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Italy Capital : ROME
Language : Italian

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Scuba diving Italy

Diving holidays and stays in Italy

Have an unforgettable diving holiday in Italy! Organising a diving holiday in Italy also means enjoying the dolce vita, a true art of living; the opportunity to eat pizza in a trattoria; to have an aperitif with friends for a day over a glass of Prosecco; to admire architectural remains; to take advantage of a wide range of accommodation at all prices. It's also about discovering the crazy charm of the most beautiful Mediterranean islands and exploring some of the best diving spots in Europe! Choose a holiday in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its history and gastronomy. It is also renowned underwater for its drop offs, caves and crystal clear water... You will hardly find a more beautiful destination than Sicily, for your diving holidays in the Mediterranean. Nearby Sicily, a diving holiday on the island of Ustica, an authentic Black Pearl of volcanic origin, will also delight you. Protected by a marine reserve, Ustica's underwater world is incredibly biodiverse. At Secca della Colombara, you will encounter large groupers weighing up to 40 kilos, amberjacks, dentex, numerous cerns and large sars. On a night dive, explore the Falconara cave, with walls covered in yellow encrusting anemones and orange sponges.

Visit Europe's largest marine reserve, Aera Marina Protetta Delle Isole Egadi, during your diving holiday in Marettimo. Its huge limestone cliffs tumbling down into the translucent water, allow for cave diving. You may be lucky enough to spot monk seals. Take a special wreck diving course and dive the large cargo ship Klizia, 20 metres below the surface, colonised by moray eels and conger eels. Underwater photographers will also appreciate the beautiful light show at Cattedrale, a 90m long and 8m wide cave. Have you also thought about planning your diving holiday in Sardinia? Discover some of the best diving in the Mediterranean in the north of Sardinia, in the Maddalena Archipelago and the Lavezzi Reserve, with 40 protected and listed sites. Granitic shoals, caves, overhangs and drop offs dotted with sponges, anemones and spirographs are accessible to all levels of divers. The Secca del Papa pinnacle has vertical walls covered with red and yellow gorgonians. In summer, hundreds of amberjacks, bonito, bream and sea bream swirl around you. History buffs can explore underwater imperial baths, precious mosaic carpets, majestic statues and marble floors in the Baia Archaeological Marine Park in the Gulf of Naples. With the Subaia diving centre of Naples, enter the marine reserve Area Marina Protetta Regno di Nettuno which surrounds the Phlegrean Archipelago, composed by the islands of Ischia, Procida and Vivara, part of a vast volcanic complex still active.

The vitality of nature here is also marked by hot springs and sulphur escapes from the seabed. Around Ischia and Procida, swim along a black coral reef at Torre di S.Angelo or to the caves in the Formiche di Ischia shoal. Secca della Formiche di Vivara is renowned as one of the most beautiful dive sites in Naples. Take a snorkelling trip to Il Ninfeo sommerso and Scogli di Sant'Anna. In the gulfs of Naples and Salerno, the Punta Campanella Marine Park protects 40km of coastline between Massa Lubrense and Positano, covering 1500 hectares. For experienced divers, plan a day trip from Naples with a picnic on board the boat. 36 km from Genoa, west of the Gulf of Tigullio, don't miss "The" diving trip to Portofino. Protected by the Portofino Regional Natural Park, twenty of the best diving spots in Italy, including many wrecks, await you here. Explore the historic remains of Colosso, an Italian tugboat; UJ2207, a submarine hunter; Jorn, a barge; and Mphawk Deer, a merchant ship, on a recreational dive. Technical diving in Portofino is also practiced on other deep wrecks. Italy still has many surprises in store for you... Have a great holiday in Italy!
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Best dive season

The Mediterranean climate in the south of Italy has a fairly mild winter and a very hot summer. The best time to dive in Italy is in spring or autumn, outside of the periods of high tourist numbers at dive sites.

Other activities

In Sardinia, enjoy the Cala Mariolu, one of the most beautiful beaches of the Ogliastra that can be reached by boat. Go to the Parco Nazionale dell'Arcipelago di La Maddalena in the northeast, with superb beaches and turquoise waters. On the island of Elba, relax on the most beautiful pebble beach at the foot of a cliff with clear water in Spiaggia di Sansone.


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Italy : Dive centers

 

Océano Mare Diving Center
Italy  - Acitrezza
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The Océano Mare Diving Center is located in Aci Trezza, a delightful little seaside resort on the Ionian coast of Sicily, 10 km from Catania. Here, fishing is carried out using traditional methods. As a result, the seabed is rich in flora and fauna, especially with the reserve effect of the Area Marina Protetta Isole Ciclopi, the protected marine area. Come aboard the Océano Mare Diving Center boats to explore the surrounding seabed. The farraglioni, or Cyclops Rocks, are the main attraction of Aci Trezza. These are eight picturesque basalt pinnacles which, according to legend, were thrown by the giant Polyphemus at Ulysses, who had just blinded him. Just 400 m from the coast is the island of Lachea, home to the University of Catania's biology research station. This is where organic diving takes pride of place. The instructors at Océano Mare Diving Center will take you on board a sailing boat for snorkeling, a first dive, or one or two exploration dives. Don't miss the sunset sailing trips... If possible, come and dive at Océano Mare Diving Center during the traditional festival on 24 June, the feast day of Aci Trezza's patron saint, St John the Baptist. This event dates back to 1750 and takes place every year. The fishermen simulate... a swordfishing scene! [+]

  • Protected Marine Park
  • Diving around Islands
  • fast boat
From 30,00 €

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Punta Campanella Diving Center
Italy  - Sorrento
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The Punta Campanella Diving Sorrento Centre is located in Marina della Lobra. Meet at 8.15 am at the dive centre or at 8 am at the hotel for those who have chosen the bus pick-up at Sorrento Corso Italia 1, opposite the Sorrento hospital. You'll have time to deal with the administrative formalities and prepare your equipment, before boarding one of the 2 approved RIB boats for 12 people at 9.15 am. The 4-hour trip includes 2 dives and 1 guided snorkelling trip in the marine protected area of Punta Campanella, at 2 different dive sites. Return to the centre at around 1.30 pm. The afternoon pick-up is at 2.45 pm (2.30 pm for those who have chosen the Sorrento pick-up option), with the boats departing at 3.45 pm. The outing lasts 2 hours and includes 1 guided dive and snorkelling, supervised by a marine biology expert, at a single site in the Marine Park. The return journey is scheduled for around 6 pm. Capri is a 20-minute boat ride away. The groups are made up of 6 certified divers with a guide and, in training, 3 students with an instructor. Here you can do technical diving with on-site trimix inflation, as well as rebreather diving. Non-divers can board the boat if there's room, and go snorkelling along the coasts of Sorrento and Amalfi. The Punta Campanella Diving Sorrento training centre offers PADI and SSI courses from Discover Scuba Diver beginner level to divemaster level. [+]

  • Protected Marine Park
  • Diving around Islands
  • Near Downtown area
From 59,00 €

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Subaia Campania divers
Italy  - Bacoli
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The Subaia Campania divers diving centre is located in Baia, to the west of the Gulf of Naples, in the area known as the "Phlegrean Fields", once a holiday resort and a centre of economic and military interest in ancient Rome, and now a popular area for water sports tourism! Open from April to November, the centre is located behind the port of Baia, where the boats are moored, close to a large pay car park. The facilities include a customer reception area, a maintenance and equipment storage area, changing rooms and showers with hot water. On-site, you can refill Nitrox and Trimix cylinders, store your own diving equipment, book accommodation and access WiFi! On request, Subaia Campania divers can organise transfers to and from hotels in the "Phlegrean Fields" area, babysitting for couples wishing to dive together, and dives with a private guide. After loading the legendary Piaggio Ape with equipment to cover the 100 metres between the centre and the two semi-rigid boats, you'll meet your buddy on board, made up of a maximum of 5 divers per guide, grouped by level of experience, certification and interests. With Subaia Campania divers, you'll dive mainly in the Baia Archaeological Marine Park and in the "Regno di Nettuno" marine park, on the islands of Ischia and Procida, and on the island of Nisida. From time to time, the boat goes as far as the Punta Campanella Marine Park. [+]

  • Baby Sitting
  • Diving around Islands
  • Protected Marine Park
From 30,00 €

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Anemone Diving Center
Italy  - Siracusa
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The Anemone Diving Center is located in Syracuse, Sicily. Open from April to October, take advantage of Anemone Diving Center's facilities, with changing rooms, showers, reception, and classroom. Board the semi-rigid boats to explore caves and discover the Plemmirio Marine Park. Explore the Grotte del Formaggio, Grotta del Capo, Secca del Capo, the Three Anchors, and the Giant's Tongue. Here you'll find Mediterranean fauna such as barracudas, sea breams, amberjacks, and groupers. Lovers of organic diving will appreciate the presence of nudibranchs. Photographers will find a special atmosphere here, with some great shots to be taken of the bronze mermaid erected in memory of Rossana Maiorca. For non-divers, this corner of Sicily is rich in history and culture thanks to the local archaeological sites, which include the Greek theatre of Syracuse, the Ear of Dionysius, the Latomie, the tomb of Archimedes, and the Papyrus Museum. Don't forget to go snorkeling around a small island, Ortigia, where you can enjoy some magnificent sunsets. A visit to the Plemmirio Marine Park will appeal to all those who love the sea and its secluded, little-frequented coves, bays, and small beaches. The Anemone Diving Centre offers courses from beginner to more advanced levels. [+]

  • Protected Marine Park
  • Diving around Islands
  • fast boat
From 35,00 €

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Diving Group Portofino
Italy  - Santa Margherita Ligure
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The two Diving Group Portofino dive centers, PADI 5* and SSI, are located in Santa Margherita Ligure, on the Ligurian coast, 3 km from Portofino and 30 minutes from Genoa! Situated in the historic town, close to the port where the semi-rigid and hard-hulled boats are moored and where the hotels and restaurants are located. One of the premises, dedicated to recreational diving over 200 m2, includes 6 hot showers, 2 WCs (one of which is suitable for disabled people), 2 large changing rooms with hairdryers, 80 private lockers, and net bags for storing your personal belongings, a large rinsing and storage area for your equipment, a classroom and a filling room for air, nitrox and trimix blocks. To make your stay even more enjoyable, there's a soft drinks vending machine, free drinking water, free Wi-Fi, and a comfortable seating area. This Diving Group Portofino training center, run by Luca Smecca, PADI IDC Staff Instructor, offers courses from beginner diver to instructor. Run by Stefano Lugaresi, the other local Diving Group Portofino, located in Via Antonio Maria Maragliano, 25, specializes in TDI and UTR technical diving. It organizes rebreather courses with Aldo Ferrucci. Thanks to its multilingual instructors, Diving Group Portofino caters to the needs of individual divers, couples, small groups of friends, and dive clubs looking for a professional and friendly infrastructure. Diving Group Portofino organizes accommodation for groups, passing on its discounts, and offers tailor-made diving packages, including the best sites in the Portofino Marine Park. Choose from half-day wreck dives, sunset dives washed down with Prosecco, day trips with lunch and drinks on board, or night dives followed by dinner in a local restaurant! [+]

  • Protected Marine Park
  • Near Downtown area
  • Welcome groups
From 47,00 €

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