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SCUBA DIVING IN GREECE: untapped scuba dive marvels. Divers’ Reviews
Greece borders the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is the twelfth largest coastline in the world and has a vast number of islands. It would make for an ideal scuba diving location. However, before 2005, divers could not access the 8500 miles of Greek coastline due to protection of marine treasures. Since then, the restrictions have been lifted and divers have plenty to rejoice about.
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Scuba Diving in Greece I Untapped Mediterranean Dive Marvels I Ediving.com I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews fo… Scuba Diving in Greece I Untapped Mediterranean Dive Marvels I Ediving.com I Scuba Diving Directory & Reviews fo… Presentation Transcript

  • SCUBA DIVING IN GREECE• INTRODUCTION & CLIMATE• CRETE, HOME OF THE MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL• NORTH AEGEAN ISLANDS, DISCOVERING PRISTINE SCUBA DIVE SPOTS• CYCLADES, PRASONISIA & ALL THE BEST• IONIAN ISLANDS• OTHER INFORMATION• ABOUT THE AUTHOR 1
  • SCUBA DIVING IN GREECE: untapped mediterranean dive marvelsGreece borders the Aegean Sea, Ionian Sea, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is thetwelfth largest coastline in the world and has a vast number of islands.It would make for an ideal scuba diving location.However, before 2005, divers could not access the 8500 miles of Greek coastlinedue to protection of marine treasures. Since then, the restrictions have beenlifted and divers have plenty to rejoice about.CLIMATEClimate in Greece is mainly Mediterranean. Summers are sunny, hot and drysummers in southern Greece, however northern Greece has freezing winters andhot/humid summers. The average water temperature in the winter is 55 °F (13 °C)and 75 °F (24 °C) in the summer. 2
  • CRETE, HOME OF THEMEDITERRANEAN MONK SEALCrete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands. You can find manygood caves, gaps and reefs, perfect for octopus, moray eels and groupers.On the north part of the island, the Skinaria Wall and Skinaria Cave arepopular dive sites. The Panormo dive site reaches depths of 112 ft. (35 m.)with caves and shoals full of fish; you can find a Venetian anchor cemetery.On the south side of the island, the Damnoni site is a standout. It is a three-partcave with a tunnel system full of fish; it has deep canyons, grasslands and mounts.It really is a remarkable dive.Expect to see the saddled sea bream, the ornate wrasse and silversides. Keep aneye open for the stripped dolphins as you go to spots from the boat. 3
  • Crete is one of the few natural habitats of the Mediterranean monk seals, acritically endangered species of seals.Crete is the center of the Minoan civilization, the earliest high culture in Europe.A visit to the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum is a must.Balos has breathtaking views and a beautiful lagoon; it is located in the Chaniaarea. Chrissi Island in the Ierapetra region is a great peaceful beach trip. 4
  • NORTH AEGEAN ISLANDS, DISCOVERINGPRISTINE SCUBA DIVE SPOTSThe Aegean Islands are a strip of islands stretching between Turkey and Greece. There aremany good spots and plenty of cultural activities. The coastline of Lesvos holds many smallbays and coves in clear waters which offer plenty of dives sites all around the coast.To the north east of the island, Palios has great reefs, visibility is excellent and a lot ofplant life can be found. The clear waters make dives in Lesvos suitable for all levels. Themore advance divers might like the cave sites more, like Lamania, where you may also letyou drift.Scuba in Samos has only taken off in recent years, so many of the sites arepristine. The Samos Panagias Rocks (cave) is suitable for all level divers and it’s one of themost interesting dive sites in Samos. It has great visibility and it is a good site to findoctopus.Agios Ioannis Bay in Thasos also offers good dive sites. The standout is unquestionably theVolcano Tears site for it´s underwater lava formations. A visit to the hot springs in LesvosIsland is definitely one of the best things to do when visiting this Aegean Island. 5
  • CYCLADES, PRASONISIA & ALL THE BESTThe Cyclades are composed of 39 islands, 24 of which are inhabited. They are the mostfamous of all Greek islands where one can find cosmopolitan night life as well as isolatedpeace and tranquility.The island of Mikonos offers divers reefs and caves, and hasthe Prasonisia dive spot, considered to be one of the best in Greece. Shoals of barracudaand mackerels can be found here and it´s a good area to find weever fish. To the south eastwe find the islet of Dragonisi with its spectacular underwater rock formations.Paros has the famous dive site The Cathedral; it has impressive rock formations coveredin sponges. The beautiful beaches and charming villages in Paros are a popular vacationdestination for locals and foreigners.Santorini is a small circular archipelago and most the diving is done around the Caldera areaand off the coast of Kamari. Santorini is the remains of a huge volcanic explosion that brokethe one island into smaller ones. There are about 30 dive sites in Santorini. The AkrotiriTown is a must see, this Minoan town is preserved in volcanic ash like Pompeii. 6
  • IONIAN ISLANDSThe Ionian Island offers a variety of caves, shipwrecks and reefs dives. Corfu has themost dive sites including the HMS Regulus wreck, sunk by a mine in 1945.The Odysseus, also in Corfu, is a beautiful area with canyons and caves. The Sky Hole hasinteresting rock formations and the light coming from the open ceiling creates beautifullight effects. Off Kassiopi is the ancient Nissopoulo wreck of what is believed to be a Greekor Roman vessel.The Zante Islands have rich marine life such as white bream, dolphin fish, barracudas,amber jacks and loggerhead sea turtles.Paxos, the smallest group of the Ionian Islands, has the famous dive site Alexander’s Cave, asignificantly big cave that goes inside the mountain for about 190 ft. (60 m.).Paleokastritsa is a series of bays where you can sunbathe on the beaches, the water is veryclear so snorkeling is really good.Porto Katsiki in Lefkada has turquoise waters next to lazy rock cliffs. It is said to be one themost outstanding beaches in Greece and all of Europe. 7
  • OTHER INFORMATIONDIVE CENTERS LISTED IN GREECEArian Diving Centre / Blue Diving Center / Blue Island Divers / DanielDiving / DiveWorld Scuba Center / European Diving Institute / Go Dive Ios / SifnosDiving Center / ZoumbosubMore Information about Scuba Diving in GREECETo find & book an hotel recommended by our Dive Operators:http://www.ediving.com/hotels-for-scuba-divers/To contact us:contact@ediving.comTo register your Dive Operation on Ediving (Full Business Listing is FREE): 8
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR Thomas SACCONE is a former financial manager who discovered scuba diving in Costa Rica in 2007. Since then, he is only satisfied when underwater. 9