There are more than 30 diving spots in the district of Demre, known for its Lycian graves. It is however more famously known for St. Nicholas, the patron saint of children, and houses the museum of this saint. Research and excavations are still continuing in some parts of the region that is closed off to diving.
This region has numerous caves and worthwhile diving spots where some of the region’s foremost diving points are:
This diving spot is appropriate for each diving level and is full of surprises. It is a fairly large cave that consists of different channels and islets. It takes its name from the blue hue created by the sun’s rays which penetrate through a passage or crack. The cave has two galleries consisting of an interior and exterior gallery. The interior gallery open towards a smaller chamber where an air pocket exists. The coral formations and life forms that come with it in the interior and exterior galleries of the cave are highly interesting. More than likely you can come across shoals of shrimps in the interior galleries depending on the season. Outside of the cave, the surface is composed of sand and rocks and reaches a maximum depth of 30 metres.
The cave, which has large and small crevices, extends to a length of 50 metres. Divers can often encounter a current along the slope that continues up to the entry of the cave. It has a uniqueunderwater structure due to the presence of hard and soft corals that can only be found in the Mediterranean. It is possible to encounter large group of fish with the periodically intensifying currents.
This diving point which is located on the southern part of Kekova Island has two diving routes. In the eastern part, vertical rock formations extend to a depth of 40 metres, whereas the western part leaves its place to shallow diving spots. The area is suitable for divers of all levels and due toa depth that varies between 10 and 40 meters it is extremely convenient for level diving. Thanks to the rocky outcrops in the seabed, the area is home to various species such as groupers, wrasse, crayfish and moray eels. Visibility in the area changes between 15 to 25 metres, and in the periodic currents large shoals of fish burst through.
Iberian Coast Wreck
This area derives its name from the freight ship that sank in February 2003. The ship was 72 metres long and 11 metres wide. The ship broke into three parts while sinking and was scattered in an area between 6 and 9 metres deep. This scattered state of the ship created spectacularviews for divers. During the fragmentation of the hull, engine parts from the ship likewise disintegrated. The surface is rocky and despite the fact that the ship’s main hull has deteriorated, the ship cabins, captain’s room, living spaces, warehouses, and the bow remains intact. The different levels in depth give both novice and experienced divers the chance to dive in the wreck, while the low visibility adds a mystical appearance. Visibility in the area variesbetween 10-15 metres and is often subject to mild currents.
The presence of three distinct caves of different size and depth offers divers an experience ofunequalled beauty. Two of the caves have air chambers on the surface level. Both caves on the surface level are surrounded by walls and one has to pass through the cracks and channelsbetween the rocks to reach the caves. Even though it is perceived as a difficult course, the widthof the channel allows for easy movement. The third cave doesn’t have an air chamber. It can only be entered at a depth of 16 metres where both the entrance and inner area of the cave is quite narrow. At this point, one has to be very careful and slow to act. For this reason it is recommended to make this dive in the company of guides. However, when entering the cave thousands of shrimp will greet you as if to say “welcome.”.
This diving point is located approximately 15 minutes from the port of Çayağzı and is mostly preferred for check dives, exploration, training and night dives. This sailing ship sank in 2001 and lies on top of underwater fields displaying a very beautiful imagery. The ship is less susceptible to the tides and bad weather conditions and quite suitable for divers who want to gain more experience.
The wreck lies between 8 to 12 meters, and divers may swim with stingrays whilst seeing marine life of different size and species such as sea slugs, parrot fish, octopus and calamari.
Eğri Harbour, located at the south side of Kekova Island, is a highly preferred area for its shallow waters and with its enjoyable water surface is also suitable for deep dives. A reef is located on the sea bed of sand and sea weed, reaching a depth of 24 meters. The sea life is quite diverse, including groupers and barracudas. Moray eels, conger eels and stingrays are also often seen.The broken amphorae and dead corals can even be seen in shallow water. That is why the area is very attractive for snorkelling skin diving. Visibility changes between 15 to 25 metres and the surface area consists of sand, rocks, weed and ancient artefacts.
This diving point is located at the southern side of Kekova Island facing the open sea. It lies at the entrance of Eğri Harbour at a depth between 12 to 40 metres. It has a very good visibility at 20-30 metres, but faces strong currents because of its position. For this reason dives are planned on location according to the direction of the current. It is recommended to dive with an experienced instructor. The deepest point of the Wall is at 35 meters and its bottom surface includes sand and rocks. Though the currents in the area are viewed as a nuisance, they yield a rich marine life. Therefore, many species come to the area for feeding. Barracudas and stingrays are the most prominent species that reside in the area. In ancient days it was situated on the route of trading ships, enabling divers to stumble upon many amphorae from different periods.
Situated to the south of Kekova Island, the Reef looks towards the open sea and consists of numerous coral reefs from which it derives its name. The reef starts at a depth of 1 metre and descends all the way down to 100 metres. It is only possible to dive in this area under optimal weather and sea conditions. This area is ideal for deep diving reaching a depth of 40 metres and is only appropriate for experienced divers.
The northern and southern face of the reef enables a different variety of dives. The rocky bottom structure gradually deepens on both fronts. The open sea currents have significantly contributed to the biodiversity of the region. Many large and small shoals of fish periodically inhabit the area. The reef deepens gradually and the surface of the area consists of a mixture of rock and sand. The visibility at each level is around 20 to 30 metres, where a large number of rays, sponges and corals appear at almost every descent. Most instructors advise that these