About Scuba Diving in Italy
Scuba Diving in Italy is done by scuba divers from around the world to explore its underwater world. Whether you are a beginner or advanced diver, you can find breathtaking scenery below the surface when you dive off the coast of this majestic country.
The peninsula is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, and it is said that Italy offers the best diving in the Mediterranean.
With so many scuba dive sites to choose from, from those featuring lovely coral reef systems thriving with life to those that house sunken wrecks from as far back as Roman times, you are sure to find something to love about scuba diving in Italy.
When Is the best time to go scuba diving in Italy?
The scuba dive season in Italy runs from April through November, with August being the most popular month, so you may want to avoid it if you do not like being a part of large crowds.
Water temperatures average anywhere from 15 to 26 degrees Celsius, or 59-79 degrees Fahrenheit, depending upon the time of year.
18-35 degrees Celsius, or 64-95 degrees Fahrenheit are the average air temperatures, again depending upon the time of year you visit. Because the currents are usually mild, and visibility is great, Italian scuba dive sites cater to all levels of scuba divers.
Must visit dive locations when scuba diving in Italy
Italy is a big country and completely surrounded by the Mediterranean. Therefore, there are many scuba dive locations to be found through the country.
- Portofino Marine Park – This dive site is ideal for all levels of divers who are looking for multi-level diving, swim throughs, walls, caverns, and even wrecks from World War II, and because it is a protected area, you can find an abundance of unique marine life here.
- Ischia Scuba diving in Ischia is done in the Tyrrhenian Sea, in the northern part of the Gulf of Naples, Ischia is an Italian island that is known for its captivating beauty and incredible diving opportunities.
- Sardinia – This island is one of the best dive locations in all of Italy, featuring caves, abundant sea life, and corals, for a beginner to the advanced diver.
- Secca Del Papa (Bank of the Pope) – Underwater pinnacles at this dive site, which is ideal for all levels of divers, are covered with corals and sea fans and surrounded by a variety of fish, in addition to octopus and eels. It is also famous for large groupers that love to pose for photographers.
- Grotta Niedda – This scuba dive site is best for advanced divers who can swim through a series of caves, tunnels, and canyons with a torch to light the dark waters, exposing octopus and lobsters along the way.
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Marine life found when scuba diving in Italy
The waters off Italy feature incredible coral formations with many species of hard and soft corals, in addition to a variety of fish, including groupers and barracuda. You may even get a chance to see some turtles, dolphins, and sharks at some of the dive sites around the country.
Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations in all of Europe. People visit from all over the world to explore the history, architecture, artwork, and museums, and to enjoy authentic Italian cuisine and, of course, to shop. Italians are friendly and accommodating, and you are sure to find activities to fill every day you are there.
You can explore historical monuments, visit Vatican City and Venice, enjoy one of the country’s many beautiful beaches, or hike up mountains for intense views of the surrounding landscapes. Take in the culture and the history that surrounds you while you visit sites that are famous around the world, and remember to grab a souvenir or two to take home with you after your unforgettable trip.
How to Get to Italy?
With many airports throughout the country, it is easy to get to Italy by plane from anywhere in the world. Intercontinental flights typically arrive in either Milan or Rome, however international flights can land in any one of the many airports throughout the country, in cities including Venice, Pisa, and Naples, to name a few.
If you are already in another European nation, such as France, Germany, Hungary, or Spain, you can travel into Italy by bus, car, or train. Ferry services also connect Italy to other European nations, such as Greece, Albania, and Croatia.
Once in the country, it is probably more affordable to travel from one destination to the next by train or bus. You can also get a rental car if you prefer to travel on your own.
Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam, he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.
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