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Halkidiki, Greece

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Country: Greece  Area: Greece

Water Temp: 14 - 33°C (57 - 91°F)

Visibility: 10 - 40m (33 - 131 ft)

Depth Range: 5 - 30m (16 - 98 ft)

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Halkidiki (also known as Chalkidiki) is known for its dense pine forests, its beautiful coastline and its mountain ranges. It is a town extremely popular with Greek and East/Central European vacationers. With plenty of campsites, it is also a great destination for budget travelers. In addition to good diving, the region features great Greek and Turkish cuisine, plenty of local olive and honey products, and of course much history and culture.

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The peninsula is divided into three distinct areas, whereby Sithonia has the best beaches, Athos the best religious culture and Kassandra the best nightlife. Because of the region’s proximity to Turkey, you will find a number of Turkish influences around the peninsula – particularly along the coast where refugees were settled in the early 1900s.

Although Greece is not exactly world-renowned for diving many experienced divers who come here are very happily surprised at what there is to see.  There is an abundance of brightly coloured and textured sponges, which divers often mistake for corals. There is also some amazing underwater topography, given that the area was once a volcanic region. This includes steep drop-offs, overhangs and even a few tunnels and caves. 

Thessaloniki Church, Credit

Marine Conservation

Currently, there are a number of locally driven campaigns aiming to have the southern tip of the Kassandra peninsula classified as a marine protected area. This region currently suffers from an abundance of spearfishing, line fishing and trawling. Until official protection occurs, conservation efforts are almost entirely run by the local population. Often, this includes educational campaigns that inform visitors and locals about how to protect the marine and terrestrial life. Occasional researchers also visit the region as well. 

Sunset at Halkidiki, Credit

Climate

The dive season in Halkidiki lasts from May to November, when the weather is warmest. Tourism more broadly tends to revolve around these months as well, with some visitors staying into the off-season each year.

Water temperatures range significantly over the course of the season. Between March and June, you can expect temperatures between 15 and 16 degrees Celsius, while July and August warm up to 16 – 18⁰C. September and October have the warmest temperatures, with monthly averages ranging between 18 and 20⁰C. Visibility ranges between 18 and 25 meters, depending on weather conditions. 

Other Year round Marine life

Octopus, Groupers, Jacks, Wrasse, Mullets & Breams.

The Beach, Credit

 
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Shore Diving

Most of the dives off Halkidiki are shoredives, each of which offer a minimum of two dives. All sites suit all levels. Most sites offer spaces for easy entry and safe flat training, before gradually getting deeper as the experienced divers approach the drop-offs. Conditions are typically good in the area, with only occasional storms disrupting the visibility.

One of the most popular sites is Bahia Beach. Here, divers find a stunning reef with many sea anemones, lobsters and moray eels – though it is only suitable for advanced divers. Kalogria by contrast is another beautiful reef with much of the same marine life, but is better suited for beginner divers. Other sites, including Porto Elea, Agios Nikolaos and Armenistis are comprised of interesting rock formations with various caves, currents and holes. Porto Elea in particular often has a few octopus, sea anemones and moray eels as well. 

Clear blue water, Credit

Boat Diving

NOTE: Given the economic crisis in Greece, dive boats are only sporadically – if ever – in the water. Please contact local dive shops for up-to-date information on boat dives. The good news is that most of the sites are located off the shore anyway, meaning no boat dives will not be hugely disruptive.

When boats are in operation, they tend to dive along the shore of Turtle Island (Kelyfos). The whole island is like a pinnacle and offers approx. 10 different dives of varying depth and difficulty.  There are some really big fish out there and large shoals of Jackfish.  There are also some monster ‘Helmet Tons’ to be found partially buried in the sand and unusual flat worms and nudibranchs.

Sailboat at Porto Koufo, Sithonia, Halkidiki, Credit

Liveaboard Diving

There are no liveaboards currently operating around Halkidiki. 

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How to Get there

Halkidiki's nearest airport is in Thessaloniki (SKG).  It takes approximately 1 hour by taxi or coach to transfer from the airport down to the Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki.  It is also possible to get a bus (or 2) which takes a bit longer but is considerably cheaper.

A lot of hotels and car hire companies offer a free or discounted transfer service.

Easter in Halkidiki, Credit

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Where to Eat & Drink

Halkidiki has great food to offer, with plenty of options to suit all tastes. Often, guests do well to visit traditional-looking places where they can offer a mezze (selection of different dishes, similar to tapas). Working off staff recommendations often leads to a great meal! Some local favourite restaurants include Anassa by the Sea (in Fourka) and Villa Stasa (in Loutra).

huts by the beach, Credit

Nightlife tends to be centralized in Kassandra. Here, you find a strip of clubs that feature a slide-open roof to dance the night away under the stars. Smaller, more traditional villages offer a wide range of restaurants and bars that will stay open until the last person leaves. Afitos and Kriopighi are frequently visited.

 

There is so much to do in Halkidiki….. the beaches are gorgeous, the sea clean and clear.  You can go hiking, biking, walking, horse-riding or sightseeing.  We have forests, fields and mountains too.

 

There are many car and bike hire shops to choose from if you want to explore further afield.  We have natural thermal springs that invigorate and heal.

 

There are some fantastic coffee shops where you can sit and enjoy an amazing view or people-watch.

 

Best of all we have some really amazing local cuisine….and tsipero….typically accompanying a small, salty mezze, perfect to prepare you for an afternoon siesta to escape the heat of the day before waking, refreshed to go for a sunset swim.

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Other Activities

Most who visit Halkidiki do so for the on-land activities, meaning there is much more to do beyond diving. The beaches are gorgeous, and the sea is clean and clear.  You can go hiking, biking, walking, horseback riding or sightseeing.  Halkidiki has forests, fields and mountains too.

There are many car and bike hire shops to choose from if you want to explore further afield.  We have natural thermal springs that invigorate and heal.

There are some fantastic coffee shops where you can sit and enjoy an amazing view or people-watch.

Relaxing holiday, Credit

Many also visit Halkidiki for the religious sites across the peninsula. Most are located around Mount Athos, where visitors find countless Christian monasteries with working monks.

Best of all there is some really amazing local cuisine. Tsipero typically accompanies a small, salty mezze which is perfect to prepare for an afternoon siesta to escape the heat of the day before waking, refreshed to go for a sunset swim.

 

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Tips

Halkidiki is generally a very safe and welcoming community. Few scams from local populations are reported.

Road safety is very important. If you rent a bike, helmets are strongly recommended.

Summer months in Halkidiki can be busy – to say the least. This tends to make finding accommodation difficult. That said, there are a number of campsites that have more availability and are more budget-friendly.

Sarti Vista, Credit

Halkidiki in July and August is filled with beachside partygoers, making the region a bit more noisy. Those who prefer quiet should plan a trip in September, when the area is more popular with families.

The nearest hyperbaric chamber is in Thessaloniki, which is roughly an hour’s drive away.

Fauna, Halkidiki, Credit

 

 

 


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