Diving at Samandag Coasts TurkeyNovember 24, 2018
- 1 Located on the biggest fault line in the world, Samandağı coast of Hatay, which resembles the Red Sea with its bottom structure and underwater formations, stands out with the ability to dive for 12 months of the year. It is possible to encounter 73 species of Indo-Pacific origin coming from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and 22 species of Atlantic origin, in the sea where dive enthusiasts can see migratory species as they are close to the Suez Canal.
- 2 VATOZ LAND
- 3 “12 MONTHS OPEN DIVE CENTER”
Samandag near the coast, in mythology known as “storm-gathering mountain” in the Bible, the name “Zaphon mountain” as the place of the gods gathered, expressed in Arabic, Jebel Aqra or Cebel-i Akra called Kel Mountain 12-kilometer base length is remarkable.
Dive trainer Mahmut Iğde, who is a graduate of the Faculty of Marine Sciences of İskenderun University, who has been diving for almost 15 years, said that Samandağ beaches in Hatay are the tenth longest beach in the world with a length of 14.4 kilometers.
also being breeding grounds of sea turtles in the spindle explaining that this beach is pretty important, “located right alongside 12-kilometer base length with Bald Mountain, the deep waters, underwater formations and vibrant population in terms of Turkey is one of the most important diving points,” he said.
Kel Mountain, the world’s largest depression fault line (the North African fault line) on the bottom of the structure and provides a richness in terms of underwater formations that expresses, “There are 130 small caves, chimneys and shells under the water. This region is Suez Canal” na into the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea proximity lessepsian fish in that it constitutes the first stop of the Red Sea Turkey, “he said.
The sea of indo-pacific origin coming from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean 73, 22 species of Atlantic origins under the record recorded that the digger, “We encountered in the dive in the region often encountered lion fish, catfish, long spiny, sea urchins, cardinal fish, balloon fish, nile barbunu constitutes only a few of them, “he said.
Olan It is possible to talk about the positive or negative effects of the Lesepsian fish and the migratory species in economic and ecological sense. We think that Hatay will become a popular diving spot for diving tourism, “he said.
Stingrays in the region of Samandağ Çevlik Akçay region, which is commonly seen and called “Stingrays,” stating that the area of Igdir, “especially the structure of the sand and the temperature of the water in this period, attracts stingrays to this region. “We gave the name of the field of stingray,” he said.
In Turkey, underlining that this is the only place to be seen in the intensity of the rays in the spindle, he said:
“There is a field of stingray in İzmir Çeşme. We think that they prefer the sand because of its structure.
Especially in October-November, we know that stingrays prefer to mate here. In this period, stingrays, especially between October-December, gather in large flocks and mate in areas close to shores.
Sand structure and water temperature in this region provide suitable conditions for breeding.
Pregnancy lasts between 14-18 months and at the end of this period, a small number (4-8) of their babies will grow in size between 15-30 cm. There are approximately 7 types of stingrays frequently encountered in this region.
In Samandag region, especially in the winter dive can be done İğde, “We usually choose shallow waters for stingles and we know that there are 0-15 meters. This area is also on the shore.
This place is usually under the influence of lodos in the summer we do not dive here, but in the winter with the wind of the winds in this region, the view is incredibly beautiful, below 20-30 meters of sight can be seen.
Incidentally, when the rays of the mating season can be an amazing diving spots here in Turkey, especially in winter, “he said.
During the winter in Turkey in Spindle said that it is difficult to dive at another beach, “The increase in the winter time storms, conditions such as the cooling of the sea, diving can be a barrier.
Hatay, especially in terms of water temperature, the current water temperature is around 24-25 degrees and the view is very good, the weather is hot, especially in the winter of the diver draws this region.
We’re lucky about that. While there were no other point in diving in Turkey, we are able to make our way to dive a very comfortable here, “he said.
“12 MONTHS OPEN DIVE CENTER”
İğde, Samandağ region is not closed at all, emphasizing the diving season, “12 months is an open dive center.
Winter conditions are not observed in Hatay because our coldest water is 18 degrees. Sometimes it appears to fall to 17 degrees, but at temperatures not less than 18 degrees, there are not much winter conditions, so we do not see winter in Hatay and we can continue diving throughout the year.
We’re waiting for all the divers here. In the winter we can make nice dives, “he said.
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