La Franata del Castello

This die site sits amongst the rock cliffs around the fortress of the Ruffo Castle of Scilla and is characterized by crystal clear water, rich biodiversity, and numerous small canyons and inlets. Around the landslide, which from the surface reaches about 22/25 m deep, lies an expanse of white and luminous sand.

All the typical biodiversity of the Mediterranean including sea breams, blue fish, rocks covered in algae, sponges, anthozoans and hydrozoan, numerous nudibranchs, and mollusks.

Level

Level

  • Beginner
  • Advanced
Visibility

Visibility

  • 18 m
Current

Current

  • Light Current
  • No Current
  • Strong Current
  • Ripping Current
DIVE TYPES

DIVE TYPES

  • Night Dive
  • Snorkeling
  • Wall/Drop Off
  • Macro Spot

Temperature & Visibility

Dives

Wildlife Diversity

Affiliated Training Center

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Relitto di Cannitello - Alvah

On a seabed between 30 and 55m, at the narrowest point of the Strait of Messina, lies the wreck of Cannitello, known as “U Vapuri“ and identified with the ship “Alvah“, sunk in the early 1900s. The hull is placed upside down on the seabed that degrades rapidly, divided into two sections, and is covered in life!

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Archi - Prateria di Spirografi

Entering from the shore, you’ll find the bottom covered in fine white sand that slopes steeply towards the depths of the Strait of Messina, reaching 40 meters just a few steps from the beach. The sea bed, in crystal clear water, is animated by thousands of great spirographs, among which are often seahorses and trumpet fish.

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Lo Scoglio Bianco - Saline Joniche

At Saline Joniche, with access from a wide beach of pebbles and sand, there is a small cliff with vertical falls from 8m to 20m, with a sandy bottom and subsequent rock slide, covered with a variety of algae and sponges. At a shallow depth, under a small cave, there is a statue of Jesus, covered in sea life.

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Secca di Ponente

The top of the shoal is between 8 m and 15 m deep, for about 300 metres in length, with its flattened ovoid shape, more or less parallel to the coast and about 300 metres away from it. It offers a conformation rich in ravines, small and large hollow caves, imposing rocks and walls.

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Access from the shore is easy for this simple but beautiful dive spot, boasting amazing biodiversity. The dive starts with a gravel landslide and sand afterwards, gradually descending to 12 meters, then dropping off rapidly, with an inclination of almost 45°, to over 400 meters deep.

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Blue Cave Taormina

This dive site is good for every kind of diver. There is a cave (not completely underwater) and a nice wall, where the maximum depth is 25 meters.

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The steamship Pasubio, located off the port of Roccella Jonica, is one of the most fascinating historical wrecks of the southern Calabrian Ionian sea. After a descent along the rope, you will meet its well preserved superstructure at 35m deep, with the sandy bottom sitting at 44m. The wreck is slightly skidded on the left side.

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Parco Archeologico Sommerso di Kaulon

This is a submerged archaeological site of the Greek town of Kaulon. It sits on a bottom of sand and pebbles, between 5m and 7m deep. It is possible to admire over 200 Greek architectural elements and pieces of columns, dating from the 5th century B.C. The area, once emerged, is today under water due to coastal bradyseism.

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Relitto Kingstown / Kingdom

The wreck of this Swedish cargo ship lies on the sandy bottom just off the coast of Guardavalle, where it sank on 05 January 1993 due to bad weather, while sailing from Turkey with a load of kaolin. It is now broken today in two sections.

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At about 1000 meters from the coast of Addaura, between the village of Acquasanta and Mondello, there is a ripple that runs parallel to the coast that varies from 25 to 45 meters deep.

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Photo & Video

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Deep Diving

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