Βy Cliff Blaylock
Snorkeling is a marvelous thing. It’s a well-loved activity that can bring excitement and joy to almost anyone. The idea that you can just pick up a mask and snorkel, throw on a swimming costume and delve into the deep blue is one that attracts millions of people to warm waters every year. So easy, so innocuous, but unbeatable for discovering worlds unlike any you could find above the waves.
Greece is the perfect place to go snorkeling. With warm and crystal clear waters, an abundance of beautiful, exotic undersea life and mysterious shipwrecks to explore, snorkeling in Greece is one activity not to be missed.
Where To Snorkel and How To Make The Best of It
Beaches are often one of the most popular places for snorkeling, however, the constant tidal movement makes it hard for life to settle down. Instead, you want to look for sheltered bay areas or shallow coastal waters away from the strongest influences of the tide and surf; In places that are more rocky and less sandy. Here, life can burrow in and make a home for itself, so you’re much more likely to find places worth exploring.
The best way, however, to make the most of your snorkeling in Greece is to ask locals or go out with a guide. There are plenty of dive schools and experts out on the Greek Islands that will also offer snorkeling trips, why spend days searching for the best spots when they can just take you right to them? Or, if you are visiting the Ionians, check out our previous article on great snorkeling locations.
Tips for Safe Greek Snorkeling
Generally, the waters around Greece are calmer and safer than those bordering the Pacific and Atlantic, not plagued by those relentlessly strong currents. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you need to be aware of:
• Watch out for large cruise vessels coming close to the shore, they will unsettle the waves and create hazardous situations.
• If you aren’t a strong swimmer, go out snorkeling on a beach with a lifeguard or with a tour guide, you need somebody who can assist you if you get into difficulties.
• Many people worry about sharks around Greece, but there hasn’t actually been a reported incident in over 40 years. What you do have to look out for though is jellyfish, abundant all about the mediterranean, if you notice these critters floating around nearby, be sure to keep your distance and regularly watch your surroundings.
• Boats are common around the waters of Greece and even from up on the decks, snorkelers are notoriously hard to spot. If you hear the sound of an engine, or spot a boat heading your way, make your presence known.
Remember, enjoy your holiday snorkeling and keep safe!
Words by Cliff Blaylock, of Deep Blue Yachting, an experienced snorkeling guide.