UNDERWATER IN GULF OF SAROS Gulf of Saros is a big and natural aquarium for sea biologists and divers because of having large fish types in it. Captain Cousteu dived in this gulf in 1970s when he visited Turkey with its ship called “Calipso” and described here as “north version of Red Sea”. It was found that 243 sea creatures live according to the research made in the gulf. However, some strange ecological developments were occurred after 2001 and some kinds of fish belonging to “Red Sea” were seen in the water of the gulf. One of them is a kind called “ANTIAS” ornate wrasse which has red and yellow colour on it. The other one of them is a kind called “ZEBRA” which has white normal line on black. This kind of news caused to increase the interest towards Saros. There is almost no other region having constant living space in season and out of season along Gulf of Saros except the area where summer houses are located. Most of the villages and settlement giving its names to coastal regions are 2-5 km far from the sea. Moreover, there aren’t any industrial enterprises along Gulf of Saros and the closest industrial enterprise is 40km far from the sea, this means that natural beauty of Gulf of Saros has not been polluted or destroyed. In Gulf of Saros there is Erikli Beach which is the biggest coast of Turkey after Patara and Side and it gives value and beauty here. Uzunkum (Long sand in English) beach which is also called famous Altınkum (Golden sand in English) is located between Erikli beach and İbrice harbour. There is a harmony of sea and pinewood inside Gulf. “Lost Paradise” which has fame in Thrace is located on the coast of Gökçetepe. Especially, there are Lagoon lakes having contact with sea such as Erikli, Vakıf and Karagöl respectively on the north sides of Gulf towards Greece. These lakes are places where birds live here at immigration period. Particularly, Flamingos are main type of bird which is constantly followed to watch and observe by fanciers. Drawing the border of Turkey with Greece, Delta Meriç which is located on the connection point of River Meriç with Aegean and offers a insatiable watching pleasure. Having many natural fishermen’s shelters (İbrice, Yayla, Sultaniçe, Güneyli, Sazlimanı), the Gulf has lots of beauties for nature and fish lovers. It offers a unique holiday opportunity for holidaymakers with its barrage ponds locating close to the coastline and recreation spots in the pinewoods. There are different facilities and beauties for visitors who want to taste the village life in the Gulf which also has village life in it.
DIVING POINTS There are some regions available to dive and having many underwater treasures around Mecidiye and Erikli coastal settlements.
İbrice: It is the most popular place in Gulf of Saros. There are lots of diving points around Harbour İbrice and rocks at offshore. Diving clubs are organized their trainings in that region.
Minnoş rocks: It is a rocky area which is available to dive as wall diving at 150-200 m. from land and offshore of Harbour Kömür.
Harmankaya: It is a diving point which is about 1 km far from Erikli settlement and about 7m and 30m.
Toplar Cape: It is between Erikli and İbrice and the name of these rocks is related with many cannonballs around there. It is possible to see big red corbies and a huge tuna fish in this area which is like 30 m wall.
Sea is the most popular natural beauty of Gulf of Saros. Furthermore, many diving clubs flock into this region. Some of them are;
◦Kadıköy Sualtı Merkezi (Underwater Centre)
◦Pruva Turizm (Tourism)
◦Caddebostan Balıkadamlar Klubü (Skin diver Club)
◦And many small clubs
These kinds of organizations are very important for both tourism and protecting the ecological balance of sea. It was seen that about 8000 – 9000 divers come to the Gulf of Saros in season (March – November). In recent years, there are also some groups who come here Lost for Trekking.