Underwater diving in Turkish waters with amateur equipment is permitted in
certain areas for leisure purposes under the guidance of local authorities. Detailed
information can be obtained from Your nearest Turkish Tourist information Office
All ports of entry in Turkey are in a
position to receive sailboats year round. Supplies (food and motor fuel) are also
Marinas provide moon maintenance, repair and dry-dock facilities, and tourist,
social and cultural services for yachtsmen.
The following marinas maintain international standards: Istanbul Atakoy, Istanbul
Kalamis, Izmir, Levent Marina, Cesme, Altin Yunus, Kusadasi, Bodrum,
Marmaris Netsel, Marmaris Albatros, Marmaris Bay Marina, Kemer Turban,
Fethiye Club Marina and Antalya Setur and Kaleici Marinas. Antalya Setur
Marina and the holiday village of Altin Yunus at Cesme, both managed by the
Tourism Bank of Turkey, are open year round and are fully equipped.
Facilities include connections for water and electricity.
The coastline, especially between Izmir add Antalya, is quite varied and comprises
numerous coves and bays which provide perfect mooring spot's for sailboats. The
depths generally range from 10-12 in and marine charts indicate the positions of
Forbidden Mooring Zones: Certain zones are forbidden for security, reasons. For
information, contact local authorities through Tourist Information Offices.
Another of nature's gifts to Turkey are its rivers. They provide perfect -conditions
canoeing, skiing and rafting. These rivers are: Coruh, Barhal, Berta, Firtina, Cola
Koprucay, Manavgat, Dragon, Goksu (Silifke), Zamanti, Goksu (Feke),
Kizilirmak, a Dalaman Stream.
Turkish seas are a haven for windsurfers. The bays around the Cesme, Bodrum
and Datca peninsulas are blessed with ideal winds for this sport (Antalya is also
suitable), Enthusiasts will be pleased with the very reasonable cost, international
standards, ideal climate, secluded bays, and available services. For information
about the surfing school, contact: New Neptune Holiday Village (see Underwater
Turkey's historical and- natural beauties include, well-maintained and
secluded golf courses. Golfers will be delighted with the 18-hole golf links, which
are maintained up to international standards. In addition, there Are open
There are several locations in Turkey that provide perfect conditions for all types
of wind and air sports. These sports include single engine flights (Ankara),
parachuting and plane gliding (Eskisehir), hang gliding, and hot air ballooning
(Cappadocia - Nevsehir). There are services that provide instruction courses in
these sports for groups of 10 people or more providing they speak the same
With numerous caves in various regions, Turkey is an ideal place for spelunkers.
Spelunking (exploring caves), highlights many different aspects of Turkey' The
most beautiful and interesting caves are located in- the Toros region,, in southeast
and northwest Anatolia and Thrace.
Trekking / Hiking
One of the best ways to get away from the bustle of big cities and the stress of
work is to escape into the wilderness. This desire has led to the rapid
development of a tourism known as nature tourism.
Hiking requires a certain amount of effort and fitness , but is very economical
when compared with other tourist and sports activities. By hiking, Virgin areas,
mountains, plateaus, villages, cities and ancient ruins in Turkey can be explored.
Hiking does not harm the environment and it is also inexpensive, so it's the perfect
solution for a different vacation.