The excellent visibility conditions, the absence of dangerous species and the easy access to a multitude of dive sites make Halkidiki a place suitable for both beginners and experienced divers. With natural bays, protected areas, walls, reefs, the pleasure you get is immeasurable.
Valitsa BayLeft coast – To “Warm Up”
This spot, located on the east side of Kassandra peninsula, is near The Cape of Paliouri. The left side of Valitsa Bay is also known as Porto Valitsa. You start your dive following a sandy path among a posidonia forest. Then, the bottom becomes rocky and progressively deeper with steps and, big rocks, and overhangs with vegetation are scattered all over the place. There, you may see moray eels, octopuses, groupers and sargus fish.
Valitsa BayRight coast - The Myth of Wall Diving
The entry point is easy to approach, even though the shore is very rocky. Your dive will begin at about 4 – 5m and, very quickly, the field of sea grass is succeeded by the boulders. Progressively, you go deeper till you reach the vertical façade. Looking carefully at the front, but also at the crevices and holes of the wall, you are going to see crinoids, lobsters, crabs and other creatures of all sizes and shapes.
Koursaros BayThe Popular
Before you arrive at Valitsa Bay, there is another bay, Koursaros, known for its sandy beaches. Nevertheless, the dive on both sides of the bay is along slabs and boulders. Flourishing underwater life has found a hiding place in the beautiful rocky bottom. Looking closely among the rocks, you may see moray eels, sargus fish and groupers while the starfishes “mark” the sandy paths.
LoutraAcross the Gods
Unknown to divers, the site is majestic, decorated by pinnacles with a view to Mount Olympus on the horizon. Although we don’t go deep, the profile being suitable for divers of all levels of experience, the bottom is fascinating: on the right side, you visit tunnels and caves, the top of which is open, and, on the left side, you dive a reef. Its rocky bottom is covered by plants and marine life in abundance: octopuses, sargus fish, red mullets, starfishes, nudibranchs, anemones…
AvlakiThe Big Blue
The diving site, an ancient port, is on the west side of Kassandra peninsula, at the end of Thermaikos Bay. It is famous for its crystal clear water, its variety of life and its beautiful precipices. Sand and beautiful rock formations alternate all over the seabed. Avlaki in Greek means “furrow” and, actually, the rock sloping massif forms a furrow that you follow as you go deeper. Furthermore, in that site, it is unlikely to meet other divers underwater, but the passing of dolphins is not to exclude!
Kalogria ReefThe Aquarium
On Sithonia peninsula, lies Kalogria beach. You dive a small reef (its upper part forms an isle) hosting lush underwater life. The visibility is excellent; the area is sheltered from the wind and forbidden to motorboats. You may see anemones, octopuses, groupers, crawfish, seahorses, shrimps and lobsters.
Wreck "Mitilini"Small is Beautiful
On the west side of Kassandra peninsula, lies Mitilini wreck (its name comes from the homonymous capital of Lesvos, a Greek island in the Aegean sea). The German flag cargo ship is 40m long and lies at a depth of 20 m. Mitilini sank in 1961 by hitting a reef during a big storm. It was fully loaded with bottles of wine, still lying intact all over the boat. The wreck is a favorite spot for dolphins and tunas, as well as moray eels, groupers and sargus fish. Oysters, corals and fan worms decorate it.