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Dive Review of Mavi Diving in
Turkey/Kas, Mediterranean

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Carol Cox, FL, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3487
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cyprus, Carribean, Bahamas, Guam, Palau, Truk, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive with a buddy, know where the boat is at 500 PSI, no decompression
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No camera table or rinse tank, but freshwater hoses were available.  Boat
wasn't full so we were able to use extra bins under the seats to store our
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We booked a 10-dive package with Mavi Diving in Kas, Turkey.  This was a
tidy little operation.  We found the shop online and corresponded with them
via email.  They were very good about answering our questions and made all
the arrangements for the boat and our hotel which was located across the
street.  The headquarters is located near the Med above some terraced

The first day we arrived 30 minutes early to fill out paperwork.  We were
transported with our gear by van down to the harbor (the rest of the week
we made the 10-minute walk to the boat through the town center).  Once on
the boat we were given a thorough briefing.  The boat was kept very neat,
partly due to the good briefing.  We were given a bin to store our gear
under the seat.  All shoes were placed in a box, and wetsuits were hung in
the center of the boat, within easy reach of the seat.  Nitrox was
available for an extra charge.  There was no camera table, but we arrived
during a slow week and were able to keep our cameras in extra bins under
our seats.  There were two fresh-water rinse hoses at the back of the boat
which also came in handy for rinsing our cameras.  There were drinks
available for a reasonable charge, or you could bring your own.  The bill
was tallied at the end of the week so you didnt have to worry about money
on board.  The boat had plenty of shade and an open sunny area on the roof.
 The dive staff kept spare parts on board and when my high pressure hose
started leaking I was able to replace it before the second dive.  We left
our gear on the boat all week.  The deckhands washed it down at the end of
the day, and one of them always stayed with the boat.

The diving was good but not greattypical for Turkey.  The visibility was
excellent in most locations.  We did several modern wreck dives, and also
saw ancient amphorae, storage pots, and anchors.  There were some good wall
dives and a lot of boulder areas interspersed with sand and grasses.  We
photographed a loggerhead turtle the first day, and saw several octopuses
throughout the week.  Fish included lots of wrasses and damselfish, along
with painted combers, a couple of different types of groupers, blennies,
scorpianfish, and lizardfishes.  Nudibranchs, starfish, and anemones were
numerous in some areas.  At night we saw lots of shrimp, a large hermit
crab carrying 3 large anemones on his shell, and a large moray that came
entirely out of his hole.  At one site we saw a 6-foot great white shark. 
OK, it was made out of marble, but what a fun site it made for photos!

At the end of each day most divers met back at the dive shop and sat around
a table under the olive trees.  We could ring a bell and a waiter would
appear from the restaurant below to take our order for drinks and anything
else we desired.  It was a great time to meet people from all over the
world (mostly Germany) and talk over the adventures of the day.  The dive
shop hosted a BBQ (for a fee) at the restaurant on one evening and most of
the divers came for that.  We made a lot of new friends.

At the end of our week, the Mavi van transported us and our gear back to
the dive shop so we could give it a final rinsing.  We were able to store
it in their dive shed overnight to dry and pick it up the next morning. 

Mavi Diving doesn't offer shore dives, but you can do some shore night
diving through another shop across the street.

The Linda Beach Hotel was conveniently located across road from the dive
shop and several restaurants.  It was a 3 minute walk into town, and 10
minutes from the boat.   The room was small, but cheery and neat as a pin. 
The hotel had a small pool that was crystal clear.   Turkish breakfast
(tomatoes, cucumbers, fruit, cheese, bread, and boiled eggs) was included.
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