The sea off the coast of Halkidiki is rich in underwater wildlife, such as corals, sponges, octopi, crabs, sea horses and fish of a thousand varieties. Those of you who have no experience of diving can take lessons at one of the various diving schools. If you are an experienced diver, then there are lots of organized diving sessions you will be welcome to join. Water temperature ranges from 16 degrees Celsius in winter to 26 degrees in summer, at a depth of 20m. There are also other interesting sights to explore when scuba diving, like caves and shipwrecks:
The shipwreck of the old German motorship "Mytilini" which sunk in 1961.
The bottom of the island "Kelyfos", in the middle of Toroneos gulf which has 10 spots to explore.
The underworld of "Porto Valitsa" at Paliouri Bay. The depth is from 12-30 meters.
The rocky sides of "Koursaros Bay" - Paliouri, Kassandra.
The shipwreck of an old iron Turkish ship, constructed in 1910 (Porto Koufo, Sithonia).
The underwater cave "Erika" (44 miles to the east of Porto Koufo) which has 60m. length and 35m. depth (3m. over the sea surface).
Dive Club Kassandra
Hanioti village, Kassandra
Odyssey Dive Club
Anastasia Resort, Pefkochori village, Kassandra
Sani Resort, Kassandra y
Hanioti village, Kassandra y
Triton Scuba Diving Center
Athos-Pallini hotels, Kallithea village, Kassandra
Triton Scuba Diving Center
Chrousso Village Hotel, Paliouri village, Kassandra
Psakoudia, Ormylia village, Sithonia
Aqualand Diving Club
Platanitsi camping, Sarti Village, Sithonia
Diving Center Kalamitsi Dolphin
Kalamitsi beach, Sithonia,
Nireas Diving Club
Porto Carras Grand Resort, Neos Marmaras
Poseidon Diving Academy
Athena Pallas Village Hotel, Elia beach, Sithonia
Aqualand Diving Club
Eagles Palace Hotel, Ouranoupolis Village, Athos
Ports - Fishing shelters
The ports of Halkidiki are at: Nea Moudania (Kassandra) Porto Koufo (Sithonia) Ormos Panagias (Sithonia) Ierissos (Athos region) Stratoni (Athos region) Ouranoupolis (Athos region) Fishing in Halkidiki is very popular with fishing opportunities from the shore or on boat in the Aegean waters. The fishing shelters in Halkidiki are:
Nea Potidea (2), from both sides of Toroneos bay and Thermaikos bay (shelter) Nea Kallikratia (shelter) Nea Triglia (shelter) Nea Fokea (shelter) Nea Skioni (shelter) Chrousso Paliouri (Fish-Wharf) Pefkochori (Fish-Wharf) Agia Paraskevi (Fish-Wharf) Siviri (Fish-Wharf)
Nikiti (shelter) Neos Marmaras (shelter) Sarti (shelter) Pyrgadikia (shelter)
Ouranoupolis (shelter) Nea Roda (shelter) Olympiada (shelter) Tripiti (Fish-Wharf) Ammouliani island (shelter & Fish-Wharf)
Halkidiki actually holds the longest shoreline in Greece which makes it a place that is very favorable for yacht sailing. One of the factors that makes Halkidiki the ideal place to enjoy sailing is its pleasing weather. The weather in Halkidiki is generally Mediterranean, meaning limited rainfalls, a mild winter season and a perfect summer climate. Yacht sailing in Halkidiki is an amazing experience during the summertime due to the warm daytime sunshine and the cool night breeze. Halkidiki also has beautiful beaches that have been awarded with the European Union Blue Flag.
Sani Marina (Sani Resort, Kassandra, www.sani-resort.com)
Porto Carras Marina (Porto Carras Grand Resort, www.portocarras.com)
The most active Nautical Clubs of the region, the ones that participate in pan-Hellenic or international races, also Sani Marina provide sailing courses for beginners. The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki was founded in 1931 and is one of the oldest nautical athletic associations in Greece. Since 1974 the club is offering offshore sailing teaching, thus giving the residents of Thessaloniki the opportunity and the resources to be involved with sailing and the sea in general. Nautical Club of Thessaloniki
The Nautical Club N. Moudania, offering a great range of activities, has been awarded many times with prizes in international sailing and fishing competitions. Also, the Club offered to the Municipality of Moudania's "Fishing Museum" an important collection of shells from Greek waters, while contributing to the conservation of old fishing equipment.
North Aegean International Sailing Week. Thessaloniki's offshore Sailing Club is organizing every year -in the end of July- the North Aegean International Sailing Week at the Porto Carras Grand Resort. The Cup Yiannis Carras, was named after the founder of the resort and has been giving the first winner's prize since 1977.
ITENBA race, Glarokavos - Kassandra In the summertime, the well-known sailing-boat races called ITENBA, take place here, starting from the natural marina called Glarokavos.
Swimming - water sports
Crossing of Toroneos Gulf
Built at the narrow entrance of the Sithonia Peninsula (the middle one of the three 'fingers' forming Halkidiki), Nikiti is renowned for having the longest beach in Greece (32km / 20 miles long!), a highly developed apiculture, and the most difficult international swimming marathon in Europe: the crossing of Toroneos Gulf (26km /16 miles) takes place every July.
At most of the commercially run beaches you will be able to rent canoes, windsurfing boards, jet skis, bananas, or enjoy a session of water-gliding. Also, some of the sports centers offer water sports lessons.
Tournaments are organized all over Halkidiki either by the local Athletic Unions, hotel resorts or companies that sponsor them. Beach Volley tournaments are very popular in Halkidiki not only for the participants but mainly for the followers.
Tour of Mt. Athos
1) The 300 seats' ship "Captain Fotis" and the 99 seats' ship "Ioanna" depart once up to twice a day from Ouranoupolis port, right next to the "gates" of Holy Mount Athos. Departure times are 10:30 and 13:45 (second cruise on the same day) and the cruise lasts about 3 hours.
2) The luxury cruise ship, "Menia-Maria III" departs daily from Ormos Panagias bound for Agion Oros (the Holy Mount) and Ouranoupolis. The cruise ship offers a large lounge (100 people), a panoramic lounge (150 people) and the sun deck with seasonal seats and tables, with a capacity of 100 people. Departure time for Mount Athos tour is at 9:30. At 13.30 arrival at Ouranoupolis, stay for apprx. 2 hours, departure at 15.30 and arrival at 17:00 at Ormos Panagias.
By boat to Ammouliani island
Ammouliani is the only inhabitant island of Halkidiki. Ferries are leaving from the port of Tripiti (next to Ouranoupolis) for Ammouliani daily. The ticket for the passengers is 1,50€ and for the normal passenger cars is 9€.