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Best Diving Destinations in Kassandra Halkidiki
About Kassandra Halkidiki
Kassandra is at the westernmost tip of Halkidiki, close to Thessaloniki. Towns like Kallithea, Pefkohori, Siveris, Hanioti, and Nea Fokea are popular among tourists because most tourists choose coastal places for their holidays. There are many accommodations for lodging, as well as restaurants, clubs, and other entertainment like festivals. There are many sights that are worth seeing, like the Town Hall, the church known as Gennisi tis Theotokou, or “Virgin Mary’s Birth”, the church of Agios Athanasios built in 1850, the chapel of Agios Panteleimon, as well as the ancient Byzantine-era tower in Nea Fokea, the sanctuary of Zeus Ammon, the sanctuary dedicated to Dionysus and the Nymphs, the village Agia Paraskevi with its unique thermal springs, and the old Athitos village. The area also features green mountains and lots of beautiful beaches (such as Kallithea beach, Kryopigi beach, and Pefkohori beach). Kassandria also offers a great variety of diving opportunities, that suit different diver levels. It is possible to discover here walls, rocks, reefs and wrecks.
Divers should definitely explore these spots: Alonaki, Mytilini wreck (depth of 22m/ft), Avlaki, Porto Valitsa, and a bit further away, Kelifos Island and Kalogria. One popular dive site around Kassandra is the Mytilini shipwreck, a 36-m/118-ft long wine carrier that sank in 1961, and today lies 22m/72ft down, in cruising position, on the sandy bottom.
When to go to Kassandra Halkidiki
Diving in Kassandra is available year round. The diving season runs from the beginning of April until the end of October. June to September are the warmest months here, with an average air temperature of 27C/80F. The average water throughout a year varies from 14C to 25C/57-77F. The average visibility is 20-30m/65-98ft. The currents are mostly slight.
What to see
The dive sites in the area offer almost virgin diving with rich underwater fauna and flora: corals, sea anemones, starfish, sponge wall coverings, many varieties of nudibranches, moray eels, sea stars, octopi, lobsters, and much more in the clearest waters.