Diving Tourism in Greece

The particularly clean Greek seas and the huge wealth of the deep are a pole of attraction for those wishing to enjoy the magic of underwater exploration.

Greek waters are the cleanest and bluest in the Med. The sensation of “flying” through them into their depths, is an exquisite experience. Diving along lace-like coasts or around picturesque islands, satisfies even the greatest expectations.

 

Swim next to dolphins, barracudas, stingrays, sea-turtles, rare snails and nudibranches, jack fishes, soldier fishes, octopuses, murray-eels, trumpet fishes, many kinds of basses, groupers of several kinds, sponges, fan corals, cup corals, anemones, sea squirts, Neptune grass. Collect a thesaurus of memories under the sun or the moon, with a plethora of scuba diving choices: reef and wall diving, unexpected underwater canyons and amazing swim-throughs and tunnels

Diving using only a mask is allowed everywhere, but scuba diving using compressed air tanks is forbidden in areas with underwater antiquities.
Warm weather makes scuba diving possible all year round. The optimum season begins on April, with average water temperature at 18oC (65oF), peaking during July and August, when the water temperature reaches a pleasant 26oC (79oF).

Official weather statistics:

Month
Air Temp oC (oF)
Sea Temp oC (oF)
January
13 – (54)
16 – (61)
February
13 – (54)
16 – (61)
March
14 – (57)
15 – (59)
April
16 – (61)
15 – (59)
May
20 – (68)
18 – (65)
June
23 – (73)
22 – (72)
July
26 – (79)
25 – (77)
August
29 – (84)
26 – (79)
September
26 – (79)
25 – (77)
October
22 – (72)
23 – (73)
November
18 – (65)
21 – (70)
December
14 – (57)
19 – (66)
Scores of diving schools operate in Greece under special license of the Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine. All scuba divers are obliged to comply with and adhere to the regulations and restrictions of L. 5351/32 on antiquities. Underwater activities with diving equipment are allowed from sunrise to sunset.

Diving schools are beach-located at a close distance from the best diving sites, owning fully crewed and equipped RIBs or speedboats for a maximum of safety for individuals and groups.

Moreover, interested parties should be aware that the following are prohibited:
-fishing with scuba diving equipment (spear fishing with the use of bottles);
-photographing, removing or transporting antiquities. In case you spot any antiquities, you must immediately report this to the nearest archaeological department of the Ministry of Culture (or the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities), or port or police authorities; and

-use or possession (on board of a ship) of special equipment for spotting antiquities.

Info from Greek Ministry of Tourism (http://www.visitgreece.gr/?langID=2)

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