Bay
This bay at the Aegean side of Karaada is adviced as a training site for experienced divers.

Yassıkaya Island
This is a rocky island suitable for diving. It is located 500 meters from Karaada to the direction of Gökova. In the area there are a lot of sea creatures including octopussy.

Orak Island
Located in the Gökova Bay, it takes about 1,5 hours to reach this island with boat. It is the furthermost dive point in Bodrum area. Even though there are not a lot of fish to see, the sea bottom is topographically interesting. At both sides of the island depth reaches up to 70 meters.

Other: Aksona, Fener, Poyraz Port, Karaada Gökova side, Kurtoğlu are also among dive points around Bodrum suitable for wall, deep, shallow, training dives. It is possible to see many different types of sea creatures here.

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DOLPHINLAND DIVE CENTER

November 25, 2006

Çeşme – Izmir – Turkey

Dolphinland Dive Center started its operations in 1999. Since then we are doing our best to offer nice, safe, enjoyable dives around Çeşme. We have at our disposal two boats, 5 instructors, 1 dive master, 2 captain and many dive volunteers in Çeşme/Dalyanköy.

DIVING BOATS

DOLPHINLAND : Specially designed 15 m wooden dive boat. 30 people capacity. Dive platform, sundeck, wc, shower, kitchen, changing cabin. 9 miles/hour. Dolphinland will willingly cater to individual needs as required.

ŞAH : 4 m wooden gulet. 3 cabins, wc, shower, kitchen. Usually used for the non diver or for touring. 12 people capacity, 9 miles/hour.

PADI SCUBA DIVER COURSE
Takes 2 days. After the course, the diver can dive to 12 m. max with an instructor. This is a basic course for beginners. This course includes 5 hours of theory, 2 hours of confined water training and 2 open water dives.

PADI OPEN WATER DIVER COURSE
A 4 day training program. On completion of the course the diver can dive anywhere around the world with a buddy to a depth of 18 m max. This course includes 10 hours of theory, 1 day of confined water training and 4 dives in two days.

PADI ADVANCE OPEN WATER COURSE
Divers with an open water diver or equivalent certificate can start this course. The course includes 2 hours of theory, 2 core dives (deep&navigation ), 3 electives dives (search and recovery, night dive, multilevel dive, photo, uw. Naturalist, peak perform buoyancy) Takes 2 days. 5 special dives.

Apart from the above we also give SPECIALITY DIVE COURSES, EFR, RESCUE DIVER AND DIVE MASTER COURSES.

During the course all the equipment is supplied by Dolphinland. During the boat dives lunch is also included.

Bubble Maker: Between 8 to 10 year old children can dive with their parents or instructor. max. depth 4m.

CMAS
Cmas – SCSPF 1*, 2*, 3* Diver Courses
Cmas 1* and 2* Instructor Courses

HSA
Perfect opportunity for handicapped people. Do not forget anybody can dive….

DIVE BOAT TOURS
Every day at 10 am we leave Dalyan harbour and we can get to the furthest dive site in 45 min. We do two dives a day. Between dives we have an excellent lunch, typical Turkish cuisine. Divers can bring their own equipment or they can use our new equipment.

Between the dives you can enjoy yourself by snorkeling or swimming in the clear blue and warm waters of the Aegean sea. For the non diver, we can offer a discovery dive program. They can enjoy the underwater world by diving under the supervision of one of our experienced instructors.

CRACKED ROCK
One of our most popular sites for all levels. A good first multi level dive location. Dive able in all weather conditions. Good visibility and very little current. One can see an old 7th century anchor and some Amphora’s from the 4th to 7th century. A fishermans net stunningly drapes the shear wall which has become home to many small creatures. For non divers a perfect site for snorkeling and a typical Turkish lunch for all.

88 ROCKS
Down to 50 M . One will find many historical Amphora’s lying abandoned on the sea-bed having given up it’s content long ago to its new home. For the most eagled eyed, you will come across what appears to be an ancient tablet ! Diving among the Amphora’s one can’t but wonder how these artifacts finally came to rest all those years ago. The sense of diving within the past gives an eerie atmosphere only a diver will ever be able to appreciate

BEDROOM
This is a perfect 2nd dive as it has a max depth of 17 m. Diving in a counter clockwise direction you will notice a spectacular arch beneath you. Dive through the arch and come face to face with the opening to the bedroom. Inside the chimney it has an opening to the middle of the island. One can surface and admire the natural beauty of an unspoiled landscape. On the way to the bedroom you will be visited by very colorful schools of barracudas and scorpion fish etc.

NO NAME
Another perfect site for a second dive. Always very calm in any weather. Max depth is 16 m. Very colorful and full of fish. Simply follow the shore line and come back. Easy for navigation. We also have a few very near by dive sites to No Name. Therefore this site can be used to stop and rest between the dives and move to a different one in the afternoon.

TOPUK
When the sea is calm we can get there as it is in the middle of the sea. Max. 18m depth. Barracudas and Jack fish swim around. Very interesting site. One of the near by sites to No name. Do you have a picture standing up in the middle of the sea?! One can not stop himself to think that this was the main reason for the many remnants of the wrecks around!

MONEM
A superb wreck to dive. It lies at 17m depth. You can even sea the mast above the sea. Any body can see it. We take the advanced divers in to explore the wreck. Would you like to see the bow from the captains place? It is a bit spooky though…

TUNA FISH FARM
An other Dolphinland treat! Imagine diving with huge fish. It would be nice wouldn’t it? Now imagine diving with huge and thousands of them. On top of that you and them are in the farm, surrounded by nets! You must experience this. Really unbelievable. They weigh between two to five hundred kilos.

EQUIPMENT
75 scuba tanks
30 BCD’s
25 regulators
25 double pieces wet suits
50 pair of fins
20 pair of masks & snorkels
Our equipment is checked every year by professionals.

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ARGOS DIVING CLUB

November 25, 2006

Saroz – Çanakkale – Turkey

We are living on a peninsula surrounded by 3 different seas, curious about the world underneath the blue surface color…You want to have a hobby which combines science, adventure, aesthetic, and sport in this day and age…

Turkey offers a diverse range of diving experiences. Argos Diving Club, based in Saroz, is located just a few minutes away from Çanakkale’s premier dive site, the wrecks of Gelibolu.

The decision to come to and dive is an easy one but who to choose to dive with may not be so straight forward. When making this decision, please consider WHY Argos Diving Club should be your first choice.

Apart from the history, where divers used very primitive equipment, and masks made out of children’s buckets, today’s most scuba diving centers is equipped with a top diving technology that allows you to enjoy your underwater explorations to the maximum. Argos Diving Club offers you a well designed curriculum, which will make you a diver in just a few days!

Our scuba classes consists of theory lessons (the fundamental elements of diving and basic safety rules), and practical dives in the shallow sea accompanied by friendly, and professional instructors.

Students who successfully finish their training program will receive CMAS International Diving Certificate and a CMAS Membership Card that will allow them to dive all over the world, and open a new door to further scuba adventures. Furthermore, this certification is a basic requirement for other dive shops that offer air filling for tanks. Those, who find a new passion in scuba diving, are encouraged by our center to take further qualifications, where reefs, walls, wrecks, and night dives are just appetizers on the Blue Planet’s menu.

Everyone is welcome to come and dive with us. You must be 14+ years to dive, and we strongly recommend that you have a medical check-up (heart, lungs, teeth and ears) before diving. We can organize travel for the individuals or large groups to any destination you require at competitive rates.

Since 1995, Argos Diving Club has been growing not only in size, but also in experience. Frequent diving trips are organized to many diving locations of Turkey, such as Saroz Gulf, Çanakkale, Gelibolu, Dardanelles, Ayvalık, Çeşme, Bodrum, Kaş, and Kıyıköy (the Black Sea). Furthermore, we are using the latest technology (GPS and Sonar) to do a further underwater research, and make every dive a limitless opportunity to explore the undiscovered!

If you are a non-diver, you can still enjoy your time on the beach, or snorkel around in the shallow waters. Argos Diving Club is here to help you make your experience a real holiday! There is no need to bring anything with you, because we provide it all. From tents, sleeping bags, mats to full diving equipment, and food. You just lay back, relax and let us do the rest for you.

Other equipment used
4.30 m long zodiac boat
quality diving equipment
friendly, and professional instructors
first aid kit and oxygen set onside
Argos minibus for transportation
2 compressors to fill up the tanks

That’s why us & we are different, we’ve dived and experienced the sea, and we care about our clients. We can organize travel for the individuals or large groups to any destination you require at competitive rates. At the end of April, when the temperatures are warm enough for diving, Argos Diving Club opens its season for customers. There are several locations around the Saroz Gulf suitable for camping and diving purposes.

In the past, Argos Diving Club traveled to various destinations every weekend, such as Gökçetepe (a nice camping area with a nearby pine forest, just a few steps away from the beach), and Gökçeada (a nature paradise island). At last, Argos has found the perfect place for its customers who enjoy nights under the open sky, with an unforgettable view of the moon, the sea, and the mountains: the beach of Uzunkum. Since last year, we have made Uzunkum our fixed camp base… our home.

You don’t need to be a diver to join us in our camp. Our facilities are open to everyone. Put on your shoes, and go hiking on the rocky hills and smell the pines. Put your swimsuit on, and get some tan, or refresh yourself at the sea!

COURSES
Safety is a number one priority in Argos Diving Center. We provide safe and professional training. Since our inauguration in 1995, we have trained nearly 400 CMAS 1* OWD, 75 CMAS 2* OWD, 37 CMAS 3* OWD and 23 CMAS 1*&2** Diving Instructors.

Our training consists of 2 parts. In the first one, students will learn the fundamental elements of diving and basic safety rules (trainee gets his/her training book and CD’s and 8 hours of lessons with the help of CD’s and Dia show). Second part consists of 2 days of practice, which include 3 knowledge development dives and 2 open water dives (total of 5 dives). After finishing the training successfully, the trainees becomes a qualified CMAS 1* Diver.

What is C.M.A.S. ?
In 1959, delegates of 15 different countries formed Confederation Mondiale des Activites Subaquatiques (The World Confederation of Sub aquatic Activities) in Monaco under the direction of famous Marine Biologist Jean-Jacques Cousteau. CMAS today is found in 178 countries worldwide, registered millions of member divers, and thousands of diving schools. It is the world’s leading Diver Training Organization that is known for active help in scientific, sportive, technical and medical fields.

C.M.A.S diver and diving instructor training system is a step-by-step learning system where you advance yourself from the easiest level to the professional and master degree. All the training steps consist of different theoretical and practical information gains. The aim of the training is to gain all necessary knowledge and skills and to reach the required standards.

OUR FAVORITE DESTINATIONS

Argos Diving Club is an expert in diving sites that the Northern part of Aegean Sea has to offer. From Saroz Bay to Çanakkale, Gelibolu, Gökçeada or Ayvalık, it offers the best that is to see in the depths of local waters. Thanks to rich historical events that took place here in the past, Argos Diving Club has named this place “The Graveyard of the Aegean”.  A variety of shipwrecks and artifacts to be seen are only a proof that this nickname is deserved.

Argos Diving Club uses zodiacs and a new dive boat called “3 SEAS” as a mean of transportation to the more distant places. Every dive we make is an experience itself, and everyone is welcome to join us aboard!

There are plenty of other locations we like to visit during the summer, such as Kale Koyu-Asker Taşı (reef), Uzunkum-Toplar Burnu (wall), Ibrice, Gökçetepe (reef), Kömür Limanı (wall), Minnoş Kayalıkları (reef), Despot (wall), Bebek Kayalıkları (reef), Çeşme, Bodrum, and Kıyıköy (practice of a hard-hat method of diving). Besides the Aegean Sea, Argos Diving Club also organizes diving trips to further locations in the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea or the Black Sea.

SAROZ BAY

North Aegean Sea
Latitude (DMS): 40° 30′ 0 N
Longitude (DMS): 26° 19′ 60 E

Asker Taşı (Soldier Stone)
Asker Taşı is situated at Uzunkum region which is just a few hundred meters away from Cape Toplar. The reef is 1 mile out in the sea and has a diameter of approximately 250 meters. The upper part starts about 12 meters under the water and finishes off at 33 meters. The rocky formation mirrors the richness of Saroz. The tens of varieties of nudibranches close to 15 cm, and European lobsters increase in number in September.

Cape Toplar
It is the only place in the west of Ibrice harbor that provides opportunities for deep diving. There is the possibility of finding many coves covered with multicolored sponges which are home to the moray eel, conger eel (Conger conger), several species of scorpion fish and octopuses. You will especially see the crawfish during your deep wall dives which will inspect you with curious eyes. Cape Toplar can provide you with a diving opportunity of up to 50 meters and is besieged in the summertime by strong afternoon winds. Thus I advise you to make the first deep dive of the day at this point. May I also suggest a night dive for the experienced divers and photographers.

Ibrice Harbor
This is a harbor hidden between the steep rocks that descend into the sea. You can drive up to the beach and make any kind of dive you desire. Those who come here to dive generally stay at the hotels in Keşan or camp out. You can enter the sea either from the place where the lighthouse is or from the beach next to it. The magnificent underwater colors and living forms await you at 3 meters. These waters that will give you a different excitement in each season also provides an opportunity for deep diving because they reach 45 meters. 

Üç Adalar (Three Islands)
Three Islands consists of one large and two small islands. This is the place to go diving when there is a strong wind at the other diving pints at Ibrice inlet or Güneyli harbour. The secluded spots of the island provide a good place for trainees and experienced divers. You may encounter many broken amphora at the south end point of the big island. It is also possible that you may see many varieties of fish like locust lobster (Scyllarides latus), blotched pickerel (Spiarca maena) and salpa (Sarpa salpa) among the rocks covered with multicolored sponges while the dentex accompany you. The other islands, besides the big island, are not of much interest for scuba divers.

Minnoş Island
This magnificent rock rises 15 meters above the surface of the sea and will take you from the first meters into a world of orange colored hard corals. Do not exceed the maximum depth of 40 meters by getting enraptured in this beautiful world that continues into very deep waters. You can make a complete tour of the island during your dive. If you are very lucky the dolphins and sea turtles that escape from the fishing nets in the open waters of the island will come. You can encounter the large spotted dogfish (Scyiorhinus stellaris), angler fish (Lophius piscatorius) or large skates where the rocks finish and the sand starts.

Bebek (Baby) Rocks
They are the last magnificent rocks to see before the Saroz bay joins the Aegean Sea. Divers experienced in currents will enjoy the variety of colors and life forms. The rocks that rise a few meters from the surface of the sea continue hundreds of meters below. They are home to at least 6 separate diving spots and are the place where the crustaceans change their shells in the month of April. After 12 meters, the coves of these colorful rocks are home to moray eels. You will experience the thrill of your life as you go deeper when a dolphin, angler fish or a large spotted dogfish appears suddenly in front of your eyes. Who knows you may even encounter a huge sea turtle. It is a paradise for macro photographs even though it is a region where one has to use a wide angle lenses. If you have not dived at these rocks that means you have not dived in Saroz.

All text taken from a book “Diving Guide Of Turkey” written by Mr. Fehmi Şenok.   For more information on the author, his books and other diving locations, please, visit his website at Diving Guide Of Turkey

ÇANAKKALE (The Dardanelles)

NORTH AEGEAN SEA
Latitude (DMS): 40° 17′ 60″ N
Longitude (DMS): 26° 15′ 0″ E

The Wreck of Lundy
Make Lundy your first experience if you never dove to a sunken ship before. The 1908 model 188 ton wreck is located at Suvla bay (between Cape Büyük Kemikli and Cape Küçük Kemikli). According to sources, the British decided to withdraw from Arıburnu and Suvla bay on December 7th, leaving behind many equipment of war. This was after the French and Russians supported the decision to withdraw suggested by Lord Kitchener to the British Council of Ministers. They sunk 5 large ships and over 60 transport boats in the region between Suvla bay and Arıburnu. This ship which is thought to have had a 12 member crew, has been our guest for the past 84 years and is host to our underwater history in the region. You can see the silhouette of the boat at 13 meters and tour the deck of the boat and the conning bridge at 18 meters. It sits at 28-30 meters and still possesses its propeller.

Refinery Ship
This is the second spot generally frequented because it is situated inside the Suvla bay and is not affected by strong weathers. The ship is still in possession of its broiler that was used to distil pure water from seawater for the soldiers during wartime. This ship that fought for many years is now buried in the sand at 14 meters depth.

Cape Küçük Kemikli
Cape Küçük Kemikli with its endless sandy beaches is an ideal spot for the training of beginner divers. This long beach of approximately 7 kilometers is protected with all its natural characters. The beach which is always quiet except on weekends when campers and divers arrive is also the place where the Anzacs landed. There are many monumental cemeteries on these lands that survived through two big wars such as Büyük Anafartalar and Küçük Anafartalar. The two picturesque villages that gave their names to these wars provide interesting photographs with their village houses and coffee houses. During the landing of the Anzacs and British soldiers in the past, the location buoys they threw over were dragged towards the mountainous regions instead of the valleys by the strong currents, making them land in the wrong place. This strong current has lost nothing of its power. You will encounter magnificent rocky areas during dives. The underwater structure resembles that of Cape Büyük Kemikli and is a beautiful spot with crawfish, groupers, two banded sea breams and a colorful underwater life.

British and Anzacs Boats
Hundreds of boats had been used during the sea and land landings. Most of these can be found on the beaches at Arıburnu and Küçük Kemikli. You can see many examples on the beach and also 3-5 meters under the sea between Arıburnu and Suvla bay where the British and Anzacs soldiers landed. The two largest of the group are the most important points for diving today. These two landing boats lie on the sand close to Kabatepe harbour. They are positioned in the open seas of Arıburnu at 42 meters and inside Suvla Bay at 27 meters and can be noticed from the first meters by their dark shadows. The upper rails of the wreck covered with large peacock worms and purple colored sponges are like a grill. Conger eels and prawns are frequently encountered creatures.

Majestic
The majestic was built in 1895 and was the oldest warship of the British. Winston Churchill, while planning the Gallipoli War, had declared that the ship was too old to be used. The other high ranked authorities, thinking that the Dardanelles and Istanbul would be easily captured, incorporated the ship into the fleet regardless of the warnings. Diving to this ship which took part in the sea landing of March 18th is altogether another experience. When you see a black and white photograph of this ship at the museum, your excitement will be twice fold. The wreck is situated at Morto Bay close to Seddülbahir, which is the exact end point of the Dardanelles Strait. This 1895 model British ship was sunk by a torpedo from U-21 German submarine. The ship with a length of 119 meters weighed 14.900 tons and sunk with a crew of 757 on the coasts of Çanakkale. The silhouette of the ship appears at 15 meters. The underwater fauna around the sill active bombs, the turning base of the ship’s cannon, the chimneys and the observation tower that lies sideways is of great interest especially for the photographers.

Landing Boats
These boats are situated under the Seddülbahir lighthouse just after the bay of Morto outside the Dardanelles strait. Two landing boats lie next to each other on the sand at close to 30 meters of depth. Troll boats which are generally used for whale hunting, served during the war for mine searchers and land attacks. There are schools of two banded sea breams inside the ship and you can encounter the angler fish, large spotted dogfish and skates at the sandy areas close by.

German Torpedo Ship
At the time, the British war ships Inflexible and Irresistible were cannoning the Зanakkale coasts during First World War, the Germans, as allies of the Ottoman Empire had their headquarters at the place where Çimenlik fortress is situated. One of the bombs that was thrown, fell close to the German headquarters. The soldiers were immediately evacuated from their barracks into the torpedo ship that was anchored on the coast and tried to escape through the strait. However, one of the bombshells from the Irresistible ended the life of the German ship on March 18th, 1915. The ship with a crew of 1315 sunk just outside the present yacht marina in Зanakkale. It is situated at 16 meters right in the middle of the Dardanelles strait where the sea traffic is the heaviest.

All text taken from a book “Diving Guide Of Turkey” written by Mr. Fehmi Şenok. For more information on the author, his books and other diving locations, please, visit his website at Diving Guide Of Turkey.

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AKSUNA DIVING CENTER

November 25, 2006

Kemer – Antalya – TurkeyWelcome to Aksuna’s underwater World. Our diving team wishes to prepare a pleasant holiday for you! Diving holiday on the Turkish Riviera.

Our program
Free diving lessons twice a week.
Two half-day trips for snorklers and divers.
Weekly daytrips to the “Three islands” with cave diving, lunch on board and also snorkeling in blue water.
Trips down to the famous wreck “Paris” (built in 1896), right in front of Kemer.
Night diving and cave diving.

Training
Youth diver license: 10 years of age and up
Basic diver
Bronze diver
Silver diver
Gold diver

Special Brevets
Underwater navigation
Drift diving
Search and Rescue
Wenoll
Oxygenetherapy

DIVE POINTS

Kemer Bay / Trigger Point / Mara Point / Poyraz Point
The reefs are perfectly suitable for the beginners and the experienced divers. The depth range is between 13 and 23m. The reef is perfectly exciting to dive both sides. You can see all the traces of the Mediterranean marine life at the area with the amazing colors of sponges, parrot fish, groupers, sting ray and so on.

Blue Reef
This site is especially suitable in windy weather conditions at where the cape stops the wind. It is appropriate for both the experienced and the beginners. The depth range is between 6 to 20 meters. The bottom is a mixture of sand, sea grass and it is rocky at some parts. You can trace the typical Mediterranean marine life.

Three Islands
There are more than 10 dive sites located approximately 5-7 minutes away from each other, by boat. The area is suitable for both the experienced and the beginners. One ‘must’ dive into the ‘Cave’ which its entrance starts at 9 meters depth, leading a 25-30 meters tunnel which is wide at the entrance and narrowing at the end.

Wreck Paris
It was found in 1997 and is stile a highlight for the divers to see the bombs, carbon-brickets beside and near to hand painted tiles. The wreck also became the house of the octopi, murene, groupers and so on. The wreck starts at 18 m. and the deepest point is 32 m. It is a nice dive site, only for the experienced divers.

Cave Diving
One ‘must’ dive into the ‘Cave’ which its entrance starts at 9 meters depth, leading a 25-30 meters tunnel which is wide at the entrance and narrowing at the end. The narrowing part leads an opening above in which there is air, and you can see the stalactite and the stalagmite. The site is specially preferable for the experienced divers. We consult daily diving tours once/twice a week to 3 islands,since it takes about one and a half hour to reach the site.

Tünel Point
The narrowing part leads an opening above in which there is air, and you can see the stalactite and the stalagmite. The site is especially preferable for the experienced divers. We consult daily diving tours once/twice a week to 3 islands, because it takes about one and a half hour to reach the site. You can see all the traces of the Mediterranean marine life at the area with the amazing colors of sponges, parrot fish, groupers,sting ray and so on.

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SEAGULL DIVING

November 21, 2006

Tekirova – Antalya – TurkeyThree Islands
This famous dive spot is located in the open waters outside Tekirova and can be reached by our speed boat within nearly 6 minutes. Due to different depths and a wide range of colours the Three Islands have become one of the most beautiful dive spots at the Turkish Riviera. Enjoy diving pure in a natural aquarium! The Three Islands count 20 different dive spots which belong to Turkey’s most diversified and cleanest underwater landscapes.

Discover
4 caves
dives at 30 m steep faces
fishes which can be found rarely in the Mediterranean: groupers, morays, crawfish, ray and flying fishes, just to name some of them

Wreck “PARIS”
Certainly a highlight for all wreck diver fans. A French cargo ship with 3 decks and 2 shipping spaces. The ship was built in 1896 and sunk on December 13, 1917 during World War I. You can find it in deep sand floor and it’s in good shape.
Depths : bow: appr. 20 meters, stern: appr. 30 meters

Further dive spots
Gelidonya Cape
5 Islands
Prasalı Islands
Sulu Islands

DIVE COURSES
Everybody up from 12 years on and of medical sight allowed to dive can learn scuba diving (please bring an actual medical certificate with you !
Divers under 40 years should have a certificate not older than 2 years, divers up from 40 years not older than 1 year).
2 x per week we offer free of charge diving trials in the hotel’s pool.
Worldwide recognized courses from NAUI – PADI – CMAS are offered and our instruction covers the whole range from beginner to dive-instructor. In our Diving Center you’ll find a own training classroom.

Instruction is offered in the following languages
German, English, Turkish, Russian
 
SPECIAL COURSES
Night-, deep-, wreck-, navigation-, rescue diving, Medic First Aid, DAN and Oxygen.
PADI – NAUI diving courses for kids
Youth scuba dive certificate (up from 10 years snorkel courses)
Private diving courses
Underwater photography (with Adnan)
Underwater video (with Turgay)

Seagulls Diving Centre is open for every diver (also non-residents of the hotel) from the beginning of April to the end of October.
Opening hours: Every day from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm
Location: At the beach of the Hotel “Phaselis Princess”, Tekirova
Check-in/Check-out: Full-time possible
Medical certificate: Required. Divers below 40 years should have a certificate not older than 2 years, divers up from 40 years not older than 1 year.
Payment methods: Cash, traveler cheques in Euro or US $. We do not accept credit cards. Please note that you can find a lot of cash machines in Tekirova for EC and credit cards which pay out Euro .
Dive computer: Required if you want to dive independently. Dive computers can be lend out at our Diving Centre (subject to fee).
Photos/Video: We are pleased to take photos or videos during your dive (subject to fee). Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Timetable regular dive trips
Morning: Boat departure 9 a.m.
Noontime: Boat departure 2 p.m
Afternoon: Boat departure 4 p.m.

Our diving center is equipped with best quality products. 30 complete outfits can be lend out which are regularly maintained and checked by our internal and licensed service. All equipment accessories- and -types can be maintained and repaired in our center. Popular spare parts are available in small quantities.
 
At Seagulls Diving Center you can dive with INT and DIN adapter. 80 tanks are at your disposal (60 x 10 L; 20 x 12/15 L) which are filled by 3 Bauer compressors.

Certainly a highlight is our diving speed boat powered by a 240 PS motor. It’s 10 m long and offers comfort and space for ca. 10 divers. Therefore all diving spots can be reached in short time.

For special dive groups we charter a bigger boat.

Special dives and tours on request
eg.: deep, wreck, navigation dives
Underwater Photography (Adnan)
Underwater Video (Turgay)
Night dive
Adrasan ( 2 dives at the caves)
Picnic diving
Moonlight tours
One-day dive trip with or without overnight stay
One-day sail trip – on request combined with diving

Dive cruise
Discover with us Turkey’s South Coast turquoise colored underwater world. A 20 – 27 m big First-class 2 mast power glider offers a combination of cruises’ amenities and a famous dive program at daily new spots. Nothing is more beautiful and comfortable as to climb down directly into the blue depth – whenever you want. Whether non-diver, beginner or experienced diver – don’t miss such an unforgettable cruise.

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DOLPHIN DIVE

November 21, 2006

Alanya – Antalya – Turkey

DIVE BOATS
ACARLAR 2
Length : 20 m
Construction : Wood
Build Date : 2002
Passenger Capacity : 50
Diver Capacity : 40

ACARLAR
Length : 19 m
Construction : Wood
Build Date : 1994
Passenger Capacity : 70
Diver Capacity : 45

BURAK
Length : 11 m
Construction : Wood
Build Date : 2001
Passenger Capacity : 12
Diver Capacity : 10

LIST OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Oxygen System, First Aid Kit, Lifebouys, Life-Jackets, Life-rafts, Fire pump, Radiotelephone, Digital Sonar

OTHER
Dush, Bar, Wc, Barbecue, Music System

SCUBA DIVING IN ALANYA
The interesting flora, the variety of underwater marine life and especially the enticing underwater caverns and caves have made Alanya a popular dive. Most of the dive sites are situated around the coastline of the Alanya Castle, the steep cliffs of which turn to dramatic drop offs under the surface of the sea. The close proximity of these dive sites makes them easily accessible even by inflatables and diving three or four times a day is possible with the option of returning to base after each dive. The sites are also very suitable for night dives.

ALANYA
The Red Tower
The 33-meter tall tower was built in order to keep the harbor under surveillance at all times. The technique used in its construction, its floor plan and its construction, its floor plan and its durability make this monumental tower one of the most prominent Seljcuk monument. The octagonal tower built on rocky terrain has a diameter of 29 meters.

DAILY PROGRAM

09:45 – 10:30 Transfer to Dive Center registration and check in.
10:30 – 11:00 During journey to the morning dive sites in a friendly atmosphere the dive master gives briefing about the boat routine and the safety procedures.
11:00 – 11:15 After the briefing dive master makes the groups and the first dive starts.
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch starts. Both during lunch time and during the day there is a plenty of time to relax sunbathe and snorkel.
14:30 – 15:00 Heading off for afternoon dive in another place and second dives start.
17:00 – 17:30 Boats return at 17:30 approximately and transfer back to the hotel.

DIVE SPOTS
1-Aquarium
Aquarium, 5 min. sailing distance, is the closest diving location to Alanya harbour. Depth ranges from 4 to 25 meters. This location is mainly used for educational diving. Because of it’s mild (favorable) whether conditions, this spot is an ideal alternative diving site. Sea bed is composed of rocks and sea weed grass. Various underwater creatures like snails, mussels, octopus, black scorpion fish, moray, soldier fish, grouper could be observed.

2-Amphora
Amphora is the second closest diving location. Sailing distance is approximately 5 mins. It owes name to broken pieces of amphora. Dept is max. 29 m. This location is rich in underwater life. Various underwater creatures like grouper, moray, octopus, thornback ray and pigfish could be observed. Sea bed is composed of rocks.

3-Pirate Cave
Pirate cave is a multi-purpose diving side for both inexperienced and experienced divers. Distance to Alanya Harbour is 8 to 10 mins. Minimum depth is 10 meters. While maximum depth is 32 m. Also, there is a wreck at 25 m. depth. Pirate’s cave is an open and large cave, which does not impose any danger. Entrance to the cave starts at 12 m. depth. Right at the entrance is a ancient mill-stone 1 m. in diameter. Stones in the cave reflect the light, and create a fascinating fiesta of colors. Inside the cave, divers can ascent and observe bats with flashlights. Sea bed is composed of rocks. Various underwater creatures like grouper, octopus, barracuda, shellfish, thornbackray could be observed.

4-Terrace
Terrace is approximately 10 min. sailing distance to Alanya Harbour. Depth is between 7 to 25 m. Sea bed is steep and is composed of rocks. Generally underwater life is basically shellfish. Close to the skirts of the mountain hidden moray can be seen.

5-Middle Cave
Middle cave is 12 min. distance to Alanya Harbour. Depth of the location is 15 m. minimum and 34 m. maximum. Cave’s entrance is located at 15 m. depth. This site is ideal for experienced divers and deep-water diving.

6-Lovers Cave
Lovers is 15 mins. sailing distance to Alanya Harbour. Depth is between 10 to 34 m. This site is suitable for both educational diving for inexperienced and for the experienced. Sea bed is mainly rocky. It has a lively underwater life. An ancient anchor is located at 21 m. depth. At 4 m. depth, at the skirts of the mountain is a small and closed cave.

7-Dilvarda (E)
Dilvarda east is located at the east of the farthest bay to Alanya Castle. Sailing distance is 17 min. Sea bed is mainly rocky. Depth is between 5-35 m. Schools of fish can be observed. This site is most suitable for educational diving.

8-Dilvarda (W)
Dilvarda west is located at the west of the farthest bay to Alanya Castle. Sailing distance is 20 min. Sea bed is mainly rocky. Depth is between 5 to 40 m. this side is suitable for deep-water and current diving. It is also used for educational diving. Underwater life is rich and lively. Schools of fish can also be found.

9-Phosphor Cave
Sailing distance to Alanya Harbour is 20 m. Depth of the location is between 8 to 33 m. There are two cave groups one at 5 m, the other at 12 m. depth. Sea bed is rocky. Underwater life is rich. This site is suitable for both licensed divers and trainees. It also allows night diving.

10-Broken Stone
Sailing distance to Alanya Harbour is 20 min. Depth is 5 to 20 m. Sea bed is rocky. This is an ideal site for daily diving courses. There is a 10 meter long and 2 meter wide cave located at 4 m. depth at the skirts of the mountain. Underwater life is rich. Experienced divers can follow underwater course to Phosphorus cave.

11-Tunnel
Distance to Alanya Harbour is approximately 25 min. It is basically a tunnel, west of the castle, with it’s entrance and exit located at 13 m. depth. Width of the tunnel is between 3-6 m. Length of it is about 42 m. Along the tunnel there are small packets (rooms). Underwater life is rich.

12-Rambo
Among the diving sites, Rambo is the farthest location. This, perhaps most popular diving site, is close to Cleopatra Beach. It is approximately 25 min. sailing distance to the harbour. At 13 m. depth, a 6-7 m. long tunnel, which can accommodate 5 divers, leads the way to a cave which is semi-filled with oxygen. Inside the cave there are numerous drop stones. Air vacuum in certain locations can each 10 meters. It resembles Damlataş cave, most famous and popular spot of Alanya. Sea bed is sandy. Also the cave is home to a seal, we call it “Zehra”. If you are having a lucky day you can meet “Zehra” inside the cave. Divers are required to swim one meter above the surface so that the water does not get blurred.

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C&C SCUBA DIVING

November 17, 2006

Kalkan – Antalya – Turkey

Discover with us the various dive sites around Kalkan! We offer you daily dive tours, PADI and CMAS Courses, Discover Scuba various dive sites with a lot of fish and amphoras wreck diving, night dives, all specialties special dive boat with warm and friendly atmosphere professional and enthusiastic staff we welcome non divers and children lunch, Turkish tea and the use of snorkeling equipment included

DIVE SITES

We offer daily dive tours, which start at 10 am and generally we are back in the harbour around 5 pm. Of course we can organize a transfer to the harbour for you, if your hotel is not close to the harbour! In the main season a day on the boat could be like that:

Corinna, Cahit, Murat and Rıfat are the responsible for the diving activities. They welcome the students and try divers on the boat at 9:00 am, where they get a general introduction, watch videos and prepare equipment. Experienced divers and non divers should be on the boat at 9:45 am – who is coming early can join us for a tea!

We leave the harbour at 10:00 am, heading for the first dive site for the experienced divers. Usually this places give also a nice opportunity for swimming and snorkeling for those who are not diving. After the first dive we go to a sheltered place for the lunch break. By that time Hakkı has prepared his excellent freshly cooked food. The experienced divers and non divers can use this time for sun tanning, swimming, sleeping, reading, talking and tea drinking .. everything that relaxes. Try divers go to water here in safe conditions and students will make their training dives in confined water.

Next station is the second dive site for the experienced divers. After this dive we go back to the harbour, sometimes in the hot season with a short break at the cold water bay to get some nice refreshment! Back in the harbour we have a cool deco beer with our guests, for the coming season we will prepare a nice sitting area in the harbour – where we also wait for you in the evenings to join us for a drink.

Diving for the experienced divers
We choose the dive sites according to weather conditions and experience level and expectations of our guests. One good thing with our dive sites is, that at nearly every spot we can offer easy shallow and also more demanding deeper dives. We dive in small groups 2 – 4 divers.

DIVE SPOTS

Camel Stone Reef
The Turkish name for that reef is “deve taşı”, because it looks under water like a sitting camel. There is no reference, that this place is a historical important place, but we feel, that this place was a former village – the stone formations remind us a lot of roads and houses. Here we see all different kind of small fishes, sometimes also big fish like grouper, barracuda and Jack fish. We like that place, because it offers sometimes really unexpected nice diving experiences, also there is still a big area, which we didn’t dive that much and which needs some exploration!

Firnaz Bay
Firnaz Bay is the ideal place for the lunch break. The sandy beach in the bay gives the water a caribean blue colour and invites the discover scuba divers to their first try. Nowhere its deeper than 5-6 meters, however there is a lot to see. The rock garden and huge sandy areas with a lot of different inhabitants and in the same time this environment forgives unexpected ground contact of the diver. Here grow the most different fish species and the youngsters are mostly really curious what we are doing under water and come verily close.

Frenk Bay
Frenk Bay is a very close and often nicely quiet beautiful bay. Also this place was a natural harbour in the lykien time. The fields of amphoras are remains from sunken boats at that time. When we go there at lunch time, it offers a lot to discover for the beginners, amphoras on shallow bottom, a lot of colour and it is possible to find nearly everything there in fish. With the experienced divers we go to the amphora field at the bottom of a 20 meter wall. In the season 05 we saw some remarkable gropers here! In the hot time, especially the swimmers love that place, as the fresh water spring offer a nice cooling system.

Middle Reef
The middle reef is one more diving spot with a lot of facettes. On the shallow top of the reef in 10-15 meters are a lot of potential motives for photographers, especially in summer, when huge swarms of sardelles invite the tunafish teenagers for hunting. We are also impressed by the colourly **bewachsenen*** bizarre rock formations. In the deeper areas we find usually a lot of bigger fish, now and then we meet a turtle and last but not least there are two more huge anchors, one of it in standing position and especially nicely ****bewachsen***. The middle reef is quite close to the harbour and we are happy about the different opportunities that place is offering us, because we can go there in nearly every weather condition.

Snake Island Wall
A extraordinary diving spot, where we can only go in nice weather conditions. The wall goes down to 60 meters and impresses by its ***bewuchs***. If you carry a lamp you could get drunk by colours… Moreover here is big fish nearly guaranteed, we saw here swarms of groupers, huge animally and at least 60 of them.

Three Anchors/Medallion Reef
The original name of this reef is medallion reef. Three years ago Cahit discovered this diving place. In the beginning we always dived to one huge anchor with a impressive chain, which is lying across two rocks like a medallion. One year later we find two more anchors in the same area, now we visits all the anchors with the experienced divers in one dive – and that’s why we call that place now three anchors! This place, with its volcanic bottom shape, gives you sometimes the idea to be on the Mars! In the season 05 a trigger fish family had its nest there and especially in autumn time there are regular big schools of bream. The shallow part of the reef starts in 18 meters.

Wreck shallow part
The name of the ship is “Duchess of York” and it was built 1893 for lead transport. It sunk here approximately 70 years ago, when they hit the reef, which caused the explosion of the steam boiler. The ship broke in several pieces and during our dives we make easy and shallow dives to the shallow part of the wreck at 15 – 25 meters. This reef has a really nice top, where we also find scattered pieces of steel, offering nice homes for octopus, moray and more. In early summer this place is the kindergarten of the barracudas and a preferred relaxation place for turtles. Also you find here very nice plants. But look yourself in the gallery ..

Wreck, deep part
Although we are really diving quite often at this place, it is every time again amazing. When we go down, passing the middle part of the wreck, slowly slowly the shape of the wreck is coming out of the deep blue. It takes a few dives to get a nice understanding of this place. Also you never know, which fish is waiting for you down there .. there is the regular swarm of breams, big groupers and depending on the season huge Jacks. If you ask our guests, which is there favorite dive site – they will probably answer “the wreck deep!”.

DIVE BOAT
This is our bawarian Honig. She is born in 1996 and until we bought her she was working as a blue tour boat. She is 15 meters long and 5.20 large. The motor is a 135 hp Ford machine, allowing a speed of 9 knots, although when the wind is suitable we are using the sail and move in complete silence. Also we have a “Baby Honig”, which is equipped with a 2 hp motor. The water tanks take 1200 liter fresh water, the fuel capacity is 500 liters. On our boat we can take 20 guests. Of course we are fully equipped with fire extinguishers and life jackets – the Turkish authorities check all security things really closely!! We have a 20 liter tank pure oxygen and a huge first aid suitcase.

Divers who don’t bring their own equipment can choose from our new Mares and Aqualung BCs and regulators. Suits, masks and fins we have in different sizes and style – also of course for non divers who want to do some snorkeling. We provide weights and 10/12 liter steel tanks.

We changed the boats design a little by adding a stainless steel/Teak wood divers platform, moving the toilet to the deck and making a big saloon and kitchen under deck. We still have two cabins, one for Yasin who is living on the boat in the season and one for ourselves and as storage room. Our sundeck is currently offering comfortable sunbeds for nine people, but we plan to add some more 4 places. In the high season, when the sun is really burning, we provide a sunsail for a relaxed nap after lunch! Our kitchen offers a fully equipped fridge – all drinks at reasonable prices.

We were quite excited, how our Honig will manage in the dive business, but after the first season we are happy to say, that she worked nicely in every weather condition and never let us down.

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