Strategically located in the southeastern Europe in a maximum 3 hour flight from most European cities, Hellas is one of the newest destinations in the scuba diving family and this is so, for very good reasons: Diving – until 2006 – was significantly restricted, by government and archaeological authorities, so as to protect the rich heritage that still lies down there. Now that the regulation has eased, the country, with its long experience and infrastructure in tourism and its related services, is determined to put itself in the international scuba diving map.
13,676 km of coastline, the 11th coastline in the world
3.000 islands – 240 of them inhabited
2.000 existing dive sites in over 230 diving centers, 150 known and accessible shipwrecks, countless caves and all these with very clear (underwater visibility exceeds 30 meters) and relatively warm waters
A great number of living species in the Hellenic waters, including dolphins, the monk seal Monachus Monachus, one of the rarest species on the planet, Caretta-Caretta sea turtle and sperm whales are only a few of the inhabitants of the Hellenic Archipelagos.
Whether it is about the sheer pleasure of discovering walls, wrecks, caverns and reef under crystal clear waters, calm sea and the notorious Mediterranean weather, or it’s about a secret hope that this time, diving might just turn into an archaeological adventure, Hellas is the new place, for your next scuba diving experience.
After all, the Hellenes have had a long loving relationship with the sea that continues today with the same passion: sponge hunting, sinking enemy ships, bringing up valuables from the trading vessels that were hit by the weather, you name it, but there have always been good reasons for the Hellenes to “jump in the water” and give birth to some of the most creative forms and myths in the history of the Arts .
The tomb of the diver at Paestum Hellenic wall painting of the 5th cent.
Today, you have even more reasons to explore this amazing underwater world and discover its secrets:
…and what’s more, once you get out of the water
- The famous Hellenic gastronomy
- The extensive opportunities for sport, leisure and cultural involvement
- The notorious lifestyle