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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

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.
Awesome experience!!!!  Apollo Dive Center , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 11th September 2013 by datamodel
Thank you Chris and Maria for the most pleasant experience in achieving my PADI Open Water certification. You guys are an amazing team and I hope to join you next season for further mastering my diving skills; and maybe even doing an internship :) XOXO
SAFETY FIRST, GREAT ATMOSPHERE, BEAUTIFUL DIVING  Apollo Dive Center , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 3rd September 2013 by PMOISY
Great week diving with Maria and Chris. We had our 2 youngest take their Open Water Diver license, and my older and I taking the Advanced. I am delighted with the quality of training we received, with a strict focus from Chris on safety above anything else and the patience...
Dive Excellence  Apollo Dive Center , Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 29th July 2013 by KarenD
I have just returned from a fantastic few days diving with Chris & Maria at Apollo Dive Centre in Nissaki, Corfu. They really do cater for all levels of experience and I can't recommend them highly enough. I watched quite a few newbies blossom into confident Open Water Divers in...
Very disappointed  Trident Scuba Diving School, Greece 1 Star Rating Added: 9th July 2013 by Divelove
My husband and I had planned a day of diving in April. I had gone back and forth with the manager of Trident for over a month, setting up all details. When we arrived in Rhodes, we waited for 2 hrs to be picked up in the agreed spot. No...
Kallithea divng  Trident Scuba Diving School, Greece 5 Star Rating Added: 23rd April 2013 by killiekrankie
First dive in 2 years and was led by the hand by the team. Very professional, friendly and courteous. They even inspired my wife to snorkel - a woman who swims without getting her face wet.
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