Diving in Crete via PADI Travel The Mediterranean has marine life that differs from anywhere else on the globe.

Diving in Crete

Relax on the sunny shores of Crete, where you are surrounded by scuba diving destinations. Spend the day exploring ancient relics, then head into the cool, clear deep.


Quick facts

There are dive shops dotting the entire shoreline of Crete, so you won’t have a hard time finding a suitable place to drop anchor. The surprisingly clear blue waters of the Mediterranean beckon divers from around the world.

There are dives on Crete that run the gamut of experience levels, from newbies to masters. A particular favorite activity is night diving, taking the already surreal environment to new heights.

One of the most popular diving areas in Crete is Chania. You can find stone arches, fantastic volcanic rocky reefs, and an abundance of marine life in the water surrounding Chania town. See unique black corals and marine life that cannot be found anywhere else.

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What to see
The Mediterranean has marine life that differs from anywhere else on the globe. You can find creatures ranging from tiny anchovies to large animals like the thresher shark, with its impressively long tail. Huge marine life like dolphins and whales sometimes make appearances, though they are less common than out in the open ocean.
The largest and most populated Greek island, Crete is an impressive landmass in the Mediterranean. People have flocked here for centuries, basking in the warm sun. There are mountains and forests, all leading down to the spectacular beaches. Just offshore, there are a number of islets and islands worth careful exploration. Some were once important pirate haunts. The history in Crete is tangible, with primordial ruins around every corner. The island has played an important role in Greece’s past, and is found in ancient texts dating back millennia. Zeus himself was said to be born in caves on the island. Today, more than 600,000 people live on the island, and the capital city of Heraklion is a booming metropolis. It is worth venturing into the many cities, towns, and villages that dot the countryside, giving yourself a fuller appreciation of the island.

Other attractions
Explore ancient cities and go to world class museums during your trip to Crete. Some of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world are found on these shores, and the fishing is unmatched. For a swell day trip, head to the Botanical Park of Crete in Chania Town. This park comes highly recommended, and is quite impressively maintained.
Getting there
You can either fly onto the island, or take the ferry from Piraeus. You can also ferry in from Italy, or from Peloponnese and the Cyclades.
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Note - Travel to any destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited) to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination, check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.

Free transport

Our daily excursions start with the pickup and transport from your hotel or from a pickup point. Our service covers all areas of the Prefecture of Rethymnon.

Photo service

We offer professional photos of our divers, guests and underwater life for more than 10 years. You can take these lasting memories with you on a USB stick. 

Memory certificate

At the end of the day, just before leave and during our final meeting you will receive a memory certificate from your "journey" with Kalypso Dive Center.

Multilingual staff

Carefully selected, multilingual professional staff - we speak more than 10 languages - will make sure you have safe and enjoyable dives.

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How to turn a DSD into a unique dive experience?

How many certified divers took their first scuba diving steps through a PADI Discover Scuba Diver? Anybody wonders why this first experience changed their lives?

Most divers I talked to explained their DSD was a great experience. Thanks to the dive centre and dive instructor, passing their passion for diving, a new diver was born. The correct environment, information sharing, atmosphere and good preparation turned the Discover Scuba Diver in a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of them.

Both my wife and I started in the same way years ago. Thanks to the great time we became so passionate about diving that we completely changed our lifestyle. From the discovery, we went through recreational diving to become so passionate about diving, to decide to swap our traditional jobs for a life in the diving industry. Even after we took this big step, we still remember our DSD years ago.

How to turn each Discover Scuba Diver (DSD) into an “I-love-scuba-diving” experience:

  • Organise each DSD as if it was a first date: Understand the DSD candidate does not know what to expect!
  • Be prepared: Follow a fixed DSD circuit and routine, but leave room for a personal touch.
  • Adapt to your customer: Accept people are unique, give them room to absorb scuba diving at their own pace.
  • Be passionate: share your passion for scuba diving with your guests before, during and after the dive.
  • Take your time: Remember the experience does not stop getting out of a wetsuit.
  • Help them remember: a picture says more than a thousand words, help them organise some pictures or a video as a permanent souvenir.

I fully agree there are a thousand more points to be added, but these six definitely help making a DSD something unique!

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