Best Greek Islands for Snorkeling and Diving

creteClear water, ship wrecks and abundant marine life … these are the main reasons why you should consider a diving or snorkeling vacation in Greece.

Sporades Islands: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos

The Greek seabed is one of the richest in ship wrecks, dating back as far as the 5th century B.C. The area around Skopelos, Alonissos and the Marine park have the second largest concentration of ancient and Middle Ages ship wrecks in the entire world.

The most famous ship wreck was found off the coast of Peristera island across Alonissos. It is probably the largest Classical age trade vessel known. It was probably an Athenian vessel carrying a cargo of wine amphorae from Macedonia to Skopelos and Alonissos, areas famous for their wines, which were exported across the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. Those who choose to dive here can see sponges, corals, multi-colored fish amphorae shards, caves and shipwrecks.

On the other hand, Skiathos offers clear waters with plenty of marine life, but no ship wrecks.

Ionian Islands: Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Zante

Corfu is very popular for diving and there are several diving centers on the island. You can see reefs and shipwrecks, as well as caves with open roofs. The shipwrecks include ancient vessels as well as ships sunk in the World War II.

The sea around Kefalonia offers some of the best diving spots in Europe. Beautiful caves and interesting shipwrecks along with sheer walls complete the underwater scenery.

The sea around Lefkas is teaming with marine wildlife (octopus, barracuda, grouper, sea bream and lobster) as well as reefs, caves and caverns. Around Zante you can see the same interesting wildlife around reefs and caves.

Crete

Western Crete is famous for the rock formations which also go underwater. Here divers can see caverns, gaps and reefs which shelter abundant marine wild life such octopus and grouper. On the south coast, divers can see sponges, lobsters, cuttlefish and barracuda among other species.

The Cyclades: Mykonos, Naxos, Paros,Santorini

mykonos
The Cyclades offer an incredible array of scuba diving spots and since it’s very easy and cheap to get to these islands, these areas are very popular among tourists.

The diving spots around Mykonos are mostly based in the south coast beach resorts. This is where the good reefs and caves are.

Around Naxos there are some interesting diving spots, including the Mermaid’s Cave, the wreck of a British bomber sunk in the World War II and the wreck of a cargo ship.

The Cathedral dive is the most impressive diving spot near Paros while in Santorini you can find superb dive sports near the caldera.

The Dodecanese: Kos, Rhodes

Although there are many islands in the group, there are relatively a small number of diving centers. Most of them can be found in Kos and Rhodes.

Kalithea, off the northeast coast of Rhodes, is one of the major diving spots in the area. Plenty of marine life is teaming around the reefs and the rock formations. Off the coast at Plimri there are ship wrecks to explore.

Most of the diving spots in Kos are located off the coast of Kos Town. The limestone caves are teaming with marine wildlife.

The north-eastern Aegean islands: Lesvos, Samos, Thassos

Lesvos offers a wealthy of dive spots. In the northeast part of the island, at Palios, there are excellent reefs teaming with plants and marine wildlife.

Diving in Samos is a relatively new activity so the island’s coast offers almost virgin diving conditions. The clear water is teaming with colorful fish and other marine wildlife.

One of the most interesting diving spots in Thassos is Volcano Tears which offers interesting underwater lava formations.

How to get to the Greek islands:

Ferries connect the islands with the mainland, as well as to each other. By the middle of May the number of ferries one each route increases and you are able to
book the tickets online .

Where to stay on the Greek islands

Affordable hotels are available on each island. If you plan your vacation during the peak travel season, it’s a good idea to book the room ahead of time. Cheaper alternatives, such as hostels , are also available on some bigger islands.

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Diving in Crete
Diving in Mykonos

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