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Luftwaffe Junkers 88 Wreck

At the eastern, most tip of Ithaca, on the crest of a sloping reef that shortly reaches the contour line of 100 meters, lies the aircraft wreck of a Luftwaffe Ju88 twin-engine bomber. The aircraft met its fate as it ditched a short distance offshore reportedly hit by allied fire. It is shocking to imagine the force of the crash as the two engines can be found far apart at 22 and 28 meters and the tail sits at 36m further away. The fuselage and the wings have rolled deep down the slope, off limits to recreational divers. Apart from the remains of the plane, divers have the chance to explore the magnificent reef where dolphins or large predators such as amberjacks, tunas and snappers often feed on the clouds of sardines and damselfish, while on the sides of the reef groupers ambush prey.

Quite often divers can catch the currents into a drift dive.

 

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Kakava Amphorae Yard

“Kakava” is an extended Ancient wreck site, once believed to be a legendary submerged village. There is an abundance of Amphorae, probably from Roman era wrecks with at least one from 2nd century BC. Around the reef more evidence of ancient to modern day small wrecks are present, while clouds of damselfish hovering against the current attract predators such as snappers, Mediterranean barracudas and amberjacks. Schools of parrotfish, brown meagres, groupers and octopuses occupy every recess and crevice on the reef. The dive site is situated between the two main nesting beaches for Loggerhead sea turtles, “Kaminia” and “Skala”, so chances to catch one looking for her next meal are great.

The average depth or the dive is 8 m, while the max is 12 m, for divers of all levels. The usual visibility is 25 m and temperature ranges between 22-27 C in summer months. Occasionally there might be weak currents.

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Tilemachos’ Cave

Out of the “Posidonia oceanica” seagrass meadows a lone reef raises, death trap to ancient vessels passing through the area. At least 2 or 3 of them found their final resting place here, scattering their ballast stones, great numbers of yet unidentified era amphorae and pieces of ship wood with bronze nails and parts. Parts and pieces of various era anchors lay around, proving the area is a puzzle to seamen through the ages. Various fish and quite often Loggerhead sea turtles are frequent visitors to the site.

The main body of the reef holds a small yet impressive underwater cave, with two openings and a hole in the roof, letting ample light into the interior and rewarding the daring divers with spectacular views.

The average depth or the dive is 7 m, while the max is 12 m, for divers of all levels. The usual visibility is 25 m and temperature ranges between 22-27 C in summer months. Occasionally there might be weak currents.

 

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Gonies Cove

An impressive reef concludes in a wall at the edge of the cove. Divers can find remains of an ancient, roman era wreck that stretches across the levels of the dive. Fragments of broken amphorae but also intact ones, lead stocks of wooden anchors and ballast stones mark the final resting place of the long gone vessel. The reef is abundant with most species of Mediterranean aquatic life while Loggerhead sea turtles are anything but a rare sight. Average depth for the dive is 16 m, while the max is 31 m, for divers of all levels. The usual visibility is 25 m and temperature ranges between 22-27 C in summer months. There are no currents.

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HMS Perseus

Perhaps the top WW II wreck dive in Mediterranean, British Overseas Patrol submarine HMS/M Perseus, (N36) lies virtually intact on the sandy bottom, at 52 meters depth, about a mile off the south coast of Kefalonia.

Perseus submarine is not only among the most impressive wreck dives a diver can experience, but has an amazing history as well. The vessel was on combat patrol in December 1941, and while cruising at the surface at night hit an Italian naval mine and sunk. From the crew of 59 only one, the Royal Navy leading stoker John Capes managed a daredevil escape from a depth no one has attempted before, swam his way to Katelios and with the aid of locals escaped capture from Italian and German occupation forces and finally transferred in Turkey. While legendary in Royal Navy, almost nobody believed his adventure until in 1997 a team of Greek divers located the submarine and verified details of his described escape.

The divers approaching the submarine encounter a magnificent vessel 88 meters long, with a large conning tower, the ship’s gun and the rear hutch still open indicating the escape route of John Capes, while a look in the interior is possible. Among other things, the torpedo tubes and the ship’s propellers and rudder are visible.

The submarine is practically an artificial reef and colorful sponges, small fish and aquatic creatures take shelter here, while predators like amberjacks and snappers are frequent visitors.

The average depth or the dive is 40 m, while the max is 50, reserving the submarine for experienced and technical divers. The visibility is usually greater than 25m while temperature ranges between 18-24 C in summer months, depending on depth.