Water sports are available in just about every beach resort in Turkey, with more than 8000km of stunning coastline and 235 blue flag beaches. Boasting a myriad of sandy bays and beaches, hidden coves, calm turquoise waters and windy shorelines, Turkey can cater for almost every type of activity from swimming, snorkelling and canoeing to windsurfing, water-skiing and kite-surfing.
Turkey’s clear warm waters and visibility of up to 30m make it an ideal place for diving. The best places for both learners and experienced divers are off the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, in particular Fethiye. It is also possible to dive at Gallipoli, Canakkale, to see World War I wrecks with permission from the local authorities but for this divers should have their training documents and must be accompanied by a licensed Turkish guide.
Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Many resorts on the windy Aegean coast are popular with windsurfers from all round the world, in particular Alacati near Cesme, Bitez near Bodrum and Foca and Teos near Izmir.
White-water Rafting & Canoeing
The plentiful mountains and rivers of Turkey mean that there are lots of opportunities for rafting. The Koprulu Kanyon near Side is a favourite for beginners while the Coruh River in the northeast is for experienced rafters only and rated as one of the top 10 spots for rafting in the world. Equipment can be booked locally.