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.

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Wildlife 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.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Crevalle jack
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Guitarfish
Turtles
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Crevalle jack
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Parrotfish
Molluscs
Octopus
Crustaceans
Crayfish

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