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Diving in Athens

Well-known for the Acropolis, yet offering much in the way of wrecks, Athens is a Tec diver's dream. Explore fascinating shipwrecks, many of which sunk during historic battles.

Diving in Athens

Recommended training

Being that there are a plethora of wrecks to explore, PADI Wreck Diver has to be the first choice. Yet be warned, many of the epic wrecks surrounding Athens lay deeper than recreational limits - time to check out PADI's Technical Diving Courses

When to go

Athens is ideal as a winter destination for Tec divers as it offers the opportunity to complete training in an area where the climate is ideal compared to Central and Northern European regions.

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Thousands of wrecks lie on the Greek seabed. The position of Greece is of high geopolitical significance as it is at the crossroads of Europe, Western Asia and Africa. Marine traffic in the Greek waters has always been heavy especially around areas of high commercial and military importance.

There are at least 9 Normoxic level dive sites and around 7 Full Trimix Dive sites that will satisfy even the most demanding of divers of the Tec Diving community.


What to see

Discover epic shipwrecks Avantis II and Pylaros before exploring unique underwater topography. Greek waters offer a huge range of unique and interesting underwater sights - think sunken cars, pinnacles, arches and sizeable nudibranchs. 

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Area

Athens is arguably world’s oldest city, with a recorded history of around 3400 years. Steeped in history, this city is often regarded as the cradle of western civilisation. Unsurprisingly, the extensive coastline around Athens and Attica region is home to numerous excellent shipwrecks.

Diving laws in Greece have recently been relaxed. previously, only a fraction of such sites were allowed to be explored owing to concerns for preservation of Greece’s invaluable archaeological sites and extensive wrecks in the area. During those days, many divers headed for Paros, Crete and Santorinin, despite landing in Athens.

However, the changed laws have opened some really exciting sites around Athens. Here the deep rocky formations add immense beauty to the underwater landscape. The waters around Athens coast are teeming with such species as tuna, barracuda, octopus, squid and cuttlefish. There are also beautiful reef formations that provide refuge to a colorful marine life, typical of Mediterranean Sea. 

On land, Athens offers a number of possibilities to its guests as there is a significant number of places worth visiting during the non-diving days.

Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
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