For those in the know, there are few places on the Aegean Sea that measure up to the kinds of consistent, varied diving you’ll find on the Bodrum Peninsula. If you're thinking a high number of dive sites catered to by plenty of well-practiced operators, where reefs teem with everything from octopuses to barracuda to sponges and visibility is quite optimal at minimums of about 20 meters (over 65 feet), then you'll be right on. If you're also thinking the white-walled buildings of relatively expensive tourist communities perched along the coast, then you also might want to think about picking winners in the Kentucky Derby.
Although there are a handful of quality dives right offshore, a large majority of the best can be accessed around Kara ada (Black Island), which is about a half-hour boat ride from the city. You'll encounter cave systems, ancient Ottoman shipwrecks, and the gamut of colorful reef creatures, while everyone from first-timers to certified divers have a chance to experience the wonders of the sea. Most dive centers will be open from April to November, although there is still a chance to get in the water outside of season. Browse our list of dive operators and dive-related links for further information.