About Scuba Diving Crete
Scuba Diving Crete has become a popular activity over the last decade or so. Shore diving is quite common in Crete, with lots of tour operators allowing tourists the chance to gain access to some great wrecks and caves as well.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Crete ?
Scuba diving in Crete is luckily, an all year round experience. The marine life will change throughout the year, but the scuba diving is great all year round.
Temperatures in the water will rise regularly to around 24oC from May through until September, when the air temperature is rising to around 26oC.
The cooler months of the year are October through until April, with water temperatures around 22oC and water temperatures averaging around 20oC, which is still more than adequate. Visibility tends to be reduced slightly during these parts of the year.
The Top Dive Sites Found in Crete
What Crete is particularly well known for is a range of scuba diving sites, although wreck diving has become an the main reason for many divers to visit crete time after time. Scuba dive sites in Greece can easily compete with some famous dive sites in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
- Big Anchor – This is an area that is obviously known for a giant anchor which is embedded in the floor of the sea, but it is also a great place to explore reefs, which are home to range of marine life.
- Blue Cave – For those that love cave diving, this is a must see when coming to Crete, going to depths of 30m, it offers a chance to explore great marine life, walls and boulders.
- El Greco – El Greco Cave is another great dive site here, which extends to around 30m, going to depths of around 40m, including marine life such as lobsters and tuna fish.
Marine Life Found in Crete
Marine life throughout the island of Crete is very rich. Throughout any dive experience, scuba divers can expect to see moray eels, shrimps, but also lots of colorful vegetation at the same time. The variety that Crete offers in terms of dive sites and also marine life is what draws so many people here every single year, and keeps a person coming back! There are plenty of underwater photo opportunities, so investing in a underwater camera is certainly a good idea.
Crete is a spectacular island which has over 1,000km of coastline, so it is easy to see how it has become a popular tourist destination. Along this coastline is an array of coves and bays not to mention the sandy beaches that touch the Mediterranean Sea. Crete is finally establishing itself as a top notch european tourist destination.
Of course, it is not just the coastline that attracts the attention of the tourists. Crete covers an area of 8,000 sq km, which means there is plenty of opportunity for exploration whether that is on land, or in the sea.
How to Get to Crete
The infrastructure throughout Crete has grown somewhat over the last decade, which has made it much more accessible to the masses. Of course, the easiest way to get to the island is by airplane. There are a range of airports including Heraklion and Daskalogiannis which is in Chania. Flights from all over the world land here every single day, so there are always great deals to be had.
Once scuba divers arrive in Crete, there are a range of options. Experienced groups can rent boats to get to dive sites such as reefs and caves, whereas less experienced divers, or those diving alone can make the most of the many tour operators that operate up and down the coastline.
Article 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.
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