Here at Peli, we have a great relationship with the diving community. We love being able to provide tough, waterproof backpacks to professional and amateur divers who transport their gadgets and other valuables to the wettest, wildest places on Earth.
In that spirit, here we’re sharing our tips on the five of the best diving spots in Europe.
1) Wreak diving in the Orkney Islands
If you want to add a historical twist to your next dive, you can’t do better than Scapa Flow on the Orkney Islands in Scotland. Divers can explore the wreaks of a German fleet of 120 ships which sank here in 1919 during the First World War. The remaining shipwreaks include seven large warships and four destroyers, and dives are suitable for all abilities. Visibility is best during the winter, but if you can’t stand the cold, the water reaches 18°C in the summer.
You can get a 24 hour fix of marine life by taking part in group dives organized by the Tethys research station on the Gulf of Corinth. During the day you’ll see a variety of dolphins, as well as loggerhead turtles and monk seals. At night, you’ll spot cuttlefish, conger eels and octopi.
3) Swim with orcas in Norway
Between October and January, you can dive with migrating killer whales from the Lofoten Islands in the North of Norway. Dives are cold, with temperatues reaching a maximum of 15°C, but the waters are clean and nutrient rich, allowing visibility of up to 20 metres of a diverse range of plant and animal life.
4) Explore the caves of Menorca
The Cave of Pont d’en Gil is located at the Bridge of d’en Gil, a natural geological arch formation in the cliffs of the island. The cave is 220 metres long and covered with huge stalagmites and stalactites, which you can see when you surface inside the air-filled chambers within. The dive is suitable for beginners and can even be done by snorkelers.
5) Discover Sicily’s ‘Black Pearl’
Jacques Cousteau described Ustica, in the Tyrrhenian Sea, as the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean. The waters of the volcanic island have been designated as a protected Natural Marine Reserve since 1986. The main dives are at Doctor’s Rock, in a strictly protected red coral area, and the Colombara Bank, where you’ll see barracuda, bream, groupers, amberjacks and crayfish. Both dives are around 30 metres in depth.
Don’t forget to take your Peli ProGear with you!