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Κalypso Rock's Palace Dive Center

Discovering the undersea wealth of the Libyan sea in South Crete

In Southern Crete, in the crystal clear waters of the Libyan Sea, there is a remarkable undersea life.

For many years, professional divers have organized trips in this area of the Mediterranean Sea.

Kalypso Rock's Palace Dive Center operates legally with licenses and insurance required by law, having built facilities on Karavos beach in South Crete. Karavos beach is a natural park surrounded by hanging rocks making it a private secluded bay in the Central Mediterranean, ideal for underwater activities when the weather is fine. The facilities of Kalypso Cretan Village 4* Resort and Spa are adapted to the divers’ needs.

In the nearby area of Kalypso, the coastal tourist resort of Plakias (south of Rethymnon) provides all the necessary tourist services. The undersea activities are very popular with for experienced divers, who are always impressed by the underwater world of South Crete.

Kalypso Rock's Palace Dive Center has developed a friendly discovery programme of the undersea world (step by step), either by snorkeling or scuba diving. For experienced divers we offer various underwater tours and we organise boat trips (fully-equipped rental boat with diving license) to explore the Libyan Sea, the bottom of the sea, the caves, the rich diversity of fauna and flora.

The diving courses are followed by guided undersea trips to the fjords.

Divers receive a certificate of attendance and underwater photos taken from a professional photographer.

Diving right outside your room, near the fjords at Kalypso beach

“The Kalypso Fjord” and “Kako Mouri” With shipwrecks

  • Type of diving: at Kalypso beach.
  • Minimum level: Open Water Diver
  • Maximum depth: 18m Open Water Divers/35m Advanced Open Water or higher.
  • Composition of the bottom and features: diving on a reef at 14m where an amazing barrier ends to a second reef at approximately 40m. From there, deep blue sea to 250m. The imposing rocks, the small caves and the steep slopes make this diving experience one to remember.
  • Marine habitat: Lots of colorful little fish, various kinds of sponges, dense vegetation at the rocks, starfish, blackfish, moray eel and sometimes octopus and stingray.

Dive to be made on the first morning.

Diving in the open sea

  • Type of diving: from boat
  • Minimum level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Maximum depth: 40m
  • Features: An unforgettable diving experience in the shipwreck of an old warship. The story of the ship is not known. Only for experienced divers.

Because of the distance, diving depends on weather conditions and ample participation.

Diving to an open reef from Shinaria bay

  • Type of diving: At the Kalypso beach.
  • Minimum level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Maximum depth: 40m
  • Bottom composition and features: Large reef 18m to 45m sandy bottom.
  • Marine habitat: Lots of colorful little fish, various kinds of sponges, dense vegetation on the rocks, starfish, blackfish, moray eels and sometimes octopus and stingray.

Existence of large fish

Diving at the Kalypso beach

  • Type of diving: At the Kalypso beach.
  • Minimum level: Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Maximum depth: 25m
  • Bottom composition and features: large reef 18m to 45m sandy bottom.
  • Marine habitat: Octopus, moray eels, shrimps, colorful little fish, various kinds of sponges, dense vegetation on the rocks, starfish.

Snorkeling

For clients without license.

Minimum age: 6 years

The equipment, the guidance, certificate of attendance and training are included in this activity.

Every guest takes a mask, a snorkel, fins and exposure wet suit at the right size. In the training room, which looks like a cave, the trainer gives information about “snorkeling” techniques and equipment followed by a guided snorkeling at the little port.

The clients can use the snorkeling equipment for as long as they want during the day near the facilities.

Beginners Programme

Snorkeling for adults.

Snorkeling for children minimum age 6 years up to 13 years

Equipment: mask, snorkel, fins, exposure wet suit, parent and trainer

Discover Scuba Diving

For clients without license.

Minimum age: 10 years

After the theory about undersea activity from specialised trainers, in the language of the guests, comes the snorkeling. There is enough time to familiarize yourself with the equipment, with the help of our staff at the beach.

The trainers will help you make your first dive. Their patience and experience help beginners feel secure during diving, since there is one trainer for each diver. At the end of the day, everybody gets a certificate of attendance for the scuba diving discovery programme.

Licensed Divers

Licensed divers will be particularly attracted to Karavos port.

There is the chance to dive twice a day around the facilities of Kalypso, or organize diving trips with boat out into the Libyan Sea. We call the night diving at Karavos port around the facilities of Kalypso “Dreamy diving”.

Every year a great number of divers come here, so we organize various groups of licensed divers according to their experience.

Professional multilingual trainers accompany the divers and always give top priority to security.

Diving for certificate holders (PADI, NAVI, CMAS, etc.)

Diving Programmes

  • Diving 1 (tanks - weight belt - oxygen)
  • Diving 1 (scuba diving equipment)
  • Diving 2 (tanks - weight belt - oxygen)
  • Diving 2 (scuba diving equipment)
  • Diving 6 (tanks - weight belt - oxygen)
  • Diving 6 (scuba diving equipment)

For a group of 8 people, an inflatable boat and diving equipment with licence is available.

The boat rental, the fuels and the captain’s fee are included in the price of the boat.

Contacts

  • For technical information about diving, call Mrs. Beata Bagi, Mobile: 6983666422
  • For reservation at the facilities of Kalypso Cretan Village Resort and Spa 4*,
    contact Mrs. Vassiliki Iliaki Tel: +30 28320 31296, Mobile: 6940584512,
    e-mail: info@kalypsohotels.com
  • In case of emergency, call Dr. Emmanouil Alexandrakis, Mobile: 6973434934

Hospital Information

  • Naval Hospital with Decompression Chamber (Souda) (80 km from our facilities),
    Tel: +30 28210 82759
  • Rethymnon Hospital (35 km from our facilities)

Account Information

  • Name: Kalypso Rock's Palace, Vassilis Vogiatzis O.E.
  • Adress: Akth Karavos - Plakias Rethymnon 74060 Crete
  • Bank: Alpha Bank of Greece, Account No. 790-002101-081198
  • ΙΒΑΝ: GR 260140790002101081198. SWIFT: CRBAGRAAXXX

Water Temperature

MonthTemperature (ºC)
April16º
May19º
June22º
July24º
August25º
September24º
October23º

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