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Scuba Diving in Turkey
Dive Site: Aksona Bay / Black Island
Location: Black Island, Bodrum, Turkey
Description: Reef / wall
Depth: 15 - 30 metres (50 - 100 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres + (65 feet)
Aksona Bay, or Black Island, is located around 30 to 45 minutes boat ride from the main marina at Bodrum. It is a rocky island and takes its name 'Aksona' from a local CMAS diving instructor and sponge diver Aksona Mehmet, who has lived and dived out of the Bodrum area for almost 40 years. The rocky island terrain slopes below the surface of the clear blue water, gently at first before dropping away. We started our dive from the more secluded bay area and headed out around Aksona Point where the wall drops away more steeply. There are outcrops and rock formations in the top 15 metres giving way to a sea-grass covered slope before the deeper wall descends from 30 metres +. Small orange sponges grow on the seawall, pipeworms waft with the water movement and rainbow wrasse dart around. Painted combers perch on the outcrops holding their position until you come just a little too close. Larger black sponges and a Phoenician ships anchor plus an amphora or two are also visible on the seabed. The visibility was good at around 20 metres with little in the way of particulate in the water. Although there is not an over abundance of marine life this is a nice relaxing dive and we experienced no current during our dive here.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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