The largest and most populated of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece, Rhodes Island is the best location to base your Dodecanese Islands diving holiday. With fantastic visibility and thriving marine life year-round, Rhodes Island divers can encounter unique species such as basking sharks, tuna, and wild dolphins.
Diving in Rhodes
Scuba diving in Rhodes, Greece, is an unforgettable experience. Engulfed by the Mediterranean Sea, this large, historical island offers divers encounters with amazing marine life like dolphins, turtles, basking sharks, and tuna. Rhodes diving is home to a rich array of sea life, beautiful volcanic rock formations, shipwrecks, caves, and underwater artifacts from different times in history.
With beautiful, calm, clear water, and some of the best weather in Greece, you can find excellent Rhodes diving throughout the year. With shallow reefs, wrecks, and deep drop-offs, divers of all levels can have fun diving in Rhodes.
There are plenty of Rhodes dive centers to choose from that offer both shore diving and boat diving throughout the island.
Best time to dive
Thanks to the Mediterranean's sunny, favorable climate, scuba diving in Rhodes has a relatively long "high season," extending from April through October. The short rainy season only lasts from November to February, making Rhodes diving pleasant throughout most of the year.
With higher crowds in the summer and soaring air temperatures, the best time to go diving in Rhodes is in the spring or fall when there are far fewer tourists, cheaper hotel prices, and perfectly warm, but not too hot, temperatures.
Types of diving
Diving in Rhodes is perfect for every level of scuba diver. With many calm, clear, shallow reefs, and warm summer water temperatures, Rhodes is an excellent location to introduce your loved one to diving for the first time or take an Open Water course. Rhodes dive centers offer shore or boat dives daily on its shallow reefs.
Rhodes diving also offers deep wall drop-offs, excellent wreck diving, and fantastic caves to explore for the more adventurous diver. Come find out what it is like to dive where ancient history meets the sea.
What to see
The unique geographical location of Rhodes Island, right at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea, offers Rhodes divers rare marine life encounters not seen in many of the other Greek islands. The deeper waters bring in the extraordinary basking shark, wild dolphins, tuna, and migrating sea turtles.
Amongst the colorful reefs and volcanic rock structures, diving in Rhodes, you will see a wide variety of marine life, including slipper lobsters, sea stars, colorful sponges, shrimp, octopus, gorgonians, brilliant nudibranchs, squid, moray eels, cuttlefish, and plenty of macro life.
Common fish sightings include sea bass, sea beams, grouper, amberjacks, soldierfish, scorpionfish, the occasional lionfish, and stingrays in the sand. Lucky divers may even catch a glimpse of the endangered monk seal or elusive seahorse.
Best places to dive
The Giannoula K. Wreck - This thrilling wreck dive is so large and full of life it will take more than a single dive to take it all in. Many Rhodes dive centers offer this 110m long cargo ship, sunk in 1981, as two dives - swimming around the wreck and visiting the deck on dive one and penetrating to the engine room for experienced divers on dive two.
Anthony Quinn Bay - Named after the actor Anthony Quinn, this is the most beautiful bay on the island. The scenery is breathtaking both above and below the water.
Makri Island - This unique scuba dive in Rhodes is not to be missed! Located on the island's western side, this site combines a fun wooden shallow wreck with a fish farm that attracts anything from tuna to dolphins.
Ladiko Wall - This 30-meter vertical wall dive is full of amazing marine life.
Faliraki Reef - This long barrier reef starts at 6 meters and drops off to over 40 meters deep. Due to its depth and exposure to the open ocean, this site is for advanced divers and full of amazing marine life.