Lefteris reef

Overview

A small rock with a huge history behind it. The reef has a length from north to south about 180 meters and width 80m. According to Irodotos during the invasion of the Persians in Greece, at least three of the Persian galleys of king Xerxes ran into the reef and sank. After that event King Xerxes ordered the Persians to carry blocks of stone weight of 700-1.200 pounds and built on top of the reef a stone column to highlight the risk and to ensure safe navigation. It is considered the most ancient construction known until today (2,5 centuries prior to the Lighthouse of Alexandria), segments of which were pulled up with the help of the divers in 1928. Diving around the reef offer a unique experience. Another impressive route exists far beyond the two shipwrecks. Vertical walls are lost in blue, meadow countless corals and vibrant underwater life compose a fascinating underwater scenery able to move and excite even the most experienced diver. At this Diving spot we can dive at shipwrecks ”Vera” (7-27m) and ”Volos” (35-64m)

Shipwreck VERA

The cargo ship “Vera” (58m. long) was built in 1956 in Holland and crashed on Lefteris Reef in 10/2/1999 heading from “LARKO” locations in Larimna Fthiotidas (in the northern Evoikos), with a cargo of 1,160 tons of rust, to Thessaloniki.
The ship was aground for some time because the weather conditions did not encourage its detachment.
A few months later, it broke into two pieces and sank to a depth of 25 meters. The crew was transferred safely in Platanias (Pelion) from the fish boat “Koula”. Its bow is standing at a vertical position, while its stern a few meters further lies at the bottom on its side.
Today it hosts an interesting marine ecosystem, which in combination with the mysterious atmosphere of the wreck and its ideal depth of 7-27m. makes the wreck “Vera” a pole of attraction for diving lovers which will fascinate even the most demanding diver.

Dive site’s characteristics:

– Type: wreck dive – Depth: 5-25m
– Access: by boat – Duration: 40min
– Distance: 16nm from the dive base – Minimum level: Open Water Divers

Watch a video about diving at the Vera wreck.
Underwater 3D scene representation of the Vera wreck.

Shipwreck VOLOS

The German commercial ship “Volos” (ex Thasos) 85,6meters was built in 1902, crashed and sunk on Lefteris reef on 21/2/1931.
The ship was loaded with tobacco, oil and mineral spirits and was traveling from Istanbul to Edinburg through Thessaloniki – Volos.
The crew was transferred to Volos from the Sweden ship S/S Belos. Few years later the crashed-ship had the leading role to a historical documentary film, “Menschen unten Heien” (Men among Sharks) of the Austrian marine biologist Hans Hass. In the film among others you can see parts of the ship, like a wooden steering wheel, that unfortunately was taken away from the local sponge divers. You can also observe the ship in vertical position with the foremast pumping up the surface of the sea. Few years later the ship was slipped away deeper and today’s location is in 35-64meters by the side on the bottom of the sea, being maybe one of the most beautiful shipwrecks in the Greek region.
Extract from the documentary film “Menschen unten Heien” (Men among Sharks).

Dive site’s characteristics:

– Type: wreck dive – Depth: 25-50m
– Access: by boat – Duration: 30min
– Distance: 16nm from the dive base – Minimum level: Advanced Open Water Divers

 

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