|diving the Blue Hole at Dwejra, Gozo|
Europe boasts some world class dive sites, with great
visibility and masses of underwater life. Readers of the SCUBA Travel
diving guide have voted these the ten best dive sites in Europe.
1. The Zenobia, Cyprus
pristine wreck of a huge ferry. Lying on its port side, the wreck
starts at about 15 m and descends to 42 m. One of the best shipwreck
dives in the world in recreational depths. 20 m plus visibility and
some great swim-throughs. Needs several dives to see it all.
2. Blue Hole, Gozo
beautiful sharp drop off into the blue hole with what seems like
limitless visibility and literally feels like you are on the very edge
of the world. A most extraordinary dive.
3. Cirkewwa, Malta
the wreck of the Rozi MV as well as stunning underwater topography.
Visibility is very good and there is sea life in abundance: barracuda,
morays, octopus, cuttlefish and even dolphins.
4. Booroo, Isle of Man
Burroo, with its extremely diverse and plentiful marine life offers a
truly magnificent dive. In fact, in areas exposed to the fast flowing
current, it is something of a challenge to find a single square
centimetre of bare bedrock, so abundant is the life here.
5. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Scotland
shallow 18 m dive is a real beauty. One of the block ships scuttled to
prevent submarine attack during WW2. Covered in life, it is worth the
trip and the one of surprises of Scapa.
6. Diamond Rocks, Kilkee, Ireland
to by on a par with the famous Yongala. It is a cold water dive off
Ireland's west coast. The bay is fairly sheltered and is teaming with
life. The terrain is full of rocks and gullies and the water is really
7. Eddystone Reef, England
off Plymouth, England. The reef is from 8 to 60 m. Encrusted with jewel
anemones and with the remains of ancient wrecks, including a large 17th
8. Secca della Columbara, Italy
of the best dives in the Mediterranean. It features a steep,
beautifully-decorated, wall; large shoal of barracuda; grouper; giant
amberjacks and a wreck. The wreck is a 74 m ship which was carrying
slabs of marble. It sank in 2005 and rests at 20 m in two parts.
|Chios island, Greece|
9. Fanore, Ireland
Shore dive in crystal clear Atlantic water with abundant fish.
10. Chios island, Greece
Small undersea caves and paths between impressive rocks, colourful reefs and vertical walls.