This Turkish island may very well be the nation’s subsequent diving hotspot

An thrilling new initiative to make the island of Yassiada in Turkey a scuba-diving hotspot has been delivered to the nation’s Culture and Tourism Ministry. The island, which is off the coast of Bodrum, has been highlighted as a key spot that might convey underwater tourism to Turkey.

Bodrum’s waters provide a wide range of issues to see and admire. Image by GettyImages/Borut Furlan

The mission was ready by underwater archaeologist and diving teacher Aşkın Cambazoğlu and Turkey’s first underwater archaeologists Oğuz Alpözen and Yaşar Yıldız because of practically 20 years’ price of labor. According to News for Turkey, Cambazoğlu mentioned that if the initiative goes forward, Yassiada may host vacationers 12 months of the yr and will develop into one of the vital notable locations within the world for diving tourism.

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The island is surrounded by blue, clear waters. Image by GettyImages/AFP

The island is home to 12 shipwrecks that date again to historic instances as much as as lately as 1994. There are shipwrecks which might be based mostly 15 – 45 metres deep from the second, fourth and 16th centuries in addition to a Lebanese ship that sank within the 90s together with its livestock. Artefacts from the wrecks are on show on the Bodrum Underwater Museum together with 2000 amphorae (a sort of container descending from a minimum of as early because the Neolithic Period).

“This project, which we have prepared to protect our underwater artefacts and share them with the world, will be the first of its kind in the world,” mentioned Cambazoğlu.

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It’s hoped that this new initiative will herald tens of millions to the Turkish economic system. Image by GettyImages/Sergei Bobylev

It’s mentioned that the formidable mission will price within the area of $750,000 (€603,000) and that artefacts may also be monitored 24/7 with cameras. It can be the purpose of the mission that the island shall be revamped with a harbour, restaurant, conference corridor and hyperbaric chamber which is able to enable therapeutic recompression.

Tourists will be capable to watch the divers from above water and it’s hoped that ought to this mission come to fruition that over 400,000 guests will herald a minimum of $200 million (€160m) within the first two years to the realm.

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