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Scuba Diving in Turkey
Dive Site: Big Reef
Location: Bodrum, Turkey
Depth: 5 - 40 metres (15 - 130 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres + (65 feet)
Big Reef is an underwater seamount located between Bodrum, Gumbet and Black Island. A short 15 minute boat ride from Bodrum the reef top starts at 5 metres. The north side has a sloping side which steps down, whilst the south side is a vertical wall with drop-offs to a sand floor at 40m, which then slopes more gently away. The walls are volcanic and covered in orange sponges with large grouper and stonefish in the deeper sections. Red starfish and spiny urchins are ever present on the reef walls and brown and yellow parrotfish crunch on coral. This site was literally teeming with life when we made an early morning dive here. It was possible to circumnavigate the whole seamount in one dive with only a slight current. Looking up from the depths large schools damsel, chromis and silver bream hung close to the reef as long silver, pickled barracuda patrolled the outer waters looking for a meal. As we ascended we moved right into the groups of barracuda near the reef top, where although the current was slightly stronger, it was still comfortable to maintain position and watch the action. This was great dive to do in the early hours as the reef comes to life and is ideal for both experienced and less experienced divers.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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