Underwater diving, as a human activity, is the practice of going under the water surface to interact with the environment. Humans are not physiologically and anatomically well adapted to the diving’s environmental conditions, and various equipment has been developed to extend the depth and duration of human dives and allow different types of work. No matter what type of dive you prefer, it will be good for you to meet diving in a place where the conditions are most suitable. Europe offers many alternatives in this respect.
1. Tenerife (Canary Islands – Spain)
The famous Canary Islands, one of the sunniest places in Europe, welcomes divers from all over the world every year. It is like a paradise for Tenerife divers and diving enthusiasts with its incredible fauna and vegetation as well as its hot and clear waters. There are many diving points here.
El Porís is a diving route that will attract all types of divers and is easily accessible.Diving starts from the steps of the dock on the beach of Porís de Abona, a small fishing village and tourist destination on Tenerife’s southeast coast. Sea life is very attractive: covered with soft red and brown algae sand banks, angelfish and sharks with rocks, sea horses and sea beds and garden snakes…
The town of Tabaiba, at a short distance from the shore, is an ideal place for debris diving. The shipwreck in Tabaiba is 35 meters long. In 2006, an artificial reef was sunk in Tenerife’s northeastern coast to enrich the marine life of the region and promote scuba diving. The boat meets thirty degrees to the starboard at a maximum depth of 32 meters. Inside the wreckage are live polyps, octopus and some famous moray snakes among divers.
The 30-meter-long El Condesito boat landed on the shores of the southernmost tip of the island of Tenerife in 1971. The unfortunate accident left two important legacies: the Rasca lighthouse, built to prevent recurrence of misfortune, and the wreck of El Condesito, one of the most unique dive spots in Tenerife at the bottom of a rich submarine canyon. The shallow depth of the fish and good water visibility allow for snorkeling.
La Catedral is a rocky area covered with arched and vaulted structures where you will find a cave 20 meters high.This magnificent volcano body resembling a cathedral is just five minutes by boat from Puerto de la Cruz, north of the island of Tenerife. Starting with a 20-meter descent and the discovery of the complex topography of the area, it reaches up to 45 meters.The experience of the divers and the movements of the currents in the area will determine the best route to follow.
La Rapadura is one of the most amazing underwater views in the seas surrounding the island of Tenerife. La Quinta ridge, close to the village of the same name in North Tenerife, falls 120 meters up to the seabed. Below the surface, the rocky platform continues to fall sharply, but it has a completely different look. The sea has broken the rock into large, perfect prismatic blocks that come out at different levels, like cathedrals. This requires a tough and deep dive.
Costa Adeje boasts a small, secluded bay where visitors can take snorkeling or diving, as well as curious large turtles.This inviting arch-shaped beach, known as El Puertito de Armeñime, is a semi-circular protected just a few kilometers from the tourist centers of western Tenerife. is located in a bay. Swimming in the crystal clear waters of green turtles, whose weights reach up to 20 kilos, will be an impressive experience.
2. Losinj (Croatia)
Croatia is a paradise for nature and diving lovers. Its preserved nature and extraordinary views make this country one of the most beautiful regions of Europe. Indulge yourself in a holiday away from the crowd, noise and pollution on the island of Losinj! Dive into the blue waters of Losinj to discover underwater treasures. Transportation from Europe is very easy, as Losinj has its own airport. For this reason, the choice of many Europeans looking for alternative routes is favored by Losinj.
3. Island of Gozo (Malta)
Malta is a cute island country that combines all the beauties of the Mediterranean climate. Malta offers you the best climate in Europe and hot water throughout the year. Sea water is suitable for entering at a very large time of the year. Gozo is a lesser known destination in Malta and is the second largest island in the archipelago. You can explore the underwater depths of the Mediterranean in the clear waters of the island of Gozo, as it is possible to dive all year round. In Malta, you can take a full-day excursion to the island of Gozo or a Blue lagoon cruise tour, which will also be a full day.
4. Guadeloupe (France)
Guadeloupe is definitely one of the most beautiful regions of France for diving! Guadeloupe is quite far from Paris but is ideal for activities such as holidays and diving. This little France, in the middle of the Caribbean, in the heart of the Antilles, is more than 6000 km and only 2200 km to the shores of America. La Guadeloupe has idyllic features with its magnificent beaches, a volcano, a rain forest and a wide variety and impressive landscape. With tunnels, pools, caves, shipwrecks, turtles and an incredibly dense fauna, you can have a great diving experience.
5. Sardinia (Italy)
Italy is undoubtedly one of the first countries that come to mind when it comes to diving in Europe. Diving enthusiasts who want to explore the hidden treasures of the Mediterranean prefer the Sardinia Island most in this country. There are dozens of different dive sites in this region. It has a unique view from its sandy beaches to steep walls, endless caves and limestone tunnels, real coral forests and colorful gorgons. The variety of underwater scenery makes Italy and especially Sardinia spectacular. Italy is also home to different islands, each of which is above and below water features and of a large number of different displays.
Omega Wreck – Tavolara
This dive site located in the Tavo’s sea reserve in Sardinia is sometimes called Rocher des Cerri or Les Trois Freres. It is located in the far east of the reserve and consists of a group of rocks that appear 10 meters below the surface. Rocks surrounded by Posidonia are home to a large sea fauna.
The wreck of Angelika, which was sunk in 1982, is between 12 and 20 meters. Regardless of their experience with the wreckage, it is accessible to every diver. The pilot section and the stern section are still in good condition.
La Maddalena Pilastrino
It consists of two large rock piles sitting at the bottom of a sandy sea.Here, especially the Flabellinas Cratene structures are seen.Rocks, sponges, blue, yellow and red gorgonian structures create perfect images for divers.
Surrounded by an impressive landscape, ‘The Monks’ is a great dive site for all levels and experiences.Among the rocks and peaks are a large number of parazoanthus and sponges that host various marine life. You can try to find lobsters and other crustaceans, especially King Crabs.
The waters around the island of Caprera have a topography that helps mate fish.The offspring that grow with the required security create an exquisite natural beauty in the region.Therefore, it is very rich and diverse, and above all, accessible to all divers! At the top of a busy fish life, there are numerous nudibranchs and crustaceans.