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Best Diving Destinations in Paros
Paros Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades group. Located in the central part of the Aegean Sea, Paros is the third-largest of the Cyclades Islands, after Andros and Naxos. The coastline around Paros is ideal for diving, with its crystal-clear waters giving visibility of around 40m/131ft. Divers can explore caves, wrecks, rocks, walls, and the fascinating marine life that lives around the coast of the island. Caverns, canyons, and swim-throughs are covered with colorful sponges, corals, and small holes that house crabs and lobsters. Most of the diving schools are located on the beaches of New Golden Beach, Golden Beach, Santa Maria, Naoussa, Aliki, Parikia, and Pounta. Some of the most popular diving sites in Paros are the Bubble Reef at a depth of 12-18m/39-59ft and ideal for all levels, Barracuda Point (18-30m/59-98ft), Cathedral (23m/75ft), Stringway Point (max. depth of 34m/111ft), and Santa Maria Cape. At the Bubble Reef site, divers will see small, sandy-bottomed caves covered with corals and sponges. A short distance later, a beautiful cavern with colorful walls waits for divers to discover the hidden treasures in its tiny holes. Here the rock formations have created a huge hole where the sun’s rays pass through. Lots of old wrecks can also be found around Paros, such as the Beaufighter Wreck and the MS Samina at a max. depth of 35m/114ft (only for advanced divers).
When to go to Paros
The climate is temperate, with cold, damp winters and hot, dry summers. The most favorable period for diving is from May to October, when the water temperature is 22-28C/71-82F.
What to see
Rock formations give shelter to octopi, moray eels, grouper, and big shells. On the rocks are scorpionfish, starfish, jack fish, tunas, turtles, stingrays, nudibranches, and tube worms, while clams and shells lie along the sandy bottom.