Photo of the Week: Wreck Diving, Kaş, Turkey

  • Hakan Aydinkaptan (Photo) John Hogue (Text)
  • 9 January 2011

The photo shows a replica of a bronze age boat sunk off the coast of Kaş, Turkey, one of the best dive locations on the Mediterranean Sea. The boat is regularly accessible by certified scuba divers of any level, from beginner to advanced. For sheer fun and historical excitement, this Uluburun Wreck dive is a must.

Photo of the Week (02 January 2010) - Wreck Diving, Kaş, Turkey

In 1984, a team from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) discovered the remains of a 3,400-year-old Bronze-Age boat, the oldest wreck yet unearthed. In 2006, the 360 Derece (Degree) Research Group, in collaboration with the INA, produced an exact replica of the original ancient boat, which was then sailed to the Chicken Bay dive site close to Kaş and deliberately sunk.

The wreck, which has begun the slow but steady process of being reclaimed by the ocean, is now home to a wide variety of marine life and provides an incomparable experience for divers – there is simply no other location like this in the world! The cool silence of the ocean depths coupled with the ancient lines and curves of this sturdy craft give the impression of stepping back in time.

A tour of the site is an excellent way to spend several hours, before resurfacing into the bright, warm sunshine and heading back to shore to recharge your batteries with an evening meal as the sun slips below the waves.

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