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Dive Review of Mavi Diving in
Turkey/Kas, Mediterranean

Mavi Diving, Aug, 2007,

by Carol Cox, FL, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3487.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cyprus, Carribean, Bahamas, Guam, Palau, Truk, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with a buddy, know where the boat is at 500 PSI, no decompression diving.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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 cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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 restaurants.

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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