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Canakkale

ABOVE THE WATER

Canakkale is known for its proximity to both the Gallipoli battlefields and the ancient ruins of Troy. In Canakkale itself, there are a number of things to do and places to explore. From the cobbled streets surrounding the saat kulesi (clock tower) to the sweeping kordon (waterfront pathway), you’ll be forever mesmerised by this delightful little city. Be sure to visit the Cimenlik Fortress with its Military Museum and Naval Museum. The city has one airport, approximately 3km from the city centre and it is a 5-6 hour drive from the capital of Istanbul.

For divers and history lovers, the Gallipoli Peninsula is located nearby, with the Aegean Sea to the West and the Dardanelles Straight to the East. The area is famous for its part in WWI, the Gallipoli Campaign. Diving has recently been opened up in the area, with access to some of the incredible World War One wrecks, significant to the history of both Turkey and Australia.

Canakkale Clock Tower

BELOW THE WATER

A QUICK HISTORY

Gallipoli is a Turkish peninsula that controls access between Black and Aegean seas. Gallipoli stands out as one of the First World War’s most futile and bloody battles. It also guards the western approach to Constantinople, the capital of Ottoman Empire, which fought on Germany’s side in World War One in 191. UK’s First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill decided it was crucial strategic importance and landed troops there. What followed was a disaster. Allied troops got pinned down on the beaches and endured months of constant fighting before they finally pulled out. The Turks suffered too, with each side losing a quarter of a million men.

The Allied side include not only UK, French and Canadian troops, but also a large number of men from Australia and New Zealand Army Corps. The ANZACs. The story of this blood-soaked part of Turkey lies not only in the soil of battlefields but also waters around it. These surrounding waters hold the secrets of the World War One and the invading allied assault on Turkish soil of 1915. There have been a number professional examinations of the underwater cultural landscape offshore from ANZAC Cove, however the extent of cultural remains largely unknown apart from the discovery of a number of shipwrecks from the campaign – particularly British and French battleships that sunk around the coast. The locations of 216 of these wrecks have been identified.

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Accommodation In Canakkale

Akol-Hotel

Akol Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: The Rooftop Bar!
  • Diving Highlight: Incredible Wreck Diving
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Kolin-Hotel

Kolin Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Incredible Swimming Pool!
  • Diving Highlight: –
  • Full Details Coming Soon…
Parion-Hotel

Parion Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Amazing Views
  • Diving Highlight: –
  • Full Details Coming Soon….
Truva-Hotel

Truva Hotel

  • Type: Hotel
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: No
  • Hotel Highlight: Incredible Artwork Throughout The Building
  • Diving Highlight: –
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Dive Operators In Canakkale

Gallipoli-Diving

Dive Gallipoli

  • Type: Dive Operator
  • Snorkelling/ Non Diving Tours Available: Yes
  • Dive Courses Available: Yes
  • Training Pool: No
  • Equipment For Hire: Yes
  • Equipment For Sale: No
  • Dive Shop Highlight: Friendly Staff
  • Diving Highlight: The Newly Opened WWI Wrecks
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