Accomplished divers, head to Kanyön in Kas, an underwater canyon with elaborate rock formations and narrow passageways from 3-23 metres. There’s also a wreck – an airplane from World War II – lying at 50-plus metres. Beginners, even if you don’t make it to these depths, you’re still likely to spot turtles, seahorses and massive groupers.
Kas is also home to two shipwrecks worth seeing – one of which, the Uluburun, dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. Last, make a stop at Amphorae fields to spot ancient urns, vessels and amphorae, unspoiled and untainted since the time they were lost at sea. Diving companies like Bougainville and Naturablue sail to these sites every day. Next, mix things up, and book a day tour onboard a Turkish gulet from Çayagzı to the ancient sunken city of Kekova.
South Turkey has been an earthquake prone zone for thousands of years, which explains why an entire Lycian city comprised of Greco-Roman architecture broke off from the mainland and exists half submerged and perfectly preserved to this day. Your gulet – stocked with cold beers, bread, olives, cheese, tomatoes, fruit and fresh seafood to grill – will make stops at shallow bays and natural caves where you can free dive and snorkel past schools of parrot fish which inhabit the ruins of a civilization harking as far back as the Byzantine era. A glass bottom offers spectacular views of protected heritage zones and further west, you can dive into shallows that lead to the remains of an ancient chapel beached on shore.