So… if you get bored of all the ancient Greek relics and architecture, you can always do what I do in term of finding fun! Yes, there are opportunities to go scuba diving in Greece! True, most of the diving is in the islands but there is a place that you can go if you are staying in Athens since you might be going there as your first focal point to use to go see other things. Definitely cannot miss out on the temples, Acropolis, etc. by just going diving… although I did something similar when I went to Scotland just to go fishing and not much else. What can I say? I didn’t want to strike out in the more important things in life.
Tip: There are no scuba diving centers in the city of Athens so you have to travel outside of the city to get to the dive centers. It’s not that hard as you can take the taxi which is what I did which costs something around 15-30 euros.
So I took the taxi to go to a town southeast of Athens called Vari. You’ll actually past by this place if you go to the Temple of Poseidon so it’s kind of a hidden gem.
Overall, it was an alright scuba dive. The problem is that the Greeks have been living there for thousands and thousands of years so the entire underwater world around Greece has been fished out. There have been efforts by the owner of the scuba diving shop to possibly drag an old ship or something that could be used as an artificial coral reef but nothing due to all the regulations and pink and red tape that they can go through in order to do something like that.
But still, I liked the fact that I got out of the city to see something most tourists don’t really do and see the underwater world aspect of Athens, Greece.
The good thing about Vari is that there are plenty of good restaurants and a taxi stand when you walk to the pier. You can’t miss it so you can definitely stay in Athens if you like the unlimited choices in food selection, museums, old Greek stuff, etc. The taxi ride is not as expensive as it was in Croatia when I had to go from Split to Storbec and back, all for scuba diving.