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Greece’s Ten Best Scuba Diving Spots

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Sykati Beach, Kalymnos. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain

Greece is a country with over sixteen thousand kilometers (9,942 miles) of spectacular coastline, which makes it a scuba diver’s paradise, offering diving enthusiasts the time of their lives. Here, Greek Reporter offers you some of the top spots for scuba diving in the country.

The volcanic island of Nea Kameni near Santorini

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The view of Santorini from Nea Kameni. Credit: Olaf Tausch /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

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The area surrounding the volcanic island of Santorini provides marvelous opportunities for scuba diving enthusiasts.

One of the best spots, known as Nea Kameni, is an uninhabited island across from Santorini, which was also the site of a gigantic ancient volcanic eruption.

There are plenty of things to explore in this area, including diverse and fascinating marine life, as well as underwater sea caves and even a shipwreck.

The wreck of the “Santa Maria,” a steel passenger ship measuring 34 meters (111 feet) long, lies southeast of the island in Taxiarachis Bay.

The ship, which sank in 1975, lies at a depth of only 18 meters (59 feet), which makes it ideal for scuba divers of all experience levels.

An ancient volcanic eruption not far off has created beautiful sea caves and underwater lava formations which are another treat for divers.

The Wreck of the Anna II off Mykonos is perfect for expert scuba divers

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A secluded beach in Mykonos. Credit: Rene Boulay/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Mykonos may be justifiably known as the “Greek party island,” but scuba divers can also enjoy an underwater party there as well!

Lovers of wreck diving can really get their fix in this scuba paradise.

The Anna II, at 62 meters (203 feet) long, is a cargo ship which sunk to the southeast of Mykonos.

It makes a fun and fascinating playground for wreck diving experts. The ship, which lies 25 meters (82 feet) deep, is completely accessible for exploration and is still in great condition.

The nearby area is as equally as captivating as the ship wreck, with its mesmerizingly lovely reef and colonies of sea sponges.

Mirmigi Reef, Lesvos: A unique scuba diving experience in Greece

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A beach on the Greek island of Lesvos. Credit: Jordan Kapantais /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Located off the northwest coast of Lesvos, Mirmigi Reef is a very well-known dive site for its underwater volcanic formations and its abundant marine life, as well as its interesting topography.

Mirmigi is great for beginners as well as advanced divers since the reef starts at a depth of just five meters (16 feet) and progresses down to a depth of 36 meters (118 feet).

It makes for an extremely rewarding dive, since there are no currents and the crystal-clear waters provide excellent visibility.

4. Schinaria, Crete

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Schinaria Beach in Crete. Credit: Uoaei1 /wikimedia commons/CC BY-SA 4.0

Another great spot for scuba divers is found off Schinaria Beach, in the north of Crete. This small area includes habitat for black-fish, octopus, moray eels, and many other marine species.

Schinaria Beach is a must if you’d like to experience diverse marine life, with crystalline waters and great visibility. Most dive shops in Crete offer dive trips to this location.

5. Elephant’s Cave, Crete

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Elephant Cave, Crete. Credit: Screenshot from Nikolaos Giannoulakis/ChaniaDiving/Youtube

How about experiencing an unforgettable, completely unique dive near Chania city in Crete? The “Elephant’s Cave” is a partially-filled underwater cave which has stunning white and red stalactites and stalagmites.

Once inside the cave, divers can view fossilized remains of an extinct type of elephant, including its teeth, vertebrae, and a single large tusk.

Scuba diving in the wreck of a WWI ship in Greece

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Britannic shipwreck, Kea. Credit: Screenshot from Lusitania25/YouTube

The HMHS Britannic was a WWI hospital ship which sunk in 1916 off the coast of Kea, a small Aegean island which is also known as “Tzia.”

This dive is quite complex and deep, and for this reason dive trips to this location only accept those who are experienced divers.

The Wreck of the HMS Perseus in Zakynthos

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Zakynthos. Credit: Christaras A /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

The Ionian island of Zakynthos is a top destination for tourists of all stripes, with its jaw-dropping beaches, steep cliffs, and pulsating nightlife.

However, it has even more to offer, as it is also a well-regarded scuba diving destination due to the famous wreck of the HMS Perseus.

This wreck is a very interesting one which is different from most. The Perseus was a British submarine, built in 1029, which sunk in 1941 during the Second World War after it hit an Italian mine off the coast of Zakynthos.

The sub lies 52 meters (170 feet) below the surface, so it is only accessible by very advanced divers who are certified in deep diving.

The Turtle Island of Zakynthos, where divers come face-to-face with sea turtles

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Loggerhead turtle near Marathonisi, Zakynthos. Credit: Funfood /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

A must-visit for all scuba divers is the uninhabited island of Marathonisi, off Zakynthos.

This is one of the main nesting areas for loggerhead sea turtles so divers are sure to be rewarded with sights of these magnificent creatures.

You may also get to view parrot-fish, flying fish, eels, and octopus in their natural habitats.

So how about enjoying a day under the crystal-clear azure seas with some loggerhead turtles?

Greece is not only a paradise above the surface of its waters. Its rich marine life and many fascinating wrecks offer unforgettable experiences to any scuba diver who explores the depths of its azure seas.

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