The First Underwater Museum in Turkey : Side Underwater Museum
The first underwater museum of Turkey, Side Underwater Museum, takes diving enthusiasts on an epic journey in blue waters with its collection of 117 sculptures. The museum, which tells about the richness of Anatolian civilization, is located approximately 1.5 miles off Side, at 11, 18 and 24 m depths. It was opened in 2015, thousands of people visit the museum by diving underwater. Visitors who will dive to visit the museum are required to have a professional diving certificate.
The themes of the sculptures in the museum are representations of the War of Independence and the Battle of Gallipoli, Mevlana and his whirling dervishes, the Temple of Apollo and the God of the Sea, Poseidon, the caravans of camels carrying grain and food for trade from Side in the past, and the children who lost their lives at sea during the Syrian war during their journey to escape the country. flower garden themes. Among the statues, the giant Poseidon statue, which is three and a half meters long and weighs 50 tons, is the most interesting work.
This museum is the second underwater museum of the world. The sculptures, which are made of materials suitable for underwater and neutralized, also serve as a natural reef for sea creatures without disturbing the balance of nature. Egypt, Bali, Thailand, Maldives and Mexico are the most visited countries by around 3 million certified diving enthusiasts around the world. Side Underwater Museum, which has made Manavgat and Antalya known to the whole world in cultural tourism, is visited by an average of 10 thousand people every year. The museum has hosted over 70,000 visitors since 2015. The aim of the museum is to attract these people from all over the world to Antalya and to contribute to the Turkish tourism.
How can I get to Side Underwater Museum?
It is approximately 60 km from Side Antalya Airport and 75 km from Antalya Intercity Bus Terminal. Transportation can be easily provided by buses from the city center to Manavgat.
Side Underwater Museum Diving Fees (2022)
The diving fees are 40 USD for adults, 40 USD for 7-12 years old children and free for 0-6 years old children.