Greece’s Ten Best Scuba Diving Spots

The volcanic island of Nea Kameni near Santorini

The area surrounding the volcanic island of Santorini provides marvelous opportunities for scuba diving enthusiasts.

One of the best spots, known as Nea Kameni, is an uninhabited island across from Santorini, which was also the site of a gigantic ancient volcanic eruption.

There are plenty of things to explore in this area, including diverse and fascinating marine life, underwater sea caves, and even a shipwreck.

The wreck of the “Santa Maria,” a steel passenger ship measuring 34 meters (111 feet) long, lies southeast of the island in Taxiarachis Bay.

The ship, which sank in 1975, lies at a depth of only eighteen meters (59 feet), which makes it ideal for scuba divers of all experience levels.

An ancient volcanic eruption not far off has created beautiful sea caves and underwater lava formations which are another treat for divers.

The Wreck of the Anna II off Mykonos is perfect for expert scuba divers

Mykonos may be justifiably known as the “Greek party island,” but scuba divers can also enjoy an underwater party there, as well!

Lovers of wreck diving can really get their fix in this scuba paradise.

The Anna II, at 62 meters (203 feet) long, is a cargo ship which sunk to the southeast of Mykonos.

It makes a fun and fascinating playground for wreck diving experts. The ship, which lies 25 meters (82 feet) deep, is completely accessible for exploration and is still in great condition.

The nearby area is as equally as captivating as the ship wreck with its mesmerizingly lovely reef and colonies of sea sponges.

Located off the northwest coast of Lesvos, Mirmigi Reef is a very well-known dive site for its underwater volcanic formations and abundant marine life, as well as its interesting topography.

Mirmigi is great for beginners as well as advanced divers since the reef starts at a depth of just five meters (sixteen feet) and progresses down to a depth of 36 meters (118 feet).

It makes for an extremely rewarding dive being as there are no currents and the crystal-clear waters provide excellent visibility.

Another great spot for scuba divers is found off Schinaria Beach in northern Crete. This small area includes habitat for black-fish, octopus, moray eels, and many other marine species.

Schinaria Beach is a must if you’d like to experience diverse marine life within crystalline waters and great visibility. Most dive shops in Crete offer dive trips to this location.

How about experiencing an unforgettable, completely unique dive near Chania city in Crete? The “Elephant’s Cave” is a partially-filled underwater cave which has stunning white and red stalactites and stalagmites.

Once inside the cave, divers can view fossilized remains of an extinct type of elephant, including its teeth, vertebrae, and a single large tusk.

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