Greece is a great destination for the summer holidays, especially for those who love sailing or diving. Everywhere you go, the Aegean Sea is gorgeous, and the many islands – like Santorini or Mykonos – offer different seabeds to explore.
So, let’s discover some of the best diving spots in Greece!
One of the most beautiful diving spots in Greece is without a doubt the Blue Caves on the island of Zakynthos.
They consist of a succession of caves along the northwest coast of the island, Agios Nikolaos, and then end near Cape Skinari. This stretch of coast is characterized by high cliffs, which bright white color contrasts the deep blue sea.
The name, Blue Caves, comes from a natural phenomenon: the sunlight hits the seabed in a particular way, creating incredible reflects that make the underwater world even more magical.
People can explore some of the caves with a small-medium boat, but others are only for experienced swimmers and divers.
Cape Sounion, near Athens, is a promontory that in ancient times was quite famous since it was the last strip of land that sailors and soldiers saw while moving away from the coast. Today, it is a great spot for diving enthusiasts. What makes it so popular is the fact that it combines culture and sport. In fact, here are the ruins of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Poseidon.
In short, you can swim in the crystal clear waters of the Saronic Gulf, perhaps meet dolphins, explore the thriving underwater life, and then visit the ruins and admire an incredible view of the Gulf and the nearby islands.
Santorini is a gorgeous island where you can see some of the most beautiful sunsets of your life. The main reason is the panorama. In fact, in ancient times Santorini was a volcano and the caldera is still visible today.
Fortunately, the area of the volcanic crater is also one of the best diving spots in Greece. The seabed is full of lava stones and the many thermal springs make the water warm. And once you are tired of swimming (is it really possible?) you have towns like Fira and Oia waiting for you.
We know that Mykonos is famous for its beaches and clubs, but the island offers excellent opportunities for both beginners and more experienced divers. The cliffs of Kalafkonia and Lia, the beach of Agia Anna, and the Caves of Tragonisi are just a few examples. And what about Anna II? If you like wrecks, this dive is for you. In fact, 36 meters below the surface of the sea are the remains of a 62-meter cargo ship. It is still in good condition: if you are an expert diver, you can also enter several cabins!
Speaking of wrecks, among the best diving spots in Greece we must absolutely include the island of Kea, not far from Athens. In fact, at 120 meters deep, two miles off the island, is the wreck of the Britannic.
If you don’t know, the Britannic was the sister ship of the Titanic. It sank in 1916, in just under an hour, presumably due to a German mine. Then, Jacques Cousteau discovered the remains in the 1970s. Today, the wreck is still in good condition and, of course, it is extremely fascinating.
One of the most popular diving areas is certainly around the town of Chania, in Crete. The underwater world here is full of life. For example, you can see the rare black corals! And then, stone arches and rock barriers of volcanic origin make the dive more stimulating.
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and fly to Greece for an unforgettable diving adventure!