The Greeks have long had an intimate relationship with the sea and it continues today. With more than 240 inhabited islands and a significant coastline, you’ll find a wide variety of diving that includes wall, wreck, cavern and reef. 

On just about any dive, there’s a chance you'll come across some artifacts. You get to observe (not touch) and must report your finds. There is absolutely no taking. It’s like an impromptu archeological adventure every time you slip into the water.

And, like most of the countries with a lengthy seafaring history, wrecks tend to dominate the scene. There's also considerable life in the seas, particularly if you slow down and think small. 

The Aegean Sea has some of the most popular dives, especially around the islands of Naxos and Mykonos. The Peloponnese Wreck off Mykonos is one of the most iconic dives of the islands, so be sure to dive this 1930’s shipwreck. On Naxos, see the seaplane wreck, the Arado 196.

The Ionian Sea is a particularly lovely area to visit, so be sure to do a couple dives here. The Koundouros Reef is teeming with marine life, and the visibility can be excellent.

In addition, take some time to do a cave dive while on Crete. The El Greco Cave offers an expansive channel to swim through, as well as a contained air pocket where you can surface.

On land, the blue roofs and whitewashed buildings that form the skyline of almost every seaside village make this part of the world unmistakably breathtaking. No matter where you go, you’ll leave with a much better understanding of local Greek mythology and the rich history that defines this unique corner of the world.