Sarigerme: Europe’s Stunning Natural Aquarium
Located on the Turkish coast where the Aegean and Mediterranean seas meet, Sarigerme is home to an array of stunning white-sand beaches and unforgettable underwater adventures to be enjoyed. From well-preserved shipwrecks to shallow reefs with schools of barracuda and Loggerhead turtles, the crystal clear warm waters offer a number of local dive sites to excite both the scuba curious and advanced divers. Fun dives and courses are available to book, while snorkelling tours provide a tranquil introduction to the area’s aquatic exploration. The Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa, with its own private beach and onsite snorkelling equipment, is easily accessible from the nearby diving schools and is the perfect place to stay and enjoy the rich marine life on offer.
Descend into the blue: With warm temperatures ranging from 20-30°C and clear visibility from 20-40 metres, Sarigerme is the ultimate year-round diving destination. There is a treasure trove of varied sea life, coral reefs, hidden caves and breath-taking shipwrecks waiting to be explored. The region has its own prestigious diving centre which draws many diving enthusiasts specifically to the area. Aquatic adventurers can enrol in a PADI course or simply have a go at breathing underwater in the shallows, as a complete beginner. At the diving centre visitors can choose to enrol in courses, classes, and trips, depending on ability. The mini scuba diving course means that families, friends and couples of all ages and abilities have the chance to experience Sarigerme’s beautiful underwater world whilst on holiday. For more information please see www.sarigermediving.com
Top snorkelling spots: The beaches surrounding Sarigerme are renowned for their vast numbers of nesting Loggerhead turtles. The turtles, locally called Caretta Caretta are relaxed and calm creatures that can be found swimming in the sea under the glow of the Turkish sun. Visitors coming to the area in early summer will also have the opportunity to watch the turtle’s hatchlings dashing across the sand towards the ocean. Holidaymakers can tag along with the turtles and follow them, with some flippers, on a snorkelling tour offshore.
Where to stay: The Hilton Dalaman Sarigerme Resort & Spa has its own private beach and provides guests access to snorkelling equipment. The onsite jetty means guests have easy access to the underwater world. Families, friends and couples can jump in, make a splash and swim out to see the colourful wonders of the big blue such as turtles, barracudas, rays and groupers.
For more information, visit www.dalaman.hilton.com
Mark Bibby Jackson
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