Crete is really ideal for snorkeling and the beaches along the south coast are preferable to those on the north coast. You will find some of the best spots close to ZorbaZen House. This is why:
- Visibility in the seas of Crete south coast is excellent and it is regarded as some of the best in the world. In summer the average visibility is 30 or more meters.
- The water temperature in summer ranges from 22 to 27 degrees.
- There is a great variety of fish and sea-plants.
- There are no currents.
- There are a lot of sandy beaches near ZorbaZen House, but also many with a rocky seabed, which means a wider variety of sealife.
When you look for a good snorkeling beach, you look for all beaches with a rocky seabed. Sealife in beaches with sandy seabeds is significantly reduced. You also want to move away from the crowds. The fewer people on a beach, the better the snorkeling. People usually gather in sandy beaches and these are not ideal for snorkeling. Besides, the noise created by people can drive the fish away or make them allusive to spot. It is normally better to go snorkeling early in the morning or late in the afternoon, one to two hours before sunset.
All months have their advantages and disadvantages, but September and October are usually considered the best for snorkeling in Crete. Certain species move close to the shores during those months. Needlefish are such a species and they approach the shores in September for reproduction. Their predators do the same too.
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