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Almyrida, Greece

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Country: Greece  Area: Chania

Water Temp: 19 - 28°C (66 - 82°F)

Visibility: 10 - 30m (33 - 98 ft)

Depth Range: 6 - 40m (20 - 131 ft)

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Almyrida village is located 20km east of the city of Chania, and it is a popular destination for people who are seeking a relaxing holiday near the sea.

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Its economy is heavily dependent on tourism, with a lot of hotels and apartments/villas for rent, as well as taverns and cafe bars. There are diving and water-sports facilities along the beach, which rent wind-surfing, kayaking, or diving/snorkelling equipment, as well as offer organized trips.

A variety of different diving spots are available for divers of all certifications and levels of experience. The most famous diving spot near Almyrida, is the “Elephant cave”, which is an underwater cavern that contains the fossilized bones of prehistoric elephants.The cave itself contains a series of white and red stalactites and stalagmites, as well as numerous deer bones, belonging to both common and 30cm dwarf deer species.

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Another interesting dive spot is the wreck of the British “Minnewaska” ship, which was sunk during the first world war. The section of the ship which can be seen by the divers today, is the 50 meter long, 10 meter wide aft section of the ship, which was too deep to be salvaged, and now resides at a depth between 12 and 20 meters.

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Climate

The climate of Almyrida is mild and warm during the tourist season (from April to October), with most of the days being sunny, and air temperature above 20oC. The water temperature ranges from 19oC in the beginning of the season, to 28oC on the hot summer days.

 
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Shore Diving

Koutalas bay, Omprogialos beach, and Chordeli bay are the three dive sites in which the shore dives take place. All these sites are protected from the elements, therefore they offer an easy and relaxing dive for both certified and beginner divers. The most common aquatic species which can be seen are long trumpet fish, scorpion fish, cuttlefish, octopus, moray eels and lobsters.

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Boat Diving

Apart from the two unique dive sites described above (the Elephant cave and the Minnewaska wreck), there are numerous other reefs which offer diving opportunities for divers of all levels. Depths range for 18 to 40 meters, and the wildlife which can be seen is similar to the one for the shore diving, with the addition of large fish such as groupers and dentex.

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How to Get there

Almyrida is about 30’ by car from the Chania International Airport, 15 minutes from the port of Chania (Souda bay) and 25 minutes by bus from the Chania Bus Station (KTEL). 

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Where to Eat & Drink

Almyrida, as well as the surrounding villages are full of taverns and restaurants which serve mostly traditional Greek food. There are also a few bars and cafes, which are located on the beach road.

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Other Activities

Other water-sports activities are available, such as wind surfing, kayaking and sailing. Local hotels also offer hiking trips as well as visits to historical sites around Crete.

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Family Activities

The shallow waters of Almyrida beach are ideal for families with children. The calm sea at most of the bays around the village makes it possible for children to attend safely specially designed diving programs, such as Discover Scuba Diving and the Bubblemaker course.

 

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The city of Chania has decompression chamber facilities, which can be used by local divers in case of emergency.

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