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BERGEGGI ISLAND

Even if very close to the coast, it is one of the most interesting points for diving. The wall descends vertically up to 8.7 meters deep: crossed by numerous cracks provides shelter to anemones, small crustaceans and gastropods. Rocky island, covered with Mediterranean vegetation, which combine nature and history. Cliffs, semi-submerged caves and bays of striking beauty protect the lives of unique and particular species, including marine plants, invertebrates and always abundant marine life: scorpion fish, moray eels, conger eels, nudibranchs, and, since the spring, monkfish. This treasure trove of biodiversity , that stretches for about 2 square kilometers, including the coral seabeds and ocean seagrass meadows, two of the features that made the place “Site of Community Importance”. It was established as a Marine Protected Area in 2007.

The most interesting point for diving:


Il Pifferaio - Night Path
Depth: 18-20 meters
Degree of difficulty: easy, suitable for newly patented and night dives
Of Special Scientific Interest the presence of Oculina Patagonica, species of tropical corals in limestone skeleton. This species, which has here its unique presence in Mediterranean Sea, it is visible thanks to the limited depth even to those who make snorkeling.

The landslide - archeological path
Depth 20/30 meters.
Degree of difficulty: medium
It is a beautiful vertical wall, rich in rifts where eels, feels, scorpion fish, and lobsters find nest, all enriched by clouds of Anthias.
Coming down on the west path, this slope offers a good grip to Cerianthus and Spirographis.
The main interest of this path is the presence of archaeological finds (mostly fragments of amphorae).
At about thirty meters, a group of rocks marks the deepest boundary: it is the domain of the white bream and snapper, engaged in hunting to other species.

The canyon - Naturalistic path
Depth max 32 meters
Degree of difficulty: very difficult, for experienced divers also
Possible presence of currents
Of particular interest is a spectacular rock wall completely covered by Parazoanthus (sea daisies). The wall extends from a depth of about 15 meters coming up to 32. There are frequent meetings with lobsters, conger and large Redfish. Rare but possible, the meeting with enormous and wonderful Monkfish, motionless on the bottom waiting for a prey.
Also in some ravines, at a depth of about 20 meters, you can meet small grouper and squid eggs attached to the walls. At maximum depth are numerous Cerianthus from variable colors, between brown and yellow gold.
Rising to the surface you meet an area rich in sponges and many species of Nudibranchs.

The dried of the congers - Naturalistic path
Depth: Maximum 28 meters
Degree of difficulty: very difficult, for experienced divers also
Possible presence of currents
It is recommended to be accompanied by local guides, because the route presents difficulties in water orientation.

 
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