Elafonisi Beach and islet are at the far west coast of Crete. The clear, turquoise waters have beckoned travellers for centuries, but thankfully this area has a restricted development order in place.
This natural, near pristine beach, with its pure white sandbars and natural islet, remains virtually untouched. In some light, the sand takes on a pink glow, said to be from corals. Elafonisi is protected by an EU environmental program.
The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research took over the study on how to create artificial environment to host scuba diving in the area of Elafonissi. The study will last 6 months.