Many divers focus on the tropical waters of Australia or places like the Red Sea for what they would consider to be the best diving sites, but the Mediterranean has much to offer both the novice and the experienced diver. The Mediterranean Sea is around 2,500 miles wide and is in fact the largest enclosed sea on the planet.
The waters are warm and temperate, never too cold, but never over warm. While the waters of the Mediterranean are too cold for the formation of expansive coral reefs and too warm for the marine life of the waters of northern Europe, the Mediterranean Sea has developed a rich and diverse spectrum of flora and fauna of its own. While the waters may be saltier than those of the Red Sea, they are not as salt rich as the Atlantic Ocean.
The Wreck of the Zenobia, Cyprus
The Zenobia was a vast roll on-roll of ferry that unfortunately sank on her maiden voyage in 1980. Her wreck lies on her side just outside of Larnaka Harbour. At the time of her sinking she had just taken on board in excess of one hundred trucks and lorries complete with cargo. Overall she had a length of 178 metres and weighed approximately 10,000 tons, this is a huge wreck site and is widely regarded as being one of the top ten wreck dives in the world.
Divers return to this site again and again as there is just so much to see, the wreck provides the diver with the opportunity to explore inside the ship, and swim through several areas. Dive depth starts at 16 metres and extends to 42 metres at the deepest point, visibility can be up to 20 metres during the summer, but is generally good all year round.
The Blue Hole, Gozo, Malta
Images of the Blue Hole have the appearance of having come from a science fiction movie; there in the ocean is a seemingly perfect sphere of incredibly blue water, like a giant eye peering out of the deep. The visibility within the hole is excellent and just like the hole itself, seems to go on forever.
There are caves and caverns to explore and a variety of marine life to interact with, from the corals at the top of the hole and all of their colour fish, and deeper down below you, you may be able to make out the silhouettes of the sharks that have made the hole their home. The Blue Hole has made it onto many a list of top dive sites in the world.
Chios Islands, Greece
Beneath the waves here you will encounter an underwater fairy tale world of color and life. Undersea caverns, pathways and tunnels await your exploration as well as brightly coloured corals and small but perfect shipwrecks. The best times to dive here is between April and June, and then again between September and October as these are the times when the visibility and water conditions are at their best.
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Blog written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.