Corfu is a veritable paradise for both beginner and experienced divers. This island is one of the few places in Greece where officially certified and properly trained recreational scuba divers can freely explore the stunning marine ecosystem that unfolds before them. And if you’re an avid photographer, don’t forget your camera – the captivating underwater shots you’ll take home with you at the end of your holiday will keep reminding you to return to Corfu.
Corfu: Diving for all levels
Begin your underwater excursions in June – it’s the ideal time for this sport as the sea starts to warm up. If you’re a beginner, take advantage of your time in Corfu to get trained and licensed. There are diving centres as well as PADI resorts located in all the popular areas, including Agios Gordios, Paleokastritsa, Kassiopi and Ermones. If you’re already licensed, ask the local diving teachers for advice on which areas are off-limits to scuba divers and where you should be wary of strong currents. Some areas are best explored with a local diver who’s familiar with any potential dangers.
What you’ll see
Interesting diving spots offer a range of terrains and sea life for you to explore. Corfu’s reefs, rocks, underwater caves and overhangs provide perfect habitats for a variety of species, such as lobsters, crayfish, scorpion fish, octopus, barracudas, sponges, groupers, corals, swordfish, tuna, parrotfish, damselfish and eels.
There are a number of intriguing spots that divers should focus on: Ermones Reef, Vido Reef, Lazaretto Reef, Monastery Reef, Angelokastro Reef, Kolovri and Tholeta Rocks are only a few. Skeloudi Islet near Paleokastritsa is especially fascinating and a potential candidate for a marine park.
A definite must-see is the Regulus Shipwreck. A WWII British minesweeper until it sank after an explosion, time has transformed the Regulus into a thriving marine ecosystem with cardinal fish, tube worms, urchins and fire worms.