Italy Scuba Diving

Italy scuba diving offers dives at Scilla – some easy, some more difficult – WWII and older relics for wreck-divers, too.

The surfacing rocks at Scoglio di Sangrioli is a very relaxing, 18m (60ft.) dive, only a 15 minute boat trip from the clubhouse. There is plenty of time to wallow among colored wrasses and parrot fish – a beautiful start for newly certified divers.

Raising the tempo of Italy scuba diving, Costa Viola sports a drift dive of 4 knots or more. Once in the water, we stay together and let ourselves get carried by the current, while the zodiac follows the divemaster’s buoy. We fly across the bottom, parallel to the coast, sometimes even for a couple of kilometers, along with all the fish of the area, big and small. As far as we know, this is the only dive center in the Mediterranean to offer drift dives, although it is common in the Maldives and Caribbean. It’s a thrilling experience!

The spines of Punta Paci’ are on the south side of the bay of Scilla, 10 minutes from the dive center by boat. The bottom slopes down quite decisively, and at a depth of 20m (65ft.) two parallel spines of rocks rise. The rocks, about 15m (50ft.) high, are covered in a multitude of life forms. At greater depth, we find our famous two-tone soft corals, surrounded by schools of Anthias. In the winter months, it is common to meet the San Pietro fish (Zeus Faber), while in the summer, Barracudas glide by a few feet away from you. Remember to check the sandy bottom once in a while, because it is a favorite spot for sting rays.

La Montagna (the mountain) is considered by the many divers that have seen it in the past few years as the best spot in the Mediterranean. It is an explosion of colours. You will all of a sudden be facing a monolith 20m (65ft.) high, completely covered in two-tones Paramuricee, huge Ceriantus, anthias, black coral, soft corals, Madreporas, grapes of sea squirts, nudibranches… You have to see it for yourself. Even at 35m (115ft.), this dive is not particularly difficult.

As you approach the rocks of La Grotticella, the first two-tone soft corals appear, to become denser towards the sea. There we find a small pass-through cave, inside of which lives a large family of Parapandalus shrimp. Sometimes we will find large fish (grooper or greater forkbeard) taking advantage of the situation. This site offers very nice light effects, due to the sun shining through the two large openings through which we easily enter and exit the cave. We swim back across the rocks and there see large groupers out hunting. Photographers should use wide angle lenses to capture the atmosphere of this beautiful and easy dive site.

And then there is the big Mpaddata!!! Undoubtedly the biggest and most varied shoal of Scilla. The side towards the shore forms a wall that sinks down to 40m (130ft.), whereas, on the other side, it disappears into the big blue… This site offers several routes, all of which will show the diversity of corals of Scilla. Especially, the sheer size and number of two-tone Paramuricee. This is a demanding dive, but with a minimum of precautions you will see a Mediterranean that will not suffer the comparison with your previous tropical destinations!

For those captivated by deep water, Il Muro is located directly in front of the Diving Center. The Wall sinks down vertically from 30m (100ft.) to a depth of 70m (230ft.)! Watch your buoyancy! It is densely populated by two-tone Paramuricee and schools of Anthias. At 39m (125ft.), you will be able to admire a beautiful basket star (Astrospartus), and towards the South, a nice black coral. The route is very straightforward and the water crystal-clear, but keep a close eye on your depth gauge, otherwise, you might feel a bit dizzy!

‘Cipolle’ means Scorpion fish in the local dialect. And that is mainly what you will see at Cento Cipolle: large red scorpion fish. This is a beautiful shoal. On top you will see a lot of tunicates, and often large predators. A bit deeper is a spectacular garden of Paramuricee and on the west side a nice cave, usually populated by greater forkbeards. The shoal is not very large, and is therefore easy to circle completely. There, in the various splits and cracks, you will find the largest moray eels of the area. The external side reaches great depths, which means, once again, you must take particular care of your buoyancy.!!!

After the thrills of Scilla’s shoals, this is just what you need – a relaxing dive at the Pietra Aloia. A few meters from the Diving Center’s terrace, twin pinnacles rise from a depth of 15 meters (50ft.). You will be able to enjoy this site for as long as your air lasts. There are a lot of colorful wrasses, and you will be surprised at the amount of life to be seen. Don’t neglect the white, sandy bottom, where you will find soles and anemones with transparent shrimps caught in their tentacles. This is also a good night dive for photographers.

A night dive of Marina di Reggio is absolutely unique in the Mediterranean. Located in the middle of the Messina Straits, it is possible to see and take pictures in shallow water, very rare species more typical of greater depths. The dive starts from the shore and quickly goes very deep. But even when staying at shallower depths, we discover an amazing variety of species: crustacea, trumpet fish, echinoderms, molluscs, annelids, coelenterates and a lot more. A unique playground for photographers, underwater videographers, and anybody interested in marine biology.

One of the crowning glories of Scilla is a unique, shallow dive called Archi Bosco di Spirografi. Thousands of spirograph worms in a square meter, a forest of corollas. And you will meet other animals in the middle of this underwater forest. Many different species live among the stems of these colorful annelids : fish, echinoderms, crustacea, but best of all: Sea Horses. These delicate creatures are fascinating. Seeing the sea horses alone was worth the trip!

After that how can you not be ready for scuba diving Italy!