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Greece

The final resting place of the sister ship of the Titanic . . . .
Overview:

Greece is in southern Europe, bordered by the Aegean, the Ionian and the Mediterranean Seas. It's the only country in the EU that doesn’t have any border with the other members.  Here's the map.

Greece is not really known for its scuba diving. Until recently, the government warily restricted diving due to it's paranoia of ancient artifacts and important archaelogical items being removed from underwater sites. Thankfully, the Greek government has loosened many of its regulations on scuba diving, although it is still restrictive for specialty dives like night and wreck dives.

Because there hasn't historically been much recreational diving, much of Greece's underwater expanse is largely unexplored.  This is quite exciting because there are dozens of islands scattered around Greece in the Ionian and Aegean seas with hidden gems yet to be discovered. 

Diving opportunities are everywhere but probably Greece's most famous dive site is that of the HMHS Britannic (sister ship to the Titanic) - lying in about 400 ft (120 m) of water and first discovered and explored by Jacques Cousteau in 1975.  However, due to the depth of this dive, its for technical divers only.  Still, for those of you who aren't, here's the YouTube Video.

What to see:
  • Corfu:  The Nisopoulo wreck which is either a Greek or Roman wreck that is surrounded with amphora.  Also, in the same area are numerous good quality reefs. 
  • Crete: The Messerschmitt ME109 aircraft which lies to the west of Agia Pelagia at a depth of 24 metres is worth diving.
  • Zakynthos:  Marathonissi (Turtle Island) off the Keri Peninsula is probably one of the best dives, where if you're lucky, you will see giant loggerhead turtles, plus octopus, moray eels, cuttlefish, flying fish, grouper, bream, wrasse and parrotfish.
  • A must-dive destination is the island of Santorini which attracts many divers eager to hover above the abyss at one of the most famous volcanoes in the world. 

Need to know:
  • There ae heavy restrictions on where you can dive. The Greek government is attempting to protect unsalvaged ancient sculptures, walls, and other artifacts by limiting scuba diving to a few approved areas.  However, as scuba diving grows in popularity, it seems that some of the restrictions are "unofficially" easing.  See the Underwater Archaeology link below.
  • Due to over fishing, there are not many large fish, although plenty of starfish, octopus and groupers.
  • Spring and Autumn are the best times to visit, the weather has warmed up and the crowds have not yet arrived. However, diving is still relatively undeveloped in the country and you are unlikely to find diving groups fighting for prime sites at any time of year.
Useful stuff:
Language: Greek
Currency: Euro
Time: GMT +2
Climate: Mediterranean
Diving season: Mainly spring & summer, but year round diving is available
Water temperature: Winter 16C (61F)
Summer 27C (82F)
Air temperature: Winter 11C (52F)
Summer 30C (86F)

Europe - Greece: Latest User Reviews

Great staff, excellent service, relaxing dive  Creta's Happy Divers, Hotel Hermes and Coral , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 1st July 2014 by avarto
The staff, especially the manager, is extremely professional. Even though I was really nervous before the dive, I was able to relax and enjoy the dive on the moment we went underwater. I didn't have to worry about anything, they do everything for their customers. The water is clear (as...
Apollo dive centre Corfu  Apollo Dive Center , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 29th June 2014 by NickKia
I do not usually write reviews, but because of our wonderful experience I felt I had to. My family and I had a great time learning from a totally professional dive centre. The absolute focus was safety using practical and knowledgeable tuition resulting in an open water diver qualification. Our...
fantastic experience  Apollo Dive Center , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 19th June 2014 by masterscubadiver
Starting from the first meeting with Chris and Maria I felt at home there and secure , for Chris safety comes first, and this is also of high importance in its center. Everyone is equal, unimportant what certification you have , beginner or dive master or instructor. I have a total of...
A place that you must visit !  Apollo Dive Center , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 3rd June 2014 by Krassen
I would like to thanks to Chris and Maria for one of the best dives, that I ever had! Thank you guys for the great places that you show me, the good advices that you gave me and for the pleasant time that I had with you. The Wreck was...
Inspirational Open Water Course  Aquatic Scuba Diving Club, Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 29th April 2014 by divinggirl
I did my Open Water Course a good few years ago now whilst on holiday in Kefalonia. The staff there were amazing and the owner Makis, who taught me to dive, was one of the reasons I fell head over heels with diving and went on to become an instructor...
Diving holidays with Phoenix dive club  Phoenix Dive Club, Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 11th March 2014 by phoenixdiveclub
Had my best diving holidays ever, thank you!
Great Dive sites  Nautilus Diving Club, Greece 4 Star Rating Added: 4th January 2014 by petala1
I did several dives with nautilus and the atmosphere was very friendly. Also most of the dive sites are very cool.
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