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Diving in Europe: 10 Best Dive Sites

Europe is well known for the majestic landscapes, old architecture, charming towns and small cities, along with a colorful history.

However, there is another aspect that makes Europe even more popular to tourists and that is the absolutely amazing seascapes. The underwater beauty found on this continent is making Europe a great diving destination.

If you plan to dive in Europe, make sure you put these 10 amazing dive sites on your list.

Medas Islands, Spain

Diving Medas island spain

Christophe MULLER

Be sure to visit Medas Islands if you are planning on visiting Spain.

If you want to experience a fun and relaxing scuba dive this is the place to go. This island belongs to seven islets that are located in the northwest part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Visiting the Medas Islands you will find untouched and a much diverse marine environment. It is suggested though, that you make reservations ahead of time if you wish to visit the islands. This place fills up with tourists, especially in the summer.

Orkney, Scotland

Make sure to visit Orkney Islands if you plan on heading to the UK, especially the Scapa Flow. Here there is astounding wrecks to explore including seven ships used by Germans during World War II. These wrecks make this particular site really popular among recreational divers.

Scapa Flow also contains a diverse marine life, which is especially visible because of the clear waters in this area. Water temperatures are also moderate for most divers but it’s recommended that you bring thick wet suits or a dry suit if you are visiting during the cold dive seasons.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Scuba diving in Lofoten is really incredible. It is absolutely a must for all dive enthusiasts taking a vacation in Norway. Large formations of kelps, different species of fish, old wrecks, and so much more can be discovered and explored.

And if you are lucky, you might be able to dive with the beautiful and famous killer whales visiting the clear waters of Lofoten Islands.

MS Zenobia Wreck, Cyprus

MS Zenobia is, or was, a large RO-RO ferry that sank only one after her maiden voyage. She is currently near Larnaca, Cyprus and has been for more than thirty years.

She is resting on her port side at approximately 42 meters deep. If you love wreck diving, then this will be the most amazing wreckage you will see in Cyprus. This dive site offers challenges to both beginner divers and experienced divers.

Make sure to visit the car deck and observe all of the various objects like trucks, cargo, and all the other things that sank with the ship.

Kilkee, Ireland

Kilkee is located in the little coastal town of County Clare, Ireland. Presently Kilkee is known as the best dive location in Ireland.

The underwater world contains some of the most amazing flora and fauna and schools of mackerel, wrasse, and so much more. Old shipwrecks are also here to be explored.

Anchor Bay, Malta

A little Segmented Blenny foraging amnong various types of marine flora and seaweed in the Mediterranean Sea in Malta

William Attard McCarthy

This fantastic dive site is found in Popeye’s Village in Malta. It’s near Mellieha and just north of Malta. Anchor Bay is famous for the Popeye Musical in the 1980s, which starred Hollywood actor Robin Williams.

This is one of the elements today that continue to attract tourists from all over the world. Apart from film set, Anchor Bay is home to breathtaking cave diving, various marine life, and clear blue waters. Another place recommended to visit is the other side of the island. Here you will find a huge anchor with big chains, which led the locals to name the place Anchor Bay.

Island of Chios, Greece

Chios Island is the best place to scuba dive if you are looking for an amazing dive experience in Greece.

Chios contains some of the most amazing underwater caves, colorful and large reef formations, vertical walls, beautiful underwater rock formations, and glorious shipwrecks. This place is a great dive site for beginner divers since the water is very visible and the temperatures are moderate, especially during the months of April through October.

Tortuga, Italy

There are lots and lots to do in Tortuga, Italy. And diving is one of the most enjoyable things to do here.

You will be shocked at how beautiful the archeological dive sites are as well as the diverse marine life found in the waters of Tortuga. What’s incredible is that diving in this place in Italy is very affordable so if you are a budget tourist, diving here should be easily achieved.

Ustica, Italy — Secca Della Colombara

Diver with Potatoe Cod Fish

K. Jensen

One of the best dive locations in the Mediterranean, the site features amazing underwater rock formations, different species of fish like barracuda, grouper, and amberjacks, plus some old ship wrecks. One of the popular wrecks you can find here is the 74 meter ship which sank in 2005 now resting at approximately 20 meters.

Diving in at the waters of Secca Della Colombara is really amazing. The sea is very clear and current is moderate, making the site really suitable for all types of divers.

Isle of Man — Bororoo

The Isle of Man is absolutely a fantastic dive site possessing a unique underwater topography. The dramatic cliff that is spread throughout the coastline is quite majestic when viewed under the water.

Besides the underwater landscape, the place also has an assortment of diverse fish species and other marine life.

On the southwest part of the island is a wonderful dive area, known as Calf of Man. And also on the southern part of the Calf is another great dive site called Burroo. Just like the topography of the island, Burroo also boasts amazing underwater landscapes and varying underwater terrain.

Where do you go diving?

Where is your favorite dive site in Europe? Tell us about your European dive experiences in a comment below!

Torben Lonne

Chief-editor at DIVE.in
Torben is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand - and dived most of his life in most of the world.

He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in

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  1. Marcus

    Nice piece Torben. Just got all I needed for my todo travel list of 2013 :)
    Euro diving for the win :) :)

    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Anne,

      yes I can see we left out some great diving. I think this is the best thing about diving, there is always dive spots waiting to be explored. Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures!

  2. Sally bailey

    Hello, just thought I would let you know, you have the wrong picture with MS Zenobia paragraph. The picture you have is the Azure window and The Blue Hole in Gozo!! Which should definitely be on your list of “Best Dive Site’s”

  3. Toffe

    Hi,
    It was just to say what photo for MS Zenobia Wreck, Cyprus is The Blue Hole and Azur Window, Gozo.
    Best regards

    • Torben Lonne

      Sounds like some dive. Something missing on the list for sure. Thanks for sharing. Do you have other European dive tips?
      And really great blog you have there!

  4. Iyer Venkatesh Hariharan

    Heelo Torben,
    Can you please guide me with how much would it cost to dive in Medas islands,Spain?
    Can someone istruct new divers for free?
    Can the kit for diving be rented?
    How much are the expenses?
    is the first week of September a god time at Medas?

    • Torben Lonne

      Hi Iyer,
      Thanks for all your questions, I’ll answer as good as I can. September is great for South European diving, so go for it. There are dive centers on the island so you can rent dive gear and and get instructor, although it’s something you’ll have to pay for.

    • Toffe

      Hi Chris,

      I have a few addresses for you.
      First, the hotel : it is the Panorama Hotel. It’s in L’Estartit, facing the islands Medes. Unpretentious, it is quite correct. It is not directly on the sea, but it is about two hundred meters. Meals are served buffet style. We have never been sick and it’s pretty good. (http://www.hotelpanoramaestartit.cat)

      Second, diving clubs.
      The first club is the Calypso Diving Estartit. It is possible to rent the equipment at home. The club is located behind the hotel. You should to walk on foot about 1 km down to the harbor to reach the boat. The boat is a former trawler converted.(http://www.calypsodivingestartit.com/)
      The second club is Hotel Panorama’s club : El Rei Del Mar. Never dive with them. Memory they minibuses to travel to the port, but mostly they have dive suit dryer. The dive suit are always dry and hot ;-) (http://www.rei-del-mar.com/)

      For prices , I leave you the opportunity to make contact with them.

      In September, many people leave Spain because the holidays are over. So it’s a little quieter than in July and August.

      Have nice dives

  5. Micky

    Going to europe in the fall. FRance and Italy.
    I’m really looking forward to the diving there. We are starting in Nice, France and taking the coast way down to Italy.
    Thanks for some dive tips.


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