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Snapper’s Alley

At the edge of Kakava reefs, before water becomes too deep, there is an area where Posidonia sea grass, rocks and sandy patches change places. This is where colorful wrasses, brown meagres and all kind of breams find shelter, whilst sea turtles and eagle rays are common visitors, but without a doubt, the stars are the red snappers that are foraging around this alley, preying on the schools of damselfish and parrotfish. Probably the best site to spot a snapper as they never fail divers, especially in early morning dives.

The average depth of the dive is 16m, and the max 22m, for divers of all levels. The usual visibility is 25 m and temperature ranges between 23-25 C in summer months. Occasionally there might be weak currents.

Karavomilos Lake-Cave

As divers enter the idyllic fresh water lake they come across impressive kelp-like sea grass and scores of sea bass and grey mullets. Karavomilos is the estuary of the famous Melissani Lake and the doorstep to an amazing world. The cave sets breathtaking scenery of stalactites and stalagmites to the experienced divers. As soon as technical cave divers enter the second chamber, light gives room to a silent dark world.

The average depth or the dive is 9 m, while the max is 17 m, but due to the cavern-cave characteristics, Karavomilos is reserved for advanced divers, while further penetration is only for technical cave divers. The visibility is an amazing 40+ m. Temperature is 14 C, and there are no currents.

 

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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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The Eye

In this colorful, shallow reef, divers can find a surprising variety of fish, as full of small holes and crevices home to cardinal fish, blennies and small crustaceans. All kinds of sea breams and mullets find also shelter there. An arch shaped cavern can be crossed by divers giving the opportunity of impressive photos and views of blue light through the cavern.

The average depth or the dive is 8 m, while the max is 12 m, for divers of all levels. The usual visibility is 20 m and temperature ranges between 22-27 C in summer months. There are no currents.

 

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Ai Giannis’ Wall

Off the cliff at Ithaca’s southeastern cape, a breathtaking wall rises from the depth of 80 meters. Experienced and daring divers can explore the holes and crevices to discover and photograph amazing colorful sponges and corals, tiny crustaceans and nudibranchs, rare grouper species, moray eels and lobsters. Often amberjacks and red snappers appear from the deep to intercept the intruders of their territory. The dive concludes on the shallower part of the wall, where impressive rock formations can be observed.

The Ai Giannis’ wall is an all-time favorite site to free divers who can readily plunge into the deep blue.

The average depth or the dive is 20 m, while the max is 30 m, for advanced level divers. The visibility is usually greater than 30 m and temperature ranges between 17-25 C in summer months, depending on depth. Occasionally there might be weak currents.

 

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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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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.