Greece — diving centers, country, description and general recommendations for tourists

General information about the country

Many people seek new diving destinations. Greece is a great option. It will provide you with a great experience both in the water, and on land. It has: delicious food, a warm climate, lots of historic monuments, an abundance of scenic (sometimes even not-so-crowded) beaches, general safety. All of it is at prices that are cheaper than those in the western part of Europe. A large number of airlines offer cheap airfare to this destination from all over Europe. There's nothing to do but to live and dive in Greece!

Why is Greece such a popular destination?

Greece is a worthy of note and appreciation as a diving destination in Europe / the Mediterranean. This is a great option for travel, especially divers (and all non-skiers) thanks to the huge diversity associated with the terrain and attractions. You can find mountains, valleys, large agglomerations, peaceful villages, quiet bays and loud public beaches — anything you want!

Greece is divided into 13 regions, but the most important region for us is its very long, rich and diverse coastline and islands of which there are over 2,500 — and they constitute 1/5 of the total area of ​​the country. Even though nearly 80% of Greece is covered by mountains (the highest peak is Olympos, 2917 meters above sea level), Greece is a maritime country. The coastline spans 15,000 kilometers, including the coasts of all its islands — which constitute 10.9 thousand kilometers for the total. Is that enough coast for you?

Diving here is brilliant. There are many places that are good for technical divers. Plenty of wrecks and grottos… great spots for recreational divers (most of the divers in Greece are recreational), as well as simple, entry-level spots for those who are only starting on their adventure with diving. Greece will completely satisfy any diver's tastes. Rocks and underwater mountain chains conceal many recesses and natural shelters for marine animals. Fish species common to the Mediterranean swim in the depths around Greece. This is also a country where you can also find turtles, dolphins, wings, barracuda, sea horses, nudibranches, rays, and large groupers.

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What are the best dive sites in Greece

With just a little research beforehand, then the help of some friendly locals on-location, you can be sure that you will have a great time on your vacation. It is worth choosing places where you will have to move a lot (on walks, etc.) Otherwise, the Greek cuisine, fine wines and delicacies may cause you to come home with a few extra pounds than you left with — if you catch our drift…

In Attiki, near Anavyssos, you can find the Nordic wreck of the MV Kyra Eleni. This was a transport vessel that sank on January 5, 1978, after breaking in half. The stern rests at a depth of 17 meters, and the bow at 30 meters. In the 80s, divers excavated some of the ship's equipment. Now the wreck is an apartment for many sea creatures. Diving is pleasant and quite easy. There are no sea currents in the area, and visibility ranges from 20 to 40 meters.

The lesser known islands are also worth recommending. For example, near the island of Kea lies the wreck of the HMHS Britannic - a British steam passenger ship, which sank in 1916 and was discovered by Jacques Cousteau in 1975.

Greece is a very good destination for both divers and their families and friends — even if they aren't divers themselves. This a fantastic diving destination with a variety of underwater secrets that are suitable for beginning divers and well as those that are highly technical and advanced. The area has good infrastructure, great facilities, well-equipped diving bases, a nice and friendly atmosphere, and of course: great food. If you are looking for the all-around best diving/vacation destination, look no further than Greece!