Scuba Diving in Greece

Greece is the country, to which one can't help but surrender! A combination of historical architectural monuments, amazing landscapes of the coastlines, crystal-clear sea, hot and humid summer on the countries mainland and dry summer on the islands won't leave anyone indifferent. The islands Samos (Greek Σάμος) and Thasos (Greek Θάσος) located in the Aegean Sea are the best options for divers with any level of training. The rocky dive spot named Petra (Greek Πέτρα) with several reefs nearby incites a special interest for diving. If you dive near Thasos, you could get close to the hardened lava under the water, and on the island of Santorini (Greek Σαντορίνη) you can see the famous underwater volcano. Remember that in Greece you can't dive on your own anywhere: there is a number of places, where archaeological excavations are carried out and diving is prohibited.

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Thrill-seekers should set off for Santorini (Greek Σαντορίνη): the island is famous for its underwater volcano Caldera (Spanish Caldera). Here, you can not only test your bravery by viewing a volcanic eruption underwater but also see the wonderful flora and fauna. Red, black and yellow corals grow here surrounded by horned sculpins and barracudas live there. Diving can be dangerous there, that's why it's not suitable for beginners.
Greece entices with the abundance of spots for wreck diving. Submersion to the submarine named Perseus (HMS Perseus) in the Ionian Sea will be unforgettable. In 1941 it tripped a mine and has now become not only a home for a population of seabass and wrasses but also a spot for taking unique photos: for example, you can capture yourself right in the vessel's sail. You can also set off for the island of Kea (Greek Κέα) in the Aegea Sea to explore the ruins of Britannic (HMHS Britannic), a twin of an infamous Titanic.
The underwater caves in the area of Palaiokastritsa (Greek Παλαιοκαστρίτσα) impress with their beauty and attract cave diving enthusiasts. The stone ceilings are entirely covered with corals of all species, sea anemones, which go down and hang lower and lower, creating intricate shapes of the caves. Numerous underwater dwellers, such as bright little fish, crustaceans and octopuses hide in their shade.
Divers will appreciate the Samariá Gorge (Greek Φαράγγι της Σαμαριάς) in the west of Crete (Greek Κρήτη). The gorge begins on the surface and each year becomes a place for visiting for thousands of tourists. But you can also take your itinerary underwater: numerous underwater cliffs and reefs are situated there, among which eels, large octopuses and all kinds of fish are found.
The water is perfectly transparent in the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea — up to 20 metres, which allows divers to fully enjoy submersion and examine all details of the underwater world. Such peculiar fish as groupers, moray eels, eels, as well as corals of all imaginable colours can be found here. For example, Ancient Greek vases are quite often found in the underwater caves in the area of Palaiokastritsa (Greek Παλαιοκαστρίτσα) and Agios Georgios Beach.

Diving Destinations in Greece

Practically all the large islands in Greece offer interesting spots for diving. The islands of Lesbos (Greek Λέσβος), Samos (Greek Σάμος) and Thasos (Greek Θάσος) in the Aegean Sea are considered the best places for diving. You can find a lot of impressive rocky reefs not far from Lesbos and take photos of the underwater lava materials in the coastal waters of Thasos. Santorini (Greek Σαντορίνη), the surrounding areas of Crete (Greek Κρήτη) and Chalkidiki (Greek Χαλκιδική), where you can explore the underwater caves, are popular among divers. The islands of Mykonos (Greek Μύκονος) and Dragonisi (Greek Δραγονήσι) offer exciting cave diving.

Memo Notes
Currency EUR - European euro
Languages Greek
Timezone UTC +2
Phone code 30
Emergency Help 112
Electricity

Type C - 230 V, 50 Hz

Type F - 230 V, 50 Hz

Dive Shops in Greece

More than 180 diving centres, which offer training through various programs and organize submersion for divers with any level of training, work in Greece. You can dive from shore or set off for a dive spot by boat; try cave diving, which is well developed in this country, and make a fascinating journey through the local wreck spots.

Сlimate & Seasonality
Spring

At the beginning of spring, the air temperature lingers around 20 °C, and the water temperature is 17 °C. Periods of rain are expected in March and April. The weather in May becomes almost like in the summer: it gets hotter, and the water warms up to 22-23 °C.

Summer

From the middle of June to the end of August the weather in Greece is at its hottest — the temperature can reach 40 °C in the shade. Still all beaches and spots are overcrowded because this time is considered a peak season. However, the water temperature does not exceed 25 °C.

Autumn

The weather remains warm and fine until the end of October, the temperature decreases to about 26-27 °С, and at this time staying in Greece is most comfortable. In November it gets rainy, the temperature drops by several degrees more.

Winter

Winter in Greece is mild but quite rainy and windy. The water temperature doesn't go below 16 °С, that's why winter months are also suitable for diving. The air temperature during this period is about +18-19 °C.

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The Best Dive Sites

Panormo, the area in the north of Crete (Greek Κρήτη), is hugely popular among divers — the Venetian cemetery of anchors is situated there, and the scenery is spectacular. Be sure to enjoy the underwater lava landscapes in Thasos (Greek Θάσος), the Great reef wall that is not far from Chios (Greek Χίος) and the complex system of the underwater caves near Mykonos (Greek Μύκονος). Spare some time to visit the local underwater national parks — Zakynthos (Greek Ζάκυνθος) and Alonnisos (Greek Αλόννησος), and then set off for the turtle island Marathonisi (Greek Μαραθονήσι) to admire the magnificent sea turtles.

Health & Safety

The healthcare in the country is provided on a quite high level, both in terms of qualification of doctors and the technical equipment. Ambulance crews operate in all large public places, including near the most popular places of interest. Russian-speaking doctors are quite often met. However, living conditions of patients in the state hospitals leave much to be desired. The crime rate in Greece is quite low in comparison with other countries of the European Union.

Dangerous Marine Life

In Greece a lot of trouble to divers can be caused by sea urchins, because their spines are quite poisonous and inflict long-healing wounds, as well as by poisonous arawanas, jellyfish, rays and vividly coloured eels. Avoid getting in contact with these sea animals.

Eat & Drinks

Greece pleases its guests also gastronomically: meals are large, do not contain a lot of salt and pepper and are largely Europeanized. You can't leave this sunny country without tasting souvlaki — grilled pieces of meat on wooden skewers, pataki — chargrilled lamb chops, and moussaka — a juicy bake with minced meat and eggplants. And, well, there is no Greece without wine! Be sure to taste Assyrtiko, the best Greek wine origin from Santorini, and retsina, unusual wine with pine notes. The information about drinking water in Greece is contradictory because the situation differs in different regions. You'd better be on the safe side and give preference bottled water.

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