With over a dozen major islands, the Cyclades has dive sites, galore. Up until fairly recently, diving was highly regulated, often making it nearly impossible to go on a recreational dive. Now, scuba diving has been opened up considerably, offering new opportunities to explore this relatively unexplored region.
Shipwrecks can be found throughout the region. One of the most popular is the Ios wreck. Swimming a couple of meters away from the hull you can find the bow section of the ship, where an anchor and chain are waiting patiently for your photographs.
On Kea Island, Ksyla Bay is a surprising spot with a veritable aquarium of fish to see. Also spend some time around Santorini, a newer volcanic island where you can dive in the clear caldera where it meets the sea.
As the Cyclades are a group of Greek islands southeast of the mainland in the Aegean Sea they welcome hot, dry summers with sea temperatures ranging from 22-26°C, to a cooler 15-18°C in the winter meaning scuba diving in the Cyclades can be enjoyed year round.
A 3/5mm wetsuit is recommended in the summer and 5/7mm wetsuit in the winter months but this is a personal preference.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
You can either fly in or venture in by ferry. Getting from island to island is best experienced by boat, and there are public transportation systems available on the individual islands.