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Best Diving Destinations in Ligurian Coast
About Ligurian Coast
Liguria is a coastal region of north-western Italy. The whole coastline is rough and rugged, with fantastic views. There are two marine protected areas: Area of Cinque Terre (five lands) and Area of Portofino. The Promontory of Portofino towers 600 metres above the sea and the whole area is a natural park. The Marine Park of Portofino has been protected since 1998 so there is an abundance of marine life rarely seen in the Mediterranean. The seabeds are home to a variety of habitats, ranging from cliffs to deep seabeds as well as rocky underwater environments. The Posidonia oceanic meadow is just a few metres down and also accessible to snorkelers with many species of fish visible near the surface, including white bream, scorpion fish and wrasses as well as sea bream and barracudas. There are more than 20 dive sites located within 10/15 minutes of the port, reachable by boat. Among them are: Milford Haven wreck, Il Cristo degli Abissi, Capo Noli, Faro di Portofino, Colombara, Chiesa di San Giorgio, Mohawk Deer and others. Many dives are primarily wrecks, sunk during the first and second world wars, scattered along the Gulf of Genoa, the Gulf of Tigullio and the eastern coast of Liguria as far as Cinque Terre. Warships, steamboats, merchant ships, which always offer the thrill of some new discovery to wreck divers. Milford Haven is the biggest wreck in the Mediterranean sea (sunk in 1991). The wreck lies in perfect navigation trim on a sandy bottom at a depth of 85m/185ft, with the upper part of the structure reaching 32m/90ft. The funnel has been dismantled because it was dangerous. Christ of the Abyss is an underwater bronze sculpture that was placed at 18m/64ft depth. The Colombara is also a great dive because of the swim through caverns. The first cavern, located at 36m/97ft, is a long vertical wall with two swim throughs on the way back. At the end of the dive there is an exciting siphon which starts at 20m/68ft, diver can surface inside the cavern and inspect the stalactites which are amazing.
When to go to Ligurian Coast
Climate is pleasant and mild all year long. Thanks to the influence of the sea, the average air temperature stays near 10C/50F in the winter and 24C/75F in the summer.