Diving in Corfu
One of the things that drew me to Greece was the crystal clear waters and the promise of amazing dives. Showing up at the end of March/beginning of April, which was the beginning of dive season, meant most dive operations weren’t in operation yet. However, but I got in contact with Dmitri at Corfu Dive, and he was able to take me on a dive! I met him at his dive shop, and he drove me out to the dive site.
Dimitris was a relaxed and fun guide and I had a great time diving with him. We dove the Nissaki Reef, entering by a hotel pier, walking in off the shore. We descended along a rocky coral wall, where we saw an octopus, tons of starfish, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins, and a host of beautifully bright fish. In addition, he had the best equipment – including WOMENS SPECIFIC WETSUITS! Complete game-changers. You can actually put them on without wriggling for 35 minutes to get them over your hips!
This was just a tiny sample of what Corfu has to offer. Next time I hope to check out some of the other gems this little island has to offer. I would definitely dive with Dmitri again!
After the dive, we were chilling at the dive shop, drinking coffee, and he mentioned that his partner works at a DONKEY SANCTUARY! He generously offered to drive Brhm and I to the sanctuary the next day!!
Corfu Donkey Rescue
With iced coffee and snacks in hand, Dimitris met us at the shop and drove us out to the donkey rescue, which was near the village of Doukades. The donkey rescue was created to take care of the donkeys that, either because of injury or age, have been deemed useless by their owners and are mistreated or sold for meat. The donkeys at the rescue are given a “peaceful life” and a “retirement with dignity” in a beautiful rural, mountainous region of Corfu. The donkeys were the sweetest animals, as were the dozens of other areas that find care at the sanctuary – cats, dogs, and even an old chicken.
To finish the excitment, Dimitris then took us to meet his horse, who was chilling among the olive trees by his childhood home. All in all, a wonderful couple of days all around.