Bodrum – Muğla – Turkey

GPS : 36°59’32.4″N 27°25’16.2″E / 36.992333, 27.421167

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Kara Ada is a small Turkish island in the Bay of Bodrum in the Aegean Sea. It is a popular tourist destination, particularly for yachting. Karaada Island is 3.6 Nm long and it lies SE direction. Karaada is 2 miles from south of Bodrum. The island is covered with pine trees.

Karaada is considered to be the savior of Bodrum. It is the biggest of the close island in Bodrum and works as a gigantic breakwater. It is said that the island protects Bodrum from massive waves and dangerous storms. The piers on the northern part are fair weather anchorages.

In the Middle Ages the island, which the Greeks know under the name of Arkos, was taken over by the Knights of St. John Hospitaller, who also occupied Bodrum. It was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century. In 1919 it was occupied by the Italians. The 1932 Convention between Italy and Turkey assigned it to Turkey.

At the back of the island there are many coves and beaches competing in beauty with each other. One and a half kilometres to the to east of Poyraz Port and to the north of Yassı Island is Adalı Cove, while one and a half kilometres to east of Tavşan Point stretches Çemberci Cove. Both are much visited the boats as the bottom sand and sea is very clean.

Mineral Springs
GPS : 36°59’10.3″N 27°27’02.5″E / 36.986194, 27.450687
There is curative hot water on the north, you can be anchored in the front in 7 – 8 meters. The bottom is sand.

Famous for its healing mineral springs. The water comes out of a cave and the mud from the cave is said to be good for skin condition. Most important it is claimed that Cleopatra made use of this mud to preserve her beauty. Women in particular put this mud on their faces to emulate the Egyptian queen. After the mud pack you enter the thermal waters springing up in the cave and then throw yourself into the blue waters of the sea.

Karaada Island is 6 kilometres off the coast of Bodrum and a popular destination for daily or night stopover stays by Touring Boats.

Although it is named Kara, contrary to its name the island is in fact green and covered in pine. The cave facing Bodrum on the island is a popular point of call for yachts and Gulets. On the seaside there is a small motel and restaurant.

The boats pull up to the wooden jetty, and you can hop onto dry land for a quick drink or snack. We sat on the upper balcony to the left of the jetty to savour our corn on the cob! It was a great vantage point to look back at Bodrum, and appreciate the Aegean.

At the other end of the jetty is the mineral springs, the boats stay long enough to give you the opportunity to pay the fee and swim in the mineral springs. A small portion of the springs is visible from the jetty, but there’s a gap in the rocky overhang, that gives you access to the mineral springs within the cave.

There are eight diving spots around Karaada. They are favorite for divers. Some interesting names like Kaçakçılar or Kabarcık Mağarası, carry specific underwater characteristics. All foreign divers must be accompanied by licenced Turkish guide diver.

Boats should take all necessary precautions while cruising in the diving zone to pay attention for buoys and reduce speed.

The coves facing to Kos Island on the south has become training area for the divers. The water is clear and depths are gradually gets deeper. Artificial reef and wrecks including coast guard boat at the depth of 17 – 26 m, C-47 Dakota airplane at the depth of 17 – 25 m and Navy-tanker vessel at the depth of 18 – 36 m, are the bottom. Attractive spot for divers.

GPS : 36°59’02.1″N 27°26’18.4″E / 36.983906, 27.438457
Affords adequate sheltering but there is room only for a few boats.

GPS : 36°57’54.0″N 27°27’44.0″E / 36.965000, 27.462222
Provides sheltering from breeze. Anchor off in 7 – 8 meters and get a line ashore. Northerlies send swell in.

GPS : 36°57’41.5″N 27°28’49.4″E / 36.961532, 27.480384
1 Nm on the E of Poyraz Liman on N of Yassı Ada, provides adequate sheltering from breeze. Anchor off in the depths of 5 – 6 meters. The bottom is sand.

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