The best diving spots in Kefalonia

Argostoli, Céphalonie

Light, clear and warm, the waters of Kefalonia transport you into a world of infinite charms. For a spectacular experience, try scuba diving.

The magic of Greek waters is the perfect setting for discovering the depths of the Mediterranean. Especially in Kefalonia, where scuba diving and snorkeling make for unique and enchanting journeys. As well as a wealth of marine flora and fauna, the sandy seabed of Kefalonia is home to a breathtaking number of shipwrecks.

What’s more, the recent opening up of the sea depths will make you the privileged explorers of the bowels of the Big Blue… Here are the best diving spots in Kefalonia.

The best diving in Kefalonia: adventure diving from Agia Efimia

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Information you need to know

This sensational activity lasts between two and three days (at the rate of two dives a day) and opens up the depths of six dive spots on Kefalonia. It is open to all, from spring to autumn only. Departures are from Agia Efimia and each site is reached by boat. Each water excursion lasts around forty-five minutes.

Reservations can be made for one to eight divers, and the price is €265 per person. This includes all equipment and one tank per dive.

While most dives are open to several levels, you need to be at least a certified diver to qualify. To prove your level, you’ll need at least an open water diving certificate or equivalent.

The course of the activity

Plongée sous-marine à Syros

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Kefalonia abounds in wonderful diving spots. From shipwrecks to bomber planes, caves and reefs, the treasures that lie beneath them are immense.

With this activity, you’ll have the chance to experience diving at six different sites around the island. The program? Two dives a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, depending on the dive team’s schedule.

First, Christine Lome, the smuggler’s wreck. Twenty minutes from Mirtos beach, this small ferry lies at a depth of twenty-five metres. An abyss accessible only to certified divers.

If mysterious shipwrecks appeal to you, you’ll love the second site on this adventure just as much. The Roman wreck, lying dormant near Antisamos beach and made famous by the film « Captain Corellis’ Mandolin », sank over two thousand years ago. Despite its rotten carcass, the ship ripped itself open and left behind over a thousand amphorae, visible at depths of between five and twenty-five metres. The more experienced can descend to a depth of thirty-five metres to admire the anchor.

The third site, Junkers 88, is an aircraft from the Second World War. The fateful fate of this German bomber, victim of the assaults of a British warship, can be admired in two parts. The most spectacular is the aluminum engine, still gleaming and visible from over twenty meters. The rear part of the plane is buried to a depth of thirty-six meters, a depth reserved for qualified divers.

The fourth dive site is a submarine called HMS Perseus. This time, it’s a British submarine. Sunk by enemy depth charges, its carcass remains intact. However, it lies in the sand at a depth that requires a great deal of scuba diving experience.

This adventure dive in Kefalonia also boasts natural treasures such as the Grotte des Cyclopes. In front of the picturesque village of Fiskardo Kefalonia, this spacious cavern is accessible from a depth of sixteen meters. The second entrance is at thirty-five meters, in a bright blue environment. This part of the cave, however, is reserved for experienced divers.

Another natural treasure is St. Andrew’s Reef, the sixth and final dive site in Kefalonia for this activity. Overlooking the heavenly bay of St. Andrew’s, this legendary dive takes you along a vertical wall sunk more than thirty-five meters below the surface. The panorama is spectacular! The reef unfurls magnificent sponges, and you’ll even catch a glimpse of amphoras and octopuses well hidden beneath their debris. What’s more, only an open water certificate is required for this dive.

Alternatives for diving in Cépahlonie

Snorkelling at Skala

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If you prefer snorkelling to scuba diving, this is the excursion for you!

During the freediving activity, the diving center’s experts teach you to channel your stress and dive to depths of up to ten meters. You become one with the mysterious and captivating underwater life. In total silence, you move towards the hypnotic abyss…

The lesson lasts three hours (including theory), followed by one hour of underwater training. The price is €50 per person. Only basic swimming skills and good physical condition are required. A taste for adrenalin is a real plus!

Recreational diving at Skala

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Many of Kefalonia’s best diving spots are scattered around the Skala. Caves, walls and wrecks offer both sumptuous and technical diving. Choose a recreational dive from the wide selection on offer at La Skala.

Your first stop is the HMS Perseus. This submarine wreck was bombed during the Second World War and lies virtually intact on the sandy seabed. It’s one of the most impressive and technical wreck dives on Kefalonia.

Another dive site is an amphora site. Like a submerged village, these immense Roman vases bear witness to Greece’s rich heritage. Here and there, a few steel ship parts also rest, home to schools of silvery fish, octopus and other fish species. If wrecks intrigue you, you may even discover a bomber plane whose fuselage and wings sank to the bottom of a slope off-limits to recreational divers…

Other, more natural, sites are accessible to all levels. These include the Grotte de Tilemachos. Carved into a lonely reef, a fatal trap for many a ship, this cave is as small as it is impressive. Other natural sites to discover include the sponge walls, home to breathtaking Mediterranean flora and fauna. A magnetic abundance for lovers of underwater photography! One of the most spectacular is the Ai Giannis Wall: Kefalonia’s favorite dive site for snorkelers.

Alternatively, dive around Cape Kapros at the gateway to the Cephalonia-Ithaca channel. It’s hard to decide which is more impressive: the ancient merchant ship anchors, the scattered broken amphorae, the aquatic species or the German wreck with its bevy of war supplies?

Snapper’s Alley, Twelve Anchors, Gonies Cove and the rocky islet of Dias are other possibilities. These areas alternate posidonia meadows, rocks and sandy patches caressed by colorful and rare fish… And even sea turtles! Each of these reefs is made up of marine landscapes characteristic of the Mediterranean. The hardest part is choosing!

Our tips for diving in Kefalonia

Kefalonia’s warm, calm waters offer good visibility all year round. However, the best season for diving is from May to November. While summer offers the best conditions (warm water and absence of wind), it is also the busiest season. We therefore recommend the months of May and October to take advantage of low-season prices and possibly more intimate sessions. The only precaution: a thicker wetsuit.

Near the coast, visibility is more variable due to the movement of boats. Marine life is also more scattered. For the best experience, choose dive sites in Kefalonia that are further offshore.

We also recommend taking out travel insurance that covers scuba diving.