The territory of Greece includes a great number of islands with long coastlines, where many marine adventures await their visitors. With many sites for scuba diving, Greece is a perfect place for those looking for a unique diving experience. It is known for its incredible sea life, ancient sunken ruins, and rock formations covered with corals. Here, we have described six top-rated dive sites found around the Greek islands.
Dragonisi Island Caverns
As far back as 9 years, diving in Greece wasn’t as popular as it is nowadays. Back then, slightly less than a thousand kilometers of coastline were open for scuba diving in Greece, and few Europeans were aware of that. However, since 2005 the abundance of the Greek sea life has opened up to a bigger number of tourists from different parts of the world. The dive site at Dragonisi Island off the southeast shore of Mykonos is a real godsend for scuba diving devotees.
Dive into the azure water and discover the world of fascinating natural earth’s formations. These spectacular caverns have been being formed by eroding waves for centuries. Except for many vibrant glassfish and sea anemones, there are many monk seals taking refuge nearby. Mysterious depths and fabulous variety of colors make this place a must-to-visit destination for every scuba diving lover.
The HMHS Britannic Wreck
This site is a second to none dive spot. A twin-ship to the Titanic, the vessel was a hospital one until it went down after a naval mine came into action in the Aegean Sea near the island Kea. There were 1,066 passengers on board when this happened. At the end of the day, only 1,036 of them survived. Floated out just before the First World War started, the ocean liner was named the Gigantic because of its large sizes. This underwater site was unveiled by Jacques Cousteau in 1975. Since the wreck lies very deep at the bottom, it is not advisable for beginners to explore it. Nevertheless, it is a beloved destination for advanced divers and professionals alike.
Chios is located in the Aegean Sea and lies very close to Turkey. It is the fifth largest of the islands, and it offers a host of incredible dive spectacles to explore. If you have a chance, you should definitely visit the Great Wall. Even though this place cannot compete with the popular Australian dive site when it comes to scaling, it can in terms of kaleidoscopic magnificence.
Be ready to discover everything from shipwrecks to huge rocky formations rising in shimmering water that seems to be never-ending when you peer into it. The Great Wall is a majestic thirty-meter underwater cliff covered with vibrant corals. Shoals of salpae, tunnies, perches, wrasses, sea turtles and combers contribute to the beauty of this place.
Crete is known to be the largest Greek Island that has a very broad coastline. On the east of the island, thirty-three kilometers south of Rethymnon and three kilometers away from Lefkogia, there is one of the most visited places in Greece where you can discover amazing sea life during your yacht trip. Scuba diving in this location reveals lots of fish species. Be ready to enjoy observing various sea creatures such as octopuses and morays in their proper surroundings. Clear waters ensure excellent visibility, making this place a perfect destination for a truly exquisite diving experience. A suitable time to visit the location is from the end of spring to the beginning of autumn. After diving, ask your captain to hit the beach so you can relax on the soft sand and enjoy the scenery of the island as well.
Marathonisi, Turtle Island
Except for resembling a turtle in shape, Marathonisi is also a birthplace of the Caretta Caretta or giant loggerhead turtles. These sea creatures swim far away to come back here and lay their eggs on one of the two main coasts of the island. Ask the captain to drop anchor in a place where you can enjoy a truly memorable diving experience on your holiday. Since this location is not as technically challenging as the shipwreck site mentioned above, even beginners can discover the beauty of this spot. Professional divers will also like observing flying fish, groupers, moray eels, octopuses, parrotfishes as well as loggerheads swimming around. The diving season here starts in May and lasts till September when the temperature of the sea water reaches 16 – 23°C.