I went diving with Magic Dive in the last week of September 2013.
We were around 18 divers on the boat that day, 16 were beginners doing their first dive, two of us with previous experience and certification.
The boat stopped at a diving spot close to the Alanya castle and the beginners were briefed and then taken in groups for 15 - 30 minutes dives, two per person in total.
There was one more experienced diver besides me and we went down with the really experiences instructor, who first took us for a 'regular dive' around rocks to get used to our surroundings.
After a lunch break (beef meatballs and some pasta) and some sun-bathing we went down again for the best part of my holiday: Tunnel dive & a cave dive!
It was my first tunnel dive as well as first cave dive but safety was the highest priority as the instructor was literally next to me at all times to ensure that everything went well.
During our first attempt to enter the cave a team of beginners from another boat just came out and had whirled up the soil so that there was no visibility. We went another route and took the tunnel dive instead, heading back to the cave 20 minutes later, when visibility was given again. Only than did we enter the cave, which was truly amazing!
There's a resident seal that can usually be found in the cave however she was pregnant this summer and hiding during the time we were in the cave.
The day started pretty early in the morning and we arrived back at the harbor at 17:00, having spent a great day on a good boat!
Equipment was great, it was all relatively new and well taken care of.
I look forward to getting my AOWD certification with Magic Dive next summer!
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