Of all the great Mediterranean destinations for scuba diving, nowhere is as exciting as Greece and the Greek islands. There is a cornucopia of wrecks to explore as well as amazing sea life, vast underground caves, and a varied and beautiful coastline. Greece is exceptionally beautiful—a sun and beach lover’s paradise as well as a country boasting some of the most incredible historical sites and idyllic towns and villages in the world. Wherever you stay in the Greek islands, you’ll find world-famous beaches, beautiful seas, and a divine culture and cuisine. You’ll get incredible scuba diving opportunities too, and here we look at six of the best destinations to explore.
Scuba Diving Holidays in Corfu
Corfu is one of the most beautiful Greek Islands and well worth scuba diving from. Whether you’re a first-time diver or an expert, Corfu offers a beautiful diving experience. The rocky coves are excellent for exploring, and the large reefs on the southwest of the island are well worth exploring at length. Visibility is good with great sights to see, including the Akoli Reef and the wreck of the British minesweeper Regulus, sunk by a mine in 1945.
Scuba Diving Holidays in Crete
As the largest of the Greek islands, Crete has exceptional diving opportunities and is an incredible place to learn more expert-level techniques, including night diving, deep diving, cave diving, and wall diving. The variety of terrain and options makes this a fantastic destination with plenty of incredible sights, including half-submerged Greek remains, a Messerschmitt fighter from WW2, and the incredible El Greco cave. The diving opportunities on the island are fantastic, but it’s also a beautiful island to stay on and explore with the Samaria Gorge, the Minoan palace of Knossos, idyllic scenery, and wonderful beaches.
Scuba Diving Holidays in Cyclades
The Cyclades comprise Santorini, Ios, Paros, Tinos, Mykonos, and Sifnos and are amongst the most beautiful islands in Greece. The diving here is incredible with plenty of ocean wrecks, vast underwater caverns, and challenging reefs to explore along the coasts. You can find some of the best diving schools in Greece on Mykonos and Santorini and a plethora of organised trips and training. Any of the islands provide you with a beautiful location to explore, and the lively party resorts and quieter beachside towns give the whole island chain plenty of excitement. There are ruins to explore and some of the most beautiful Mediterranean landscapes to enjoy.
Scuba Diving in Sporades Islands
The Sporades Islands and the Aegean Archipelago offer one of the most densely packed areas of shipwrecks from ancient times and the Middle Ages. The seas around Skopelos and Alonissos are particularly packed with many outlined wrecks waiting for you to explore. The reefs, caves, and rocky coastlines make for fantastic diving for advanced scuba divers, while most of the islands offer scuba schools for all abilities. Alonissos is a beautiful, thin, and long island with quite a rugged coast as well as beautiful sandy beaches. The island is perfect for day-to-day hiking and beach relaxation but even better for scuba diving. Skopelos is equally stunning and offers beautiful beaches and Venetian architecture to explore.
Scuba Diving in Kefalonia
Kefalonia boasts five great scuba diving schools, and tours are on offer covering night diving, cave diving, and wreck diving, as well as courses for all levels of diver. It’s a fantastic location with calm waters, deep caves, and plenty of wrecks to explore. There are also beautiful coves and stormy reefs to explore, with a varied terrain underwater and above it. Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands and boasts an incredible history and culture. The natural landscape is superb, with Mount Ainos, Melissani’s underground lake, Mrytos beach, and the sprawling plains and poppy fields providing a truly idyllic destination.
Scuba Diving in Dodecanese
The Dodecanese islands offer some fantastic diving and beautiful scenery to explore. Rhodes is the hub of diving in the region with fantastic scuba schools and very interesting guided tours on offer. There are wrecks in the region to visit from both world wars and from ancient times, and beautiful welcoming islands. Rhodes itself is bursting with ancient and natural sights to explore, including the impressive Acropolis of Rhodes and the Nisyros volcano. If you want to mix sightseeing with scuba diving and spending time on beautiful, pristine beaches, then Rhodes, or any of the Dodecanese islands, is the perfect destination for your holiday.
Wherever you choose to spend your diving holiday in the Greek islands, you’ll be guaranteed a fantastic holiday. Choosing rented accommodation saves you a lot of money, so you’ll still have plenty of time and money for scuba diving to your heart’s content. Before you dive, make sure you have permission and don’t take anything from beneath the sea as Greece has very strict guidelines on diving. With that in mind, we hope you have a great scuba diving holiday!