Diving in Cyclades
The Cyclades are a chain of Greek islands located in the Aegean Sea off the southeastern coast of mainland Greece. They are known as the Cyclades because the islands are arranged in a generally circular pattern around the central island of Delos. Being the center of this natural circle has made Delos a sacred island to the people of Greece and is known as an important mythological, historical and archeological place. There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 islands, that make up the Cyclades. The most well-known island is probably Mykonos and the largest is Naxos. The diving off many of these islands is amazing. The waters that surround them are home to everything from both ancient and modern wrecks to caves, walls, and reefs, not to mention some amazing volcanic underwater scenery, such as the caldera you can dive near Santorini. The area is incredibly rich with Mediterranean marine life which makes for spectacular diving experiences. There are five of these islands that are best known for their diving experiences and when visiting this area, they are all worth checking out for different reasons. These top diving islands are Antiparos, Amorgos, Ios, and Naxos and well wort a visit by both beginners and more advanced divers.
Dive Sites in Cyclades
Featured places to go in Cyclades
Aquatic Life in Cyclades
There are some truly remarkable and large sea creatures you will see when diving in the Cyclades islands depending on the time of year. Right offshore there are lots of starfish and octopi to take in and the many shipwrecks in the area make for artificial reefs that a wide variety of fish make their home. A huge draw here though is the Sharks, Whales, and Seals. You can see one or more of these species from April to September generally. You are likely to see Sharks in June – August and Seals in April, May, and September. Whales are fewer and further between but have been spotted.