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SECCA DEL PAPA
The most famous dive in this area, and rightly considered to be among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, as much for its morphology as for its marine life. It is possible to see the majority of the bentonic and nectonic species to be found in the Mediterranean. It is a challenging dive due to the depth and frequent currents, with a series of limestone pinnacles, aligned from north-east to south-west, rising from a depth of 40-42 metres. The highest pinnacle reaches around 15 metres; others vary between 24 and 32. The northwest side of these pinnacles is composed of a vertical wall, completely covered with a dense field of large red sea fans (Paramuricea clavata). The rare and beautiful yellow or red and yellow variety of sea fans may also be found. The southern side, on the other hand, descends gradually with numerous cracks and gorges that shelter moray eels, often in pairs, as well as greater forkbeards and crustaceans such as squill, spider crab and Spiny Squat Lobster. Continuing towards the deeper gorges, we meet countless groupers, some of remarkable dimensions, and if we are lucky, we can admire great majestic examples of dentex, shyly maintaining a certain distance. A pair of golden groupers, who seem to have taken up residence in these shallows are just as shy. In September and October it is not rare to meet tuna, greater amberjacks and Atlantic bonitos. Over the last few years, a considerable shoal of barracuda has become a permanent feature. Resurfacing is usually performed in a spiral around the highest pinnacle, exploring every crack in the rock, glancing now and then into the view below, teaming with life. Sargassum grow at the tip of the pinacle, enveloped in a cloud of damselfish and anthias, and it is often possible to see sea urchins (Centrostephanus longispinus), ready to point their long spines towards any possible aggressor. Numerous shoals graze on the hydrozoa. And finally, while waiting to ascend safely, as you gaze into the blue, you may happen to see some large pelagic or ocean sunfish, or perhaps even a blue shark!
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IL GROTTONE
Another naturalistically rich dive is offered by this large cavity, it opens up from under the regal limestone cliff of the Tavolara, at a depth of 16-18 metres. From the buoy it is necessary to continue for 40-50 metres with the wall on the left to reach the cave. The outside of the cave is covered with a mantle of green algae, sciafile and red algae, while inside, where the light rarely penetrates, bryozoa and coelenterates fight for every centimetre of available surface, creating an incredible variety of colours that only the light of a torch may discover. It is easy to see dotted sea slugs grazing on sponges and hydrozoa, or ceriantus scattered here and there along the sandy, sediment bottom of the cave. We can often see lobsters, crabs, shrimps and other crustaceans who like to remain in the dark at day time. For those who love greater depths and larger fish, going down to 30metres to look for "Nerone", a large example of brown grouper is “a must”.
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SECCA DI PUNTA ARRESTO
Siuated to the north west of Molara, at about 100 metres from the shore and composed of a series of granite spires following the outline of the island under water.The highest of the spires lies only a few metres under the surface, they are dotted with deep canals that descend to 27/28 metres. Among the heaps of rocks on the bottom hide black umber and groupers, some of considerable dimensions. Between the spires on the other hand, it is easy to meet baracuda and dentex, while a mutitude of cracks in the rock, covered with coelenterates and coloured sponges give shelter to octopus, conger and moray eels, as well as crustations such as squill, prawns and numerous spiny squat lobster. But the most facinating aspect of this dive is costituted by the scenery and the play of light created by the sun among the granite peaks on summer mornings.
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WRECK OMEGA
Merchant ship of about 60 meters of lenght, sunk after crashing against a group of rocks "Scoglio dei Cerri" in a stormy night of February 1974. The wreck lies on a rocky bottom surrounded by fields of "Posidonia", at 15-18 meters of depht. The wreck is divided in three pieces, the bow is upside down creating a nice and wide swim through, with many "Apogon". Some groupers have choosen the wreck as their home, like some murey eals, hermit crabs and other spicies of crustaceans. You can also easily see scorpion fishes and sea slugs.
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TEGGHIA LISCIA
This is the most classic of the Tavolara wall dives. It is possible to follow several different routes, all equally interesting given the richness of life, therefore the dive is suitable for all levels of diving experience. Here the limestone cliff falls vertically from the surface down to 8-10 metres depth, where we find a softly descending table, scattered with limestone masses giving shelter to hammerhead shark, that gather numerously during the spring in the deeper depths to mate. Here and there anemone stand out, with their tiny camouflaged inhabitants: spider crabs and transparent shrimp. Already within the first 10 metres, we will be surrounded by an environment teaming with life, damselfish, saddled seabream, shoals of common two-banded seabream as well as numerous large white seabream, one of which seems to have befriended divers, to the point of following them for most of their dive, generously posing for close ups. Leaving the wall of the Tavolara, large rocks alternate with landslides full of gorges, tunnels and passageways. Grazing on a thin layer of algae in the illuminated areas, it is possible to see numerous astree (Astraea rugosa) as well as ever present Salemas, and large red starfish( Ophidiaster ophidianus),while the shady areas are covered with Leptosammia provato, sea daisies (Parazoanthus axinellae) and coloured sponges. Going east you encounter a beautiful precoralligenous environment that shelters black-umber and a couple of large groupers, who happily allow you to come close, demonstrating the optimum results achieved by marine conservation.
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KT12 WRECK
THE KT12 Wreck The wreck of the German, armed cargo ship was sunken the 10th of June 1943. The torpedo fired by the British submarine Safari broke away the bow of the vessel and lies about 300 yard/meter away from the main wreck. This wreck is considered one of the most beautiful of the Mediterranean sea.
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KT12 WRECK THE BOW
THE KT12 Wreck The wreck of the german, armed cargo ship was sunken the 10th of June 1943. The torpedo fired by the british submarine Safari broke away the bow of the vessel and lies about 300 yard/meter away from the main wreck. This wreck is considered one of the most beautiful of the mediterrean sea.
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BIANCAS GARDEN
BIANCAS GARDEN Named after a long time client who was with us on a discovery dive, this dive site impresses with its abundance of sea fans and sponges that makes it looks like a garden. Starting at 16 meters/ 50 feet, this ancient volcanic lava flow gently slopes down to about 24 meters/75 feet in a labyrinth of canyons and crevices.
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LE GROTTACE
LE GROTTACE Another "shallow" dive below a steep rock wall with some caves, thus his name. The sandy bottom on 50ft/.15mt. is covered with some huge, house size rocks.
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NASELLO WRECK
THE NASELLO WRECK This wreck is a 150ft/45mt. long german cargo vessel sunken in the 3rd of march 1943 by the british submarine Safari. It's depth is 110ft/33mt. and she rest on her port side on a sandy bottom
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BELTORRENTE CAVE
Beltorente Cave or Grotta delle Ostriche The Cavern of the Oysters is the entrance to a huge submerged cavern system. This cave has his name from the ancient fossilized oysters covering some part of the walls This is are a safe and easy first step to get a first impression of the world of cavern and cave diving
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LA GALLERIA CAVE
GROTTA LA GALLERIA Another entrance to a vast cave system still under exploration. We limit us on the first meters to enjoy the beautiful rock formations
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OCCHIO DI DIO
There is a long fracture along one side of the Tavolara, a few metrres under the surface, which forms a triangular cave with a rock right in its centre: resembeling the classic figure of the eye of god. The fracture continues up to 15 metres depth under water, terminating in a long stretch of fine white sand. The walls of the fracture are covered with red alghe, bryozoa sponges and spirografi. We find ourselves in a tipical coralline environment, such as is usually found in deeper water. At the beginning of the summer large squill take up residence for mating before returning to the greater depths. To the east and west of the fracture, a landslide of rocks shelters large groupers, moray eels and a mutitude of yellow sea fans. At the foot of the landslide, around 25-27 metres depth, there are a couple of large limestone blocks in the shape of a mushroom, their shaded walls covered with colours like a painter’s palate.
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CALA CICALE
Another great dive of the Tavolara, offering a unique show: in a sunken cavity in the wall it is possible to count 10-11 examples of hammerhead shark, some of considrable dimensions, that find the ideal place for reproduction. From which the name of the location. The limestone cliff in this part of the island descends vertically to a rocky plateau, covered here and there with posidonia, at an average depth of 12-14 metres. Visibility is usually very good , and the current, if present is weak, consequently the dive is suitable for everyone. From the mooring buoy it is necessary to continue for 20-40 metres* with the wall on the right to reach the “grottino delle cicale” swimming among damselfish, Saddled seabream and Common two-banded seabream. It is easy to see the slim silvery profiles of baracuda or some young groupers looking curiously out from befind a rock.
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PUNTA MORCONE
Usciti dalla baia di Morcone, tenendo la costa sulla destra prendiamo come riferimento una piccola casa di pietra scavata nello scoglio ormeggiamo facilmente in direzione sud a circa 500 metri di distanza su un cappello ad una profondità di 4/5 metri. E’ una lingua di roccia che si dirige verso sud in direzione dello scoglio dei Corbelli. Si ormeggia sul cappello a circa 4-5 metri di profondità. Questa lunga striscia di roccia forma una piccola parete dal versante est verso sud che discende fino a – 40 metri, mentre la parte verso ovest pianeggiante, si perde in una infinita prateria di poseidonia. Durante la nostra immersione terremo sulla destra la parete in andata e resteremo sopra alla cappello durante il ritorno. La parete è piena di spaccature dove le murene ed i gronghi si nascondono e i polpi formano montagne di sassi per chiudersi la tana. Più in profondità una coppia di cernie ci aspetta, in mezzo alla parete ricoperta di gorgonie gialle. Rientriamo restando sul fianco della parete e girovaghiamo nel pianoro coralligeno, dove potremo scovare gronghi, nudibranchi, piccole cernie e barracuda che aggirano il cappello assieme a nuvole di castagnole. Molto spesso sono presenti correnti provenienti da sud-est di scirocco oppure da nord di maestrale.
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I CORBELLI
Situati al largo del golfo Stella in direzione sud e poco distanti dagli isolotti Dei Gemini, troviamo i piccoli scogli dei Corbelli. Ancoriamo a nord dello scoglio più grande, a ridosso dai venti di scirocco su un fondale sassoso ad una profondità di 10 mt. Questa immersione si presenta come un cono che degrada fino ad una profondità di 35 metri. Meno colorata delle altre immersioni, si presenta con una franata di sassi a nord e alcune pareti rocciose e spaccature a sud. Discendiamo lentamente in un giro antiorario tenendo lo scoglio sulla sx. fino ad arrivare su un fondale sabbioso dove troviamo a circa 35 metri una vecchia mina della II° Guerra Mondiale, corrosa dal passare degli anni. Risaliamo e girovaghiamo da un buco all’altro scovando gronghi, murene, polpi. Nel blu sarà possibile scorgere grossi saraghi e dentici che si alternano a branchi di salpe, cernie e ancora branchi di barracuda che cacciano castagnole. Terminato il giro possiamo passare attraverso un canyon formato dalle pareti dello scoglio fino ad arrivare al punto di partenza a circa 10 metri di profondità. Il canyon molto suggestivo è completamente tappezzato di parazoanthus. Gli appassionati video e foto troveranno numerosi spunti
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SCOGLIO REMAIOLO
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CORBELLA
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FONZA
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SCOGLIETTO OF PORTOFERRAIO
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POMONTE WRECK
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PICCHI DI PABLO
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SCOGLIO DELLA NAVE
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PUNTA NERA DI OSALA
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MONTE ARGENTARIO -
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GIGLIO ISLANDS
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MONTE ARGENTARIO
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GIANNUTRI ISLANDS
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LIGHT HOUSE
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ISUELA
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ISOLOTTO CERBOLI
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ARCHEOLOGICAL PARK
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PARCO MARINO DI MIRAMARE TS
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EUDOKIA WRECK
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TEGNUA CHIOGGIA
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PORTO DI PALERMO
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LINA WRECK
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SCOGLIO DELLA NAVE
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SECCA DI SANTA LUCIA
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