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Basic Rigoletto wreck informations

Dive depth

Dive depth: 0 - 35m (0 - 115ft)

Water temperature

Water temperature: 14 - 26℃ (57 - 79℉)

Dive type

Dive type: ambience and wreck

Difficulty level

Difficulty: beginner divers
Dive operator: Megale Hellas Diving Center

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Basic Rigoletto wreck informations

Dive depth

Dive depth: 0 - 35m (0 - 115ft)

Water temperature

Water temperature: 14 - 26℃ (57 - 79℉)

Dive type

Dive type: ambience and wreck

Difficulty level

Difficulty: beginner divers
Dive operator: Megale Hellas Diving Center

Rigoletto wreck description

Rigoletto wreck basic informations

The “Rigoletto” is one of the most fascinating wrecks of the Strait of Messina. It was a factory ship with large cargo holds, 105 m long, sunk in the 50s near the Messina shore. It was carrying cars, which are easily visible even today in its holds. It’s impressive to see the large propeller blades, which stand out at 35 m against the blue background. Wreck full of life, encrusted by numerous benthic species (colored sponges, urchins, transparent sea squirts, starfish, sea slugs) and surrounded by dense shoals of various fish species. Congers and large moray eels are common meetings among the wreck crevices.

Dive site briefing

We reach the wreck by a short voyage with rubber dinghy leaving from the coast of Calabria. It lies on a steep sloping bottom: years ago the bow stuck out of the water, now lies at 5 m, while the stern is located about 35 m deep.


Dive site description in Italian language

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basic informations

Il Rigoletto è un affascinante relitto delle acque dello stretto di Messina. Si tratta di una nave officina dalle ampie stive, lunga 105 m, affondato negli anni ’50 vicino alla riva messinese. Trasportava automobili, facilmente ispezionabili nelle stive. Di grande effetto anche l’elica dalle grandi pale, che si stagliano nette contro il blu del fondo. Relitto ricco di vita, incrostato da numerosissime specie bentoniche

(spugne colorate, ricci, madrepore, claveline, stelle marine, nudibranchi) e circondato da fitti banchi di varie specie di pesci. Murene e gronghi di grandi dimensioni si incontrano frequentemente fra gli anfratti del relitto.

Dive site briefing

L relitto lo si raggiunge con una breve navigazione partendo dalle coste calabresi. Giace su un fondale digradante: la prua, che spuntava fuori dall’acqua, oggi giace a 5 m, mentre le eliche si trovano a circa 35 m di profondità.