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Enjoying the blue deep: Scuba Diving in Cinque Terre and La Spezia

The Gulf of Poets and Cinque Terre have many beauties, and the marine background of the whole area is not less worthy. More and more appreciated by diving lovers from all over the world, scuba diving in Cinque Terre and La Spezia offers a wide variety of animal and vegetable species to the depths enthusiasts.

The area is also part of the Sanctuary of Cetaceans since 1999, wxtended from northern Sardinia, Côte d’Azur and South of Tuscany, where it is easy to see whales, dolphins and many other also for those who don’t dive. And for those who love swimming on the surface, the recent creation of the protected sea trail between Vernazza and Monterosso is unmissable.
Especially in the Protected Sea area of the Parco delle Cinque Terre is the variety of animal and plant species, subject to constant monitoring and research for natural sciences and environmental protection, to make the experience of diving in Cinque Terre really special, particularly in the caves and in the dry areas that characterize the area.

The area is subject to seawater protection regulations, and it is important to contact the many diving centers in the area to have the necessary support to know them and make the best diving excursions safely even for those who own only a first level diving patent.

Here a brief summary of those that are the 7 most beautiful experiences of diving in Cinque Terre and La Spezia, in typical caves and dry marine recommended for those who love diving:

1 – Dive into the Islando of Palmaria Blue Cave

Island of Palmaria Blue Cave

Find a suggestive wide opening in the rock circumnavigating the island of Palmaria on the west side. The cave is high a few meters above sea level and continues under the surface for twenty meters, with spectacular blue water light reflections inside the cave. Diving among the rocks, there are easily found several species of invertebrates.

2 – Diving at Punta del Tino

The Tino Island and its tip

From below the deep vertical wall of the Tino Island, proceed to the tip to admire, in particular with good underwater visibility, Eunicellasingularis and Leptogorgia sarmentosa. In the canal that separates the Tino from the Palmaria islands, the Paramuricea clavata and the Eucalyptus verrucosa are observed, while upward there are Pentaporafascialis and sea chestnuts. In this panorama you will find saraghis and lettuces, clumps and murines and nudibranchs of different species.

3 – Dive to the Tinetto Grotto and Dry

The Tinetto Island underwater Grotto

Tinetto’s isle can look just as small as a cliff but hides in its backdrop, albeit somewhat muddy, a cave where lobsters swim and whose large entrance is decorated with sponges, tunicates, nudibranches and anemones. Diving for about 20 feet deep following the light that filters out of the surface, in a narrowing path that opens in another place, between beautiful light and shades games.

4 – Diving in Punta Mesco

At the end of the Cinque Terre, in Punta Mesco, a beautiful dive can be done following the wall on the right and descending along a slope that goes down to a muddy sea depth about 30 meters and characterized by the presence of beautiful red gorgonians and sea daisies. The wildlife that can be encountered in the blue of Punta Mesco is of murenas, browned horns, daggers, barracudas and lobsters.

The Punta Mesco and the slope shwing the digving starting point

5 – Diving at the Pineda Tip Dry

Punta Pineda is a very suggestive spot, easily reachable by sea, characterized by a strong tide from the west which gives water transparency and therefore rich in curls, toothpicks and tuna. The “swimming pools” are shaped like horse saddles and reach 12 meters maximum depth. Following the wall, it gets about 18 meters deep, there are many gorgonie up to 30 meters deep where it is easy to find dangers with clumps and mounds.

 

 

 


6 – Diving at the Maralunga Cave, or Brigantino Grotto

La grotta di Maralunga, o del Brigantino

The Maralunga Cave near Lerici is for some of archaeological interest, because ancient marble blocks visible on the backdrop would witness the shipwreck of a Roman-era ship. For others, the name “Brigantine Cave” dates back to a more recent time, when a brigantine hid in the cave, probably destroying its trees, because followed by pirate ships. It is forbidden to approach the cave by boat, so enthusiasts leave ground from inside the Caletta di Lerici, a very impressive place on the coast of Maralunga, especially in the morning with the sun rising to the east. Taking the coast to the right, leave behing the Maramozza Tip, after a while the coast finds the cave, emerged for about 15 meters and deep about 40 meters in the white limestone of the coast at this point. Near and inside the cave little saraghi and occhiate fish grow up safely.

 

7 – Diving at the Wreck of Equa

Diving at the Wreck of Equa

Diving in Cinque Terre, there is also the possibility of discovering several wrecks: one of these is the wreck of Equa, a ship built in 1929 by the Parthenopean Armaturan Society of Naples which was “forced” to a use submarines destroyer in 1940 and sank on June 10, 1944, due to a protrusion by a German unit, two miles off Riomaggiore. The ship is in good condition, and widely visited in the midst of anemones jewel, lobsters, chestnuts, sponges and oysters.
At about 45 meters, Equa is still on the east / west route of its sailing. You can see the top deck at a depth of 34 mt, the lower deck and the control room, where the lobsters are sheltered. Along the left keel is a machine gun with turret and a perfectly preserved anti-aircraft cannon. Continuing, for the most skilled, it is possible to access the machine room, toilets, to the aft where the depth bombing equipment is seen.

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