Ideal conditions and unparalleled Greek natural beauty have made Greece one of the most popular destinations for sports activities at sea. Sailing, scuba diving, kitesurfing and wakeboard. Which are the most beloved destinations for water sports in Greece? Discover them here!
Discover impressive underwater caves with stalactites, shipwrecks (that date back to the Byzantine period and earlier), rock walls, breathtaking reefs, ancient amphoras, Mediterranean coral, fossilised plants, sponges and a multitude of fish. Scuba diving in Greece, where the water provides superb visibility, is a journey through natural underwater worlds and a search for treasures left behind by ancient civilisations.
The areas of underwater discovery in Greece are many, with the stars being the Greek islands. Specialised centres operate at each, with qualified and certified divers on hand for training, equipment to rent and speedboats to drive you out to the most interesting spots.
In Santorini, you’ll discover exceptional diving locations are the Taxiarchis shipwreck, Palia Kameni and Cape Tripiti on Thirasia. In Mykonos, you’ll find the haunting wreck at Kalafatis, the reefs at Paradise and Super Paradise, the well-preserved sunken ships Peloponnisos and Anna II. You’ll be in heaven exploring the seabed surrounding the nearby islet of Rhenia.
And in Paros, you’ll admire the shipwrecks of Marianna, Beaufighter and the underwater beauty of Frouros, Tourlitis, Vryokastro and the bay of Santa Maria.
In Kefalonia, scuba diving will be an experience of a lifetime. You’ll discover the wonders of the Melissani Cave. In Zakynthos, in the area around the Keri Lake, you’ll explore the caves, while at other spots on the island, if you’re lucky, you’ll swim with Caretta caretta loggerhead turtles and the famous Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus monachus.
You’ll be impressed by the underwater caves at Agia Pelagia, near Heraklion.
It’s just a matter of time before supervised, organised diving is allowed in the National Marine Park of Alonissos. Within its boundaries, and very near the island of Peristera, there are two of the most important shipwrecks in the world.
The classic wreck of Peristera at Pethamenos changed scientific opinion about the shipbuilding capabilities of the ancient Greeks. Additionally, at Vasilikos Bay you’ll find the largest Byzantine shipwreck in the world. The number of amorphae here exceed 4,000.
The waters off Leros have been likened to an underwater museum and boast vibrant and colourful seabeds, while Kalymnos is famous for its long tradition of sponge diving.