About Scuba Diving Greece
Scuba diving Greece offers a volcanic underwater landscape filled with interesting and explorable underwater caves and overhangs, as well as a number of sunken ship wrecks that offer multi level diving, though some of them are only really suitable for the more experienced diver.
Novice scuba divers can get a taste of adventure on shore dives and in the shallower waters where some great reefs can be found. Scuba Diving Greece has something to offer for all levels of scuba divers.
When is the best time to go scuba diving Greece?
There are still some restrictions in place as to just where you can dive; this is in order to offer protection to the un-salvaged artefacts that remain on the sea bed. If underwater archaeology is your passion then Greece is where you should be heading for a scuba dive trip.
Spring and Autumn make the best times to visit as the weather is warm but there is a limited tourist population. As far as scuba diving in Greece is concerned the sport is still under developed and you will rarely see groups of divers vying for access to the same scuba dive site.
- Average Air Temperature: Winter 11oC, Summer 30oC
- Average Water Temperature: Winter 16oC, Summer 27oC
- Best time to enter the water: Mainly during spring and summer, but you can dive all year round.
The Top Dive Sites
- Agios Nikolaos: This is a deep dive more suited to advanced divers. Accessibility is dependent on the weather. Boat dive off the Kassandra Peninsula.
- Akra Kanistro: Unique rock formations complete with caves and holes. There are two dive spots here filled with a variety of marine life. Boat dive off the Kassandra Peninsula, maximum depth 40 metres
- Andros (Wreck): This is a sunken passenger ship that was bombed in 1941. The dive offers access to multiple levels with easy access; it is quite shallow at 22 metres. Visibility can be poor as the vessel is situated on the sandy floor. Located at Loutraki Port.
- Avlaki: Multi level dive between 3 metres and 50 metres. Incredible rock features such as walls and drop offs teeming with marine life. Located on the Kassandra Peninsula.
- Blue Canyon: Two fabulous underwater walls up to 50 metres in depth. A boat dive located close to Loutraki.
- Erika Cave: Suitable for all levels of experience the cave entrance is at a depth of 12 metres, reaching a maximum depth of 35 metres. The caves are home to lots of marine life. Located close to Porto Koufo Bay.
- Kellyfos: An uninhabited island surrounded by dive sites, rich underwater landscape located between Kassandra peninsula and the Sithonia Peninsula.
- Porto Valitsa: Overhangs, holes and caves offering a multi level dive site. Depth ranges between 12 metres and 30 metres (occasionally 70 metres). Located in Valitsa Bay, either as a boat or shore dive.
- Zakynthos (Wreck): This Greek ferry sank in 1989 during a storm. Recommended for experienced divers only as the depth of the dive is between 30 and 40 metres. Located off the coast of Kyllini.
Notable Marine Life
- Blue Fin Tuna
- Sun Fish
- Sword Fish
How To Get To Greece?
International flights arrive daily from around the world, though flights from the US will probably include a connecting flight somewhere in Europe. European visitors have the option of flying direct, sailing or even driving into the country.
The majority of flights arrive at Athens International airport which even houses its own museum filled with ancient artefacts that were uncovered when the buildings were constructed.
From the airport there are good transport links via train, coach and taxi to the rest of the country. Many visitors arrive on ferries that run between the Greek mainland, the Greek islands and Italy, a route that is popular with those touring Europe in general.
Greece has a long sea faring tradition and there are many ferries that will take you to the surrounding islands so you can explore the best on land and beneath the waves that Greece has to offer.
Diving in Greece offers a cultural experience that few places can rival. Not only on the land are there artefacts and ruins that stand as testament to the might of the Ancient Greeks, but below the surface there is an altogether different museum of antiquities.
The clear waters not only support a wealth of fascinating marine life, they also harbor ancient sculptures and lost artefacts that few people on land even know exist. However due to the ancient riches that lie on the ocean floor there are some restrictions in place as to where you can dive in order to protect this lost heritage.
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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