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Hotel Lu Pitrali

Hotel Lu Pitrali


103 - 116 USD/night

Distance to dive center: 3.6km

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This family-run hotel offers a peaceful location, 1 km from Cala Girgolu beach on the east coast of Sardinia. All air-conditioned rooms feature a furnished balcony. Parking and Wi-Fi are free. Breakfast at Lu Pitrali is continental style, and includes local fruit jams and fresh pastries. The hotel bar boasts a garden terrace where guests can relax with a drink or snack.

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Dive Center Highlights

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • We are avid photographers and love to transmit our sense of surprise as we encounter the beauty underneath.
  • We offer photo safaris in the protected marine park for photographers that need their time and support in feeling comfortable while photo diving.
  • We offer both basic digital photo courses and underwater photo development tailored to your personal needs.


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2 Dives + boat + guide (2 dives per day, depart: 09:00 return: 14:00)

Full dive eqipment

Tank and weights only

Snorkel only (mask + fins)

65USD62USD

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43USD41USD

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11USD10USD

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1 Night dive + boat + guide (half night dive, depart: 20:00 return: 22:00)

Full dive eqipment

Tank and weights only

76USD72USD

from 65USD

65USD62USD

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65USD

56USD




PADI dive courses

Get certified

  • Open Water Diver  from 361USD (high season:401USD, low season: 361USD)
  • PADI scuba diver  from 232USD (high season:257USD, low season: 232USD)

Improve your skills

  • Advanced Open Water Diver  from 296USD (high season:329USD, low season: 296USD)
  • Rescue diver  from 370USD (high season:412USD, low season: 370USD)

PADI specialties

  • Night diver  from 204USD (high season:226USD, low season: 204USD)
  • Peak performance buoyancy  from 194USD (high season:216USD, low season: 194USD)
  • Underwater naturalist  from 194USD (high season:216USD, low season: 194USD)
  • Underwater photographer  from 194USD (high season:216USD, low season: 194USD)
  • Wreck diver  from 241USD (high season:268USD, low season: 241USD)


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Dive Center Description

Aquarius Dive Center description

Aquarius Dive Center basic informations

We are inside a beautiful area with pines and eucalyptus trees within the residential complex "Le Farfalle" (butterflies) in Capo Coda Cavallo, just a few steps from the beach where we embark. The dive sites in the park are located between 5 and 15 minutes of navigation, giving the possibility of single dives if requested. Whoever decides to stay at the beach, while the group is diving, can enjoy the panorama of Tavolara, crystal clear water, and the ivory sand. The bay has 2-protected areas in the sea perfect for casual diving and for children. The beach has available typical beach services such as a bar/kiosk, pedal boats, sun beds, and sun shades).

Within the centre there are several well organized spaces such as the classroom for educational activities, locked areas for the scuba equipment and small private boxes to store personal belongings during the dive.

The dive centre includes a platform to prepare for diving with 3 fresh water tanks for equipment rinse. There are also locked areas for drying personal wetsuits and 30 private baskets to pack the rest of the scuba gear overnight if required.

A welcoming front porch has become over the years a friendly hangout for the divers before and after the excursions.

WIFI is available with printing facilities. The HD monitor gives you the ability to see our digital movies and personal photos.

We offer help in adjusting and fixing equipment if necessary. It is possible to rent complete scuba equipment as well as computers, underwater photography equipment and dive torches. We can arrange for professional and personalized HD movies on request. Some free parking is available, please ask!

Languages spoken: English, French, German and Italian

Facilities and services: Dive boat, Equipped classroom, Nitrox (paid) and Underwater photo rental

Affiliation Membership: PADI, BSAC and CMAS

Free cancellation

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Beschreibung des Tauchzentrums am Deutsch

Höhepunkte des Tauchzentrums

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Wir sind begeisterte Fotografen und lieben es, unser Gefühl der Überraschung zu vermitteln, wenn wir auf die Schönheit darunter stoßen.
  • Wir bieten Fotosafaris im geschützten Meerespark für Fotografen an, die ihre Zeit und Unterstützung benötigen, um sich beim Fototauchen wohl zu fühlen.
  • Wir bieten sowohl grundlegende Kurse für digitale Fotos als auch die Entwicklung von Unterwasserfotos an, die auf Ihre persönlichen Bedürfnisse zugeschnitten sind.


Beschreibung des Tauchzentrums

Aquarius Dive Center description

Aquarius Dive Center basic informations

Wir befinden uns in einer wunderschönen Gegend mit Mittelmeer-Vegetation die aus Strandkiefern, und Eukalyptusbäumen besteht, im Zentrum des Wohnkomplexes „Le Farfalle“ in Capo Coda Cavallo, nur einige Schritte vom Strand auf dem wir uns einschiffen. Die Tauchstätten im Park konzentrieren sich auf ein Areal das man im Boot in 5 bis 15 Minuten erreicht wo man auch natürlich auch Einzeltauchgänge machen kann. Wer am Strand bleiben möchte kann nach der Rückkehr der Taucher die Aussicht auf Tavolara und den weißen Sand genießen. Die Bucht hat zwei, für Kinder und Schwimmende abgesicherte Teile und wer lieber am Strand bleibt hat die Möglichkeit alle Dienstleistungen (Kiosk, Miete von Pedalo, Liegestühlen und Sonnenschirmen) in Anspruch zu nehmen.

Innerhalb des Zentrums befinden sich einige gut organisierte Räumlichkeiten wie z.B. die Unterrichtsklasse, Räumlichkeiten für die privaten Ausrüstungen und Abteile wo man persönliche Gegenstände während der Tauchgänge lagern kann.. Das Zentrum ist mit einer

Waschstätte von 20 m2 mit drei Spülwannen und der Möglichkeit die persönlichen Ausrüstungen in Sicherheit trocknen zu lassen, ausgestattet. Wir haben 30 Körbe zur Verfügung um während der Nacht die Tauchausrüstungen sicher aufzubewahren. Ein kleines Häuschen dient der Aufbewahrung der privaten Tauchanzüge.

Eine Art Terrasse hat sich im Laufe der Jahre als Treffpunkt der Taucher vor und nach den Tauchgängen entwickelt. Internet WIFI mit FAX und Drucker stehen zur Verfügung. Ein HD Bildschirm ermöglicht unsere blu-ray Filme und persönlichen Fotos anzusehen.

Wir helfen private Ausrüstungen zu kontrollieren und zu reparieren. Man kann ganze Tauchausrüstungen sowie Computer, Taschenlampen und Fotoausrüstungen mieten. Auf Anfrage existiert die Möglichkeit professionelle, auch personalisierte Filme, in HD zu erhalten.



Wie komme ich dorthin

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Olbia (20 km vom Tauchzentrum entfernt) ist mit vielen Fluggesellschaften und Reedereien der nächstgelegene Ankunfts- und Abflugort. Der Flughafen ist auch durch die Billigfluggesellschaft EASYJET und RYAN AIR verbunden, oder besuchen Sie die GAESAR-Flughafenverbindung.
  • Wenn Sie mit dem Auto / Boot anreisen, erreichen Sie die Seehäfen in der Nähe von Olbia oder den Golfo Aranci (von verschiedenen italienischen Standorten aus) oder weiter entfernt Porto Torres (von Genua, Barcelona und Marseille). Boote kommen auch von Bonifacio (auf Korsika) nach Santa Teresa auf Sardinien. Sie können den Link auf aktualisierte Verbindungen und TRAGHETTIONLINES-Reservierungen überprüfen.
  • Von Olbia sind wir ungefähr 20 oder 25 Minuten mit dem Auto entfernt: Nehmen Sie die SS125 (links / südlich beim Verlassen des Flughafens) und fahren Sie an einigen kleinen Städten vorbei, wobei die letzte die kleine Stadt "Monti Pitrosu" ist, bis Sie das Schild für sehen CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Wenn Sie diese Straße betreten, sehen Sie ein großes AQUARIUS-Schild, wenn Sie die Kreuzung betreten. Genau 4 km später sehen Sie uns in der linken Ecke (auch der Eingang zur "le Farfalle 2").
  • Folgen Sie von San Teodoro aus der SS125 für ca. 8 km bis zum Schild CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Geben Sie diese Kreuzung ein und folgen Sie der Straße genau 4 km, bis Sie uns auf der linken Seite sehen (auch der Eingang zur Residenz "le Farfalle 2").

Descrizione del Centro Immersioni in Italiano

Punti salienti del Centro Immersioni

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Siamo avidi fotografi e amiamo trasmettere il nostro senso di sorpresa mentre incontriamo la bellezza sottostante.
  • Offriamo safari fotografici nel parco marino protetto per i fotografi che hanno bisogno del loro tempo e supporto per sentirsi a proprio agio durante le immersioni fotografiche.
  • Offriamo corsi di fotografia digitale di base e sviluppo di foto subacquee su misura per le tue esigenze personali.


Descrizione del centro immersioni

Aquarius Dive Center description

Aquarius Dive Center basic informations

Siamo all'interno di una stupenda area di macchia mediterranea composta dal sottobosco sardo e pini ed eucalipti nel complesso residenziale "Le Farfalle" di Capo Coda Cavallo, a pochi passi dalla spiaggia dove ci imbarchiamo.

I siti di immersione nell'Area Marina Protetta si trovano tra i 5 ei 15 minuti di navigazione, consentendo, se necessario, immersioni individuali. Chiunque decida di stare in spiaggia mentre il gruppo è in immersione può godere del panorama di Tavolara, delle sue acque cristalline e della sua sabbia color avorio.

La baia ha 2 aree protette nel mare, ideale per le immersioni occasionali e notturne (!) e per i bambini. La spiaggia offre servizi in spiaggia come bar / gazebo, pedalò, sedie a sdraio e ombrelloni.

Nel centro diving ci sono diversi spazi ben organizzati, come l'aula per le attività educative, ampi spazi per le attrezzature subacquee e box privati per riporre gli oggetti personali durante l'immersione. Il centro immersioni include una larga piazzuola per preparare l'immersione con 3 serbatoi d'acqua dolce per il risciacquo dell'attrezzatura. Ci sono anche zone protette per asciugare le mute personali e 30 ceste private ​​per riporre il resto dell'attrezzatura subacquea durante il soggiorno se necessario.

Un accogliente portico è diventato negli anni un luogo di incontro amichevole per i subacquei prima e dopo le escursioni. Una rete Wi-Fi è disponibile con servizi di stampa.Il monitor UHD ti consente di guardare i nostri film digitali e le tue foto personali. Offriamo aiuto per regolare e riparare le attrezzature se necessario con servizio revisione AQUALUNG/APEX.

È possibile noleggiare l'attrezzatura subacquea completa, computer, attrezzatura fotografica subacquea e torce subacquee. Realizziamo montaggi video delle vostre immersioni su film UHD professionali (4K) e personalizzati su richiesta. Il parcheggio è disponibile gratuitamente!



Come arrivare

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Olbia (20 km dal centro immersioni) è il punto di arrivo e partenza più vicino con molte compagnie aeree e compagnie di navigazione. L'aeroporto è inoltre collegato dalla compagnia aerea low cost EASYJET e RYAN AIR, oppure visita il collegamento all'aeroporto GAESAR.
  • Se arrivate in auto / barca, potete raggiungere i porti marittimi vicino a Olbia, o Golfo Aranci (da varie località italiane) o, più lontano, Porto Torres (da Genova, Barcellona e Marsiglia). Le barche arrivano anche da Bonifacio (in Corsica) a Santa Teresa in Sardegna. Puoi controllare il collegamento per le connessioni aggiornate e le prenotazioni TRAGHETTIONLINES.
  • Da Olbia, siamo a circa 20 o 25 minuti in auto: prendere la SS125 (sinistra / sud quando si lascia l'aeroporto) e passare alcune piccole città, l'ultima è la cittadina di "Monti Pitrosu" fino a quando non si vede il cartello CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Inserisci questa strada e vedrai un grande cartello AQUARIUS quando entri nell'incrocio. Esattamente 4 km dopo, ci vedrete nell'angolo sinistro (anche l'ingresso di "le Farfalle 2").
  • Da San Teodoro, seguire la SS125 per circa 8 km fino al cartello CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Inserisci questo incrocio e segui la strada esattamente per 4 km fino a quando non ci vedi sulla sinistra (anche l'ingresso al residence "le Farfalle 2").

Descripción del Centro de Buceo en Español

Puntos destacados del Centro de Buceo

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Somos ávidos fotógrafos y nos encanta transmitir nuestro sentido de sorpresa cuando nos encontramos con la belleza que hay debajo.
  • Ofrecemos safaris fotográficos en el parque marino protegido para los fotógrafos que necesitan su tiempo y apoyo para sentirse cómodos durante el buceo fotográfico.
  • Ofrecemos cursos básicos de fotografía digital y desarrollo de fotografías subacuáticas adaptados a sus necesidades personales.


Descripción del Centro de Buceo

Aquarius Dive Center description

Aquarius Dive Center basic informations

Estamos dentro de una hermosa zona con pinos y eucaliptos dentro del complejo residencial "Le Farfalle" (mariposas) en Capo Coda Cavallo, a pocos pasos de la playa donde nos embarcamos. Los sitios de buceo en el parque se encuentran entre 5 y 15 minutos de navegación, lo que ofrece la posibilidad de inmersiones individuales si así lo solicita. Quien decida quedarse en la playa, mientras el grupo bucea, puede disfrutar del panorama de Tavolara, el agua cristalina y la arena de marfil. La bahía tiene 2 áreas protegidas en el mar, perfectas para el buceo informal y para niños. La playa cuenta con servicios típicos de playa, como un bar / quiosco, botes a pedal, tumbonas y sombrillas).

Dentro del centro hay varios espacios bien organizados, como el aula para actividades educativas, áreas cerradas para el equipo de buceo y pequeñas cajas privadas para almacenar objetos personales durante la inmersión.

El centro de buceo incluye una plataforma para prepararse para el buceo con 3 tanques de agua dulce para enjuagar el equipo. También hay áreas cerradas para secar trajes de neopreno personales y 30 cestas privadas para empacar el resto del equipo de buceo durante la noche si es necesario.

Un acogedor porche se ha convertido con los años en un lugar amigable para los buzos antes y después de las excursiones.

WIFI está disponible con instalaciones de impresión. El monitor HD te permite ver nuestras películas digitales y fotos personales.

Ofrecemos ayuda para ajustar y reparar equipos si es necesario. Es posible alquilar equipos de buceo completos, así como computadoras, equipos de fotografía submarina y antorchas de buceo. Podemos organizar películas HD profesionales y personalizadas a pedido.



Como llegar

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Olbia (a 20 km del centro de buceo) es el punto de llegada y salida más cercano con muchas aerolíneas y compañías navieras. El aeropuerto también está conectado por la aerolínea de bajo costo EASYJET y RYAN AIR, o visite el enlace del aeropuerto GAESAR.
  • Si llega en coche / barco, puede llegar a los puertos marítimos cerca de Olbia, Golfo Aranci (desde varios lugares italianos) o, más lejos, Porto Torres (desde Génova, Barcelona y Marsella). Los barcos también llegan desde Bonifacio (en Córcega) a Santa Teresa en Cerdeña. Puede consultar el enlace para ver las conexiones actualizadas y las reservas de TRAGHETTIONLINES.
  • Desde Olbia, estamos a unos 20 o 25 minutos en coche: tome la SS125 (izquierda / sur cuando salga del aeropuerto) y pase unos pocos pueblos pequeños, el último es el pequeño pueblo de "Monti Pitrosu" hasta que vea la señal para CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Ingrese a esta carretera y verá una gran señal de ACUARIO cuando ingrese a la intersección. Exactamente 4 km después, nos verá en la esquina izquierda (también la entrada a "le Farfalle 2").
  • Desde San Teodoro, siga la SS125 durante unos 8 km hasta el letrero CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Ingrese a esta intersección y siga la carretera durante exactamente 4 km hasta que nos vea a la izquierda (también la entrada a la residencia "le Farfalle 2").

Description du Centre de Plongée en Français

Points forts du Centre de Plongée

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Nous sommes des photographes passionnés et aimons transmettre notre sentiment de surprise lorsque nous rencontrons la beauté en dessous.
  • Nous proposons des safaris photo dans le parc marin protégé pour les photographes qui ont besoin de leur temps et de leur soutien pour se sentir à l'aise pendant la plongée photo.
  • Nous proposons à la fois des cours de base sur la photo numérique et le développement de photos sous-marines adaptés à vos besoins personnels.


Description du Centre de Plongée

Aquarius Dive Center description

Aquarius Dive Center basic informations

Nous sommes à l'intérieur d'une belle région de pins et d'eucalyptus dans le complexe résidentiel "Le Farfalle" (papillons) à Capo Coda Cavallo, à quelques pas de la plage où nous embarquons. Les sites de plongée dans le parc sont situés entre 5 et 15 minutes de navigation, donnant la possibilité de plongées individuelles sur demande. Quiconque décide de rester à la plage, pendant que le groupe plonge, peut profiter du panorama de Tavolara, d'une eau cristalline et du sable ivoire. La baie dispose de 2 zones protégées dans la mer, parfaites pour la plongée occasionnelle et pour les enfants. La plage propose des services de plage typiques tels qu'un bar / kiosque, des pédalos, des chaises longues et des parasols).

Dans le centre, il y a plusieurs espaces bien organisés tels que la salle de classe pour les activités éducatives, des zones verrouillées pour l'équipement de plongée et de petites boîtes privées pour stocker les effets personnels pendant la plongée.

Le centre de plongée comprend une plate-forme pour préparer la plongée avec 3 réservoirs d'eau douce pour le rinçage de l'équipement. Il y a aussi des zones verrouillées pour sécher les combinaisons personnelles et 30 paniers privés pour emballer le reste de l'équipement de plongée pendant la nuit si nécessaire.

Un porche accueillant est devenu au fil des ans un lieu de rencontre convivial pour les plongeurs avant et après les excursions.

WIFI est disponible avec des installations d'impression. Le moniteur HD vous donne la possibilité de voir nos films numériques et photos personnelles.

Nous vous aidons à régler et à réparer l'équipement si nécessaire. Il est possible de louer du matériel de plongée complet ainsi que des ordinateurs, du matériel de photographie sous-marine et des torches de plongée. Nous pouvons organiser des films HD professionnels et personnalisés sur demande.



Comment s'y rendre

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Olbia (à 20 km du centre de plongée) est le point d'arrivée et de départ le plus proche avec de nombreuses compagnies aériennes et compagnies maritimes. L'aéroport est également relié par la compagnie aérienne à bas prix EASYJET et RYAN AIR, ou visitez la liaison aéroport GAESAR.
  • Si vous arrivez en voiture / bateau, vous pouvez rejoindre les ports maritimes près d'Olbia, ou Golfo Aranci (à partir de divers endroits italiens) ou, plus loin, Porto Torres (depuis Gênes, Barcelone et Marseille). Des bateaux arrivent également de Bonifacio (en Corse) à Santa Teresa en Sardaigne. Vous pouvez vérifier le lien pour les connexions mises à jour et les réservations TRAGHETTIONLINES.
  • Depuis Olbia, nous sommes à environ 20 ou 25 minutes en voiture: prendre la SS125 (gauche / sud en quittant l'aéroport) et passer quelques petites villes, la dernière étant la petite ville de "Monti Pitrosu" jusqu'à ce que vous voyez le panneau indiquant CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Entrez dans cette route et vous verrez un grand panneau AQUARIUS lorsque vous entrerez dans l'intersection. Exactement 4 km plus tard, vous nous verrez dans le coin gauche (également l'entrée du "Farfalle 2").
  • De San Teodoro, suivez la SS125 sur environ 8 km jusqu'au panneau CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Entrez dans cette intersection et suivez la route pendant exactement 4 km jusqu'à ce que vous nous voyiez sur la gauche (également l'entrée de la résidence "le Farfalle 2").



How to get there

Aquarius Dive Center highlights

  • Olbia (20km from the Dive Centre) is the closest arrival and departure post with many airlines, and navigation companies. The airport is also connected by the low cost company EASYJET and from 2017 RYAN AIR but many airlines fly to and from Olbia so it is best to visit the airport link GAESAR. Ryan Air also flies into Cagliari (connected by train or by car in 2.5 hours) or into the closer town of Alghero on the west side of the island (about 1.5 hour drive).
  • If you arrive by car/boat you can reach the close seaports of Olbia, or Golfo Aranci (from various Italian locations) or, further away, Porto Torres (from Genoa, Barcelona, and Marseille). Boats also arrive from Bonifacio (in Corsica) to Santa Teresa in Sardinia. You can check the link for updated connections and reservations TRAGHETTIONLINES.
  • From Olbia we are about 20 or 25 minutes by car: take SS125 (left/South as you leave the airport) and drive past a few small towns the last being the little town of "Monti Pitrosu" till you see the sign for CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Enter that road and you will see a large AQUARIUS sign as you enter the intersection. Exactly 4km later you will see us in the left corner (also the entrance of "le Farfalle 2").
  • From San Teodoro follow SS125 for about 8 km till the sign for CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Enter that intersection and follow the road for exactly 4km until you see us on the left (also the entrance of "le Farfalle 2" residence).


Equipment rental

ItemDayWeek3 days

Full dive equipment

22USD

108USD

54USD

Snorkel gear (mask and fins)

11USD

Regulator

11USD

Computer

5USD

Wetsuit

11USD

Dive light

5USD

Fuji digital camera rental

16USD

Inon strobo flashlight

27USD



Dive boat


900 rib

900 rib

900 rib

Model: 900 rib

boat technical data
Material: Inflatable
Lenght: 9 m
Width: 2 m
Gusest: 10
Crew: 1

The new 900 rib, thanks to separate aft and rear areas lends itself especially for double dive excursions, longer trips to Capo Figari, and photographic events!




FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

How to Find Us

Olbia (20km from the Dive Centre) is the closest arrival and departure post with many airlines, and navigation companies. The airport is also connected by the low cost company EASYJET and from 2017 RYAN AIR but many airlines fly to and from Olbia so it is best to visit the airport link GAESAR. Ryan Air also flies into Cagliari (connected by train or by car in 2.5 hours) or into the closer town of Alghero on the west side of the island (about 1.5 hour drive).

If you arrive by car/boat you can reach the close seaports of Olbia, or Golfo Aranci (from various Italian locations) or, further away, Porto Torres (from Genoa, Barcelona, and Marseille). Boats also arrive from Bonifacio (in Corsica) to Santa Teresa in Sardinia. You can check the link for updated connections and reservations TRAGHETTIONLINES.

From Olbia we are about 20 or 25 minutes by car: take SS125 (left/South as you leave the airport) and drive past a few small towns the last being the little town of "Monti Pitrosu" till you see the sign for CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Enter that road and you will see a large AQUARIUS sign as you enter the intersection. Exactly 4 km later you will see us in the left corner (also the entrance of "le Farfalle 2").

From San Teodoro follow SS125 for about 8 km till the sign for CAPO CODA CAVALLO. Enter that intersection and follow the road for exactly 4km until you see us on the left (also the entrance of "le Farfalle 2" residence).

Protected Marine Area

The Marine Park of Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo became a reality at the end of 2001 and it covers a large area to preserve its endemic life and the precious eco-system. The environmental protections placed added important restrictions that helped re-populate the sea with its original inhabitants.

Tavolara Island is the largest island within this area. A limestone massif 6 kilometers long and 1 kilometer wide, with very scenic steep cliffs on all of the eastern coastline. Its highest point is 585 meters above sea level. Currently the island is inhabited by only a handful of families, and has a small cemetery and summer restaurants...

The nearest sizable town is Olbia, and the small fishing village of Porto San Paolo is directly across a small strait. The islands of Molara and Molarotto are nearby.

Most of the population of the island was displaced in 1962 when a radio-goniometric station was constructed on the western half of the island to support the ex-strategic NATO base of la Maddalena. The aerials from the station can be seen from quite a distance, and that portion of the island is restricted to military personnel.

It is said that Tavolara was one of the smallest kingdoms on the planet before the unification of Italy! The story goes that in 1836, King Charles Albert of Sardinia visited the island and acknowledged Paolo Bertoleoni as an independent sovereign monarch. When King Paolo I died in 1886 the island became a republic, but the monarchy was reinstated again in 1895. Since that time the island's kings have all come from the Bertoleoni family, recognized as the rules of Tavolara by the Kings of Sardinia. Documents dating to 1767 affirm that Tavolara had never been a part of the Kingdom of Sardinia. The present King Carlo II of Tavolara is an Italian citizen named Tonino Bertoleoni...!.

Bird rookeries exist on the island, in general a rarity in Italy due to heavy coastal development. The island is a perfect home to many wild birds such as eagles, hawks ... In the nearby lagoon near San Teodoro a few kilometers south of Capo Coda Cavallo it is also possible to see the many colorful pink flamingos.

Most famous dive sites are around la Secca del Papa" which emerges with sharp peaks from its bottom at about 40 meters to 15 meters from the sea surface. However the southeast wall of Tavolara, with its softer calcareous geology is home to infinite biodiversity easy to dive and explore.

The marine environment is a fantastic display of red and yellow gorgonias, endemic life such as giant groupers (cernie), and blue fish like tunas, jacks, barracudas. The monk seal was seen here until 1991 and other special encounters are possible. Many dive sites are available and offer great video and photo opportunities...

On the small island of Molarotto lives a lizard, unique in its species and in the world, called Podarcis "tiliguerta ranzii" in its scientific name, which has a particular blue coloring different from its subspecies.

AQUARIUS teams

Aquarius was founded in 1994 (you can see on the right the 1st office on the trees !) and well .... 2019 will be our 26th year in operation!

We have always been a fun group of friends and experienced scuba instructors and this year we plan some big parties to celebrate.

Less hair on the head does not mean we have lost the passion for the water,rather we are more and more in love with this beautiful part of the world.

In the last years we have had a very consistent group of committed instructors and supporters that keep coming back to make every year always a special one!

We are all available to teach courses in English and some of us will speak fluent Spanish, and French. The owner is also very happy to bring special attention to non-Italian speaking people having lived overseas for almost 25 years (and first dive in the cold Boston harbour in January 1978).

Learning Scuba - First Experiences

As you approach the new WORLD of scuba diving...first experiences are most important !!!

How many times have we wondered about the underwater universe and its amazing beauty, fascinating misteries, surprising variety of life? And SO MANY QUESTIONS: is it dangerous?... and if I cannot swim? is it expensive? ... do I have to study a lot? am I too old? are my kids too young? etc.... all questions that deserve responsible answers from an experienced school for diving. However ... words can only go so far without actually getting in the water to get a practical feeling of what scuba diving is so...

...Aquarius offers a first experience where you can take your very first breath with scuba equipment in the calm protected bay of Cala Suaraccia with supervising experienced instructors in safe shallow waters!!!

We have 6 instructors at your disposal to answer all your questions and to make you feel safe and comfortable while in the water. The approach is in steps as both the student and the instructor feel comfortable. First there is a SEA BAPTISM which starts as a short trial and progresses with a few easy but important exercises. At this point a boat dive is possible in the Marine Park to a maximum depth of 12 meters!!! Or you can move forward for more beach exercises, some easy theory and continue on to the very first SCUBA CERTIFICATION!

Digital Photography

"It is not what you look at that matters (sensory level), but what you see (perception)" ... by H. Thoreau

At AQUARIUS we love nature, its dynamics, and of course "catching that special moment"... We are avid photographers and love to transmit our sense of surprise as we encounter the beauty underneath. We offer photo safaris in the protected marine park for photographers that need their time and support in feeling comfortable while photo diving. And we offer both basic digital photo courses and underwater photo development tailored to your personal needs. The area offers plenty of spots for super macro, macro, and wide angle settings.

Basic courses are offered with your own personal camera or with one of our available ones (Fuji F31, EXR200 or Sea&Sea DX1G). More advanced courses may include your camera equipment or our Olympus EPL1 and strobes. In our advanced coursework we also include an overview of basic techniques of our "photolab" where we use software programs to "develop" the pictures. The basic course requires a minimum of 2 dives.

For the advanced or professional photographers we plan the dive sites depending on the subjects that need to be focused on:

- for MACRO we often go to the Chrisso wreck and allow ample time (we are in shallow waters!) to shoot both the large variety of organisms or the coreagraphy of this 90 meter wreck.

- for WIDE ANGLE we often go to Tedja Liscia or Secca del Papa where rock formations, gorgonians, and/or larger fish give plenty of challenge.

Wrecks

With 3 interesting wrecks available within recreational diving we offer 2 full days of diving and speciality coursework with certification.

Generally we dive the Chrisso, the WindJammer, the Omega.

The offer is often integrated with other certifications such as "DEEP" or NITROX" or "DEEPEXT" if you do not yet have them.

Besides the wrecks there are many anchors worth a visit and some remains of the historical REGGIANE, a plane from the 2nd world war near "isola del Fico".

For people with the DEEPEXT certification (-45mt) we can also dive the Mamma Elvira wreck full of the Bauxite explosive powder!

We have also started a cooperation with some "fanatic wreckers" (!) whom with knowledge and experience are able to offer (on programmable days or weekend) a course to learn what to look for and how to identify their parts. The course is intended to open up our eyes to a new dimension of wrecks and not seeing them as some rust and remains with no meaning

Where to Eat

There are plenty of restaurants and “agriturismo” during the season where you can enjoy the typical local food.

Where to Stay

For accomodations nearby the diving centre AQUARIUS or in CAPO CODA CAVALLO try the links below first.

Some of these especially in low season have discounts otherwise try the SanTeodoroTourism link providing a complete list of the many opportunities in San Teodoro.

For DIVERS only! discounted STUDIO with LOFT - Coda Cavallo

Residence Baia Salinedda - Coda Cavallo

Residence Cala Paradiso a Coda Cavallo

Camping Cala Cavallo

Residence Salina Bamba a Coda Cavallo

Residence Lu Nibareddu a Monti Pitrosu

Hotel/B&B Lu Pitrali a Monti Pitrosu




Featured dive sites


Secca del Papa (Pope's Shoals) featured dive site

Secca del Papa (Pope's Shoals)

Secca del Papa (Pope's Shoals)

Secca del Papa (Pope's Shoals)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 15 - 45m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: slight - moderate
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Gorgonians and Shoal
The name of “Secca del Papa” comes from the nearby standing rock formation on the island of Tavolara, which resembles a pope. The dive is in fact close to that island about 500mt westward. It represents the most known dive sites in the park and one of the most requested dives in the Mediterranean sea. It is formed by a series of calcareous pinnacles emerging from a sandy seabed of about -40/45m and reaching -15m. The western slope of the shoal is characterized by a vertical wall which is not exposed much to the light and which is entirely colonized by an animal benthos. Toward the bottom, from -25m you can find the red sea fans of Paramuricea Clavata, here with wonderful yellow streaks. The several holes and nooks give shelter to brown meagres, forkbeards, and big moray eels. Beyond the wall you can reach the deepest pinnacles, where several groupers conceal among the gorgonians. You will also see big dentex/snappers on the prey and barracudas mid-water. It is not rare to meet greater amber-jacks and bonitos. There are 2 buoys for the divers and different ways to explore this area. Papa1 has rocks that reach -15mt and allow for longer and more extended dives. Papa2 has its shallowest point around -24mt so this dive is recommended with Nitrox to allow a longer recreational dive time. While Papa1 is more lively with groupers Papa 2 is formidable for the beauty of the gorgonians and for excellent wide angle photo shooting. A “MUST DIVE” if you visit this area of Sardinia!

Capo Figari – Mamuthone featured dive site

Capo Figari – Mamuthone

Capo Figari – Mamuthone

Capo Figari – Mamuthone

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 10 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Cave and Wall
The name of this dive spot comes from the famous Sardinian carnival mask which resembles the rock at the diving spot. The place is scenically positioned just past cape. While we go down the mooring we realize the depths here become more abrupt than at nearby Tavolara. The bottom is easily beyond -35mt but we stop and slowly enjoy the coralline benthos which develops below a characteristic step. Swimming toward the entry of the cave we start exploring its walls and find numerous lobsters and organisms that prefer shade (sciophilous organisms). Exploring every little hole in the cave is impossible but just a few are enough to reward us with some surprise: besides eels, leptosammias, parazoanthus, cerianthi, the area is characterised by the presence of a small parasite shellfish called in Italian “ciprea delle gorgonie” (Neosimnia spelta). Care must be taken not to reach the surface while inside te cave due to the swells that can be dangerous. Rather we slowly ascend to lower depths and swim toward the boat following the guides.

Relitto Chrisso (Chrisso Wreck) featured dive site

Relitto Chrisso (Chrisso Wreck)

Relitto Chrisso (Chrisso Wreck)

Relitto Chrisso (Chrisso Wreck)

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 4 - 9m
Visibility: 5 - 10m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Wreck
Ship wreck of the "Chrisso", a Cypriot freighter stranded on the reefs next to "Punta La Greca" on the night of Dec. 31 1974. Part of the ship (originally broken in two parts) still emerges. The bow lays on a sandy bottom (at a depth of about 7m), while the stern lays on its port on some rocks (at a depth of about -4m). It decays year by year with little surfacing of this 90 mt cargo. The site is fantastic for both fun and for photographers since the scenery is bright and colourful during calm seas and for divers that love nudibranches this is heaven! Not recommended for people that like depths (!) since this site hardly reaches -9mt (at the stern). For its history and more details we recommend the link of the Park Given its shallow depth dive time is often over an hour long! There is a huge variety of organisms to see and often amberjack fish or barracudas swimming around.

Tedja Liscia (Flat Rock) featured dive site

Tedja Liscia (Flat Rock)

Tedja Liscia (Flat Rock)

Tedja Liscia (Flat Rock)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Wall
Situated in a central area of the south-eastern cliff of Tavolara, the site is served by two buoys. Located in the B zone, it is very extended and offers the possibility to carry out several routes. Diving here is allowed only with the authorized dive centres. This dive is suitable for all levels: the calcareous cliff vertically falls from the surface to -8/10m of depth; then the detritus seabed gently degrades, interrupted by big boulders forming fissures and densely populated by brown meagres (Sciaena Umbra) and some big groupers. Where the seabed is less steep, there are some spots of Posidonia beds which make it even more interesting from the naturalistic point of view. The presence of large white breams and several groupers also at low depths, associated to a seabed very rich in species, demonstrate that environmental safeguard is leading here to great results. The central part is characterized by a plateau with scattered boulders and a fall leading from about -12m to -20m and more, on which there are a series of big boulders forming ravines and channels. Several protected species are scattered along the routes, like the sponge Axinella polypoides, the bivalve Pinna nobilis. The site is rich in resident fish species like white sea breams, gilt-headed breams, and groupers; however, it is often populated also by greater amber jacks, dentex/groupers, and barracudas.

Capo Figari - Grotta dei Gamberi (Shrimps' Grotto) featured dive site

Capo Figari - Grotta dei Gamberi (Shrimps' Grotto)

Capo Figari -  Grotta dei Gamberi (Shrimps' Grotto)

Capo Figari - Grotta dei Gamberi (Shrimps' Grotto)

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 0 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Cave, Big rocks and Wall
The entrance is narrow and impossible to see unless you know it's there, at about -12m, but after only a couple of metres inside you will see its extension of about 30m into the mountain. Here we see a big Cerianthus at the entrance and being careful not to raise any debris we start swimming toward the exit at about -6m. We always encounter various types of shrimps, rock and slipper lobsters and some crabs in the vaults. As we swim outside the cave we find fissures in the rocks hiding a large conger eel and some holes hiding the eggs of a squid. The many rounded large rocks at shallow depth offer us the opportunity to do our safety decompression while enjoying more diving and surprises from this beautiful varied site. It is like doing two dives in one!

Cala Cicale featured dive site

Cala Cicale

Cala Cicale

Cala Cicale

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Wall
From the foot of the submerged cliff reaching about the 10 meters of depth, several collapsed boulders – some of which really huge – are scattered throughout a plateau slightly sloping down. The route develops between the plateau and the upper edge of the grassland of Posidonia, at 20 meter of depth. The name of the site derives from the widespread presence of Mediterranean slipper lobster (Scyllarides latus, in Italian "cicala") from late spring to early summer. A protected species, the Mediterranean slipper lobster comes from deep environments to reproduce itself and finds the richness of the ravines its ideal conditions. Created by collapsed boulders and by the natural fragmentation of the rocks, ravines and cavities house pre-coralline environments, while the upper parts of the rocks are covered with photophylic seaweeds. It is possible to carry out several routes along which you will have the possibility to appreciate the abundance of fish with shoals of common two-banded sea breams and white sea breams, brown meagres, and black sea breams. On the boulders next to the cliff, big gray mullets carry out quick explorations, while offshore it is possible to meet groups of barracudas you can easily approach. At certain hours of the day, as described in the Park regulations, private diving is allowed.

Capo Figari - il Sifone (the Syphon) featured dive site

Capo Figari - il Sifone (the Syphon)

Capo Figari - il Sifone (the Syphon)

Capo Figari - il Sifone (the Syphon)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 0 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Cave and Wall
This is usually the second dive during our excursions to Capo Figari. Often we combine this dive with the other exciting dive close to where we left the boat, “the Shrimps' Grotto”. Cave entrance is easily seen at about -20m with two different areas to explore before swimming towards the surface into a large chamber that has breathing air space. The group goes up in pairs, slowly, and all meet in the chamber for some vault exploration and to comment on the surprising life discovered below. There are many interesting holes filled with shrimps, lobsters, crabs. Outside we enjoy the scenic rock formations and look out in the blue for some mobula that may “fly” by.

Relitto di Molara (Wreck of Molara or “Windjammer”) featured dive site

Relitto di Molara (Wreck of Molara or “Windjammer”)

Relitto di Molara (Wreck of Molara or “Windjammer”)

Relitto di Molara (Wreck of Molara or “Windjammer”)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 32 - 37m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: slight - moderate
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Sand and Wreck
A mysterious 70mt wreck with a doubtful identity and time of its sinking. Some say it is the “OUED YQEM” a French ship hit by a Dutch submarine in 1941, others say it is the “RODOSTO” sunk in 1927. It is on a sandy bottom at about 38mt and it is a recommended Nitrox dive. Quite spectacular to visit although time is slowly accelerating its decay lately. The stern is the most interesting section after a swim around the long deck. Large groupers hide in the hull and proceeding to the stern you can see some rare blennies, beautiful blue sponges, and many red barbed mullets resting... Sometimes you have some special encounters such as big dentex/snapper, large lobsters, conger eels. Sometimes small sharks are caught by mistake there by flocal fishermen. The Marine Park links to more details that refer to the OUED YQUEM:

Archetto (Little Arch) featured dive site

Archetto (Little Arch)

Archetto (Little Arch)

Archetto (Little Arch)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Wall
Last Park buoy before entering the protected Spalmatore bay of Tavolara where the old residence of the king of Tavolara reigned for a few years until annexation of the island within Italian territories (but there are still doubts on how official this kingdom was!). The name comes from a large arch that came down from the wall into the sea forming a beautiful and bright sea bottom at about -10mt. This can be one of the easiest dives in the PARK. Within shallow depths the scenery is bright and framed by large and healthy Posidonia beds. Lots of scenic rock formations filled with life and if you like to swim a bit you can even reach an interesting cave that you enter at about -5m. Large teams of sea breams standing still in mid water and the maze of rocks and little canyons form a characteristic choreography for the variety of organisms that so typically attach to the soft calcareous rocks of Tavolara. For the more advanced divers there is an opportunity to go deeper where the sand starts: here after seeing a few large octopus houses there are some beautiful type of sea fan, the “Eunicella Singularis”, that grow in a moon like landscape.

Relitto Omega (Omega Wreck) featured dive site

Relitto Omega (Omega Wreck)

Relitto Omega (Omega Wreck)

Relitto Omega (Omega Wreck)

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 12 - 18m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand, Sea grass and Wreck
Near the “Cerri Rocks”, about one mile east of Molara island, you will find the Omega wreck on a sand and Posidonia seabed between -16 and -18 meters. During the end of Summer season and in the Fall, the dive gives the opportunity to meet pelagic fish, like great amber-jacks and bonitos. It is an ideal site for beginners interested in wrecks, both for the reasonable depth and the great visibility. We recommend reading the Marine Park links for more details: The wreck sunk in 1974 after hitting the rocks during a storm. Of the 8 seamen only the captain survived by swimming to the close coastline of Molara.

Punta Levante featured dive site

Punta Levante

Punta Levante

Punta Levante

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 7 - 20m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: slight - moderate
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Canyon, Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
An easy dive site on the east side of Molara island. The site is served by a buoy from where several routes give the opportunity to visit down to a maximum useful depth of 24m. A couple of canyons and rock formations with sand and Posidonia make this a perfect place to look for small organisms. Similar to Punta Arresto but with less anthropic pollution. Off the coast of Molara's Punta Levante, the granite silhouette of the island continues under the water with a series of spurs separated by depressions, channels, and fissures. The rocks are rich in tafoni. In the deep fissures, where often brown meagres swim leisurely, vaults are rich in colours and several invertebrates species concentrate. Here and there it is possible to find yellow sea fans, sea snails, anellids living in colonies forming a complex net of calcareous small cylindrical tubes. In the most illuminated areas wrasses graze on the photophilic seaweeds and it is normal to sight barracudas or, in the summer end, the greater amber-jacks.

Punta Arresto featured dive site

Punta Arresto

Punta Arresto

Punta Arresto

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
There are two buoys here as this site tends to be a very popular dive site. This is due to a large variety of rock formations with beautiful canyons and a large plateau that reaches about -5m (perfect to graze on the safety decompression stop!). The light here is often beautiful especially when looking from down under to the peaks where often barracudas or dentex/snapper fish can be seen hunting for preys. The shadowy areas are inhabited by filtering organisms like sponges and Coelenterata, which make the walls multicoloured: these places are an ideal destination for people fond of underwater photography. After having observed the larger fish and the big groupers that are often right underneath the buoys the shallower area offers plenty of opportunities for many varieties of nudibranch and flat worms. Here many skittish animals like dolphins, mackerels, tuna, greater amber-jack, mobulas can be seen.

La Mandria featured dive site

La Mandria

La Mandria

La Mandria

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 35 - 45m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Ambience and Gorgonians
Fascinating dive not available to all divers due to the depth and its positioning between Tavolara and Molara where waves may be of disturbance to find a large mooring that raises from -45m to about -8mt. This dive is recommended only with NITROX at about 30% optimal mix to enjoy a reasonable recreational dive time. We proceed down a large cable now covered by lots of little organisms to a huge rock cut in four pieces and full of gorgonians. Around these particular scenario some rocks and lots of sand. Surprises are often found here but this place is home to some large forkbeard fish, conger eel, groupers, ,different species of crabs and crustaceans in the fissures, amber-jacks. The slow ascent is very interesting especially with calm seas to sharpen our eyes and look for colourful flat worms, nudibranch, and the cool walking crustacean, the “Caprella” a Mediterranean skeleton shrimp.

Capo Figari – Sa Mama Chiatta featured dive site

Capo Figari – Sa Mama Chiatta

Capo Figari – Sa Mama Chiatta

Capo Figari – Sa Mama Chiatta

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 0 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Big rocks and Wall
This is an exciting dive. Its name comes from the large rock, resembling a big mama, where we moore the boat. Below the mooring on a plateau we start swimming south to reach a big drop in the rock formations before heading toward a large arch. The arch is the perfect refuge for large lobsters and conger eels. It is at a depth of about -30m so after a few minutes we have to continue on to the many crevices that will let us ascend slowly while discovering more conger eels, beautiful nudibranch and some scared grouper (fishing is allowed in this area!), As we reach the wall of Capo Figari we find more holes in the mountain, hidden passages, beautiful light games and more life in the fissures. It seems there is an infinite amount of holes to discover and soon we realize we are running out of time (!). Water in this tract of the sea is very clear and in the blue some pelagic fish may be seen passing by. Definitely one of the best or maybe the best site in Capo Figari!

Grottone (Large Cave) featured dive site

Grottone (Large Cave)

Grottone (Large Cave)

Grottone (Large Cave)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 24m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Wall
In the middle of the south-eastern side cliff of Tavolara, at a a depth of about -12 metres, the vault of the Grottone (“the big cave”) opens up. Located at the edge of A and B zones, it is a spectacular dive site, unique in this area because of large variety of species and the beauty of the seascape. Inside this cave there are as many as three different dives: the first is a naturalistic one during which we observe the sponge colonies and coelenterates that live in the vault; the second one takes us down to a depth of about -24 metres where we explore the fissures in the rocks for eels and crustaceans. Last, but not least, we can dive inside an opening at a depth of -35 metres and “photo-hunt” large brown groupers that live there. Here can also be found one of the largest Axinella Polipoides in the area, a beautiful orange sponge. Accessible only to authorized dive centres. A torch is recommended.

Secca delle Ancore (Anchor Shoals) featured dive site

Secca delle Ancore (Anchor Shoals)

Secca delle Ancore (Anchor Shoals)

Secca delle Ancore (Anchor Shoals)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 10 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
Not a typical dive site nearby the Isola del Fico and very similar environment as the Elefante but with smaller rocks. It is covered with photophilic algae. Many nudibranches are widespread on the hydrozoans. We dive down the submerged mooring (no buoy here) and we find a very large flat rock with some crevices full of life and we cross a large sand bed where we find an old and large anchor. If we do not use much air we can also search for another similar anchor a bit hidden in the Posidonia bed. It is common to see big shoals of Salema porgies (Sarpa salpa) and some jack fish that populate the bank especially in September/October. The main bank is surrounded by many large rocks giving the opportunity to choose among various routes. As we slowly ascend to the boat on the rope and being careful not too hold the rope until the last 6 meters (to protect much life that grows on it!), we search for such curious life as tiny crustaceans, nudibranches

Secche dei 3 Fratelli (Three Brothers and Mobula) featured dive site

Secche dei 3 Fratelli (Three Brothers and Mobula)

Secche dei 3 Fratelli (Three Brothers and Mobula)

Secche dei 3 Fratelli (Three Brothers and Mobula)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 30m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: slight - moderate
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
Between Zone A where Molarotto island is, the island of Molara, and the rocks of the Three Brothers lies a very exciting dive area that always bring surprises in its current ridden clear waters. Here many people still try to fish (also illegally) as it is a portion of the sea always rich in fish. The area offers much variety to the divers but sometimes the current limits our dives there. There are a few moorings (no buoys here) positioned by Aquarius to avoid anchoring. One site has beautiful rock formations, another one has a number of parallel canyons with seabed and Posidonia. We have encountered many stingrays and sometimes the “Mobula” (the smaller Mediterranean Manta). Many dentex groupers, barracudas, sea breams, scorpion fish, eels. Groupers here are easily seen in 3 different species but tend to be shy as they are not used to see divers as in other spots of the Park.

Occhio di Dio (God's Eye) featured dive site

Occhio di Dio (God's Eye)

Occhio di Dio (God's Eye)

Occhio di Dio (God's Eye)

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 10 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Wall
About 100m from Tedja Liscia we meet with another special dive site easily identified on the surface by a rock that sits in a triangular shaped cave in the wall resembling an “eye” which gives it its name. Here the wall is steeper making the avarage depth not recommended for first level divers. It is one of the most spectacular dives if you are looking for the variety of colors and “benthos” that grow on the softer calcareous rocks. Lots of yellow Parazoanthous, Sea Fans, Horseshoe and Spoon Worms (Bonellia Viridis), Date Mussles (Lithophaga lithopaga a rare and protected bivalve). We also encounter small lobsters, scorpion fish,eels, brown meagres, and some shy groupers (sometimes very big!). A nice small cave in the wall shows some beautiful Cerianthus. A torch is recommended. Accessible only to authorized dive centres.

Scoglio dei 3 Fratelli (Cerri Rocks) featured dive site

Scoglio dei 3 Fratelli (Cerri Rocks)

Scoglio dei 3 Fratelli (Cerri Rocks)

Scoglio dei 3 Fratelli (Cerri Rocks)

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 18m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: slight - moderate
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
This dive has very scenic walls that surface in what are called the “Cerri Rocks” or “Three Brothers”. Usually it is easier to use the buoy for Omega wreck and swim about 20 meters to start circumnavigating the site. The dive site is a scenic display of Mediterranean rock formation in clear waters. On the eastern portion of the dive after an abandoned fisherman net there are often large groups of barracudas and sometimes, if you look toward the surface, large swarms of garfish. Underneath, toward the bottom, large rocks and hideouts are home to groupers, brown meagres, eels, and scorpion fish. Careful eyes will also see nudibranch and the very small ghost shrimps nearby the protecting anemones.

Secche del Fico featured dive site

Secche del Fico

Secche del Fico

Secche del Fico

Experienced/advance divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 35m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
Very large shoals exist around the area of the small island called “FICO”. A buoy is positioned strategically on the south-eastern side of this island and next to Molara providing good protection from the winds and waves during storms. The dives here can follow a clockwise or anticlockwise tour and if you have enough air you can even circumnavigate the island. The area has large granite blocks that form small caves, fissures, and nooks. Inside and around lots of organisms can be observed especially if you have a trained eye. Beautiful CIPREAs, nudibranches, sponges, and even some crinoids like the Antedon. It is common to sight barracudas, groupers, brown meagres, and moray eels. For the best divers there are opportunities to reach some larger rocks that are fairly deep but otherwise the dive is generally within -18mt and easy.

Cala Chiesa (Church Bay) featured dive site

Cala Chiesa (Church Bay)

Cala Chiesa (Church Bay)

Cala Chiesa (Church Bay)

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 7 - 18m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Current: none - slight
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
Excellent dive site when the strong south-eastern winds of Scirocco make the many Park sites victim of the wave actions. Here the protected bay is called after the church that was built for the exiled popes sent here around the 10th century. The ruins are still there on the island which is abandoned since the owner (Molara is a private island) cannot afford to pay any longer for a guardian and his family. The dive here develops near the coast where the boat anchors. We follow some large rocks surrounded by Posidonia and sand to find the typical Mediterranean organisms that are always preyed on by the hungry scuba photographers. Eels, octopuses, brown meagres, sea breams, and the ever present groupers will look at you with curious eyes.

Proratora featured dive site

Proratora

Proratora

Proratora

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 0 - 12m
Visibility: 10 - 10m
Current: none
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand, Sea grass and Wall
Little island off the tip of Capo Coda Cavallo home to an ancient Punic burial ground. There are the remains of a huge nest left from a Peregrine Falcon which can be easily seen from the boat on top of a tall rock overlooking a large cave that can also be visited underwater. This is a shallow dive site very nice for beginners and night dives. Sea Breams, octopuses, eels, large seabed of Posidonia are common.

Isolotto Rosso (Reulino Island) featured dive site

Isolotto Rosso (Reulino Island)

Isolotto Rosso (Reulino Island)

Isolotto Rosso (Reulino Island)

Beginner divers
Boat dive
Dive depth: 5 - 20m
Visibility: 10 - 20m
Water temperature: 14 - 25℃
Dive type: Rocks, Sand and Sea grass
Asy dive protected by the common north-west winds. The limited depth and the variety of the surrounding habitats, boulders, sandy areas, and Posidonia seabed make this site particularly rich in biodiversity and many different species can be found. The rock are of a reddish colour and many pieces of broken amphora lay on the bottom. Large groups of barracudas are quite often swimming here! This site is particularly suitable for night diving offering the opportunity to see the beautiful Alicia Mirabilis.









By Aquarius Dive Center recommended accommodations:

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Hotel Lu Pitrali

Hotel Lu Pitrali


103 - 116 USD/night

Distance to dive center: 3.6km

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This family-run hotel offers a peaceful location, 1 km from Cala Girgolu beach on the east coast of Sardinia. All air-conditioned rooms feature a furnished balcony. Parking and Wi-Fi are free. Breakfast at Lu Pitrali is continental style, and includes local fruit jams and fresh pastries. The hotel bar boasts a garden terrace where guests can relax with a drink or snack.