Once one of the world’s most powerful nations, Greece has always had a strong connection to the sea. This collection of some 1400 islands has fought and won battles across its oceans as far back as 3200BC, conquering Persia, Minoa, and Mycenae along the way. These days, there may not be maritime battles of Herculean proportions waging when you visit, but the seas are still very much a focal point for travelling divers and snorkelers.
希腊大陆的崎岖轮廓突出into a smattering of small islands that wend their way through the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. Popular as tourist holiday hotspots, the islands are also a mecca for scuba divers, with plenty of dive sites to choose from suitable for all ages and abilities. While the warm weather of the Mediterranean climate has allowed interesting marine life to develop around these waters, many of the sites also hold specific cultural interest that is fascinating to divers.
Dive shops and sites are located all over the islands, and each chain offers something a little different. Santorini, one of the Cyclades Islands, lies in the Aegean Sea and is home to a large number of dive sites off its shores, including House Reef, Mansell and Old Volcano, three locations that range from an easy beach reef dive, to a 200ft wall. Further south, the island of Crete touches the Mediterranean, and divers have over twenty sites ranging in difficulty to choose from. This popular holiday island, a traditional winter escape for Europeans, has wreck and cave dives to discover, and plenty of dive shops to choose from. Back on the mainland and just north of Athens, a protected bay harbours waters known as the Pagasetic Gulf. Over ten sites are dotted around this curving inland saltwater bay, and divers flock here to visit the beach dive of Kato Gatzea, a lovely drift and reef dive just outside the pretty Greek village by the same name.
Divers heading to Greece should be aware of certain restrictions though. Until 2005, it was actually fairly difficult to dive anywhere in Greece. The government had difficulty controlling the looting that was taking place, so an almost blanket ban meant that around 90% of their waters were off-limits for recreational divers. They’ve since had a change of heart, and diving is now widely acciessible, leading to a healthy rise in the number of dive shops available. There are, however, certain rules that have come along with this new freedom. Night dives, for instance, are only allowed if a guide from a certified centre is in attendance. Solo diving is strictly prohibited, regardless of experience, and divers must have a qualification from a governing body (like PADI) that’s recognised in Greece. Of course, training courses from Greek dive centres are allowed for novice divers. What makes Greece so exciting for divers is that with the relaxation of the rules still so fresh, there are hundreds of new sites being discovered every month.
One of Greece’s most famous dive sites is the HMHS Britannic, sister ship to the equally ill-fated Titanic. Sunk by a German mine in 1916, this hospital ship is now a protected war grave just off Kea Island. A depth of 120 metres is mostly for technical divers only, but for those who do have the experience and expertise to descend to this depth, they’ll find interesting wreckage and the formation of colourful corals to examine.
With the rapid growth of diving in Greece as a recreational sport, the number of dive shops has also increased dramatically, springing up on all the main tourist islands, as well as some of the smaller ones. The strict regulations governing diving in Greece means that dive shops all carry a certification from one of the major sub aqua groups, with internationally recognised PADI being the most prominent. Traveling to Greece is relatively easy, with a number of international airports to choose from - the largest being in Athens. But for some of the smaller islands, the only way to get to and from their pretty sandy beaches is by boat.
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Just south of Athens, Aqua Divers Club is ideally located on the mainland for local dives, as well as boat trips to the island. This 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Centre flies the flag for responsible diving, leaving as little impact on the environment as possible. Its base in the Calypso Hotel was one of the locations originally used by Jacques Cousteau, the father of sub aquatic adventure. Their trips include beach and shore dives, as well as boat trips to the nearby island of Arsida.
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