Diving the North Aegean Islands

The North Aegean Islands region does not refer to a specific chain or group of islands or even islands just owned by Greece. It really just denotes a group of islands in the north Aegean Sea closer to the Turkish mainland than to Greece.

The larger Greek islands include Lesvos, Samos, Chios, Ikaria and Thasos and the smaller ones include Agios Efstratios, Fourni, Psara, and Inousses. Across these islands the diving is so varied, from dramatic sea walls to caverns and wrecks, and locals still haven’t tapped the region’s full diver potential.

Samos and Chios offer the most interesting diving clusters while Lesvos may have the most. Chios is famed as a destination for some of the best dives in Greece, there is real mix of natural highlights and wrecks – head to the aptly-named Great Wall for the best introduction to the area. For its part Lesvos is still not completely discovered as a dive destination as has some great dive sites that can be reached from the shores, while Thassos has several well-known dive sites and Palios is surrounded by wonderful reefs. The islands are quite far away from each other though, so plan your trip carefully as you won’t be able to dive them all.

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Wildlife in North Aegean Islands

While the underwater life will differ slightly depending on what island waters you are exploring, you will see many of the same types of creatures in each location. No matter where you go in the North Aegean Islands region you are almost assured to see species such as wrasses, perches and tuna galore. There is also a chance to see larger creatures like swordfish or maybe even the rare sperm whale if you travel far enough away from land. This is also a great spot to see turtles if the time of year is right.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Sharks
Blacktip Reef Shark
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Sand 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
Sharks
Blacktip Reef Shark
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Turtles
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Fishes
Moray Eel
Clownfish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Sand 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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