Over the centuries the Mediterranean Sea has proved a popular place to sail. The Phoenicians, the Romans, the Venetians and the Greeks all gained infamy for their navies. The watery floor of this area provides testament to the many times ships and boats came unstuck in difficult weather or were victims of some sea battle. There are some areas in the Med however where taking a break in a holiday villa will give you access to some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling waters around.
The better known sites are all well-furnished with professional diving schools, instructors and equipment and it’s worth making enquiries beforehand to ensure the best possible diving experience.
The Zenobia, Cyprus
This is the large pristine wreck of the 1980 Ro-Ro ferry, Zenobia, which foundered in Cyprus on her maiden voyage. It was towed outside of the main harbor at Larnaca and sunk in 42 meters of water. The wreck is still in remarkably good condition and divers can freely explore the entire ship including the hundred or so lorries that are scattered about the ships hold. This is a great novices dive as the shallower reaches of the ferry are only at 15 meters and well within the reach of even the most inexperienced diver. For the more experienced professional there is the sea floor at 42 meters and the whole, intact interior of the ship to swim around.
This is one of the most visited diving sites on the Maltese islands with plenty of excitement for underwater explorers to discover. There are underwater cliffs, caverns, tunnels and a wonderful arch at a depth of 27 meters. To give added interest for scuba divers in the area, developers also sunk the tugboat MV Rozi, a P29 Patrol Boat and a statue of the Madonna in a cave at Marfa Point.
Secca della Colombara, Sicily, Italy
There is lots for scuba divers to marvel at on the Secca della Colombra dive site. Its 500 meter natural red Gorgonian coral reef provides an excellent habitat for a whole host of fish and marine life and includes such sights as Barracuda and Groupers. A 75 meter ship carrying marble sank while crossing the area in 2005 and now provides an added attraction for those diving in this attractive spot.
The waters around Crete are one of the Mediterranean’s most popular scuba draws and its clear waters and plentiful sites makes it a must on anyone’s Med Dive list. Of particular attraction is the abundance of marine life from tiny Sea Horses to giant Tuna. The volcanic intrusions that scatter the floor bed of the area are another good reason to strap on your tanks and dive on in.
Chios Islands, Greece
One of the most colorful dives in the Mediterranean Sea is off the Chios Islands, the sea bed is teeming with life, and its caves and rock formations are a breathtaking sight but its bright colored coral reefs are something else entirely. The sea is alive with shoals of fish, waving expanses of sea weed and a great variety of marine species. Attractions in the water include numerous ship wrecks and the surprising sight of an ancient Minoan town abandoned to the ravages of the sea. The water is a delightful 27 degrees and makes it an idyllic underwater playground for amateur or professional divers.