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Scuba Diving in Turkey
Dive Site: The Boatyard
Location: Kargi Harbour, Bodrum, Turkey
Description: Cabin cruiser
Length: 24 metres (79 feet)
Depth: 18 - 32 metres (59 - 105 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres + (65 feet)
Corketme is a coastal town located several hours east of Bodrum. To the west, near Kargi Harbour, is a sheltered bay with a steepish underwater slope down to a 32m sand bottom. This site is known as 'the boat yard' due to the wreck of a cabin cruiser which lies at 30m. The wreck (around 24 metres in length) is facing up the wall from 30m to 18m lying on its port side. The descent is made from the shallows, near the shoreline, where divers descend to 5m and then follow the slope down to the bow at 18m. The clear visibility and absence of current means this wreck can be dived by less experienced divers who can maintain a shallower depth and still view the whole wreck from above. More experienced divers can head down around the stern which provides nice silhouettes against the blue water when viewed from the seabed upwards. Much of the deck structure has been broken away, although the forward cabin is still in place. Due to several more recent storms what was once the main cabin roof lies collapsed on the starboard side of the vessel. Much of the decking is also gone making it possible to peer into parts of the wreck although penetration is not really an option. After an exploration of the wreckage we headed west along the reef wall where we spotted several scorpionfish and a number of common Mediterranean moray eels, including one large free-swimming one. There was not much in the way of coral, however small sponges litter the wall and there is still plenty to see if you spend the time looking.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
The Boatyard Resources
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