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Dive Review of Turtle Bay Dive Centre/Hotel Sempati in
Mediterranean/North Cyprus

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Carol Cox, FL, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4249
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Guam, Turkey, Hawaii, Cozumel, Roatan, Cayman, Turks &
Caicos, Florida, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Diving was a 5 or 10 minute boat ride away, so we came back to the shop and
hotel to maintain the camera gear.  Rinse water was available on shore, and
the hotel helped us find the right power adapter to plug in our chargers--I
did't expect the outlets in North Cyprus to be any different than the ones
it Turkey, but I was wrong.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We went to North Cyprus for a few days because we heard it had better
diving than the part of Turkey we are located in, and we weren't
disappointed.  The hotel price was extremely reasonable--we had a larger
suite for about $42 a night.  The pick-up from the airport was a bit
pricey, but I can't blame them for the cost of fuel and distance to Girne. 
The hotel had a nice pool and the dive shop was on site.  The only
complaint is that the location was 10 miles from town.  Inexpensive shared
taxis could get you into town for a couple of dollars, but they didn't run
at night and the taxis were pricey.  Meals were available at the hotel for
a reasonable price, and you could also find some outdoor grills a short
walk down the road.  The hotel also had a nice Turkish night.  

The convience of the on site dive shop was great.  We met Caroline and Drew
at the shop in the morning, loaded the gear, that was stored in the shop at
night, in the truck, and walked the short distance to the launch site.  Our
boat was an inflatable and despite stories I've heard, it was easy to hand
up the gear and get back on at the end of our dives.  There was a bit of
distance between the truck and the launch, which would be my only complaint
about this operation.

The dive sites were 5 to 10 minutes away from shore.  One site has a lot of
groupers as friendly as any in the Caymans.  I was just learning to use a
new digital camera, but managed to get some great shots--including a
grouper close-up that I let Turtle Bay use on their web site.  The area
also has a variety of colorful nudibranchs.  Other critters included
octopuses, squid, Spanish lobsters, a moray eel with cleaner shrimp, and

The night dive was done from the shore in the cove where the RIB is parked.
 We weren't disappointed with the night life.  

We also did an excursion to the Greek part of Cyprus to dive the ferry
wreck Xenobia.  Drew easily got us over the border, and we arrived in time
to try a wonderful Greek bakery before boarding the boat.  We covered the
wreck in two dives and found it well worth the extra expense. 

North Cyprus is not a diver's paradise, but we currently live in Turkey and
found it well worth our effort when compared to the sites we've visited
around the northeastern Mediterranean.  We are thinking of going back

The country is host to numerous British citizens, so language is not much
of a barrier.  
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