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Ten Best Dive Sites in Europe

24 February 2016
Europe boasts some world class dive sites, with great visibility and masses of underwater life. According to our readers, these are the ten best dive sites in Europe. Disagree? Then cast your vote.

  1. Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Scotland
    This shallow 18 m dive is a real beauty. One of the block ships scuttled to prevent submarine attack during WW2. Covered in life, worth the trip and the one of surprises of Scapa.
    Blockship Tabarka, Scapa Flow, Scotland
    Photo credit: Joe Ryan
     
  2. The Zenobia, Cyprus
    The wreck of a huge ferry. Lying on its port side, the wreck starts at about 15 m and descends to 42 m. Needs several dives to see anything like all of it.
    Diving the Zenobia, by Malcom Browne CC BY-NC 2.0
    Photo credit: Malcom Browne (CC BY-NC 2.0)
     
  3. Cirkewwa, Malta
    Features the wreck of the Rozi MV as well as stunning underwater topography. Visibility is very good and there is a mass of sea life: barracuda, morays, octopus, cuttlefish and even dolphins.
    Wreck of the Rozi
    Photo credit: Richard Kingfelt
     
  4. Silfra, Thingvellir, Iceland
    An extraordinary dive in a narrow crack between the American and the European continental shelves, in astonishingly clear water. The clarity of the water gives the diver the feeling of flying above the bottom and on sunny days, when there are slight waves on the surface, the light breaks into a rainbow of colours.
    Diving Silfra
    Photo credit: David Ramsey
     
  5. Blue Hole, Gozo
    A beautiful sharp drop off into the blue hole with what seems like limitless visibility and feels like you are on the very edge of the world.
    Leaving Inland Sea on way to Blue Hole, Gozo
    Photo credit: Runeng
     
  6. Eddystone Reef, England
    12 miles off Plymouth, England. The reef is from 8 to 60 m. Encrusted with jewel anemones and with the remains of ancient wrecks, including a large 17th century anchor. Stunning.
     
    Jewel anemones
    Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
     
  7. Chios island, Greece
    Small undersea caves and paths between impressive rocks, colourful reefs and vertical walls.
    Undwater cave roof with loads of life
    Photo credit: Andrew Reay-Robinson
     
  8. Diamond Rocks, Kilkee, Ireland
    Claimed to be on a par with the famous Yongala. It is a cold water dive off Ireland's west coast. The bay is fairly sheltered and is teaming with life. The terrain is full of rocks and gullies and the water is really clear.
    Crab with anemones
    Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
     
  9. Fortunal, Vis Island, Croatia
    Wreck of a fishing boat which sunk in 1991. Lies at 45 - 55 m
     
    Fortunal
    Photo credit: Divebooker
     
  10. Fanore, Ireland
    Shore dive in crystal clear Atlantic water with abundant fish. You might even see Dusty the Dolphin.
    Wrasse
    Photo credit: Tim Nicholson
     

You may also be interested in our top ten dives in the world list.

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How are the votes counted?
The first criteria is number of votes (weighted to favour the first choice dive site above the second). Where two dives tie for a position, priority is given to those with the most enticing descriptions and those whose area has several votes for different dives.


Books of the World's Best Dive Sites

Dive Atlas of the World: An Illustrated Reference to the Best Sites
ed Jack Jackson, The Lyons Press, 2010, 300 pages, Hardback
Fifty Places to Dive Before You Die
Chris Santella, 2008, 224 pages, Hardback

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