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Greek Island Scuba Diving

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Crystal waters, 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.
Spearfishing is a favourite pastime for scuba divers but take care; it is illegal to spearfish 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 Greece site for more information.
The scuba dive centres listed here mostly have their 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 is checked for the 2018 holiday season. If your site is not listed here and you think it should be, then please email Greek Island Postcards: inbox@greekisland.co.uk and listing is free.


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Scuba diving in Crete

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.
Traditional 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, crowded 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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Atlantis Diving: 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 is to PADI standards with courses for beginners to advanced divers.

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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.

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Dive Together: Plakias Beach

PADI dive resort offers scuba diving courses at 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.

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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 centre welcomes you to enjoy the most unforgettable experience of your holiday.

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Omega Divers: Almyrida Beach

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.

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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.


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Diving in the Cyclades islands

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 tricky 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

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Meltemi Dive Centre: Ios

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

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New Dive Center: Mylopotas Beach

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.


Mykonos scuba diving

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GoDive: Lia Beach

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.

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Dive Adventures: Paradise Beach

Found 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.

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Mykonos Diving Center: Psarou Beach

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.


Naxos diving clubs

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Blue Fin Divers: Prokopios Beach

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.


Dive clubs on Paros

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Blue Island Divers: Antiparos

Blue Island Divers are the only Dive Centre based on Antiparos and can visit sites used exclusively by them. The centre is located 300 metres from the ferry port, and facilities overlook the harbour, providing easy access to their boat.

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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.

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Cycladic Diving: Aliki Beach

The club 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.

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Eurodivers: Parikia

Eurodivers is 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.


Santorini Diving

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Santorini Dive Center: Perissa Beach

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.


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Diving in the Dodecanese islands

Islands in the Dodecanese offer relatively few scuba diving centres given the large number of islands 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 famous holiday island of Kos has some 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 clients head off to nearby Kalymnos where the limestone cliffs provide particularly rich dive sites and with good marine life and plenty of impressive caves, some splendid wall dives and vast interlinked caverns.


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Diving clubs on Rhodes

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Trident Diving School: Mandraki Rhodes

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

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Waterhoppers: Mandraki Rhodes

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 multilingual instructors. Also has regular diving days in Kalithea, and Lindos/Pefkos.


Kos diving clubs

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Arian Diving Centre: Kardamena Beach

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

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Kos Divers: Psalidi Beach

Based at Psalidi and 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.


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Diving in the Ionian islands

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. Favourite 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 exceptional 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. There are dive sites around the reefs and caves of the Keri coast.


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Corfu diving clubs

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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.

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Corfu Diving Fun Club: Agios Georgios Beach

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

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Corfu Divers: Kassiopi Beach

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.

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Dive Easy: Acharavi Beach

There are 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.


Kefalonia dive clubs

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Aquatic World Diving Club: Agia 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.

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Blue Manta Diving: Skala Beach

PADI diving resort and diving standards operate at the Blue Manta aquanaut club with lessons from snorkelling to Divemaster, Rescue Diver and Advanced Open Water training. Dive sites include caves, sponge walls, Roman amphorae, German Junkers aircraft and a British submarine wreck.


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Fiskardo Divers: Fiskardo

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


Lefkas diving clubs

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Lefkas Diving Centre: Nikiana Beach

Based in Nikiana 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.

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Nautilus Diving Club: Vassiliki Beach

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.


Dive clubs on Zante

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Diver's Paradise: Kalamaki Beach

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 centre is located in the Louis Zante Beach Hotel in Kalamaki and operates May-Oct.

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Nero Sport Diving Center: Keriou Beach

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.

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Turtle Beach Diving Center: Keriou Beach

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.


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Diving in the Sporades islands

The seabed 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 shipwrecks 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 is classed as a marine park for many years which means 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

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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.

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Ikion Diving: Steni Vala

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


Dive clubs of Skiathos

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Dolphin Diving Center: Tzaneria Beach

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

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Octopus Diving: Skiathos Town

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.

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Skiathos Diving Center: Koukounaries Beach

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. Kit includes the latest Paramina compressor.



Dive clubs of Skopelos

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Skopelos Dive Center: Panormos Beach

Based at the Adrina Beach Hotel at Panormos bay and at the main harbour of Skopelos, PADI certified divers offer guided dives, snorkel tours and other in-water activities with seven dive sites around Skopelos and a couple off Skiathos. Diver level as well as Professional level courses.


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Diving in the North-Aegean islands

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 exciting dive spots off the islet of Agios Georgis, near Petra, with 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 favourite 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

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Odyssey Dive Club: Skala Eressos

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


Dive clubs on Samos

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Kerveli Village: Kerveli Beach

Dozens of courses from beginner training to Divemaster from PADI professionals at the Greek-owned and run scuba dive club based on the east coast at Kerveli Village Hotel. They have special programmes for children.

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Samos Dive Center: Pythagorion

Samos Dive Center opened in 2007 and is the oldest running PADI dive centre in Samos catering to small numbers of divers. Professional PADI training from Bubblemaker to Divemaster level certificates.


Diving on Thassos

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Diver to Diver: Pefkari Beach

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.

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Vasiliadis Diving Club: Potos Beach

This club 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, descents are made n the Kavala area.



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