Open your mind and body to this new world of water! Try the experience of one real guided immersion, in complete safety and simplicity, by a qualified person. Your diving guide will, in fact, take you to discover the wonders of the seabed, holding you by hand in a pleasant, safe and, above all, exciting experience.
Underwater archeology is the continuous discovery of a world that is largely still unknown. The evident symbols of this world and of this discovery are the finds that lie on the bottom of the sea. As evidence of this, during many underwater explorations, proposed by the diving center we will often find small ancient finds of Roman and Hellenic origin. Some dives are dedicated to the exploration of these sites, among them the Roman columns, the tubs of the Kings, the shoal of the Mortars and the archaeological area of the island of Sant'Andrea. These dives are suitable for all types of certification.
The traffic of ancient Roman and Greek cargo ships, the Second World War and the commercial traffic and deep-sea fishing have produced, over time, along the coast and in the corridors, several commercial shipwrecks. Such sinkings, sometimes with tragic consequences, have generated numerous wrecks that the sea guards well. We find wrecks that can be visited in the depths ranging from -10 to -95 meters, therefore it is possible to make recreational and technical divings. Among recreational dives, the wreck of the fishing vessel "Ciko", the tanker "Lira" and that of the fighter plane “Junker 88”, while among the techniques we find the wreck of the ship “Caterina Madre” dating back to the 2nd World War and sunk by a mine about 9 miles off the coast of Gallipoli. According to many experts, this wreck is one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean Sea, its depth varies from –55mt to -67mt, therefore you go down in Tek Dive.
In the caves that we show you there are bright walls of colors and shades so
articulated and colorful that, in our opinion, not even Leonardo Da Vinci or Van Gogh
would have been able to reproduce on canvas. In some large caves we find the facades of
stratospheric beauty that deserve not to be visited but rather contemplated!
More and more enthusiasts divers dedicate themselves to exploration of the caves.
If the Red Sea and the Maldives are famous for their coral color and transparent waters, we
we are known for the presence along the whole coast of caves and underwater caverns,
cavities in natural underground environments, many of which are below sea level, characterized by
the presence of a multiplicity of marine life, crystal clear water and the phenomenon
of the haloclin.
They are secondary caves or caves formed as a result of the alteration of the materials of
constitution due to the passage of underground rivers and therefore of karst origin, or
due to waves, underwater currents and undertow.
The number of caves and passages present in our dive sites are 25 and they fit all patent levels; we find simple natural grazing with wide accesses that form real columns, very wide underwater tunnels suitable for slightly more experienced divers and caves that require specific preparation.
What makes a visit to these caves wonderful is the richness of life and colors that we find inside both the sciaphilous area (with little light) and the aphotic area (area without light). On the vaults there are numerous species of corals and polychaetes, on the walls sponges of many colors shine, on the mostly gravelly bottom we find many species of fish and crustaceans.
BIODIVERSITY CHEST - DIVING POINTS OF RARE BEAUTY Diving at these sites is spectacular but suitable for experienced divers. Clear water and richness of subjects make these areas the paradise of underwater photographers. The bathymetric ranges from -25mt to -65mt, are characterized by rich coral bottoms with breathtaking walls formed by large overlapping rocks full of dens and ravines where groupers, large morays and small lobsters can be seen, surrounded by shoals of Anthias. Among the many sites worth mentioning: "the Sponges", "the OK", "The Pyramids".
It is a group of Islands located off the island / city of Gallipoli characterized
from bottoms covered with luxuriant Posidonia Oceanica meadows, a plant that supplies
oxygen to the whole Mediterranean Sea, from reefs rich in coral and white sand.
The Campo and the Scoglietto dei Piccioni are dive sites mostly intended for those who prefer night dives, for those who practice freediving and snorkeling. Their depths are rich in fish species, ravines and among the Posidonia leaves it is easy to meet the Alicia Mirabilis and the seahorse.
The Island of Sant’Andrea is the Salento Aquarium of volcanic origin and is about 3 km from Gallipoli. It has an extension of 50 hectares and 3 meters above sea level and represents a unique heritage from a naturalistic point of view due to the presence of the Corsican gull and other birds, it is an area of community importance. Its crystal clear waters are characterized by presence of Posidonia Oceanica, from coral environments that degrade from -5mt to -60mt and numerous archaeological finds.
The dives are suitable for both beginners and experts, in fact we find caving, cigliate, plateaus rich in corals, Mediterranean madrepores, gorgonians and sponges. During the underwater routes, archaeological finds from the Roman epoch can be seen, as well as an anchor of the admiralty that stands out in the blue, very nice to photograph. Among his gullies, "strolling", you will meet fish of all species and Mediterranean flora. Possibility of snorkeling and night diving.
Even our inland waters are no less than the sea to make beautiful diving. You will be fascinated by the transparency of the water and the presence of a multitude of marine life in diving into the waters of the Chidro River! It is the most important river of Salento and the smallest in all of Europe, in fact it is about 400m long and has a depth of -12mt. Inside we find many species of fish such as eels, sea bass, mullet, turtles and small endemic blennids. The beauty of this river is the water temperature that fluctuates around 18C° in both summer and winter.