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    SCUBA Diving Albania: Llamani Beach

    July 13, 2012*

    Grocery Store in Himara

    We stopped by a grocery store in Himara and bought cheese and bread to complete this evening’s dinner.

    My computer had six bars after our two deep dives; we had to stay out of the water for several hours – the next dive was deep, too.

    We drove to Llamani Beach and humped our stuff to the “public” corner of the beach.

    Llamani Beach

    Idit was tired and so was I; we rested under the umbrella for an hour with all of our diving gear around us, to the staring eyes of young kids and curious adults.

    “What does your computer say?” Idit asked.

    “It says we can fly in 23 hours,” I said.

    “I don’t trust your computer,” Idit responded.

    We geared up and entered the water.

    Idit had never dove here, but was told this was a good spot by a friend.

    We got a lot of curious stares as we kicked out

    We got a lot of curious stares as we kicked out.

    We surface swam over sand until we found a reef to descend on.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #419

    Dove with Idit

    Llamani Beach
    Himara, Albania

    Air Source: Private fisherman’s compressor in Saranda
    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 300 psi
    Max depth: 102 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: Up to 50 feet
    Water Temperature: 74 degrees, colder next to the fresh water springs
    Air Temperature: 99 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes or so

     Llamani Beach Reef

    There is a nice reef structure along the wall.

     Llamani Beach Reef

     Llamani Beach Reef
    Fresh water from the mountains oozes out of the sea floor, turning parts of the visibility blurry and the water colder.

    We found a Greek license plate…

    A Greek License Plate
    Fuck Greece!

    We did a perfect navigation back to our spot, swimming at a depth of 15 feet as our “safety stop” and swim home.

    My hand was like a prune!
    Oh my God! My hand was like a prune.

    This had better be temporary, as there is no television in Porto Palermo, the only thing I will have to do tonight is drink beer.

    Idit makes dinner.
    Back in Porto Palermo, Idit made our last meal here from the fresh vegetables we bought yesterday and the bread and cheese that we bought earlier.

    Beer, tomatoes, bell peppers, cheese and bread
    Beer, tomatoes, bell peppers, cheese and bread – a complete and healthy Albanian meal!

    Idit left to get some well deserved rest later in the evening.

    I said good bye to my newly acquired friends at the restaurant below the bungalows and had a good night’s rest before Idit picked me up for the journey back to Tirana.

    The water had gone out sometime during the night, so I couldn’t take a shower; I hope I didn’t smell too bad.

    *Due to time constraints, lack of reliable internet access outside of Tirana, power outages in Tirana and the strength of Albanian beer, posting of this article has been delayed.


    1. sounds like a very nice adventure u had πŸ™‚
      i would like to as you something though
      where did u refill your air tanks because im realy interested in diving in Albania


      Comment by chris — August 15, 2012 @ 1:49 pm

    2. Hi Chris,

      Currently, you have to know a local who knows where to fill them. We brought our own mini-super-compressor from Tirana, but also got four fills from an Instructor in Vlore and four fills from a fisherman in Saranda. Currently, there are no recreational dive shops or resorts in Albania. As a tourist, I could never have done it without my Albanian friend Idit.

      You will have to bring your own equipment also. Tanks and weights can USUALLY be rented from the person with the compressor.

      I can get you in contact with my friend if you are seriously considering it (he will charge you for his time, like he did me, if he can do it), but he is not a professional diver and there is no diving insurance in Albania. If you get injured, the hospitals won’t know what to do either. And… currently, there are no laws regulating SCUBA diving in Albania either. You have to already be a good and proficient diver.
      All the above made it an adventure.

      Hopefully, there will be a commercial operation soon.

      You can find videos of my trip here:

      Videos 8, 10 and 15 are of the diving.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — August 15, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    3. thanks for taking time and writing a reply
      I’m thinking of buying scuba equiepment because i loved it when i tried it abroad…
      My only fear was not finding a place to fill the tank.
      If you ever come here again we should totally get in touch.

      ps:As u know english is not my native language nor language structure so my replays are … How can i say this politely… below avrage? πŸ˜›

      Comment by Chris — August 17, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    4. That thing with the finger you should fit it in your @ss. Try to respect.

      Comment by Miltos — May 25, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    5. You are really addicted to dive – only this can explain how you found possibility to dive in Albania. If you have contact to anyone on site, who can help in diving ( local law regulations, filling the air or renting the equipment ) please share this information. It is almost imposible to dive out there cause of lack of scuba bases…
      I’m addicted too and i don’t want to loose the hance for dive on this year vacation time.

      Comment by Wojtek — June 21, 2013 @ 10:07 am

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