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Diving and Snorkelling in Crete

Crete offers an exciting underwater odyssey with lots of unique objects, flora, and fauna

Best time: April–October

Diving and Snorkelling
Diving and Snorkelling
Diving and Snorkelling

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.

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What are the best beaches in Paleochora for diving?

With over ten beautiful beaches, including Pahia Ammos, Chalikia, Keratides, Anydri, and Volakas, Paleochora is one of the best diving destinations in Crete. The diverse flora and fauna of the area make it ideal for diving enthusiasts to experience the vibrant marine life. The warm water's visibility is excellent, making summer an optimal time for diving. Show more

What types of marine life can be found while snorkelling in Crete?

Crete offers picturesque and crystal-clear water, with its rich marine life that both amateur and experienced snorkellers can enjoy. A range of vibrant fish, including silver, red sea bream, wrasses, and scorpionfishes, live among beautiful sponges, algae, and soft corals, making for a fantastic snorkelling experience. Additionally, the area is known for sightings of octopuses and sea turtles, which adorn the gorgeous underwater scenery. Show more

When is the best time to go snorkelling in Crete?

The snorkelling and diving season in Crete lasts from April to October, with temperatures ranging from 22 to 27 degrees. September and October are optimal months for snorkelling tours, as shallower waters provide an environment for species to reproduce. Early morning or late afternoon, one or two hours before sunset, are the best and most relaxed times to enjoy the underwater environment at its best. Show more

Where is the best location for diving in Crete?

Crete's South Chania coast is the ideal spot for divers looking to explore the crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life, including caves and walls. Divers can discover unique underwater objects, such as sunken ships and airplane wrecks, which make for thrilling and exciting adventures. Elafonissi beach and Paleochora are also popular diving spots in the area. Show more

Are there any unique snorkelling or diving spots in Crete besides Paleochora?

Crete has many snorkelling and diving spots besides Paleochora. In the southwest of Crete, Elafonissi beach has a delightful tropical environment, making it an excellent spot for both snorkelling and diving. Platanios Beach, close to Chania, offers an incredible environment for both snorkelling and diving. Crete's South Chania coast offers a range of diving opportunities and fascinating underwater caves and walls to explore. Show more

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