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Best Diving Destinations in Sicilia
Sicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands. With rocky and sandy floor of volcanic origin, its underwater landscape features numerous interesting grottoes, walls, reefs, wrecks and archaeological sites, as well as dense fields of gorgonian corals populated with variety of fish species such as groupers, moray eels, brown meagre, forkbeard, crabs, lobsters, eagle rays, octopus, goldline fish, saddled bream and many others. Sicily is famous for its clean, transparent waters with the most interesting marine flora and fauna located normally at deeper depths. Diving in Sicily reaches 40m/131ft - 50m/164ft. The area of Naxos and Taormina are known for their shrimp colonies and a lot of colorful corals housing large eels. The area features a lot of dive sites suitable for all levels, such as Blue Grotto, Mazzaro Bay, Roman Columns, Mermaid Rock, Isola Bella, Capo st. Andrea, Grotta Azzurra Wall, Zio Gennaro, Atlantis Bay, Capo Taormina and Grotta Dell'aria. Blue Grotto of Taormina is shallow and fairly well sheltered from currents, making the site suitable for beginners. The best part of the dive is the shrimp cave. Submerging to a maximum of 20m/66ft the dive is easy for all levels and offers a chance to explore many beautiful underwater caves overgrown with sponges and corals and full of ells, morays and colorful shoals of fish. This is a spectacular dive as the light effects are fantastic. Near Palermo there are such great dive sites as La Formica, Spianata di Capo Gallo, Grotta dell'Olio, Punta Angela and others. Sicily also features a number of fascinating wreck dive sites, including a Junker 52 German bomber from WWII, some 46m/ft deep and the Wreck of Columns, a wreck from ancient Roman times that sank over 2000 years ago on a return, as well as an Italian wreck Capua, Pavlos V.
When to go to Sicilia
Spring and autumn are ideal to visit and dive Sicily. In the summer the air temperature may be very high, sometimes reaching 35C/100F-45C/120F. Water temperature varies from 15C/59F to 26C/79F throughout the year.