Including Wall, Cavern And Reef
Wrecks Tend To Dominate Along With Unbelievable Sealife
The Greeks have long had an intimate relationship with the sea and it continues today. With more than 240 inhabited islands and a significant coastline, you’ll find a wide variety of diving that includes wall, wreck, cavern and reef. Most of the PADI Dive Centers and Resorts are scattered throughout locations off the Aegean and Ionian Seas, both on the islands and on the mainland. On just about any dive, there’s a chance you'll come across some artifacts. You get to observe (not touch) and must report your finds. There is absolutely no taking. It’s like an impromptu archeological adventure every time you slip into the water. And, like most of the countries with a lengthy seafaring history, wrecks tend to dominate the scene. There's also considerable life in the seas, particularly if you slow down and think small. On land, the blue roofs and whitewashed buildings that form the skyline of almost every seaside village make this part of the world unmistakably breathtaking. No matter where you go, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of local Greek mythology and the rich history that defines this unique corner of the world.
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Visibility – You'll be able to see from 6 metres/20 feet to more than 50 metres/165 feet, depending on area and time of year.
Water Temperature – From 16-23°C/60-74°F depending upon the site, sea and island. You'll want to research your particular destination so you come prepared with the proper thermal gear.
Weather – In this Mediterranean climate, expect hot and dry summer weather from July to September, with average temperatures of 27°C/80°F. Winter temperatures drop to an average of 6°C/43°F.
Featured Creatures – The Aegean and Ionian Seas have a wonderful collection of nudibranchs, invertebrates, crabs, shrimp, eels, seahorses and other easily overlookable stealth critters. If you're bent on seeing the big stuff, there's a good chance you can get your fix off Galaxidi on the deep Gulf of Corinth, with dolphin and sea turtles. Night diving is particularly interesting because that's when cuttlefish, conger eels and octopi venture out of their daytime lairs.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Wreck Diver course to truly appreciate the historical wrecks. The PADI Enriched Air Diver course is also a good choice to extend your bottom time at mid-range depths. To capture the images of artifacts, the PADI Digital Underwater Photography course is a natural choice.
Language – Greek with English spoken in tourist areas.
Currency – Euro. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Major Airports – Athens International Airport is the main international air hub.
Electricity and Internet – Electricity is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Internet service is available in most of the resort areas.
Topside Attractions – Advanced civilization, democracy, the Olympic Games, western philosophy and literature and some impressive myths originated in Greece and there are many places where you can immerse yourself in related attractions. Don’t skip out on Athens – it’s worth seeing the Parthenon and other Greek icons.
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