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Best Diving Destinations in Sardinia
Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sardinia offers some of the best scuba diving in all of Italy, with its endless sea life, corals and untouched natural caves, there is something for divers of all levels to enjoy. Divers can observe a wide variety of marine species such as stingrays, electric rays, dorades, eels, groupers, octopi, lobsters, barracudas, almaco jacks and others. The island has countless sites of natural beauty, among the most interesting are Secca del Papa, Grotta Niedda, wrecks in the south of the island, such as Dino (25m/77ft) and Egle (36m/118ft), wrecks in the west, such as Wreck of KT, Nasello's Wreck and other interesting sites including Grottos of Acituan, Temple's Grotto, Punta Levante, Two columns (45m/147ft) and Nereo Cave. On the north there are also a lot of dive sites scattered around small islands, where strong currents are possible. Among them are Grotta di S. Francesco, Whashington Rock, Angelika Wreck. At Tavolara and Molara islands on the northeast of Sardinia, divers can encounter shoals of miniscule multicolored gilthead bream hunted by diving cormorant. Among the most popular dive sites are Punta Arresto, Cala Chiesa, Punta Levante, Tedja Liscia, Grottone and Secca del Papa. Secca del Papa, near Tavolara island, is a “must-to-do" dive, with its depth ranging between 30m/98ft and 50m/164ft, it is recommended for experienced divers only. An imposing granite structure stretching out in the shape of the pontiff's hat, reaches the height of 18m/59ft and the depth of 42m/138ft offering a unique habitat for sea life. The spot in the west of the island, Alghero, is famous for its astonishing underwater caves, where the depth ranges from 15m/49 to 30m/95ft. The most popular cave is the Nereo Cave with arches and tunnels. It is considered one of the greatest submerged grottos in the world, it is 350m/1148ft long. And at the KT12 Wreck, lying at the depth of 20-35m/65-114ft, there are plenty of things for divers to explore including canon, MG stands, steering wheel, toilet bowl, anchor, machine room and engines populated with groupers, amberjacks, scorpion fish, and other marine creatures.
When to go to Sardinia
Best season for diving is from May until mid-November, when the average water temperature varies between 18C/64F and 25С/77F.