Europe…What are you thinking about when you hear this word? For sure some charming landscapes, ancient architecture along with the beauty of its medieval towns come to your mind. It’s fair, however, it’s not only about that because its majestic sea views and extended coastlines shouldn’t be underestimated. Probably it´s not so evident but Europe can be also described as a great diving site. If you want to discover the best of the European seabed, make sure to add the following dive destinations to your must list.
Overview: Malta seems to be an ideal place for scuba diving. It has perfect weather conditions all year round, crystalline waters and cosy caves and cliffs. Maltese archipelago consists of 3 islands which are: Malta, Gozo and Comino. All these places represent a special diving experience where you can enjoy the lost wrecks among the reefs in conjunction with the natural bays and harbours. Moreover, these places are proud by its water transparency being one of the highest in the world. The underwater life amazes with its shimmering colors and terrain diversity. If you want to know more about vacations opportunities and sailing in Malta, click here.
The best dive spots are located near Dwejra bay. Here divers can find turquoise waters and an astonishing vertical limestone wall with the descending gulch. If you want to feel the charming beauty of this island, going through the set of caves and bays is a worthwhile deal. Adventurers will discover unforgettable seabed with varied marine inhabitants such as centipedes of different colors, starfish and sea urchins. The depth fluctuates from 6 to 45 metres on average. Along the Gozo casline the visibility can reach around 30 metres in some parts.
Overview: An extended coastline reaching around 3,000 kilometres in total is at your disposal to discover the secrets of the sea. Plenty of scuba divers consider Spain a perfect destination to practice diving. Being surrounded by the sea this country provides a lot of places suitable for water sports activities. If you opt for a yacht charter in Spain, it will not only give you an opportunity to access the best diving places from a boat, but also to find different fish flocks and other sea animals due to the variety of shores with corresponding differences in flora and fauna.
If you are here, go to La Plataforma being one of the most popular diving sites in the Mediterranean region. You can arrive there vía La Savina Port. Due to the history, Formentera was uninhabited for several centuries that resulted in a slight emptiness common for the island. To our mind, it’s one more plus to discover these places without any clamoring touristy crowds. The depth of the local waters is about 30 metres. Not far from the La Plataforma you can see a fish farm where some fish are raised. The depth can fluctuate between 11 and 32 metres and the water is very transparent.There you will have an opportunity to contemplate the eels, morays, and even barracudas. To mention, local seabed is fully protected, being a part of the natural reserve.
Overview: The country of the centuries-old history provides the endless opportunities to discover its treasures. Spring and autumn are probably the best seasons to make a visit in Greece. During this time the weather is warm and you can avoid annoying crowds. In general, diving isn’t very developed here in comparison with the rest of the Mediterranean countries, however, the growing interest and enthusiasm is very noticeable.
This island possess several interesting diving spots, however, we especially highlight Ágios Nikolaos. To our mind is one of the most beautiful Cretan bays with calm waters and peaceful environment inspiring to relax and forget about the stress. Its sea world amazes even experienced divers. There you can find several official diving centres providing a set of additional services. Also, you can find some interesting diving spots within the Mirabello Gulf. Interesting place to discover could be the west of Agia Pelagia where the Messerschmitt ME109 aircraft lies at a depth of 24 metres. At the same time please pay attention that there are serious restrictions concerning the point where you can dive. The Greek government takes measures to protect the ancient culture and avoid any harmful actions. Also, the fish population isn’t too varied.
Overview: Italy is proud by the rich history and cultural heritage and these notions can be applied for diving either. Perhaps, it’s an ideal place for the archeology amateurs, there you can even find special zones allocated for historical dive. Red corals and varied underwater life are typical for the local places. The water depth along the Italian coastline is moderate that permits to enjoy numerous marine animals and breathtaking views of the caves that you can see during your diving vacation in Italy.
Secca del Papa is a paradise for divers that has a number of caves and corals along with the intense sea life. It’s one of the most popular dive sites in Italy that amazes its visitors by one of the best coast with pristine waters in the Mediterranean. The Secca del Papa of Isola Tavolara, is located on the Costa Smeralda with the average depth of 30-50 metres. We at aBoaTime recommend it mainly for experienced divers. The local rocks are teeming with barracudas, morays and dentexes representing the fauna richness. A variety of colours is striking. This place is unique environment for sealife.
Overview: Diving in France is suitable for all kind of divers from the very beginners till highly experienced ones. Especially stands out the south of the country with warmer water, excellent diving and sailingfacilities, astonishing caves and bays. Wreck diving is also available there. As about the north, we’d highlight spectacular shore of the Normandy region.
Corsica is a pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea which is placed in the western part of the Mediterranean. You can find great diving possibilities in different corners of the island, For example, near Calvi you’ll discover the wreck of a WWII bomber and going further to Bonifacio is located a marine reserve. In total there are around 30 official diving centres and the rocky coastline is extended till 1,000 km. To mention, some hotels also provide their proper diving facilities, but the biggest centres are located nearby Calvi, Ajaccio, Propriano, Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio. The landscape include mountains, canyons and coniferous forests. The colourful seabed twinkles and attracts the visitors by multiple shades. There your companions will be grouper, dentex and brown meagre. The local waters amazes by its cleanness due to the set of governmental protective measures. At the same time you can discover several wrecks from the Second World War.