Diving in Crete

Crete is Greece’s largest island that is located off its southernmost between Greece and Turkey. The island is known for its diverse terrain, which ranges from fine-sand beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. Mt. Ida is the tallest of these mountains and is home to the Ideon Cave which, according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the Greek gods. The island is a popular tourist destination and with 1,046 kilometers (650 miles) of coastline, you have your pick of dive – and even snorkeling – sites. The Aegean Sea here is warm and clear and there is an abundance of beautiful marine life that lives under the surface, including unique black coral. You can also discover fantastic rock formations and even stone arches, which become all the more interesting if you explore them on a night dive – a particularly popular activity around this island. There are dive sites for all levels, as ample snorkeling and other activities if you are travelling with non-divers. You can take your pick from the many hotels and resorts while boat trips offer the chance to drop anchor in waters of the clearest blue and start your dive – it all makes Crete an ideal diving destination.

Dive Sites in Crete

Featured places to go in Crete

One of the most popular diving spots in the Crete region is Chania where you can explore the stunning black coral.

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Rethymno

The dive sites in Rethymno are suitable for both beginner and advanced divers and are great because are accessible by both shore and boat.

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Heraklion

In Heraklion, you will find caves, reefs, shipwrecks, and sponges here which make the underwater world here so interesting to explore.

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Lasithi

The dive sites in Lasithi will have you swimming through amazing canyons, steep walls, plateaus, and relaxing shallow reefs.

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Aquatic Life in Crete

There is a wonderful underwater world that surrounds the island of Crete. The waters are filled with an amazing sampling of sea creatures that are native to the Aegean Sea. You will, of course, find a wide array of reef fish in seemingly every color of the rainbow as well as many other treats to behold. You will see everything from moray eels to shrimp to sponges to starfish and more. There are also larger species of fish and mammals that you may catch a glimpse of here like huge groupers, octopi, stingrays and sometimes, even dolphins. with hundreds of different reef fish species, huge groupers, congers, scorpionfish, nudibranchs, stingrays, eels, octopi, and even dolphins.