With the Mediterranean waters offering high visibility, warm temperatures, and a variety of underwater environments, the Bodrum Peninsula is among Turkey’s top snorkeling and diving destinations. Before you put on your fins and pop in your mouthpiece, read below to find out more about Bodrum’s must-see underwater sites.
Black Island (Karaada)
Situated off Bodrum's shore, Black Island is one of the most popular dive spots in the peninsula. Among the most interesting underwater sights is Bubble Cave, where divers can find funky multicolored sponges and swim up through the cave’s ceiling chimney, which is filled with rising Champagne-like bubbles.
Big and Small Reefs
Located between Bodrum and Black Island, this pair of neighboring reefs are just 650 feet (200 meters) apart, making it possible to explore both in one outing. Marine life, from sponges to schools of grouper, sea bass, and scorpionfish, can all be spotted here, with sea turtles and barracudas occasionally showing their faces, too.
Pinar 1 Shipwreck
At the depths of the bay not far from Black Island sits the wreck of Pinar 1, a Turkish naval ship sunk in 2007 to create an artificial reef. Divers descend to between 59 feet (18 meters) and 108 feet (33 meters) to explore the captain’s room, the deck, and the wheelhouse of the vessel.
Dakota Plane Wreck
The intentionally sunk C-47 Dakota Plane—once used by the Turkish Air Force—now lies on the sea bed near Pacoz Bay. Split into different sections by storms, parts of the plane are now strewn along the sea bed with marine life, including groupers, present at each.