Diving the Islands of Greece
Having more coastline than almost any other country in the world, Greece is a paradise for divers. The water has amazing visibility and a plethora of wildlife. Also, with the rich history of seafaring, not only will you see coral and fish, but also wrecks and artefacts. Whether you choose a diving company to direct your stay or utilize the services of local knowledge, diving during your Greek island holiday offers much for both beginning and expert divers.
Your experience depends in part on which sea you choose to dive. The Aegean sea lies between Greece and Turkey and there are a number of areas to choose from which to dive. Off the island of Mykonos, you might choose the Prasonisa. This area offers not only great numbers of fish but also artefacts from the Greek past. Or perhaps you might explore the rock formations of the Drayonisi Island Caverns.
Staying in the Aegean, diving off the island of Naxos affords you the opportunity to dive The Dome. This underwater cavern features a dome filled with air and appears to be lit with an unearthly blue light. If you are willing to travel a little closer to Turkey, you can dive from Chios Island where you can see The Great Wall which is a 30m drop off home to eels, coral, and the occasional sea turtle.
The Ionian Sea also boasts several islands which offer spectacular dives. Your Greece holiday would not be complete without diving off the coast of Crete, which is also the best place to view bluefin tuna. Throughout the Ionian Sea you will find seahorses, octopus, coral, rock formations, caverns, swim-throughs, anything you can think of to make a diving expedition fun and informative. Not to mention that there are ship, plane, and even submarine wrecks to explore.
There is little current in the waters around Greece which makes the diving easier. There are any number of dive centres which offer tours, training, certification, anything you might need. The temperature of the water hovers around 16°-23°C. Visibility and extend to as much as 50 metres depending on where you are. The summer is the best time of year for the warmest water but diving is offered year round. Because of the calm seas and great visibility, night diving allows you to see different sea life from the day. You can get a better sense of life in the water around the clock.
Whether you stay a week at one island or spend a fortnight hopping from place to place, the Ionian Islands offer spectacular diving. The seas are legendary for their beautiful blue colour and amazing life under the surface. Divers of all levels of ability will enjoy Aegean and Ionian seas.