Scuba Diving in Greece

Greece the Best Travel Destination for Scuba Divers

Scuba Diving GreeceAre you seeking an adventurous scuba diving trip aboard a luxurious chartered yacht in Greece? Does your dream vacation incorporate tranquility and indulgence? Scuba diving along the Greek Islands is the perfect solution for you!

Greece has always been a desirable place to travel. Travelers are often fascinated by Ancient Greece history, philosophy, Greek culture, Greek religion and the beautiful geography of Greece. Tourism in Greece today is one of the most profitable sectors, contributing to approximately 59% of Greece’s GDP.

One of the most popular things to do when traveling Greece is to voyage through the Greek Islands, via a chartered yacht. Most of the famous Greek architecture and prominent Greek art from the Classical, Hellenistic, Roman and modern times can be visited by yacht.

Scuba divers from all over the world have patiently been waiting for the Greek Government to rid the diving bans throughout the Greek Seas. In October 2005 the Greek Government did just that. Scuba diving in Greece is permitted everywhere, including among numerous underwater archeology sites.

In response to Greek scuba diving centers and scuba diving tour operators petitioning against such tight regulations the Greek authorities made a drastic change in October 2005. Scuba diving in Greece is no longer restricted!

History of Scuba Diving in Greece

Scuba diving originated in the primitive days, when a primary food source was that which came from the sea. This was confirmed when scientists found depictions of divers in ancient Greek drawings. Although diving was much different in the primitive ages, as man did not have the technology and equipment that we have today, men still found ways to hold there breath for extended periods of time in order to hunt for food underwater.

Zakynthos Navagio Beach Greece Shipwreck

Zakynthos Navagio Beach Greece Shipwreck

Greek Seas Shipwrecks

The Greek coastline is also known to be the site of several shipwreck locations.

Why is there such a strong interest in the discovery of shipwrecks? Why are people so fascinated with something that happened so long ago?

Shipwrecks are so fascinating to people because they represent something rich and enchanting, yet strange and unknown. Much of the fascination of shipwrecks lies in the stories that they produce such as the world renowned story of the Titanic. People are fascinated with the tragedy that these awful events produced, along with the treasures that are waiting for discovery at the bottom of the ocean floor.

The discovery of lost ships is increasing radically. It has been said that there is a wrecked ship for every mile of Greece’s coastline. This is probably an exaggeration; however, it is not far off. Thousands of small ships and large vessels are recorded to have met tragedy throughout the Greek Seas.

shipwreck greece scuba diving

Shipwreck in Greece – Scuba Diving

Diving Destinations in Greece

Greece is one of the most beautiful places in the world to visit. With over 4,000 islands and 12,000 miles of coast land the Greek Seas offer perfect conditions for scuba diving. Average water temperatures around the Greek Islands range from 15 – 30 Degrees Celsius. The aquatic life is magical with numerous species of fish, octopus, grouper and other colorful marine life. Divers will often stumble across shipwrecks and discover never before seen treasures.

Greece’s geography is beautiful: Greece is a country in Southern Europe, located at the tip of the Balkan Peninsula. It has land boundaries with Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey. The Aegean Sea runs along the East of Greece and the Ionian and Mediterranean Sea run along the West and South of Greece. The total area of Greece is 310,000 square kilometers: 136,000 square kilometers of which are land (mainland and islands), and 174,000 square kilometers form the Aegean basin and islets.

Some of the most popular sites to dive in Greece are listed below.

  • Adiaviade, Santorini – Average visibility of 26-30 meters
  • Caldera, Santorini – Great visibility and average water temperature 25 Degrees Celsius
  • Mansell Reef, Santorini – Beautiful reef and great visibility
  • Volcano, Santorini – Small shipwreck
  • Chios Island – Small shipwrecks, colorful reefs and underwater caves
  • Kontokali, Corfu – Average visibility of 20 meters
  • Explosion, Elounda, Crete – Beautiful aquatic life
  • Kamini, Elounda, Crete – Beautiful aquatic life “magical”
  • Evia – Beautiful underwater life, shipwreck location
  • Mykonos – Great visibility
  • Rhodes – Magical diving, warm waters
  • Halkidiki – Crystal clear waters
  • Glyfada – Average water temperature 20-25 Degrees Celsius

Diving in Greek Islands

Diving in Greece There are still thousands of sites around the Greek islands that are waiting for divers to discover. Crystal clean blue waters, exciting underwater world, and the potential to discover some of Greece’s most valued antiquities are just a few of the reasons divers are drawn to the Greek shores.

Greece is made up of approximately 4,000 islands, the largest of which are Crete and Evia. The remaining islands are divided into 6 groups:

  • the Cyclades
  • the Dodecanese
  • the Islands of the Northern Eastern Aegean
  • the Sporades
  • the Ionian
  • the Saronic Gulf Islands

Visit the underwater glories of Greece. Discover never before seen treasures around some of Greeceā€™s most beautiful islands.

  • Dokos
  • Point Iria
  • Kythera
  • Zakynthos
  • Kythnos
  • Samos
  • Chios
  • Crete
  • Evia
  • Syme
  • Kalymnos
  • Nisyros
  • Aegina
  • Hydra
  • Antikythera
  • Peloponnese
  • Attica
  • Kenchreai
  • Ancient Halieis
  • Pavlopetri
  • Plytra
  • Agios Petros
  • Cape Spitha

Greek Seas Aquatic Life

Scuba diving in Greece has become a new destination for diving since the restrictions are fading. Greece offers divers the ability to dive in crystal clear waters with maximum visibility. Divers are always amazed at the warmth of the Greek Seas, with average temperatures ranging from 25-30 Degrees Celsius or 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

The aquatic life is vibrant, consisting of:

  • Brills
  • Combstars
  • Comstars
  • Corbs
  • Damselfish
  • Dolphins
  • Gapers
  • Greater Weevers
  • Green Wrasse
  • Ircinias
  • Jelly Fish
  • Loggerhead Turtles
  • Mantas
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • Moray Eels
  • Painted Combers
  • Rock Cod
  • Saddled Breams
  • Saupes
  • Scorpion Fish
  • Seahorses
  • Shore Crabs
  • Spinous Murex
  • Spiral Tube Worms
  • Stripped Mullets
  • St. Peters Fish
  • Triglopo
  • Turkish Wrasses
  • White Breams
  • Yellowtails

Scuba Diving Certification

Diving Certification In order to be certified to dive in Greece you will need to have your Open Water Scuba Diving certification. Having your Open Water certification allows you to scuba dive internationally without the presence of an instructor. In order to become a certified scuba diver you must be in good health, at least 10 years old, and should be a reasonably good swimmer.

Open Water Scuba Diving Certification

To obtain your certification you should visit a local PADI or NAUI certified dive centre. Once you obtain your Open Water Scuba Diving certification you will be permitted to dive anywhere in the world, rent equipment and/or buy air fills for your tanks. This certification will ensure you know the basics of diving; some book/study time is required on your part. A typical certification course includes one pool dive and four open water dives. The scuba instructor will test your scuba diving skills during your last open water dives. The certification limits the depth you can dive to 60 to 100 feet below the surface. If you are interested in obtaining your certification visit the following sites:

PADI – PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, the largest scuba certification organization in the world. PADI develops scuba programs and diver training products, monitors scuba training conducted by more than 100,000 PADI Professionals worldwide, maintains diver certification records and issues your diver certification credentials. In addition, PADI maintains various support services for PADI Dive Centers and Resorts. Since its inception in 1966 PADI has grown to have members in more than 175 countries and territories and international service offices in nine countries. Approximately seven out of ten North American divers are certified by PADI, and approximately 55 percent of all divers worldwide are certified by PADI. (http://www.padi.com/english/default.asp?o=can)

NAUI – NAUI is a Not-For-Profit Worldwide Education Association, incorporated under the laws of the State of California. NAUI’s purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. NAUI trains, qualifies, and certifies leaders and instructors, establishes minimum standards for various levels of diver training, and provides various programs, products, and support materials to assist NAUI leaders and instructors with their diving supervising and teaching. NAUI’s primary purpose is also reflected in the association’s motto, “Dive Safety Through Education.” The NAUI organization also provides publicity and support for dive stores, dive resorts and accredited institutions that offer diving education. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. (http://www.naui.org/)

Yacht Chartering in Greece and Scuba Diving

For a truly magical vacation yacht chartering in Greece is the best way to go. The beauty of yachting is that you have the ability choose the destinations you would like to cruise. Come experience the Glories of Greece both above and below the waters. Experienced crews are always available to help lead you to some of the most beautiful and secluded spots in Greece, this is sure to make your scuba diving, or yachting vacation adventurous.

Cruise the Greek Islands with a Greek Yachting company with fully trained and experienced multilingual crews, relax in the sun while experienced crews pamper you, dine under the stars with some of the finest catering in Greece, taste superb quality food and beverages, experience luxury at its finest, add a new dimension to your scuba diving experience.

Scuba dive in seemingly virginal coves under the sun or moon and head to small ports and enjoy sipping ouzo at the seaside cafe or eat feta and moussaka at the taverna with the bouzoukia player whose musical strains will make men dance.

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