Scuba diving in Capo D'Acqua lake

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From Shore
Diver level
Average: 1 m
Maximum: 9 m
No currents
Average: 10 m
Maximum: 30 m
This spring water lake is located in Capestrano, in the Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga. This lake was created in the 50s for the irrigation of nearby lands, though today it also acts as a source of hydroelectricity. During the Middle Ages people created a settlement near these natural water falls building two mills and a paint factory and drawing travelers attracted by the healing powers attributed to these springs. When, much later, the valley was flooded to create the lake, the factory remained on the surface, while the two mills were completely submerged under water. These mills still remain mostly intact becoming signature dive sites and attracting a lot of tourists. Divers can swim through the mill complex and explore its different rooms and structures.

When to go

Diving is available throughout the year with water temperature staying between 15C/59F and 26C/79F. The high season for diving is from April to October when water visibility is at its best.

What to see

The lake offers an amazing underwater world, full of numerous submerged trees, houses and structures inhabited by fario and brown trouts and other interesting fresh water species.

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