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Diving in The Cyclades

Draped in mythology and deep cultural significance, the impressive islands of the Cyclades offer dive sites that are quite unlike any others on the globe.

Diving in The Cyclades

Quick facts

With over a dozen major islands, the Cyclades has dive sites, galore. Up until fairly recently, diving was highly regulated, often making it nearly impossible to go on a recreational dive. Now, scuba diving has been opened up considerably, offering new opportunities to explore this relatively unexplored region.

Shipwrecks can be found throughout the region. One of the most popular is the Ios wreck. Swimming a couple of meters away from the hull you can find the bow section of the ship, where an anchor and chain are waiting patiently for your photographs.

On Kea Island, Ksyla Bay is a surprising spot with a veritable aquarium of fish to see. Also spend some time around Santorini, a newer volcanic island where you can dive in the clear caldera where it meets the sea.

When to go

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What to see

Fantastic creatures like starfish and octopi can be seen in the rocky reefs that are found right offshore of the Cyclades Islands. The many shipwrecks scattered throughout the Aegean make a home for creatures of many different types. Even larger fish are spotted, especially in deeper sites.

Frilly tube worms are often found on the sandy bottom, and the sea grasses flicker with tiny fish.

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Area

Cast of from the mainland of Greece are the mighty Cyclades, a group of islands strewn in the Aegean Sea. Made up of just over 200 islands, about 20 islands are vastly populated while most of the smaller islands remain uninhabited. The islands are dry and have mild climates throughout the year, but the soil is fairly infertile.

Antiquity reigns on the islands. There is a wealth of important archeological finds, especially notable are the impressive marble sculptures and idols that can now be found in Greece’s many museums. Many stories from Greek mythology tie directly in to these intriguing islands, cultural hotspots since Ancient times.

Other attractions

On the island of Delos you can see an ancient theatre, carved from the rock in the traditional style. Many of the sculptures and artifacts from the area have been safely tucked into the multitude of museums to see during your time here. Walk through the steep streets of Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades. Favorable colors don the exteriors of the buildings, a celebration of humanity against the stark landscape.

Getting there

You can either fly in or venture in by ferry. Getting from island to island is best experienced by boat, and there are public transportation systems available on the individual islands.

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