“Diving Routes in Marine Protected Areas of the Eastern Med – Development of a Diving Tourism Network” program investigated the potential of specific areas of Greece and Cyprus to develop their tourism dynamics based on diving tourism.

The “Diving Routes in Marine Protected Areas of the Eastern Mediterranean – Development of a Diving Tourism Network” program, or “AndiKaT” for short, was a collaborative initiative under the Interreg VA Greece-Cyprus 2014-2020 Cross-Border Cooperation Program. This program explored the potential of specific areas in Greece and Cyprus to unlock their tourism potential through diving tourism.

From the Ephorate of Marine Antiquities standpoint, the Fournoi archipelago stood out. Renowned as one of the richest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, it boasts an exceptional number of shipwrecks scattered across its waters.

Through AndiKaT, a comprehensive plan was conceived to make some of these wrecks accessible to the public through organized diving tours catering to various skill levels. This initiative aimed to foster sustainable development in this lesser-known gem of the Eastern Aegean.

The program proposed demarcating five key areas in Fournoi with a high concentration of underwater archaeological sites:

  • Aspros Kavos: This area boasts seven wrecks, ranging from shallow to deep depths, offering opportunities for divers of varying experience levels.
  • Ormos tis Grias: Two shallow wrecks lie within this area, ideal for introducing newer divers to the underwater world.
  • Kamari: Divers can explore a vast collection of anchors in this region, offering a glimpse into the island’s maritime history.
  • Agios Minas: Three wrecks of moderate depth await discovery in this area, enticing experienced divers.
  • Thymaina: For seasoned divers seeking a challenge, Thymaina presents two wrecks at a considerable depth.

By making these underwater treasures accessible through responsible diving practices, AndiKaT aims to unlock the tourism potential of Fournoi while ensuring the sustainable preservation of its rich cultural heritage.