Scuba diving in Alvah

  • must see
Diver level
Advanced
Depth
Average: 98.4 ft
Maximum: 180.4 ft
Visibility
Average: not available
Maximum: not available

 In Cannitello, in the narrowest point of the Strait of Messina, at a depth between 30 and 55 m, there’s a shipwreck known as “U Vapuri” and recently identified with the ship “Alvah”. It was a freighter carrying grain which, according to the fishermen stories, in a night of early 1900, collided with another boat and sank, while was trying to gain the Calabrian shore. The hull lies upside down on the steep sea bottom, divided into two parts, with the bow facing the shore 30 m deep and the stern at 55 m, where the propeller blades sprout from the sand. The dive, accessible from the shore, takes place mostly inside the wreck, that is very broad and rich in openings. From these passages, which look like large windows overlooking the deep blue of the Straits, you can enjoy a wonderful play of light (the content is provided by Megale Hellas Diving Center)

 

What to see

 Densely populated by fishes, the hull is fully covered by sponges, nudibranchs, huge starfishes and some species of coelenterates, especially abundant specimens of Leptosamia pruvoti, thanks to which the wreck has earned the definition of “yellow wreck”

 


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    Calabria is strategically located in the center of the Mediterranean sea and is characterized by the presence of two seas, Ionian and Tyrrhenian, that meet themselves in the amazing scenery of the Strait of Messina. Calabria may be the reign for the most demanding scuba divers, thanks to the variety and the beauty of its depths and even for the unrivalled quality of sea and weather conditions. Along the Route of the Convoys of the second world war, the sea beds of the province of Reggio Calabria house more than 20 historical wrecks, and more others that are still waiting to be explored! These wrecks, often well preserved, represent an important historical and naturalistic heritage, as well as a tourist attraction. All these wrecks, belonging or not to the Navies engaged in the conflict, are patrol boats, freighters, submarines, ferryboats, tankers, each with its own story. Nowadays all these wrecks, 70 years after their sinking, have turned into biodiversity’s oasis: sponges, various species of corals, fishes that find a chance for a well protected hiding place. Even underwater, Calabria represents the perfect integration between archaeological treasures, art and nature, ready to be admired by anyone wishing to explore the beauty of its sea floors. Price is per two persons for double/twin accommodations. You can't book a single entry of this product. If you travel alone or with non-diver, for more information please contact us via "Live Chat" or drop us a line

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