Corfu dive center
Barbati Nissaki Agni Kalami
Visited October 2014
I booked a trip to Corfu specifically to learn to dive for my birthday. Having read the reviews and done some research I decided to learn to do my Padi Open Water diving course at Apollo Dive Centre. I stayed in Nissaki so I was literally a minute away from the dive centre. I had one of the most amazing weeks of my life here.
I went from someone who had not put her head under the water for 33 years due to getting caught and dragged down in a giant wave in the sea as a child, to someone who passed the Padi Open Water course and dove to 18.5 meters in four days. Without a shadow of a doubt I managed to do this because of Chris's patience with me, his kindness, expertise and sheer awesomeness as a teacher. He pushed me and was strong when I needed to be challenged and was patient and understanding when I needed that.
I fell in love with Corfu and with diving. I still have a long way to go but I intend diving now to be a lifelong learning and passion.
My experience with Apollo Dive Centre is of course subjective however there are some things that cannot be denied. Chris has the kind of energy that no matter what goes on for you, you feel absolutely safe with him (essential if you have kids or you are a first time diver). His knowledge and expertise demands nothing but respect, no matter what level you are at with diving (probably important to note if you are a reasonably experienced diver).
Whatever personality traits, fears, ego you have; they are magnified by the water and Chris has a very rare intuition that can see absolutely what you need and the kind of person that you are to get the best out of you. Maria’s beautiful, gentle personality complements Chris perfectly, helping hold it all together she works tirelessly to make sure you have everything you need.
I could rattle on about Apollo Dive Centre's professionalism, their absolute demand for safety and quality equipment and how they weave it altogether with a fantastic sense of humour to make it a really fun experience but I think many others in the previous reviews have done that. What I would say is this...... I paid 360 Euros for my course, what I walked away with; a life changing experience, new found confidence in abilities I didn’t know I had, insights into what I need to change within myself to become a better person, new friends and an unforgettable four days......that was PRICELESS!
warm and welcoming. Went through with you step by step of what needed doing ie how to set up the equipment. Gave you good guidance and gave you time. Enjoyable dive. Reasonably priced - though there may be cheaper on the island you will probably not get the personal attention. Emma & RichVisited October 2014
We tried scub diving for the first time and it was great. We were a group of 5 people and dived at the beautiful beach of nissaki about 5m deep. The instructors were funny, professional and helpful.though i am a careful person it was not stressing and alot of fun.
|Leiden, The Netherlands “Best time diving” |
Without a doubt would we come back here again. During our holliday in Corfu, my girlfriend and i spent most of our time diving with Apollo diving center. Chris and Maria are very serious diving proffesionals with a lot of respect for safety and local environment. They are awesome people as well. We made a lot of fun and had a very good time.
There are some good diving spots closeby, including three wrecks for more experienced divers.
The equipment was in good condition. Many thanks and see you again!
London, United Kingdom “Excellent, professional, friendly and safe diving centre”
I'm an averagely experienced diver - over 50 dives and an advanced open water, so have dived in many parts of the world - so i think after a while your nose will lead you to the better dive centres somehow and thankfully this was the case! I could have been unlucky as it sounds like there are quite a few unlicensed/inexperienced centres on the Island but Chris is obviously a very experienced instructor who knows the seas around corfu like the back of his hand. The centre is small,informal and welcoming.
Everything is relaxed except when it comes to safety where he is very hawk-eyed! He also clearly has a respect and love for the environment which personally will make a huge difference to me when i choose where to dive. I had a lovely couple of dives and hope to go back to see the many wrecks around the area but unfortunately came a little late to the site and was flying too close to go again this trip.
Chris will be happy to show you his recent 'toy' - his sonar tracking kit - we watched fascinated as he showed us wrecks we were passing over on the boat - and he's clearly trying to find new sites to dive so you will possibly go somewhere no one else has found yet!
Chris and Maria are both lovely and drove me all the way back to town when i arrived with no cash - so note everyone bring cash as they don't have card facilities!
Thoroughly recommended to anyone searching for a welcoming, knowledgeable and safe centre.
Thanks guys and hope to be back soon!
|Vienna “GREAT and safe dive center” |
Coming to Chris and his Dive Center for the sixth year in a row and planning for many more returns I call myself a very satisfied customer. The dive center is small and everything is handled by Chris and his wife Maria personally which creates a very cosy and relaxing atmosphere! They are both very experienced divers and know the...
|Was spending vacation here, on Corfu, this year again. Of course, went diving with Chris and Maria. It's like coming to a good friend, not just instructor. A line from The Beatles comes to mind: |
- It's getting better all the time. Better, better, better.
So, thank you for fantastic dives, especially for ones I asked for. Caparelli stands out, it is really one of a kind - not just sea life, but beautiful scenery and the feeling it gives. Shipwreck and anchor are also good ones.
As a bonus - got bits of diving wisdom from Chris, very assuring words from Maria and nice boat rides.
Either for diving or learning to dive - I recommend it, no doubts.
As a side note for a newcomer - don't refuse local refresh dive, unless you are a real pro. It's nice, good for to get started, check equipment and weights and demonstrate your skill. Chris takes it into account when planning a dive, and I assure, this approach results in the best experience for everybody.
|Dear Chris and Maria. We want to thank you for giving us the great experience of diving with us. Dead serious, and full of humour you guided us through the necessary knowledge to be able to dive securely. For novices like us, it was of course an overwhelming experience, that we will take home with us. Thanks for being so cool and friendly with the kids. They where a bit nervous, but you managed to guide them through.. |
We must came back to you.
Juhuu.. :-) :-)
|starting from the first meeting with Chris and Maria I felt at home there and secure , for Chris safety comes first, and this is also of high importance in its center |
everyone is equal, unimportant what certification you have , beginner or dive master or instructor
I have a total of 11 dives done with them and I have loved every minute, we even have some exploration dives on unknown territory and those were really super
Chris and Maria are also very friendly people who also before and after diving making time for you
I really loved every minute, and I'll definitely go back
I can recommend Apollo dive center to anyone who dives or want to start diving
Chis and Maria many thanks for the wonderfull time under and above water
with kind regards
|I would like to thanks to Chris and Maria for one of the best dives, that I ever had! Thank you guys for the great places that you show me, the good advices that you gave me and for the pleasant time that I had with you. |
The Wreck was great, a place that I recommend to everybody. I realy liked how much importance you gave to the safety practices in each dive! Hope to see you and dive with you soon! All the best :)
I went to Corfu on holiday in June this year looking for sun, sea, sand and adventure!!And I certainly got all of that..
My first impression was.. ‘WOW’. I had never seen such a beautiful beach, such clear blue sea.. The dive centre is located right next to the beach . I can honestly say it was the most breath taking experience I’ve ever had. Maria took me down to some beautiful reefs where I saw thousands of fish and an amazing variety of sea life.
Chris and Maria are so knowledgeable that I had no doubts that I would be completely safe under their guidance and supervision.
I can not wait to a new and exciting adventure! If you’re looking for a diving experience whether you’re a beginner like me or more advanced I highly recommend Apollo and I believe it will surpass every expectation you could have.
Thank you from a very excited and satisfied customer, Becky Meadon.
|Thanks Maria and Chris, I had a great time getting my advanced certification and learned a lot! The shipwreck and the 2m Gofari were awesome, next time to Caparelli!|
|Chris, Maria - |
Picking up diving with you was the greatest learning experience I had in ages.
I am an stubborn old fart, so teaching me new tricks shouldn't be the easiest - but you got me completely excited.
And Leo is a young teenager (enough said), and I would trust him to go with you wherever and whenever.
I rarely met people so professional and so much fun at the same time... in any field.
See you next year.
|Chris and Maria, thank you for excellent training and fantastic dives! It was great to go for some cavern diving in Caparelli - beautiful place and very good guiding from Chris. |
They also care a lot about safety. I will definitely come again my next visit to Kerkyra.
Если ищете дайв-центр на Корфу и знаете английский (или греческий) - обращайтесь сюда, не разочаруетесь! Погружения очень интересны, а Крис и Мария - опытные инструкторы и просто замечательные люди.
|Thanks to Chris and Maria for the good, patient and in the same Time funny lection of diving. One of our daughters was a bit afraid |
Of the fact to go under water. Chris and Maria found a good way for all of us. We felt very safety and we had
a lot of fun. Thank you. See you next year.
|Thank you so much for taking me out on my first open water dive since qualifying - awesome!!! |
Hope to be back next year for my advanced certificate or maybe my master divers.
|We dived here in our summer holyday and we did realy enjoyd it it was very beautiful we saw fishes everywhere also very good diving instructors|
|Merci Chris et Maria pour ce stage ca m'a appris plein de choses et je me suis bien amusé!!!|
|Hi Chris & Maria, |
Thank you both for a great few days doing the Open Water Certificate, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you both and the teaching was excellent. The position of the dive centre right on the beach and with such excellent water contributed to the experience. I look forward to my next dive and will hopefully return to Corfu soon.
I'm having problems sending you my details by email, it looks like your inbox might be full, I will try again tomorrow?
|Chris Makris of Apollo Dive Centre is a very skilled and safe diver, and he was excellent at finding unusual specimens to see underwater. The Taverna just down the road from the dive centre also does excellent food. Chris was very helpful in sorting out my PADI Certificate - thank you Chris.|
|will never forget the great dives with maria.if you are a young person like me and you want to scuba dive go to apollo dive school expect a fun and enjoyable time with chris and maria. will be back next year.|
|Hi Chris and Maria!!! |
Thank you so much for the amazing three days of fun(30,31May and 1st June!!!
Was without a dought the most amazing experience of my life and because of that I'm sure that diving will always be part of me!
The days that follow the suba dive course felt weird not diving or being around your great sense of homour!!!!
I only arrived from Greece this week so will be sending info for the certificate shortly!!!
See you soon......
|Thank you so much Chris and Maria for your great hospitality and a super week diving. |
I have been diving in the UK and abroad a number of years and think your setup is one of the safest I have seen. Your knowledge of the local sites and weather was much appreciated.....Well Done!!
All the best from England.
|Thanks guys for a great weekend in Nissaki. |
To anyone reading this who is thinking of taking the "plunge" (sorry) and doing some Scuba training with Apollo, do it!
My wife and I had a great weekend doing our PADI Open Water, and will be back again soon so I can complete my Advanced Open Water Course. The teaching was tailored perfectly to our needs. Safety was first class and plenty of humour along the way. The only drawback was that we didn't have longer to stay this trip to do some more diving with Chris and Maria, thanks guys!
|I have been making diving course with Maria and Chris. I was little bit concerned since all was in English language and I have learned Englinsh only in school for three years. |
But thanks to Chris' and Maria's patience, humor and the great fun at diving I could overcome all difficulties and I'm now proud junior open water diver!
Thank you, Maria and Chris for the great time!
|Hi Chris and Maria |
Thank you so much for taking Beth through her Open Water Diver course. Having been a bit apprehensive, you both immediately made her feel at ease with your friendliness, humour and expertise. She thoroughly enjoyed her time with you and is now hooked and determined to continue diving at every opportunity.
Sharon, Mark and Beth
|Chris and Team |
Thanks for all your help and instruction on the AOWD course. Brilliant, fun and technically detailed with lots of extra tuition.
Brilliant dives and will definitely be back for more. Hope to comeback for Rescue diver course.
Thanks again and take care
Steve and Hannah.
|Thank you Chris and Maria for some brilliant diving. |
Looking forward to seeing you again next year!!
Father and Son
|hi Chris,and Maria thank you so much for the great time this summer I spent with you at the dive center! Coming already for the second year in the row I knew that I could expect wonderful, safe dives, a relaxed time and fun with you ! All the dives were very special . Of Course Caparelli Island and the Wreck are highlights.The sea turtle rescue on our way to Agni was also an unexpected highlight! So filled with all these impretions I cant wait till next year when I for sure will come back for more dives with you! All the best and enjoy your winter holidays Phillip|
|Hi Chris and Maria, thanks for 2 great dives on 8 Sep! Thoroughly enjoyed them both - especially the one at Agni and the turtle rescue! Look forward to diving with you again in future. All the best, Jon.|
|Hi Chris & Maria! |
Many thanks for a great dive up at Kaparelli. We all really enjoyed it.
My first time to Corfu and this was a high point. We will definitely be back and look forward to doing some of the other sites.
Thanks and all the best.
Chris, Gerry & Annie
|Thanx Chris for a great experience and for the quality of instruction in getting me through my Open Water Certificate! |
|Hi chris and Maria, |
Thankyou for the diving instruction - we really enjoyed it. We will try doing it again as we enjoyed seeing the fish around the bay. thanks again,
Lydia, Rosy and Milly xx
|Hi Chris / Maria, |
Thank you again for an amazing time, See you next year for some more beautiful dives and some amazing Greek hospitality.
Mark, Lorna, Laura, Stuart, Sean & Chloe....
|Thanx chris and maria for the awesome dives !!!!!!!!!!!! |
I'll be back !
|Hi Chris and hello Maria, |
what a fantastic course and try quality instruction - from one profesional to another outstanding training - will be back - thank you from John and luke!
|hello chris and maria |
hope you are both well. i just wanted to say that i enjoyed the two dives i had this month. thank you for looking after dominic on his very first dive. hopefully now he will blow his nose!!! both you and maria looked after us both and are lovely people to have met. i will see you in september for my padi course, i will email you soon with details.
once again thank you.
derrick, moira and dominic
|He Chris and Maria |
Last year at the beginning of may we had a few dive's at your diving centre and we enjoyed that very much.
So this year we come again in the first week of May and want to make e few dive's again ,first an easy dive and later to the wreckage or by boat
as you prommissed last year .
Is the assistand boss also there or is he back to school ?
Hope to see you in may.
Regards Emile and Koen.
|Hi Chris & Maria |
Thanks for the wonderful diving experience. We cannot wait to continue the experience and the next trip has been booked so we will see you in July.
Lorna and I would just like to thank you both for taking care of the kids and making the whole experience enjoyable and most importantly extremely safe.
Mark, Lorna, Stuart, Sean & Chloe
( think next year you may get your 5 Euro back from Chloe)
|Chris and Maria are brilliant fun to be around and the dives were great. See you soon big man.|
|enfin un centre de plongee carre merci chris de nous avoir fait decouvrir de si jolie spot. en esperant pouvoir renouveller l annee prochaine. en attendant ta reponse je te souhaite une bonne fin de saison. biz a toi et maria|
|I would like to thank Chris & Maria for the great dives on the house reef and Kapareli reef & caves such a fantastic dive worth doing. i had one week on your lovely ilsland and the best time i had was diving with both of you. so professional and people like you two help to make diving fun and enjoyable and above all your safety is for us in the diving world is first rate! It was nice to dive without a dry suit on in lovely warm water !! ( maybe a shorty next time. lol!) thanks alot till next time and i have taken on board about my posiedon regs in warm waters. |
|Kalimera Maria and Chris, |
I still have Corfu in mind and a few dives at Apollosubs. Thanks a lot to you that allow me to make a few bubbles before my Cretan holidays in September.
Hope the season is still running for both of you.
Hope forward seeing you very soon.
Thanks for kindness.
Thanks for the nice dives during our stay in Nissaki.
Our daughter was delighted, and appreciated your approach towards youngsters, and the way to put them at ease under the water.
And from "my" point of view, thanks for your eye on safety.
Greets from Belgium, Ghent, CMAS 3 *** Diver
|Hi Chris & Maria |
Remember us from last year?. Thanks for getting me through to advanced open water diver. It was a fantastic experience. See you in September for a few more dives. Look forward to seeing your new boat.
All the best.
|Great time! |
Came to Nissaki a bit apprehensive about what awaited me, but needn't have worried, Chris and Maria set the pace and treated us as family. Had one of my best holidays ever. did my Open Water and Advanced PADI courses here, Chris made sure I not only could do every aspect of the course but also understood every part of the training. The courses were no easy rides but still were made enjoyable with humour. Really looked forward to the debreafing after the dives as this always seemed to involve discussing the dive over Greek delicacies.
Met some really cool people there of all nationalities, especially Jane, Chris and Maria.
Chris and Maria are simply the best. Excellent teaching, fantastic dives, and awesome people, must come and experience. Thanks to Chris, I can now dive a wreck and at night. Best dive instructor I’ve had.
Thank you so much Chris and Maria, I had such a great time and I really hope to come back soon. Take care guys and keep the fun rolling =>
|Hi Chris and Maria! |
Thank you for the great dives. We will never forget the awesome wreck, night and other dives!
To everyone who reads this, we can certainly recommend this dive centre!
They are very friendly and work with good material. You are very save in their hands.
Greets from Belgium (Bruges)
Leen and Jonathan
P.S.: This is the link for our dive centre in Brussels http://www.vub.ac.be/VDC
|Fort de quelques plongées et pour une meilleure sécurité pour moi et mon entourage, j’ai donc décidé de passer le niveau du Rescue Diver lors de mes vacances à Corfou. |
Malheureusement logé à l’hôtel Sunshine, j’ai eu le plaisir de découvrir le centre de plongée de Nissaki à seulement 10 min à pied le long de la plage sur un petit sentier aménagé. J’ai alors fait la connaissance de Maria, accueillante, douce et sympathique puis de Chris efficace, professionnel et rassurant en gros un couple détonant. Après quelques plongées un examen en anglais… (dur, dur pour un francophone !!) nous fument, moi et mon épouse, invités à partager un BBQ. Que du bonheur !! Grâce au centre de plongée de Nissaki, nos vacances ont été un succès aussi bien au niveau de la plongée qu’au niveau personnel.
Encore merci Maria et Chris d’avoir autant embelli nos vacances et à bientôt !!
Marion et Benoit (dit « docteur »)
|i had an absolutely brilliant time with chris and maria, my first time diving and i loved it |
cant wait to come back
thanks again guys
|..en.. nog een stukje in het Nederlands, helemaal mee eens met het positieve commentaar van de voorgangers. Prima materiaal, mooie snelle boot die je in mum van tijd naar de mooiste duikplekken brengt. Bij Chris en Maria voel je je op je gemak het zijn geweldige instructeurs die met hun praktijk lessen en tips duikers van ieder niveau weer een stuk verder helpen. |
De duik bij Agni en de wrakduik bij Nisaki waren indrukwekend mooi, zo had ik er nog wel 10 willen doen.
Thanks Chris and Maria, it really was great diving with you both and very nice meeting you (maybe a next time some night diving and BBQ)
|Op verzoek een stukje in het Nederlands... |
Ik heb twee duiken gedaan bij Apollo, de eerste met Maria en de tweede met Chris. Allebei fantastische, zeer ervaren én serieuze instructeurs! Maria is een lieverd met een engelengeduld, Chris is recht door zee en heeft zijn hart op de tong (volkomen terecht overigens <<je bent immers niet aan het knikkeren>> en nooit op een vervelende manier!). De nachtduik met Chris was fantastisch (...en de bbq achteraf ook...). Duikmateriaal is dik in orde en ik ben zelf voornemens om te zijner tijd terug te gaan naar Corfu om bij Chris enkele specialties te gaan volgen.
Chris: stroopwafels en drop zijn onderweg!
|Hi chris and Maria, We had the most fantastic experience diving with you, we will recommend you to all we know, |
I loved the james bond style off the back of the boat, we hope to see you again! i believe it was the best 40.00 i ever spent Thankyou both xxx
|Apollo Diving rocks!!! I had a great time diving with Chris and Maria. They are both wonderful instructors. The rented equipment is top quality and well taken care of. Everything is meticulously washed after each dive. Chris´s brand new boat is beautiful, but more importantly it´s really comfortable for dives. Plenty of room for getting on your equipment without bumping into everyone! And a ladder in the back makes re-entry a breeze. I highly recommend this fantastic dive center and can´t wait to go back. Thanks so much Chris and Maria!!!!, Kathleen|
|Had a few great dives overthere , nice people ,Chris and Mary and of course the assistant boss, thanks a lot |
Next time a wrekdive? Hope to see you soon back ,
Cheers Emile & Koen.
|Thanks again Chris & Maria for the great time we had. The diving was exciting , and even the non-divers among us had a very good time. Marten is looking forward to receiving his certificate! We'll send some underwater photo's when the've been developed. Marten wants to dive wrecks the next time! Did Arana like the game? Please say hallo to him from us. See you next time!! |
Chris, Bertha, Lidewij, Marten & Eden ( uit Zwolle)
|Thanks Chris and Maria :) Fantastic experience, great company and we WILL be back. |
Thank you both. Nigel
|Hey Guys, |
Thank you for the dives on the 8th April - the photos and videos are in the post!
Really enjoyed your company... thanks for the lift to and from the ship and the lunch recommendation.
Good luck in the future
All the best - Kim, Hazel, Jack, Nathan, Bryan, Hannah and non diving Lorraine and Jacob.
|hello to everybody! simply the best!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Once You have found a Great Instructor, You want to ome back, |
... but when You find a new FRIEND, YOU HAVE TO COME BACK !!!
It says :
" YOU come once as a customer and always leave as a friend ! "
... it' s TRUE ! See You soon to keep on diving to the max !
I'm glad this new page showed up !!!!
Great instrucor, great summer, very high standards levels and ... amazing dives !
Thanks for everything !
|I was Wondering where are the photos from our advance open water curs that I send You ? :) Christos :) = Best diver :)|
|Great instructor,great deep and wreck dives ,Greatttttttttt island|
THANKS for all !!
|I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU ABOUT THE GREAT DIVING EXPERIENCE. |
ESPECIALLY THE CAPTAIN JOHN;S WRECK WAS UNFORGETTABLE
THANKS CHRIS FOR EVERYTHING YOU ARE THE BEST.
|Great island, great nature, great culture, and of course a great diving instructure! |
Thank you for getting me addicted to diving.
Next summer we'll dive in Agni. And maybe some shipwrecks...?
Thanks a lot for the amazinging dives. As I told you: you have the best equippment at least all over Greece! Best dive, best guide - Thank you Chris and Mary
BTW: Did the thermal pasta for your laptop ever arrived in Korfu - and if yes - did it work?
All the best from Austria
good we can keep in touch,and your website is very professional and encouraging to try this fantastic sport with great instructors,you are.
|thanks for the dives |
i had a lot of fun :)
hope to see u again soon
|Thanks for the dives - you still need to load up the photos (and videos) we sent you!|
|im coming back next year so u can save me a dive :D |
(i think i should get more than one to be honest seeing as i do loads of work for you when im there!!!) grrr
... and im your favourite student :D
best dive teacher ever :D very trust worthy and honest (sometimes tooo honest) lol
Tunbrudge Wells, Kent
|commandos wife!!!!! lol lol great nick name ! |
commando thanks for your nice words !
|best dive teacher i;ve ever met i have been diving for 15 years .|
|nice going chris |
dunno what to write
probably that i love Kerkyra and in my next visit we will dive to all the shipwrecks in Kerkyra
|Hi there! |
this is the first day that our guest book is up and runing
This might take a while as i can imagine since ..very few people are familiar with this new future of our web site.
Next step it will be to create a << whats new>> page/section here.
in the meantime please send us your guestbook comment
To all our friends out there a warm welcome and a bigThank you !