Discover scuba diving in Greece
Advanced civilization, democracy, the Olympic Games, western philosophy and literature and some of world’s most impressive myths and ancient gods originated among the peninsula and 1400 islands of Greece.
Loking to protect the history of that rich heritage, diving – until 2006 – was significantly restricted to keep people from plundering the artifacts littering the seafloor throughout the country. Now that the regulation has eased, a huge swath of dive sites is now open for diving.
The fact that many of the dive sites have had minimal attention from divers and are home to artifacts like amphora means that Greece has skyrocketed to the top of the new discovery and cool bragging rights destination list.
The Greeks have long had an intimate relationship with the sea and it continues today. With more than 240 inhabited islands and a
significant coastline, you’ll find a wide variety ofdiving that includes wall, wreck, cavern and reef. Most of the PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are scattered throughout locations off the Aegean and Ionian Seas, both on the islands and on the mainland. You’ll likely recognize the names from history class: Crete, Mykonos, Kythnos, Corfu, Lesvos, Chios, Zakynthos, Naxos, Paros, Lefkada, Santorini and the areas off Attica, Thessoloniki and Halkidiki on peninsular Greece.
On just about any dive, there’s a chance you’ll come across some artifacts. This is what makes diving in Greece unique. You get to observe (not touch) and must report your finds. There is absolutely no taking. It’s like an impromptu archeological adventure every time you slip into the water. And, like most of the countries with a lengthy seafaring history and extensive coastline along the Mediterranean Sea, wrecks tend to dominate the scene. Just about anything and everything that float – and therefore sink, by storm, treachery, bad luck or intent – can be found on the seafloor off Greece.