About Scuba Diving in Europe
Scuba Diving in Europe is suitable for those who are looking for wreck dives, wall dives, reef dives, night dives, or even snorkeling. Europe is filled with many opportunities to fit your every need and experience level. And whether you are visiting Cyprus, Greece, Italy Spain, or any one of Europe’s many impressive islands, such as Sicily and Mykonos, you are sure to find amazing diving opportunities on this vast continent.
Waters vary depending upon if you are diving in the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea, but every type of diver, from the beginner to the advanced, can enjoy these waters and see underwater sights that are unique to this part of the world.
When to Dive in Europe
Most European countries, such as France, Italy and Spain, have dive seasons that run from April through November, when the temperatures are warmer both in the sea and on land and the visibility and overall conditions below the surface of the water are more favorable for all levels of divers.
The Top Dive locations Found in Europe
- Chios Island, Greece – This dive site is impressive thanks to its brilliantly colored reefs, underwater caves, vertical walls, and swim-throughs amidst large rock formations.
- Secca della Columbara, Italy – This incredible dive site has everything for every type of diver, from the wreck of a ship that sank in 2005 and large schools of fish, to a steep wall that is covered in corals and small creatures.
- The Zenobia, Cyprus – This site features the wreck of a ferry and also offers some fun swim-throughs.
- Paradise Reef, Mykonos – Mykonos is a Greek island that offers many dive sites, but Paradise Reef gives you the unique opportunity to hand-feed hundreds of friendly wrasses, and this location is perfect for beginners who will get to experience one of Greece’s most popular dive sites.
Marine Life Found in Europe
The marine life in Europe is as diverse as the inhabitants of the many countries that make up the continent. You can encounter immense reef systems that offer sights of incredibly colorful hard and soft corals of all kinds, as well as a large array of tropical fish species, including cod fish, groupers, cuttlefish, scorpion fish, barracudas, moon fish, and many others. You can also catch a glimpse of eels, octopus, turtles, dolphins, whales, starfish, tube worms, sea urchins, and rays, including stingrays. And you may even get the chance to see some shark species, including angel sharks.
When most people think of vacationing in Europe, they may imagine romantic evenings walking through the streets of Paris with their significant other, or an exciting journey through Rome and Vatican City, with all the history those sites have to offer, or perhaps even enjoying dinner and dancing in Spain.
However, in addition to all the rich history and culture that Europe has to offer, there are many things for nature enthusiasts as well, from skiing and hiking the large mountain ranges to enjoying the many beautiful beaches and exquisite waters surrounding the countries of Europe. So take a look at Europe from a different perspective, and imagine that there is a lot more below the surface of the water than you could ever imagine from on land.
How to Get to Europe
Every European country has many airports in all its major cities to accommodate travelers arriving by plane from around the globe. Depending upon what country you are traveling to, you will need to book either a direct or indirect flight to the nearest airport and then take appropriate transportation, such as a taxi, train, bus, or rental car, to your final destination. There are international flights between the countries within Europe as well, so you can fly from, for example, Greece to Italy, very easily if you are already in Europe.
Another way to get to Europe is by cruise ship, and there are boats that offer passage between European countries for those who would rather travel by sea rather than by air. Once in Europe, if you choose to get your own rental car, you can travel between nations, simply crossing over borders to wherever your adventurous spirit takes you. Just be sure to get the appropriate visa if applicable before you travel
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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