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Greece Opens Not Only Borders But Also New Dive Sites

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted travel and scuba diving operations worldwide, but more and more countries are taking new steps in returning to a “new normality.” As peak travel season approaches, Greece is getting ready to safely welcome international visitors. Scuba divers have even more reasons to celebrate Greece’s reopening as the authorities have also recently lifted some severe restrictions on scuba diving archaeological sites.

Ancient Shipwrecks Now Open for Scuba Diving

Until recently, those who attempted to dive some of the archeological sites and historical wrecks off the coast of Greece were faced with hefty fines. Scuba divers could only enter historical sites accompanied by archaeological divers and up to a certain depth. The recent bill, 4688/2020, now allows recreational scuba diving in all areas and eliminates some of the depth limits. Nonetheless, it is still required that divers are escorted by a member of a local certified dive club.

Greece’s Ministry of Culture, along with the Ministry of Tourism, designated four ancient shipwrecks to become the nation’s first underwater museums. The first two shipwrecks are set to open later this summer – one off the small island of Sapientza and one in Navarino Bay, off the Peloponnese peninsula. Some of the shipwrecks are more than 50 years old, vestiges of World War II.

The latest loosening of restrictions is part of a group of incentives designed to attract more travelers to the sun-kissed country in southeastern Europe. These new underwater museums will hopefully turn Greece into a more attractive destination for history lovers and wreck divers and revigorated the tourism sector that has taken a huge hit due to the current global pandemic. The new legislation could also potentially contribute to the economical growth of the more remote islands and create jobs in the local communities.

Who Can Visit Greece?

As of June 15, Greece has opened some of its land border crossings and as of July 1, all airports are scheduled to open to international flights. The reopening of Greece to international travel will apply to the countries that meet certain epidemiological criteria – more specifically, countries that managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 to low levels.

Before planning a holiday, it’s important that visitors check with their local authorities and visit the Hellenic Republic’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for updates on non-essential travel bans. Tourists may be subjected to COVID-19 testing upon arrival and those tested positive will be placed on a 14-day quarantine.

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7 Most Venomous Marine Animals in the World

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Glass Sponge Reefs – The “Living Fossils” Underwater

Deep in the waters of Howe Sound, British Columbia, resides one of the oldest life forms on Earth – the glass sponge. It wasn’t until the mid-1980s when researchers discovered these “living dinosaurs,” previously believed to have gone extinct during the Jurassic period. Here are some interesting facts about these ancient reef-forming organisms that grow on top of the skeletons of previous generations.

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7 Underwater Museums that Scuba Divers Can Visit

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12 Scuba Diving Books You’ll Want to Read

We love watching movies, documentaries, and YouTube videos about diving, but we’re always returning to the good ol’ books. In our opinion, a good book is one that makes us feel, takes us on a compelling journey, or teaches us important lessons. We’ve gone over our favorite scuba diving books, and we believe you’ll love them just as much as we do. Whether you’re looking for entertainment, history, survival guides, memoirs, or journalistic pieces, you shouldn’t have a problem finding your next read among these wonderful suggestions:

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Yes, You Can Still Dive. Virtually!

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5 Groundbreaking Jacques Cousteau Inventions

Jacques-Yves Cousteau is renowned for his accomplishments in the field of marine research and contribution to television and the film industry. Divers too owe a lot to the award-winning filmmaker, dubbed “the father of scuba diving”, as he played an important role in the development of scuba gear. Here are some of Jacques Cousteau’s inventions that impacted the way humans explored the underwater world:

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10 Scuba Diving YouTube Channels to Subscribe to

Some of the best things in life are free, and we feel like YouTube is the perfect example. With so many content creators using the platform, we would’ve been surprised not to find some scuba diving enthusiasts, eager to share their adventures and knowledge on this popular social network. If you’re tired of what Netflix or other streaming services have to offer and want to check out what else is there, we know a few scuba diving YouTube channels that are both entertaining and informative.

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