Scuba diving Greece: Short Description

Plunge into a mesmerizing underwater world of color, geology and history on an unforgettable diving adventure led by expert guides in stunning Kefalonia. Ancient shipwrecks, deep caves and a myriad of fish await you.

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Time period: 4-8 Days
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Diving in the Ionian Sea: (4-8  Days)

So much beauty and inspiration exists below the surface of the sea in Greece that it simply must be witnessed firsthand.

The stretch between Kefalonia and Homer’s beloved Ithaca is prized for its crystal-clear waters that offer visibility of up to 30-40 metres. Optimum conditions for scuba diving Greece.

Escape the crowds and explore the wondrous seascape of colourful caves, dramatic drop-offs and swim-through canyons that lie beneath the azure waters of the Ionian Sea on this 8-day diving odyssey for certified divers.

Highly-qualified guides (PADI) will escort you to astonishing underwater sites steeped in extraordinary geology and human history. Encounter remnants of WWII plane wrecks, ancient Greek artefacts, and amazing rock formations that give shelter to octopuses, moray eels and starfish.

Staying in cosmopolitan Fiskardo, your team will be led on daily expeditions by a respected marine biologist actively involved in the conservation of the region’s fragile environment. All dives are reached in less than 20 minutes by boat and are conducted using top-range Scubapro equipment annually serviced and audited by Bureau Veritas.

Take the plunge with Greecefully and experience some of Greece’s best diving, while you discover the exquisite charms of Kefalonia – both above and beyond the sea.

What is included

  • 7 night accommodation in Kefalonia (based on double occupancy)
  • 10 dives (2 dives/day including 1 night dive)
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • One cooking lesson & one wine tasting
  • Two excursion tours in Kefalonia
  • English speaking certified guide
  • 7 breakfasts & 7 meals
  • Optional: PADI Advanced Open Water level and Deep Diver Specialty during the trip (at extra cost)

Sample Day-by-day itinerary

Arrive on Kefalonia and proceed to your elegant boutique hotel in Fiskardo with splendid views over Lefkada and Ithaca islands. Meet your hosts at Fiskardo-Divers to complete registration and get fitted for dive gear (exclusively Scubapro). Visit the dive centre’s Environmental Museum to learn about Kefalonia’s rare protected marine life (such as the Caretta turtle and the Mediteranean monk seal) and the compelling history of Bristol Beaufighter, the WWII English war plane shot down by Germans over Fiskardo in 1944. Free evening.

Breakfast on the hotel’s terrace enveloped by majestic cypresses and orange groves. Meet at dive centre at 9.30am for 10am boat departure to Emblissi – a rich and protected eco-system that comprises many fish and invertebrate species and ancient pottery relics among hills of Posidonia oceanica seagrass (max depth 15m). Today’s 2nd dive takes you to The Cliff, a superb drop-off. There, you’ll be entranced by abundant sea life and strange “mushroom-like” rock formations. where groupers conceal themselves among holes. Scuba diving Greece. Sightings of sea hares and the very rare Mediterranean Monk Seal are possible (adjustable max depth from 12-40m). Return at 2pm. Free afternoon and evening.

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Breakfast at the hotel. Meet at dive centre at 9.30am for 10am departure for the Barge, a 50m long wreck sunk in 2008 during a fierce storm, and now lying at a depth of between 5-25m. Algae and sponges have colonized the wreck, sculpting an arresting artificial habitat for many marine species including the beautiful flabellin. Today’s 2nd site is Xeropunta, an easy coastal dive (max depth 15m). Relax and explore small canyons and a shallow cavern (6m deep) where you can admire bright coral-encrusted walls – and perhaps, the great sleeper lobster. Return at 2pm. For this afternoon, we have arranged a mild hiking adventure involving some of the best sightseeing of the area through the organized footpaths of Fiskardo. Free evening.

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Breakfast at the hotel. An extraordinary day of diving and discovery awaits. Meet at dive centre at 9.30am for 10am departure for one of Kefalonia’s most popular dives – The Temple: a vast coral-decorated cave with 2 entrances creating spectacular light effects for those in the middle of the cave (max depth 30). Next, visit the captivating wreck of the doomed Bristol Beaufighter (max depth 17m). The afternoon holds an excursion to two of Kefalonia’s most magnificent sights: Lake Melissani, a flooded grotto with sunray-illuminated turquoise pools; and the 2-million-year-old Drogarati Cave, located at an altitude of 120m in the village of Haliotata, and boasting an astounding gallery of stalagmites and stalactites. Free evening.

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Breakfast at the hotel. Depart at 10am for another much-loved dive, the Secret of Venus: a dramatic narrow canyon opening up into a 30m long tunnel with incredible light effects enlivening an underwater oasis (max depth 35m). Your second dive is the Cathedral: a large open-air cave with an underwater entrance at 3m. The cave is home to several chambers with 2 beaches, impressive stalactites and a striking colony of bats and swallows (max depth 20m). Return 2.30pm. Free afternoon and evening.

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Breakfast at the hotel. Embark at 10am for your first daily dive, Asteris Island, to witness sunken wonders including ancient wrecks and anthropological remnants. In a long rocky crest, mid-channel between Kefalonia and Ithaca (max depth 40m). Tonight, your final evening, is a thrilling scuba diving Greece at the Cliff, a 30m drop-off to an outstanding site of other-worldly rock formations and rich sea life (you may be lucky enough to glimpse a Mediterranean Monk Seal). scuba diving Greece.

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Breakfast at the hotel. Free day from diving but still enough to do. A tour has been organized with a few surprises around the islands hidden beauties. Also if the weather allows we give you the option to go back in the sea but above the surface (mostly) this time by Kayaking in Kefalonia’s most scenic coastal treasures. You’ll see secluded sandy bays, rock gardens, picturesque fishing villages, natural stone arches and the trademark sheer limestone cliffs. In between, there will be opportunity to swim, snorkel and relax over a delicious meal at one of the island’s loveliest beaches. A good bye dinner will conclude the day. scuba diving Greece.

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Departure day. A free day, depending on your departure time. Arrangements have been made for your transportation to your airport or port.

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Diving in the Ionian Sea

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