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Scuba diving in Greek waters

Clear water, teeming marine life, caves and shipwrecks attract thousands of scuba divers to Greek waters each year. Until recently diving was limited to just a few dive sites to protect the many ancient underwater treasures.

Now restrictions have been lifted and many new areas have been opened up for scuba diving. Scuba diving is now allowed in all Greek seas, except where specific prohibitions apply. In response, there has been a sharp rise in Greek diving centres.

Many Greek island scuba dive centres now offer scuba diving lessons and yacht-based diving tours. In choosing a dive centre check that the instructors have PADI qualifications and that equipment is either new or regularly serviced. Diving can be dangerous with underwater currents a particular hazard. It's a good idea to take out specialist Scuba diving insurance in case of accidents.

Spear fishing is a popular pastime for scuba divers but take care. It is illegal to spear fish in Greece without a licence. To get a licence apply to the port authority of the island you visit. It usually takes about a week to get one. Visit the PADI site for more information.

The scuba dive centres listed here mostly have their own websites where you can check out details such as qualification, equipment, dive spots and courses on offer.

To learn more about diving visit the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) site. Dive centres come and go but this list has been checked for the 2015 holiday season. If your site is not listed here and you think it should be then please email me on Greek Island Postcards. Listing is free.

 

Diving in the north-Aegean

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The north-eastern Aegean has many good prospects for Scuba diving in the Greek islands with islands offering diving lessons and activities being Lesvos, Samos and Thassos. Lesvos has a wealth of dive sites right around the coast. There are popular dive spots are off the islet of Agios Georgis, near Petra, where there are several rock slides and some interesting reefs. Even better reefs are found in the northeast at Palios with good visibility and many plants. In the southeast, the islets off Tarti have exceptionally clear water and good marine life while at nearby Vatera are the wrecks of a couple of commercial ships.

Diving in Samos has only taken off in comparatively recent years. The dive sites around the coast therefore offer almost virgin diving conditions with sponge wall coverings and many varieties of fish. The relatively undisturbed sites mean you are unlikely to meet other diving groups and there is particularly clear water full of eels, starfish, octopus, lobster and more.

Thassos has several notable dive sites off the coast including popular sites such as Agios Ioannis Bay and off Seagull Island. One of the more interesting is the dive site called Volcano Tears with some remarkable underwater lava formations.

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Diving on Lesvos

Odyssey Dive Club

Odyssey Dive Club Skala Erresos

British run and owned, Odyssey has been operating for many years and was the first PADI centre to operate in Greece. Originally based in Halkidiki, it now has dive centres in Limnos and Lesvos. Diving lessons for beginners to professionals.

Skala Eressos • +30 6976 762282 • webmaster@odysseydive.com

 

Dive clubs on Samos

Aegean diving

Aegean Scuba Pythagorion

Dozens of courses from beginner training to Divemaster from PADI professionals at the Greek-owned and run Aegean Scuba Dive Club based near Pythagorion. Special programmes for children.

Pythagorion • +30 22730 61194 • info@aegeanscuba.gr
 

Thassos dive clubs

Thassos diving

Diver to Diver Pefkari

The first certified scuba diving school on Thassos is based at Pefkari. There are CMAS and PADI recreational and professional diving courses. The centre has a Zodiac(75HP), 20-diver boat and classrooms.

Pefkari • +30 259 3051286 • jfdivers@gmail.com
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Vasiliadis Diving Club Thassos

Based in Potos, this is run by an A-class scuba diving instructor, PADI OWSI (expertise in shipwreck diving, search and recovery). It specialises in shipwreck dives, caves and coral reefs. In winter ,dives are in the Kavala area.

Potos • +30 694 4542974 • info@scuba-vas.gr
   
 

Scuba diving in Crete

Crete map

The impressive rock formations that western Crete is famous for, such as the Samaria Gorge, continue underwater, especially along the dramatic south coast. Here divers can find many good caverns, gaps and reefs offering shelter to octopus, moray eel, grouper and a wide variety of other marine life. There are depth walls with good drop off points along the south coast especially around the Plakias area. Besides the many sponges, spiny lobsters, crayfish and cuttlefish, divers can also see barracuda, perch and much more.

Popular dive sites on the south coast are at Skinaria which has several underwater canyons overgrown with colourful flora. The north coast diving slope at Panormo reaches a depth of 35 meters with small overgrown caves full of shoals of fish and a Venetian anchor 'cemetery'. The Damnoni three-part cave is linked by narrow tunnels and is full of marine life.

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Crete diving

Atlantis Rethymnon

The Atlantis Diving Center began in 1993 at the Rithymna Beach Hotel, near Rethymnon. Since 2002 there has been a branch at the Grecotel Club Marine Palace in Panormo. Diving to PADI standards with courses for beginners to advanced divers.

Rethymnon • +30 2831 71640 • atlant@otenet.gr
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Blue Adventures Chania

Based in the old harbour at Chania, the centre offers dives for everyone from beginners to certified divers including wall diving, deep diving, cave diving and night diving. Speciality cave dives west of Chania.

Chania • +32 8210 40608 • badiving@otenet.gr
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Dive Together Plakias

PADI dive resort offers scuba diving courses on all levels of training from April to November. For everyone, from those with no previous experience in diving to those seeking a PADI diver license to become a certified diver.

Plakias • +30 28320 32313 • crete@dive2gether.com
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Kalypso Rock's Palace Rethymnon

Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, close to Plakias, Rethymnon, Kalypso Rocks Palace dive center welcomes you to enjoy the most unforgettable experience of your holiday.

Rethymnon • +30 +30 6940517120 • info@kalypsodivecenter.com
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Omega Divers Almyrida

Based at Almyrida, near Chania, Omega Divers is a new PADI Center established in 2011 offering recreational diving for visitors as well as a wide range of courses for both novice and experienced divers.

Almyrida, Chania • +30 28250 31412 • info@omegadivers.com
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Paradise Diving Center Rethymnon

PADI centre offers daily dives to caves and wrecks,from beginners to experienced divers. There are also PADI courses to Divemaster standard as well as speciality courses such as night diving and search and recovery.

Rethymnon • +30 28310 26317 • info@diving-center.gr
   
 

Diving in the Cyclades

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The Cyclades offers a wide range of scuba diving sites and, as ferry connections are usually good, it is possible to take in several islands. Most of the Mykonos dive centres are based in the south coast beach resorts where there are good reefs and caves, with the spectacular dive spot of Prasonisia considered one of the best. There is the wreck of the Greek cargo ship Peloponniso off the northeast coast but this is a difficult dive. To the southeast is the islet of Dragonisi where there are some spectacular underwater rock formations.

Naxos has some notable dive sites including the triple caverns at Padieronissi islet between Paros and Antiparos known as the Mermaid's Cave, the wreck of the cargo ship Marianna which sunk in 1982 in a severe storm and a British bomber from World War Two off the coast at Cape Kouroupas.

Paros has the Cathedral dive with impressive rock formations and walls covered in sponges, reefs that often teem with barracuda and the wreck of a Greek liner while at Santorini there are many dive sites around the caldera and off the coast at Kamari.

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Diving clubs on Ios

Ios scuba diving

Meltemi Dive Centre Ios

Located in the amazing resort of 'Far Out' Meltemi Dive has the latest up to date equipment, qualified teaching and support staff and and prides itself on safety. On site dedicated training pool.

Mylopotas • +30 6980 386990 • info@meltemidive.com
Ios scuba diving

New Dive Center Mylopotas

Mylopotas Watersports has been around since 1986 with kiosks on the beach. As well as New Dive scuba diving they offer waterskis, wakeboard, kneeboard, windsurfing, sailing and more.

Mylopotas • +30 22860 91622/92340 mob: 693 6844 944 • iossport@otenet.gr
 

Mykonos dive clubs

 Mykonos scuba diving

GoDive Lia

Located on Lia Beach on the Mykonos south coast the family-run GoDive offers PADI diving courses, boat dives, snorkelling and more. It boasts a Scubapro Educational Association Dive Centre award.

Lia Beach • +30 6946 957732 • info@godivemykonos.com
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Dive Adventures Paradise

Located on Paradise Beach on the south coast of Mykonos Dive Adventures has reef, cavern and wreck dives as well as courses for beginners. They have three boats and operate from May to October.

Paradise Beach • +30 22890 24808 • info@diveadventures.gr
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Lucky Scuba Divers Ornos

Located at Ornos Beach and at Platy Gialos and Paradise camping they have most dives from a traditional Greek boat, converted for diving and carrying up to 45 people. Owned and run by a Greek family with 30 years of experience.

Ornos • +30 6936.023.000 • info@luckyscubadivers.gr
Greece scuba diving

Mykonos Diving Center Psarou

Since 1978 the Mykonos Diving Center has offered diving excursions for certified divers as well as training for both beginners and experienced divers. They are a PADI facility with a range of diving courses.

Psarou • +30 22890 24808 • info@dive.gr
 

Naxos diving clubs

Naxos diving

Blue Fin Divers Prokopios

Blue Fin Divers was established by diver Panagiotis Niflis in 2006. Equipment consists of a 9 metre boat, latest Paramina compressor, Oceanic and Tiquillio. Approved by the BVQI. Cave, reef and wreck diving. Beginners and advanced.

Agios Prokopios • +30 22850 42629 • info@bluefindivers.gr
 

Dive clubs on Paros

Paros diving

Blue Island Divers Antiparos

Blue Island Divers are the only Dive Centre based on Antiparos and are able to visit sites used exclusively by them. Located 300 metres from the ferry port, their facilities over look the harbour, providing easy access to their boat.

Antiparos • +30 22840 61767 • info@blueisland-divers.gr
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Aegean Diving College Chrissi Akti

The Aegean Diving College on Paros is based at Chrissi Akti. Host Peter Nicolaides, a professional diver, oceanographer and offshore engineer, has worked with National Geographic, Cousteau and many other expeditions.

Chrissi Akti (Golden Beach) • +30 693 27 57 123 • info@aegeandiving.gr
Cycladic Diving

Cycladic Diving Aliki

Offers guide dives and snorkelling in small groups for beginners to full professional PADI diving certification. Director Sara Gorretta has been teaching diving for many years.

Aliki • +30 22840 91008 • info@cycladicdiving.com
Eurodivers Diving

Eurodivers Parikia

Eurodivers us based at Pounda, near Parikia. It was founded in 1995 and run to PADI standards. Trained staff use the latest equipment including Baeur compressors and Dan oxygen kits.

Pounda -Parikia • +30 22840 92071 • info@eurodivers.gr
Octopus Diving

Octopus Sea Trips Chrissi Akti

Octopus Sea Trips offer field programs in the Aegean Sea. They operate from Chrissi Akti and offer snorkelling, diving and a variety of field trips. Scuba diving is tailored to your age and interests to PADI and CMAS standards.

Chrissi Akti (Golden Beach) • +30 22840 43347 • info@octopuseatrips.com
 

Santorini dive clubs

Santorini Diving

Santorini Dive Center Perissa

Santorini Dive center has two stations based at Perissa and Akrotiri. They are a member of the Padi Resort Association, which guarantee the best quality in both services and equipment.

Perissa • +30 22860 83190 • info@divecenter.gr
   
 

Dodecanese diving

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Islands in the Dodecanese offer relatively few scuba diving centres given the large number of island there are in the chain. Most dive centres are concentrated in Rhodes and Kos. In Rhodes, most diving outfits operate out of Mandraki harbour. Kalithea on the northeast coast is one of the major scuba diving locations, with tranquil waters and exciting rock formations, underwater reefs and plenty of marine life. Wrecks can also be found off the coast at Plimri, in the south, and Kamiros, in the north.

The popular holiday island of Kos has a number of diving outfits, most operating out of Kos Town or nearby. The south of the island offers some good dive sites while, in the north, many head off for nearby Kalymnos where the limestone cliffs offer particularly rich dive sites and with good marine life and plenty of impressive caves, some splendid wall dives and large interlinked caverns.

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Diving clubs on Rhodes

DiveMed College

DiveMed College Rhodes Town

Based in Mandraki harbour Dive Med College has been teaching scuba diving since 1982. Courses for professionals to beginners and safety is top priority with the 40-50 highly trained staff at some of the best dive sites on Rhodes.

Rodos • +30 22410 61115 • email on website
Trident Diving

Trident Diving School Rhodes Town

Trident operates out of Mandraki harbour for more than a decade. Dives for complete beginners to experienced PADI qualifications, entry level to Divemaster. Dive trips include cave, wreck and open water dives.

Rodos • +30 22410 29160 • tridentdivingschool@yahoo.com
Waterhoppers Diving

Waterhoppers Rhodes Town

Based at Mandraki harbour the Waterhoppers Diving School is a PADI 5 star diving centre established in 1978. Courses from one day Discover Scuba to instructor level. Highly qualified, experienced and multi- lingual instructors.

Rodos • +30 22410 38146 • info@waterhoppers.com
 

Kos diving clubs

Arian Diving

Arian Diving Centre Kardamena

The Arian Diving Centre was established in 1978 and is based in Kardamena. Courses for beginners and experienced divers. A fully- equipped section for all kinds of scuba diving such as nitrox, trimix, deep diving etc.

Kardamena • +30 22420 92776 • arian@arian-diving-centre.com
Kos Diving

Kos Divers Psalidi

Based at Psalidi and at nearby Kipriotis, Kos Divers was founded in 2003. It is a PADI centre with lifeguards training and commercial diving services. They offer beginner dives, boat and shore dives and tuition up to PADI Divemaster.

Psaldi • +30 2242021553 • info@kosdivers.com
Sea Spirit Diving

Sea Spirit Dive Resort Kos Town

Located at the Grecohotel Kos Imperial Thalasso, the Sea Spirit diving resort caters for all, from child first-timers to certified divers. They have PADI and CMAS instructors.

Kos Town • +30 242 026988 • info@seaspirit.gr
   
 

Ionian diving

Ionian map

Scuba diving in the Ionian has taken off in a big way with any number of dive centres on most of the islands. Corfu is very popular for diving with several scuba diving centres located all over the island. There are several good underwater caves with open roofs, attractive reefs and shipwrecks around the coast that offer a good day's diving. Wrecks include a World War Two steamship and the British minesweeper HMS Regulus sunk by a mine in 1945. Also off Kassiopi is the ancient wreck of what is believed to be a Greek or Roman vessel. Popular caves are the Barbaro Caves in the northeast with four large caves and six smaller ones.

The Ionian Sea around Kefalonia offers one of the best scuba diving spots in Europe. Expect sheer walls and overhangs, some fine caves and several wrecks, notably a German cargo shipwreck from World War Two. With an average visibility of 30-40 metres and mild temperatures average sea temperatures of 24°C there are good opportunities for underwater photography.

Lefkas has only recently surfaced as a dive centre island. The limestone coast has many reefs, caves and caverns while marine life is mainly octopus, barracuda, moray eel, grouper, sea bream, damsel and lobster. In early April the sea temperature is usually around 17°C but this quickly warms to 23°C in June.

A rich and varied marine life around Zante includes octopus, barracuda, moray eels, large grouper, tuna, turtles (caretta caretta), crayfish, langusta, white bream, bluefish, dolphin fish, greater amberjacks, parrotfish and many other varieties. The average water temperature is 27°C, and with visibility up to 40 metres. Popular dive site are around reefs and caves off the Keri coast.

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Corfu diving clubs

Achilleon Diving

Achilleon Diving Center Paleokastritsa

Open since 2001 Achilleon is run by Angeliki Korologuu a PADI Open Water and CMAS instructor. Divemasters are PADI trained with years of experience. Equipment is serviced annually and all dives are monitored by computer.

Paleokastritsa - Ermones • +30 6932729011 • divingcorfu@yahoo.gr
Corfu Diving

Corfu Diving Fun Club Ag. Georgios

Courses for beginners, PADI, Open Water and Dive master run by qualified instructors. Caves, wrecks, deep and night diving at a variety of dive sites around the island. Open daily May - Oct.

Ag. Georgios - Pagi • +30 26630 96092 • info@corfudivingfunclub.gr
Corfu Diving

Corfu Divers Kassiopi

A full range of PADI courses and dive packages as well as group and club dive holiday packages are available and singles, families as well as groups are welcome to dive 24 hours a day from April until November.

Kassiopi • +30 26630 81038 • info@corfu-divers.com
Dive Easy

Dive Easy Acharavi

Dives every day. Beginners and experienced divers. Small groups guided by a certified Instructor (special procedures with children). They also offer diving courses. Dive sites depend on weather and divers experience.

Acharavi • +30 26630 29350 • divecorfu@yahoo.com
 

Kefalonia dive clubs

Aquatic World

Aquatic World Diving Club Ag. Efimia

Aquatic World Diving Club, the first diving facility in Kefalonia was established in 1997. It is a PADI Resort and CMAS diving facility. All instructors are professionals and safety equipment includes first aid, oxygen, VHF and GPS.

Agia Efimia • +30 26740 62006 • info@aquatic.gr
Fiskardo Divers

Fiskardo Divers Fiskardo

Fiskardo Divers Eco Dive Resort prides itself on professional, ethical and friendly dive centre. Visitor centre, training courses and numerous dive sites for divers of all levels, including children

Fiscardo • +30 6970 206172 • fiskardodivers@yahoo.com
 

Lefkas diving clubs

Lefkas Diving

Lefkas Diving Centre Nikiana

Based in Mikiana and opened in 1997 Lefkas Diving Centre has CMAS status and runs PADI courses that teach the fundamentals of diving. Experienced divers offered Rescue and Divemaster courses.

Nikiana • +30 26450 72105 • info@lefkasdivingcentre.gr
Nautilus Diving

Nautilus Diving Club Vassiliki

Based at Vassiliki, Nautilus Diving offers all dive courses from Discover Scuba Diving up to the Pro level of Divemaster. Dive sites are along the coast and include caves and caverns as well as a sheer wall.

Vassiliki • +30 26450 31130 • info@underwater.gr
 

Dive clubs on Zante

Diver Paradise

Diver's Paradise Kalamaki

Running since 1998, owner and manager Fanis Nikoloudakis is a PADI IDC staff instructor, CMAS 3 star instructor, DAN instructor and IADS 3 star instructor. The cenre is located in the Louis Zante Beach Hotel in Kalamaki and operates May - Oct.

Kalamaki • +30 26950 51918 • info@diversparadise.gr
Nero Sport Diving

Nero Sport Diving Center Keriou

Nocturnal and cave dives are offered at Nero Sports Centre which has PADI and CMAS certification. Dive sites include the Keri Caves and the islet of Marathonisi. They also offer apartments close to the beach of Limni Keri.

Limni Keriou • +30 26950 49125 • info@nero-sport.de
Turtle Beach Diving

Turtle Beach Diving Center Keriou

Founded in 1997 Turtle Beach runs CMAS diving courses up to Gold and PADI up to Divemaster. Individual training or small groups in German, English, Dutch, Italian or Greek. Up to 15 diving spots to a maximum 40 metres in depth.

Limni Keriou • +30 26950 49424 • karmiri@otenet.gr
   
 

Sporades diving

Sporades map

The sea bed around Sporades islands of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos is thought to have the second largest concentration of ancient and Middle Ages sea wrecks in the world. Many important wrecks have been discovered near the islet of Peristera, including a vessel from the 5th century BC. Diving restrictions have been relaxed and now divers are allowed in several seas around Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos although diving in protected areas is strictly forbidden.

At Alonissos there is the advantage that the area has been classed as a marine park for many years which has meant that wildlife is left relatively undisturbed. Divers can see sponges, corals, lumper eels, blackfish, sea beams, scorpion fish as well as amphorae shards, caves and shipwrecks.

Skiathos does not have many spectacular dive sites but the waters are clear and there is plenty of marine life. Scuba diving is now allowed in some areas around Skopelos but, as yet, no one has set up any scuba diving centres.

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Alonissos diving clubs

Triton Diving

Alonissos Triton Dive Center Patitiri

Run with Albedo Travel and leads in all aspects of scuba diving in this region. The team consists of multilingual diving instructors fully qualified to teach PADI and SSI courses to all levels.

Patitiri • +30-24240-65804 • dive@alonissosholidays.com
Ikion Diving

Ikion Diving Steni Vala

Ikion Diving is based at Steni Vala. Trainers are holders of scuba diving certificates. Customers have dives in selected diving destinations with experienced PADI diving instructors.

Steni Vala • +30 24240 65158 • info@ikiondiving.gr
 

Dive clubs of Skiathos

Dolphin Diving

Dolphin Diving Center Tzaneria

Based at the Hotel Nostos Beach (Tzaneria) Dolphin Diving operates from May to Oct. Scuba diving instructors are recognized by the Greek Diving Federation, CMAS and PADI. Divers get full equipment or you can bring your own.

Nostos Hotel • +30 24270 21599 • ddiving@hol.gr
Octopus Diving

Octopus Diving Club Skiathos

The scuba diving centre is based in Skiathos Town. They have many scuba dive sites and offer discovery/introductory dives and excursions for certified divers as well as PADI dive courses.

Skiathos Town • +30 24270-24549 • info@odc-skiathos.com
Skiathos Diving

Skiathos Diving Center Skiathos

The scuba diving centre is in Skiathos Town and at Koukounaries Beach. It is recognised by PADI and CMAS. Top of the range equipment from manufacturers such as Mares and Technisub. Equipment includes the latest Paramina compressor.

Skiathos Town • +30 69770 81444 • info@skiathosdiving.gr
   
 

Diving in Halkidiki

Halkidiki map

Halkidiki is just an hour's drove from the international airport at Thessaloniki and the gateway to many resorts targeted by international tour operators. It is off the beaten track for many diving firms so what dive sites there are offer near virgin diving with plenty to discover in the very clear waters.

Sponges, eels, octopus and lobster are all in abundance and divers are most unlikely to encounter other groups of divers while out on expeditions. Shipwrecks are a great attraction in the area. The 'Mytilini' a 36 meter long wine carrier that sank in 1961 is one of the more popular sites. She lies 22 metres underwater on the sandy bottom.

The diving season in Halkidki runs from the beginning of April until the end of October and apart from good diving the area has plenty to offer on land with the longest coastline of any region of mainland Greece and dozens of beach holiday resorts, many with clean, Blue Flag holiday beaches.

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Atlantis Diving

Atlantis Diving Center Sithonia

Looking for relaxing scuba diving experience while in Greece? Atlantis provide boat diving, wide range of PADI courses, group or personal style diving, filling station, accommodation and free Wi-Fi.

Nikiti • +30 697 816 5361 • info@atlantis-scubadiving.com
Athos Diving

Athos Scuba Centre Athos

Based at Ouranoupoli, Athos Scuba is a family-run dive centre with a range of PADI courses and activities for children, through beginners to dive master level. More than 12 dive sites - some of the best in the Med.

Ouranoupoli • +30 694707490 • info@athos-scuba.gr