While diving is banned in many parts of Greece, because of fears that divers will loot underwater archaeological sites you can still dive certain sites. Today, once again scuba diving is booming in Crete with its clear underwater visibility giving you an excellent chance to explore. With thirty different dive sites around Crete you have plenty to choose from. Dives ranging from 6 to 40 feet with good visibility. Starfish, morays, lobster, and a diverse population of fish make the Cretan Sea a sight for everyone.

It was once said about Jacques-Yves Cousteau the inspirational French man who invented the modern diver's breathing apparatus in 1943.

'To earthbound man he gave the key to the silent world'.

Jacques Cousteau expressed his appreciation of the undersea world in award winning films and television programs for decades. His invention of the Aqua Lung liberated divers from the cumbersome use of canvas suits, clumsy copper divers helmets, bulky leather soled weighted boots and the awkward surface link air hoses, which had to be precariously dragged behind. Over recent years the most modern technology and qualified divers have opened several schools around the coast of Crete.

There are now a number of diving schools offering professional services that include an introductory Scuba Program for the new diver, in the warm temperatures and clear visibility providing the ideal conditions for learning the sport.


There are full daily challenges for certified divers, allowing you to hopefully play with octopus, or perhaps follow a turtle whilst keeping a watchful eye on groupers, wrasses, moray eels and lots of crustaceans. Needless to say for the experienced divers you will be taken into the realms of caves, wreck diving, night diving etc. All equipment is provided and training is given by fully qualified instructors.


For those of you less adventurous snorkelling is an deal alternative. No donning wet suits as the water temperature in summer ranges from 22 to 27 degrees, and the visibility is excellent and it is regarded as some of the best in the world with average visibility 30 metres.

There is so much to see especially in and around the rocks in the way of fish and plant life and of course there is no current so you and you family can feel safe. The best times for snorkelling are September and October as certain species of fish move closer to the shore. Move slowly and limit any noise as much as possible always take some bread or biscuits and you will see the fish gather around in a feeding frenzy.

One very important thing to remember is you really do need to watch out for Sea Urchins and Scorpion fish that mainly live on the rocks, however Weever fish are mainly found on the sandy or muddy sea bottoms, both have poisonous spines that cause a lot of pain and a severe swelling. It is unlikely, but If you are lucky enough to spot a Moray eel watch out they do bite.

It is always advisable to wear some protection on your feet other than flip flops, jelly beans and boat shoes are very good and can be bought at most shops.


Sea Urchin

Scorpion Fish


Weever Fish

Moray Eel




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