One of the most famous diving sites is the MESSERSCHMITT 109 wreck, a German World War II fighter, lying 800m offshore, in a depth of 24m. This wreck lies about 18 miles away from our dive center in Agia Pelagia and the boat tour (aboard “Petros-Iro”) takes about 60 to 80 minutes.
In order to do this trip, we need very good sea conditions and a minimum number of 6 divers. The meeting time at the dive center for this trip is at about 09:00 and returning time to the dive center is at about 17:00. There is an additional cost of 30€ per person on this day trip which also includes water, refreshments and fruits but no meal. Divers may use the boat’s mini fridge and cabin to store any extra food and beverages they might wish to bring with them on the trip.
The wreck of the Messerschmitt airplane is found lying upside down, broken into several pieces. The wings and fuselage are intact and you can see inside the cockpit. One of the machine guns is clearly visible & one of the ammunition belts, lies on the sea bed.
One wheel is still attached, and the other lies a few meters from the wreck. The tail of the plane was evidently sheared off upon impact as it can be found some 50m away from the fuselage at a slightly deeper depth of 30m. The exact cause of the crash is yet to be discovered.
Over the years the wreck has gradually built up a blanket of plant life and become host to large groupers and moray eels. The area surrounding the wreck is sandy, but there is a small reef about 20m away, at a depth of 24m.
The dive site is located by GPS, as there is no anchoring there and is dived as the first dive of the day. Due to the depth and the difficult diving conditions (poor visibility and currents sometimes) on this dive site, it is recommended for experienced divers only!
* our diving locations: El Greco Cave – El Greco Reef – Stavros Cape – Dia’s Rock – Neptune’s Rock – Mononaftis – Lygaria – Big Anchor – Blue Cave – Daedalos – Shipwrecks – Messerschmitt Wreck – Dia Island