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Important Diving informationKefalonia is one of the unique places in Greece where you can experience diving in the lake (Melissani Cave) - More info...
Important Diving center informationKefalonia has two Dive Centers - Aquatic Scuba Diving Club and Fiskardo Divers Club. Both centers offer many diving spots.

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, you'll find a rich natural environment, caves, mountains and paradisaical beaches. Kefalonia is also known for its endangered loggerhead turtle population.

Get away from the crowds dive into crystal clear waters and enjoy the amazing scenery of drop-offs, caverns, wrecks and swim through. Explore the island's reefs in waters with visibility of 30 to 40 meters, experience the abundance of colorful marine life.
Rock formations give shelter to octopuses, moray eels and big shells. On the rocks scorpion fish, starfish, nudibranch and tube worms are easy to see while clams and shells lay along the sandy bottom. Caverns, canyons and swim through are covered with colorful sponges, corals and small holes which give home to crabs and lobsters.

Cephalonia island

Schools of small colorful fish swim around the rocks while tunas, barracudas, groupers and turtles make their appearance often from the deep.
All dive sites along the island's coastline are accessed by boat. During the dive each instructor leads up to 6 divers while most dives are multilevel in order for you to see and enjoy as much as possible. All dives end with a safety stop. Average dive time is 45 minutes.

Dive sights Location1 (Ag. Ephimia)

1 - The Mine

Time from port : 3 min - Depth: 12 -22 m
Sitting in 12 meters off the only marine protected area in Kefalonia, is a deactivated WW2 sea mine. The dive continues to up to 22meters for all levels of divers to enjoy the most diverse sea life in the Mediterranean, including Sea Bream, Lobsters, Octopus, Groupers, Rainbow Wrasse, Scorpion fish and even moray eels  to name a few.

2 - Lobster wall

Time from port : 8 min - Depth: 24 – 35m
Sloping off a 5 meter platform falls a dramatic wall dropping to a 35 meter lobster cavern, draped in an old fishing net. With the great visibility a diver can see the wall dropping to the 50 meter sand bed. The dive ends over a teaming shallow reef suitable for all.

3 - Caverns

Time from port : 12 min - Depth: 6 – 25m
The swim through starts in just 3 meters, offering spectacular light beams penetrating the water through the rock formations. For the more confident diver there are more confined passages bringing you out onto a 12m sloping reef. At the end of the reef there is a pristine and fully intact amphora at 25 meters for the more advanced divers to enjoy.

4 - Roman anchor

Time from port : 20 min - Depth: 18 – 35m
Next to the line supplying Ithaca with electricity, lays an ancient roman anchor, standing sterile out from its surroundings due to its lead composition. To finish the dive there is a reef jutting from the shallows that is full of life and a variety sponges and sea critters, making the dive most enjoyable for all levels of diver.

5 - Ancient wreck

Time from port : 25 min - Depth: 6 – 35m
Sitting a stones throw from Antisamos Beach, made famous by the movie ‘Captain Corelli’s mandolin’ lays an ancient roman wreck. Sunk on the rocks around 2000 years ago the vessel itself has long since rotted, but left behind over 1000 amphora’s to be enjoyed at a depths from 5 to 25 meters. And the more experienced can descend to 35 to see the ships anchor.

6 - St. Johns Wall

Time from port : 25 min - Depth: 12 – 35m
In front of the idyllic St Johns bay on the south west of the legendary island of Ithaca starts an awesome vertical wall dive. From the surface the wall drops to 35 meters offering spectacular views in all directions. The wall is lined with beautiful feather duster worms and sponges. Finishing the dive several amphora’s are visible making a home for octopus and other creatures.

7 - Airplane

Time from port : 40 min - Depth: 22 – 36m
Lying in the south east of Ithaca in view of the St Ioanis church lies a German Junkers 88D bombers. Falling victim to an English war ship the plane lies in 2 sections on the sea bed. Due to its aluminium construction the engine is unchorroded and visible in 22 meters of water with the tail section also accessible in 36 meters of water. This dive demands adequately qualified and experienced divers.

8 - Cyclops’s cave

Time from port : 40 min - Depth: 16 – 35m
In northern Ithaca within view of the picturesque village of Fiskardo Kefalonia starts a wall stretching from 16 to 46 meters. At 16 meters it is possible to swim into the spacious cave, there is also another entrance at 35 meters making the upper exits brilliantly bright and vividly blue from below. Due to its depth and the over head environment only highly experienced divers

9 - Mellisani cave *

Melissani LakeTime from port : 5min by car - Depth: 18 – 26m
A Kefalonia tourist destination for divers and non divers alike, Mellisani is a lake exposed by a devastating earthquake in the late 50s. The site is created from the sea water that constantly falls and disappears into the sinkholes (Katavothres) near Argostoli, after a subterranean journey through the island in an eastern direction, reappears in Melissani Lake in semi-salted form. The filtered water is crystal clear offering over 100 meters of visibility. Diver can enjoy the 20,000 year old stalactites and beautiful light spilling in from the roof of the cave.

10 - HMS Perseus*

Time from port : 1 hr 30 min - Depth: 44m +
Lying deep a mile off Skala in the south of Kefalonia is one of the largest submarines in the British fleet at the time. Fully intact the sub was sunk by German depth charges. Due to its depth this dive is reserved for only highly experienced divers, however penetration is restricted by local law for respect to the families.

11 - Smugglers wreck

Time from port : 1 hr 45 min - Depth: 12 - 25m
In the west of Kefalonia only 20 minutes from the famous Mirtos beach lays a small ferry sunk whilst transporting three trucks from the island, two remain inside but the other is separated by a few meters from the wreck.

12 - Medussa’s cavern

Time from port : 15 min - Depth: 12 - 23m
In the south west of Ithaca, Starting the dive on a big cavern then moving on to a sloping reef containing all of the typical Mediterranean fish and a fully intact amphora and continuing for a wall dive. In one dive you can enjoy tree of the typical Greek underwater environments

13 - The Hole

Time from port : 10 min - Depth: 40m
Somehow connected to Mellisani lake a hole in the sea bed near the cave has been created from the constant influx of water into the islands lake system. The hole is lined with colorful sponges and worms taking you from its wide entrance at 30 meters down to the 40 meter bottom where a slight current caused by the intake is detectable.

* These dives are not included in the packages , they have special price and a special request is needed, since a declaration and permission from/to the local authorities is necessary.

Dive sights Location2 (Fiskardo)

1 - Emblissi

Max depth: 15 meters
Large complex and hills of Posidonia oceanica seagrass, a rich and protected ecosystem (Natura 2000) where many species of fish and invertebrate find habitat such as the Pinna nobilis, an endangered species of bivals.The running roots of the Posidonia, called rhizomes, accumulate on the top of each other and create walls kinds reaching up to 3 meters high. Regularly, thanks to erosion many pieces of ancient potteries stick out of those root walls.

2 - Kimilia’s plane

Max depth: 16 meters
Remains of a Bristol Beaufither, an English war plane that was shot by the German during world war II. The plane crash half on the shore and both pilots survived and escaped then in the 60’s the plane was dynamite by locals in order to recover the metal. Many parts of the plane end up in the sea and in 1999 we were authorized by the British authorities to dive the wreck and recover pieces for a display in the Fiskardo’s Museum.

3 - The barge

Max depth: 22 meters
The barge was lost during a storm by a boat pulling 7 other barges, winter 2008. After being smashed against the rocks, it sunk between « the cliff » and « the cathedral » dive sites. The barge is about 50 meters long and lay on the bottom between 20 and 5 meters deep. Algae and sponges colonize slowly the wreck and this artificial habitat is a refuge for many species of fishes and invertebrates such as the beautiful flabellin.

4 - The little church

Max depth: Adjustable from 10 to 18 meters
Nice and shallow cave opposite side from the large entrance of “the Temple”. The entrance is at 5 meters, descending until 8 meters on a sandy patch from which, laying down on your knees, you can admire the incrusted sponges, corals and other animals on the walls.

5 - The cathedral

Max depth: 20 meters
The Cathedral is a very big open air cave with an underwater entrance at 3 meters deep. Inside there is several chambers with 2 beaches and on the roof we can observe stalactites. Thanks to an air entrance, the cave is the home of a bats colony and also swallows so we have to keep quiet to not disturbe them. It is an easy dive but really breath holdind sensation (here you can, you are not underwater!!).

6 - The cliff

Max Depth: Adjustable from 12 to 40 meters
Beautiful 30 meters drop off and one of the place we can see the most sea life. Large school of fishes usually stay along the edge of the cliff, strange rock formation offer holes for groupers and lobsters to hide and many animals comes to feed on the wall. If you are lucky, it is a place you can cross big sea hares or the very rare  Mediterranean Monk Seal. The edge of the cliff is about 10 meters deep and the bottom 40 meters, the sensation of falling is absolutely fantastic and we can reach the small entrance of the Temple along the Cliff.

7 - The temple

Max depth: 26 meters
The temple is a massive cave with 2 entrances, a very large one in the roof and a smaller one on the other side along a cliff. walls cover with sponges and corals and the light effects coming from the outside when you are in the middle of the cave is absolutely standing. Many divers with long experience diving around the world considerate it has one of their best dive, but lately we discovered more….! This dive can be combined with “the Cliff” and “little Church”.

8 - Xeropunta

Max depth: 16 meters
The easiest cavern of all! Easy dive along the coast on rocky ecosystem where the particular rock formation create a nice playground for a relax dive. Several arches, little canyons and a shallow cavern (6 meters deep) with many colourfull incrusted sponges and coral are covering its walls. We often see there the greater sleeper lobster during mating season (May-June).

9 - Asteris island

Max Depth: 15 Meters and more…
Reef formed by a long rocky crest in the middle of the deep chanel between Kefalonia and Ithaca. Only the top of it stick out of the water and formed the little island of Asteris. Lots of interesting sea life to observe such as Octopus, Muray-ell and Nudibranches. We can also find there many remains from the past….

10 - ”The secret of Venus”

Max depth: 30 meters
Discovered and explored for the first time in 2009 with our great friend Scott, this amazing dive site (previously named Scott’s Fault) is in hard competition with the «Temple » for being the Best dive site for our divers. It starts as a small crack in the rock in swallow water continuing onto a deep narrow canyon and ending up as a long tunnel with amazing light effect opening on the deep sea and Venus garden !

11 - Dolixa’s wrecks

Max detph: 10 meters
The bay of the wrecks! There is here 3 different wrecks in shallow water. A small fisherman boat and 2 large kayake, old traditional Greek boats. Being in the past the harbor of the old Fiskardo, Dolixa’s bay has now a very poor ecosystem but the presence of the wreck makes it an exciting place for beginners and children. It is also a good training site for people doing their Open Water or Advanced course.

12 - Christina wreck

Maximum depth: 20 meters - Minimum level of experience: Open Water Diver
Christina is a 50 metre-long ferryboat that sank during the winter of 2011 into the splendid Myrtos Bay . Undamaged, with 2 trucks onboard, she rests on the sandy bottom and forms an artificial reef that attracts numerous different types of fish; a breathtaking dive. It’s a dive that requires specific planning which would come at extra cost. If you are interested, please contact us for more information.

13 - The catacombs

Max Depth: 21 meters
Technical diving. Longest cave in dark environment, several rooms and floors require special training. Breadcrumb and bottle of relief. For fans: thrills guaranteed!