Karavos Beach "The Magnifisent Pirate's Fjord"


Discovering the undersea wealth of the Libyan sea in South Crete

Kalypso Dive Center is set in the heart of the Pirate's Fjord, maybe the best beach in Plakias and the Prefecture of Rethymnon. In Southern Crete, in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, there is a remarkable undersea life. For many years, professional divers have organized trips in this area of the Mediterranean Sea.

Kalypso Dive Center operates legally with licenses and insurance required by law, having built facilities on Karavos beach in South Crete. Karavos beach is a natural park - fishing is prohibited - surrounded by hanging rocks making it a private secluded bay in the Central Mediterranean, ideal for underwater activities. The facilities of Kalypso Cretan Village 4* Resort and Spa are adapted to the diver's needs.

In the nearby area of Kalypso, the coastal tourist resort of Plakias (south of Rethymnon) provides all the necessary tourist services. The undersea activities are very popular for experienced divers and beginners who are always impressed by the underwater world of South Crete.

Kalypso Dive Center has developed a friendly discovery underwater programs (step by step), either by snorkeling or scuba diving. For experienced divers we offer various underwater tours and we organize spectacular dives to explore the Libyan Sea, the bottom of the sea, the caves, the rich diversity of flora & fauna. The diving courses are followed by guided trips to the fjords.

Diving right outside your room, near the Pirate's fjord at Kalypso beach

Kalypso beach, also known as Karavos beach, is a small secluded natural harbor, facing south/east, protected by a cliff to its north and by the fjord to its south wind. It is named after the pirates who, in the Byzantine era, took refuge inside this sheltered bay. Today, instead of pirates, you will find a modern hotel.

According to mythology, Zeus brought Europe in the form of a bull to the amazing Preveli beach, with its palm forest. Nearby, the mythical queen Kalypso lived in caves. Our historical hero Odysseus, excited by the beauty of both nature and Kalypso, stayed with her seven years before returning back to his kingdom in Ithaca and his family.

Karavos beach is an impressive natural park, where towering rocks (fjords) form an important observation area in the center of the Mediterranean as well as a hidden sea inlet, which used to be a pirate shelter 300 years ago and is now popular for short visits.

Its tiny beach, is sandy and does not exceed 5m in width. In front of the beach there is a channel and  underwater canyon whose water gets gradually deeper as it reaches out into a rocky-bottomed harbor.

The beach is organized with sunbeds, sunshades and showers for a pleasant stay. If you find this scenery as amazing as we do, we will be happy to reserve your accommodation in the hotel, so that you can enjoy it for longer.

The use of the beach and other hotel facilities will also be a pleasant alternative option for your non-diving companions, should they wish to join you for the day.

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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