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Diving in Sorrento
When to go to Sorrento
While the sea conditions make diving possible all year-round, the period of April through October is considered the prime period for scuba diving. The average water temperature stays around 21C/70F in the summer and around 10С/50F in the winter. In May the average air temperature remains at 22C/71F during the day and falls to 12C/53F during the night. June through August is the hottest time of the year with the air temperature hitting 29C/84F.
Scuba diving in Sorrento
Sorrento is located in the southern Italy. Lying as it does on the peninsula dividing the Bay of Naples from the Bay of Salerno, Sorrento enjoys convenient access to both bodies of water, both increasing the number of accessible dive sites available and reducing travel time to many of them which is a plus for scuba divers visiting the area. Naples International Airport is located in 53 km from Sorrento. Some of the nearby islands are on the "must visit" list of dive sites, including the famed island of Capri. The sites here feature cliff walls, sea caves and grottoes, gullies, and tops of sea mounts. Among the interesting dive sites are Capo di Puolo, Capo di Sorrento, Vervece's Wreck, Penna Rock, Banco di Santacroce Rock of Vervece, Mitigliano's Grotto and also the nearest islands of Capri, Ischia, Procida, the underwater park of Baia and Gaiola, Ponza and Ventotene. Gorgonians of the sea fan variety are common sights in Sorrento waters, especially beyond the 30m/100ft mark. Divers exploring the area routinely encounter blue-silver amberjacks, sparkling bream, small crustaceans, slithering eels, sponges, bryozoans, plump grouper and pulsating jellyfish, lobsters and crabs and even tuna sometimes make an appearance. Some lucky divers may even sight the oligopus ater, an exceptionally rare fish. Water visibility in Sorrento area hovers around 12m/40ft, depending on the weather, with moderately improved visibility in the winter.