Diving and snorkelling are popular activities in Crete. Due to the crystal water and perfect visibility, Crete is said to be among the top summer destination for diving in Europe. One more advantage is the water temperature—during the summer it ranges from 22 to 27 degrees.
While diving and snorkelling, you will have the chance to discover beautiful fish and marine life, namely: silver and red sea bream, wrasse fishes, parrotfishes, scorpionfishes, etc. The best area for snorkelling and diving is the South Chania coast. Paleochora is one of the best places for diving which provides more than ten amazing beaches (Pahia Ammos, Chalikia, Keratides, Anydri, Volakas etc.). Elafonissi beach is a unique tropical beach which is also suitable for snorkelling. Platanios Beach, located close to Chania, is appropriate for both snorkelling and diving.
Scuba diving season in Greek waters lasts from April to October or even November. For non-divers, Crete provides many snorkelling tours. These are the most rewarding during September and October when certain species move to the shallow waters for reproduction. It's recommended to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon, one or two hours before the sunset.