Diving at Zante
Despite the growing dive tourism, we are proud to offer you more then 20 beautiful and varied dive sites. The south-west coast of Zakynthos in particular, offers grottos, caves, crevices and steep drop offs, and a few reefs. This impressive underwater landscape provides the perfect backdrop for wonderful dives. Connoisseurs and experts have repeatedly confirmed: amongst one of the most beautiful dive sites that Greece and the Mediterranean has to offer."
With fantastic visibility and mainly short journeys, we offer you 2-5 day trips. Night dives are up to 3 times per week. The dive sites of Zakynthos are ideal for underwater photographers and videographers. Groupers and Seriolas, moray eels and octopuses, lobsters, slipper lobsters and shrimps, rays and colourful vegetation are unique designs. Particularly impressive are the encounters with the turtles that come to lay their eggs regularly in the bay.
We also offer day trips with our catamarans "Cat Cat" & "Neraki". As the only dive centre on the island, we transport you with max. 10 divers to the National Marine Park of Zakynthos to experience absolutely pristine dive sites in the north of the island. Since 2015 we are visiting the wreck of the sunken ferry "Zakinthos" in 1989 and the Strofades-Islands, about 25 miles south of our island, also doing trips all around the island with fantastic dive sites.
Caves and Caverns
A treat are the countless grottos and caves. For beginners and professionals, it is a suitable and especially safe entry into the underwater world. The base has modern rental equipment to a sufficient extent. Beginners training and acceptance up to CMAS*** and PADI Divemaster are possible. Following are the most popular dive sites described in detail, so you can already get a good picture in advance what to expect.
This dive site offers such a variety of impressions that you should make time to explore it in more then one dive. The Archway – a wonderfully overgrown, about 20 meters high Rock Arch is situated on a steep wall – and provides a particularly imposing appearance when you enter from "outside", i.e. after diving along the wall, into it. On the inside of the bend, toward inland, the wall is greatly indented and gives the feeling of an large cave, which opens toward the top. If you use this impressive Rock formation only to "swim through" you have not recognized the tranquility of the dive site. You should take time to explore the beautiful covered, colourful walls, whilst diving toward the Exit. In every nook and cranny, between the colourful sponges and bryozoans, you will discover something new. Variously coloured Sea stars, Nudibranch, Painted Comber and – with a little luck – even a Lobster.It is just as beautiful to enter the cave from the "top" sink into it, and after exploring the walls through the archway, to dive toward the steep wall. It offers everything one could possibly wish for in a Mediterranean steep wall: beautiful, the growth is not as colourful, but in between the little gaps you discover Murray eels, and – if there is a mild current – plenty of fish. Groupers can be seen in the open water, but they have a relative high flight fright and escape quickly.
Another Attraction along the steep wall is the Altar cave, only a few meters distance from the Archway. She is not a “real” cave, because – even if you are right in the Centrum – there is an exit ( a few meters high and also in width) available. The Walls near the entry site are beautifully covered, and big Lobsters hide in between little gaps.
It is a special experience if you dive along a very small, narrow tunnel (caution, only experienced divers) between the rocky ground and then wait a few moments: After a short time the exhaled air rises through the porous ceiling of the tunnel in a veil of silvery small air bubbles.
The shrimp cave is located at the same dive site as the archway and the altar cave, but is rarely dived and is (still) treated as a real insiders tip: She is also at the aforementioned steep wall, but is considerably smaller and has a sandy bottom, buoyancy control issues or not keeping your distance to the bottom will swirl and cloud up the water - especially near the entry of the cave – leaving bad visibility. Furthermore is the cave entry in a depth around 30 Meters; meaning that this dive – even if the small cave entry (around 20 Meter) is still visible – is this dive only for experienced divers who have gathered knowledge in the Entrance Areas of Caves and Grottos (the so called "Cavern-Zone")
The special attraction of the cave is – as the name says – the thousands of Shrimps (Rhynchocinetidae), who live in the back, dark part of the rock crevice. Maybe she could have also been called the "Hake-Cave", as nearly five to six big Hakes, use the light of the torch to chase their favourite dish – ultimately Shrimps – “ in the light”…and to consume it. Caution: over this fascination of this spectacle it is easy to “forget time” : The maximum stay in the cave should be around 8 – 10 Minutes, because when you exit the cave, you will have to go to 30 Meters to exit the cave. If necessary you have to incur a short Decompression time.
The "Butterfly Cave" or "Gun Barrel" is located approximately in a 12 meter deep tunnel which leads through a large Rock which projects out of the other side into the sea cliff. This means that you have to schedule the time for outward and return journey in your dive plan (to dive around the rock nose from the outside due to the long distance does not make sense and is only for an emergency.
The entrance area is a wide, toward the ceiling air-filled cave – lobsters hide between the gaps in the wall, and quite often a big red hermit crab will go for a "walk” on the sandy bottom. After a few Meters the ground gets rocky and rises up, whilst the walls move closer together. Then the cave bends to the left: from this moment on you cannot see the blue light from the entrance area and the ceiling of the cave is under water, meaning that this projects a real "overhead environment."
Only with the relevant experience and good torches should the dive be continued. Here, the tunnel splits into two small tubes: the “Gun Barrel”. You should select the right tube as the left is very narrow to dive through. After only 2 – 3 Meters the right tube will take a sharp bend to the left again and there, in the distance from around 10 Meters, you will see the Butterfly shaped Exit where both tubes will once again merge together.
After the darkness and the crampedness of the tunnel it is a very special feeling to immerse back into the azure blue water and to enjoy an exciting dive back.
Also, in this cave is the entrance to another cave, which closes at the top, only to end in a room with an air-filled dome.
The special feature of this dome is that when surfacing, you must dive through an approximately 1 meter deep, cold and milky water layer - in this layer, the sulphur gases have mixed with the surface water.
One should not take the regulator out of the mouth to avoid inhaling the unpleasant (and toxic) gases at the surface. Through several holes in the rock, light falls into the dome, so that you won’t need a torch at the water surface to illuminate the bare dome walls – depending upon the time of day – to look at the diffuse light. However, since no light penetrates through the milky layer of water, the bottom of the cave is very dark and a good torch is an absolute Must for this Dive.
The name of this cave – should really be „Purebred” Grotto”, as open to the top – is based upon a unique rock formation: under the unterwaterline of this Grotto is a huge, slanted Rock Boulder which, through small left and right intervals offers the possibility, kind of like a type of (Paternoster-) Elevator, to dive up and down, above and under it.
Besides the colourful growth of the Grotto walls is the interesting and diffuse Light a constant game of light and shadow, which is fascinating to watch at this easy dive site.
The East Reef is characterized by an inconspicuous small rock formation which lies near a steep cliff in front of a reef. Here prevails – above the 5-Meter Region – quite often a considerable current, which makes a quick entry necessary.
Actually, the reef should have deserved the name “Murray reef”, as countless Mediterranean Murray Eels hide in all the little nooks and crannies. Quite often they will leave their hide outs and can be watched swimming over the bottom.
Particularly on days with stronger currents are the chances very high, to closely watch shoals of Barracuda – standing effortless in the current, much to the envy of every diver…