Only recently opened to recreational diving, scuba divers in Greece will discover a pristine and prolific underwater seafaring history.
Bordered by the Aegean, the Ionian and the Mediterranean Seas, Greece is quickly becoming a scuba diving hot spot. Until 2005, the government greatly restricted diving in order to protect the vast number of ancient artifacts, sculptures and important archaeological relics being removed from underwater sites. Restrictions have been eased and its underwater history has been opened to scuba divers. Scuba divers may find unexplored dive sites among the dozens of islands scattered around Greece’s Ionian and Aegean Seas. The potential for exciting new discovers is luring scuba divers to Greece, making it a top liveaboard diving holiday destination. Liveaboard.com offers great itineraries on the best Greece liveaboards. Dive sites abound in the seas surrounding Greece. As such, a Greece liveaboard diving holiday is the perfect way to explore many of them. Among the historical underwater expanse is a considerable amount of sea life. The Aegean and Ionian Seas are home to nudibranchs, invertebrates, crabs, shrimp, eels, seahorses and octopi to name a few. A Greece sea safari will take scuba divers to the best dive site in the Ionian and Aegean Seas. Greece’s Chios Island features caves, tunnels, walls, reefs and wrecks and has been voted one of the best dive sites in the world. Shoals of salpas, tunnies, colourful wrasses, sarguses, and perch can be seen. The Nisopoulo wreck, which is either Greek or Roman, is surrounded with amphora and vibrant reefs are found nearby. Marathonissi, also known as Turtle Island, offers divers the opportunity to see giant loggerhead turtles, octopus, moray eels, cuttlefish, flying fish, grouper, bream, wrasse and parrotfish. The island of Santorini also lures scuba divers to its submerged volcano where they may float above its abyss for a surreal sensation. Greece liveaboard diving holidays offer scuba divers hassle free diving, high quality service and luxury accommodations for the ultimate adventure.
While scuba diving is a year round activity in Greece, spring and summer offer the best sea conditions. Water temperatures range from 16C in the winter months to 27C during the summer. Air temperatures range from 11C in the winter to 30C in the summer. During the spring and summer seasons, visibility often exceeds 20 meters.