As recommended by a friend and diver, I booked a diving day with Morning Tour and the day was great. I am not a certified diver and went with an instructor. there were a few certified divers and even some non-divers on our boat that day. We did 2 dives and the certified divers did an additional dive. They also offered snorkel gear for all as well as Lunch and hotel pick-up drop off. They go out rain or shine.. our day started with rain and ended with sunshine :)
they dive was 75 TYL per person and I believe 15 TYL for a non-diver.
Morning Tour can also book other local tours for Boat trips, Turkish Bath, Ferry to Kos, Village Tours... even airport transfers...
Equipment: All the scuba gear was included and the wet suit did not smell... yeah!
I am a very keen windsurfer and have been windsurfing all over the Bodrum peninsular (Gumusluk , Akyarlar, Bitez, Camel Beach, Guvercinlik, Ortakent) and also at Alaçati near to Ismir. In Kos (Kefalos, wave beach etc) and also at various locations in the UK (too many to mention).
This year I decided to try a new spot on the Bodrum peninsular and found the best location ever!. It is in Kadikalesi a small bay situated between Turgutreis and Gumusluk. The bay gets great cross shore conditions and you can plane straight from the beach (rare in Bodrum). There are great waves that break just by the beach where the centre is situated, so you can get big jumps straight away. There is also large swell outside so you can hit these face on. On the way back in then you can surf these waves as well, making it great fun!!
The water is also very warm so there is no need to take a wetsuit. Mind you I went in July. I'm not sure what it would be like in September or any of the low season months.
From speaking to the guys at the centre, Kadikalesi seems to get the best wind for advanced windsurfers in July and August. June is definitely a no go if your this standard, however im sure it would be great for beginners and intermediates. In terms of the way the wind blows its very similar to the rest of the peninsular - light in the mornings (great for beginners) and building in the afternoons for the more advanced.
The wind seems to come regularly from the SW, so the worst position you could ever end up in is down in Turgutreis. However the centre there had good rescue cover, so there is no need to worry about getting in trouble.
In terms of instruction, the guys at the centre gave my girl friend a great beginner lesson. It took her 2 and half hours to learn the basics and was very reasonably priced. She was in the harness by the end of two weeks after a private lesson. I would say my girlfriends instructor was one of the most professional I have met!
Would def recommend this place to anyone!
Equipment: In terms of equipment they had a good range of equipment, from good beginner boards with Dakron sails to wave boards with Neil pryde, Hot Maui sails, North and Gun sails to choose from.
They also said that in 2011 they will have fun boats, pico's and catamarans to rent.
Each October, in what is traditionally the last week of the tourist season, Bodrum holds its annual yacht regatta. Any nationality can enter their boat and the town becomes quite busy in this week. Nightlife is supposed to be quite good as the yacht crews finish their days work. I love boats but know very little about the sport so this tip is really a referral for boat lovers to the official site: www.bodrumcup.com
There are a lot of diving centres to choose from in Bodrum and also one in Turgureis.
WARNING: this area of the Med is devoid of coral and fish. For a confirmed diver, there is hardly anything to see apart from a few bits of amphoras and the odd octopus (generally being harassed by the local dive guide).
Bodrum is probably a good place to learn to dive but has nothing much to offer to teh confirmed diver, in my opinion.
Equipment: You can hire everything locally. The gear I rented was OK without being great (main reg was a bit wet, first jacket I tried did not inflate). Bring your computer if you have one.
Football is one of the most popular activities for Turkish people to do and watch and it will inevitable have an impact on your holiday. Many matcheds take place during the holiday months.
The bars and clubs play significant matches and bars will fill with locals wanting to have a quick drink and shout at the big screens.
Turks are as passionate about footballl as Brits are!
Main teams you will see supported are Besiktas, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe but Bodrum has its own team called Bodrumspor.
Bodrum (and the other resorts on the peninsula) is a haven for people who want to do water sports - snorkelling, fishing trips, scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing and wind surfing are all available at very reasonable rates. Follow the usual precautions and ensure that the schools you use to taech you have international qualifications available and check their websites to ensure that you meet any health and prior experience requirements. The town also has one Tennis Club.
Bodrum is world famous for diving and it has some of the best diving schools around which cater for the experienced divers and the bigginers. You can book a course of lessons or just 1 day, whatever you choose you are sure to have a fantastic time
Equipment: You can bring your own equipment, although all the gear you need is on the boat
Bodrum - Gokova - Bodrum
Day 1 : Arrival to Bodrum, settlement in yacht, staying on yacht after dinner.
Day 2 : Arrival to orak island reminds an endless aquarium with sparkling turquoise waters, after a good breakfast on yacht anchored in harbour. After swimming and lunch, arrival to cokertme where cheerful and friendly people live. That has been the place of songs of a nice fishermen village. Dinner and overnight here or in another bay.
Day 3 : You are beginning another wonderful day in Yedi Adalar (seven islands) where coral reefs are. Surfing, diving, swimming, lunch and sleeping… a crazy-lazy day. You will be in Longoz natural harbour for the lunch. We will sail to Karacsogut for the dinner. If you wish you can visit Marmaris by minibus (25min.(extra)) till the dinner time. After dinner, overnight is here.
Day 4 : Weighing anchor early in the morning, arrival to sedir island where the coast and the antique city is in the shape of a horseshoe. Ruins from roman era are in golden beaches where anthonius and cleopatra had a great love. We will have our lunch and dinner in this lovely and fantastic Bay.
Day 5 : Breakfast and departure to paradise bight named english harbour surrounded by rosariums and pine forests. That reminds a lake where english war ships burrowed. Overnight is in Ballisu.
Day 6 : After breakfast, when your yacht is getting closer to another tip of cap we bet your admiration will be increased as you will find yourself in a blanketlike sea and colours festivity. The name of this marvellous natural harbour is Longoz. You can spend the rest of day by swimming as well as you may wish a walk thourgh the pine forest. The most quiet overnight waits for you in Tuzla Bay.
Day7 : After breakfast in Tuzla, arrival to Papuc Bay for the lunch.Arrival to kara island renowned for mud bathes and continue to bodrum harbour. Dinner and staying night at the harbour.
Day 8 : After breakfast, it's time for check-out
Below gives you some idea of what we serve on board
divers from all over the world enjoy exploring the waters around Bodrum. There are a variety of dives only 30 minutes away, in sheltered seas and with visibility averaging 20 metres. Water temperatures range from 17 - 22°C during the season which extends from mid April to late October. There are many dive companies offering internationally accredited courses and who act as dive guides. Prices are competitive and equipment is available for hire. Instructors speak English, French, German and of course Turkish. Bodrum has something for both beginner and advanced divers.
Equipment: All equipment for diving can be hired from the companies.
Aegean Pro Dive Centre +90 252 316 07 37
Aquamarine Diving +90 252 316 89 92
Baracuda Diving Club +90 252316 30 07
Bodrum Reef Diving +90 252313 13 41
Crystal Diving Center +90 252 313 42 15
Fey Diving Centre +90 252 316 15 00
Olmer Diving Club +90 252 316 68 79
Motif Diving Club +90 252 316 23 09
Akyarlar offers good camping sites and is an ideal place for wind surfing. It has marvelous scenery of the Greek islands and it has safe and sandy beaches for children. Several cafes and a tiny harbor welcome the visitors. Those looking for an accommodation have camping facilities and inexpensive pensions at this quite place.
Equipment: all kinda surfing equipment... if you do not have there are some places you can rent...
Perhaps the most alluring aspect of trekking along the peaks of hills of the Bodrum peninsula is the chance to feast one's eyes on superb panoramas of innumerable islands, capes, inlets, bays and coves that grace this Aegean coast like intricate lace.
you can also jump on your bike and can go anywhere...
Scuba Diving - well what can I say - I'm a PADI Divemaster and therefore love to dive, I would recommend diving to anyone who is fit enough to do it, but just not here. I have to say it was not worth the effort - i could count on one hand the things I encountered during both dives the day I went. I cannot comment on other dive sites but should anyone suggest diving here - DON'T SIGN UP - trust me.
Bodrum is one of the best known scuba centers of Turkey. Almost every corner of the peninsula offers nice oppotunities for scuba funs.
Equipment: You may find many agencies focusing on scuba equipment and training in city center.
A great bunch of guys very professional whilst being approachable.They have just moved to Gumbet which is easier to access,go see them.
you can hike everywhere in bodrum peninsula... take your photo machine and be ready for miraculous photos...
Equipment: boots, towel, lots of water, any equipment for hiking..