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Diving in Sardinia

DIVING IN SARDINIA

diving in sardiniaSardinia is known for its white sandy coves with the sea having an amazing dark blue to turquoise palette of colours. It is the second largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily.

For your diving holiday in Sardinia we have chosen Palau, a small harbour town. Where boats of all kinds from small fishing vessels to luxury yachts visit the harbour.

There is an array of traditional Sardinian restaurants, cafes, and a weekly market. Bustling in July and August, but for the rest of the year quiet and laid back, with siesta taking up most of the day.

The surrounding rugged hills are scattered with fragrant plants, rosemary, thyme and colourful wildflowers.

With a variety of accommodation available from hotels, apartments and camping, Palau offers great flexibility for divers.

Palau is in a strategic position on the north-eastern coast. It is the gateway to the Maddalena Archipelago, with the Lavezzi Marine Reserve in Corsica just 40 minutes boat ride away. With nearly 40 dive sites to choose from whichever way the wind blows, there is always a magical dive to experience. The waters between Palau and Lavezzi are not deeper than 60-70 m. The shallow, well-lit bottoms swept by strong currents provide a perfect habitat for rich and diverse marine life. In spring water temperatures can be between 15-22 C, Summer 24-28 C, Autumn 19-24 C. Blessed with crystal clear waters, the visibility can be up to 30 meters.

Palau diving spots are generally represented by large granite boulders, swim-throughs, walls and wrecks.
You can expect to be amazed by sites such as Washington Rock, the giant walls and overhangs colonised by red gorgonian fans, bright orange, red, yellow sponges and golden sea daisies.
Whilst your eyes will be fixed on the intricate details of the walls, searching for scorpionfish and nudibranches of all weird and wonderful designs… Don’t forget to look out into the clear blue waters where you may see eagle rays, barracuda and other pelagics passing by. Exploring the cracks and crevices you may glimpse moray eels, crabs and lobsters. You will be sure to meet large Mediterranean Grouper that congregate around the divers. These colonies are protected in the Lavezzi reserve.

This coast of Sardinia also offers some great wrecks including the cargo ship Angelika, sunk in 1982 in 20 meters of water. East to west, the gulf of Alghero is a jagged arch formed by calcareous headlands: first, Capo Galera, where the Dive Centre is, then Punta Giglio and Capo Caccia. Any point facing the tall cliffs is ideal for a dive.

Just a splash away from the Diving Center you can have great dives, day or night. Behind Capo Caccia, the rocky coast continues north to Punta Cristallo, which drops 300 meters to the sea. The cost is faced by two islands, the Foradada, getting its name due to a tunnel that bisects the little island and Isola Piana.

We can dive at a comfortable depth and cruise around the walls exploring the thousand crevices, hovering over the sea grass which covers the bottom like a prairie. Every underwater ravine and crack in the rock is full of colourful life to discover. Every once in a while, the dark opening of a cave opens up in front of you. It is not easy for every one to overcome the fear caves instil; on the other hand, it is even more difficult to resist the temptation to enter and discover these silent and wonderful environments. Lastly, to experience the awe of the light that seeps down into the intense blue as you return to open waters is magical.

 
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