Diving Center Posidonia Blu | Diving
Il Diving Center Posidonia Blu è situato nel porticciolo di Punta Lunga a Favignana e opera nell’area marina protetta delle isole Egadi, situate nel versante occidentale della Sicilia. A pochi minuti di cammino dal paese, abbiamo realizzato una piccola oasi di divertimento e professionalità per rendere l’attività subacquea accessibile a tutti. La posizione strategica del centro rende molto semplice la gestione delle immersioni.
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DIVING

LA GALEOTTA

Maximum depth: 30 meters
Typology: Rocky landslide
Rating: Novice
Orientation: Easy

 

Galeotta is one of the easiest dive sites to reach from our Diving Centre. It is certainly one of the most shielded spots available and this is where our diving courses as well as our discover scuba dives take place. The waters surrounding this small islet are home to huge shoals of sargo and salpa breams.
On the islet’s south-western side there are two crevices where forkbeards often like to seek shelter. During this dive you are likely to spot octopuses, moray eels, dentex, sea breams, spiny lobsters and, with a bit of luck, the eagle ray that has made this area its home. As soon as the water warms by a few degrees, it’s easy to encounter shoals of hundreds of barracudas.

SPIROGRAFI

Maximum depth: 30 meters
Typology: Reef
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Easy

 

This small reef’s wall is inhabited by a great many invertebrates and plants, such as red and yellow gorgonians, anemones, actinia anemones, orange madrepores, ceriantos and Posidonia oceanica. Often, in the blue of the descent it is possible to encounter various species of tunicates. At the top of the bank, at around 15 metres, we usually find starfish, such as purple starfish, spiny starfish or the more common Mediterranean red sea stars, as well as groupers and moray eels. Once alongside the wall it will be easy to spot spiny lobsters, octopuses and, sometimes, lobsters.

MANUZZA

Maximum depth: 40 metres
Typology: Reef
Rating: Experienced
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

Manuzza is part of the small reefs nicknamed ‘pali’, i.e. pillars, because of their pinnacle shape. The top of the reef, at 22 metres, is covered by Posidonia oceanica and its wall, plunging down to 40 metres, is rich in colour and life.
At depth it is possible to encounter good-sized brown meagres and groupers, octopuses, hermit crabs, forkbeards, some gold coral, gorgonians and various urchin species.
This is a wonderful dive but not a straightforward one. We recommended it is undertaken by experienced divers only.

L’OROLOGIO

Maximum depth: 45 Meters
Typology: Reef
Rating : Experienced
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

The name of this site – the clock – is due to the conformation of the reef, which we will circle completely, mimicking the motion of the arms of a clock. The top of this small reef lies at a depth of 27 metres and its wall reaches a maximum depth of 45 metres. The wall is truly amazing and very colourful, it is one of the most luxuriant with regard to vegetation and life. Again and again we spot the many scorpionfish perfectly camouflaged among the colours. The strongest tonalities are sported by the aplidium tunicates, the spiny starfish and the purple starfish as well as the red sea stars.

IL BOSCO

Maximum depth: 45 meters
Typology: Reef
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Challenging

 

The top of the reef lies at a depth of 19 metres. As soon as we reach the eastern wall the reason behind this site’s name – the woods – becomes obvious. This wall, which is extremely lush, plummets to a challenging depth.
As we make our way alongside it we will encounter gorgonians, ceriantos, nudibranchs, clavelines, Mediterranean fan worms and spiny lobsters. As far as basket stars go… who will count the most?
The stretch of the woods that we will explore is only some tens of metres long but it displays incredible beauty. This is a much sought-after dive by photographers.

PALUMBO

 Maximum depth: 18 meters
Typology: Wreck
Rating: Novice
Orientation: Easy

 

The dive at rock Palumbo, within easy reach from our Diving Centre, has the only wreck that can be visited in Favignana’s waters. It is an easy dive but also an exciting one. The cargo boat, named Carmelo Lo Porto, sunk while transporting salt. By now it is partly destroyed but its wreckage is well recognisable along the descent. The stern of the boat lies at 18 metres on a sandy bottom. We will have a good look at the engine room as well as a cabin.
Among the wreckage, that has now been lying on the seabed for years, we will see conger eels, moray eels and good-sized groupers. The wreck is surrounded by vast Posidonia oceanica meadows and we might be able to see a few amberjacks. During our ascent we’ll encounter various shoals of salpa and sargo breams, very common in our waters, as well as barracudas – if we are in luck.

SECCA DEL TORO – WALL

Maximum depth: 40 meters
Typology: Wall
Rating: Intermediate – Experienced
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

This site on the Toro bank is considered one of the most beautiful dives around the island. From the top of the bank, at around 6 metres, a staggering wall plunges down to 40 metres. We dive along the wall keeping it on our left side and maintaining our predetermined depth. The landscape is truly exceptional.
We will encounter, from the very beginning, the beautiful yellow and red gorgonians that populate this wall, as well as a multitude of parazoanthus and Mediterranean fan worms. We will dwell to inspect the small cavities that are often used as dens and we will easily spot spiny lobsters along the way. It is also quite common to see big forkbeards inside some of the cracks that are present. At 27 metres there is a beautiful branch of gold coral ‘savaglia savaglia’, a species of colonial false black coral. Getting back on top of the bank and heading towards the boat, there are countless nooks and crannies, some of which are occupied by big conger eels and moray eels. Sometimes we get to meet a shoal of about 200 barracudas that have shown their predilection for this area in the past few years.

SECCA DEL TORO – CANYON

Maximum depth: 40 meters
Typology: Wall
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

As suggested by its name, this site consists in two parallel walls that form an actual underwater canyon through which the dive will take us.
Inside the abundant crevices symbiotically live morey eels, conger eels, spiny lobsters and often forkbeards. This dive is truly exciting for the scenery it offers and it also has a couple of fun and narrow passages.
Once we’ve covered the canyon we’ll return to the top of the bank to marvel at what the sea has to offer.

SECCA DEL TORO – EASTERN SIDE

Maximum depth: 30 meters
Typology: Wall
Rating: Experienced
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

This dive covers the Eastern side of the Toro bank. It is a very interesting dive even though it isn’t recommended to less than experienced divers.
The wall is less dizzying compared to the other sites on the Toro bank but it is full of life. Among the spiny lobster’s dens the lush white gorgonians grow abundant. There are a few small caves completely lined with parazoanthus. The sponges, spirastrella cunctatrix and axinella cannabina form amazing and incredibly colourful scenes.

SECCA FONDALE

Maximum depth: 30 meters
Typology: Wall
Rating: Experienced
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

Secca Fondale lies south-west from Secca del Toro. As for the Toro dives we anchor on top of the bank to allow our divers easy and safe descents and ascents.
After descending along the anchor line, we follow the colourful wall, which is teaming with life and that meets the seabed at 50 metres of depth.
Many gorgonians, sponges, starfish and anemones make this dive rich in colour. With a bit of luck it will also be possible to see large-sized migratory fish such as moonfish, tuna, dentex and amberjack.

SCOGLIO CORRENTE

Maximum depth: 33 meters
Typology: Wall
<Rating Intermediate – Experienced
Orientation Moderately challenging

 

This site’s name – rock current – suggests an exciting dive, which is often characterised by some current that only makes it more fun.
During those days without any current the photographers love this site for its amazing underwater light play and for its many nudibranchs.
We’ll explore the side of the rock that is rich in parazoanthus before getting to the first gorgonians. We often encounter spiny lobsters and on a lucky day it is possible to spot hunting migratory fish. Dentex, bass, barracudas and amberjack are rarer encounters but most thrilling.

CALA ROTONDA

Maximum depth: 12 meters
Typology: Cave
Rating:Intermediate
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

This is a versatile dive, suitable to both Open Water divers and more advanced divers. The route taken without entering the cave is easy and straightforward, while the dive inside the cave is quite enchanting.
The easier part of the dive follows a wall that is quite irregular and gives us a chance at having fun through some passages. Along this wall we will find the dens of groupers, sea hares, moray eels and the very colourful nudibranchs.
The more experienced divers will be able to see the wall plummet to about 30 metres but the curiosity to enter the cave will be stronger. The cave’s entrance lies at around 8 metres and its wall is lined with astroides and parazoanthus. About 30 metres further along inside the cave, we will take a look at its two internal chambers inhabited by various species of crabs, umbrines, shrimps and brown meagres. We will continue further until emerging into a perfectly clear natural swimming pool.

CALA GALERA

Maximum depth: 24 meters
Typology: Cave
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

This cove offers optimal shelter for boats, as it is only exposed to westerly winds.
At around 20 metres, a drop-off provides shelter to spiny lobsters, groupers and forkbeards. All we have to do is to follow the wall and take in the marvellous scenery that the Mediterranean sea has to offer.
We will see a few recesses, similar to small caves, that are inhabited by a great number of fish and that are a marvellous sight.

FATA MORGANA

Maximum depth: 37 meters
Typology:  Wall
Rating: Experienced
Orientation: Easy

 

We make our descent along the anchor line and reach the top of the reef at around 15 metres. We leave it to our right and continue our dive along the wall.
This site’s flora and fauna bring Manuzza to mind – abundant in gorgonians, groupers, spiny lobsters and, sometimes, lobsters. Gazing upwards towards the top of the reef we won’t miss the passing groupers and dentex, which break the clouds of swallowtail seaperch and blotched picarel.

SECCA DEL TRIGONE

Maximum depth: 40 meters
Typology: Wall
Rating: Experienced
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

We will undertake a thrilling descent into the blue.
This dive is suited to the experienced and its profile is almost square. Our guide will bring us to the most colourful wall, which sinks down to about 40 metres. A detached boulder on the seabed, which we will briefly explore, will offer an encounter with gorgonians, gold coral and nudibranchs.
We will then return to the majestic vertical wall to explore its deep cracks, which provide shelter for groupers, octopuses and forkbeards.

SECCA DEL FEUDATARIO

Maximum depth: 29.00 meters
Typology: Rocky/sandy seabed
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Easy

 

Red gorgonians, sponges, Posidonia oceanica, sargo seabream, spiny lobsters peeping out from the rocky nooks and crannies. Visibility is usually good.

CALA MINNOLA

Maximum depth: 28 meters
Typology:Archaeological site
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Easy

 

A 25 minutes boat trip will bring us to the archaeological site of Cala Minnola, north-west of the island of Levanzo. Here we will dive the wreck of a Roman ship from the Republican age, dated between the 2nd and 1st century B.C. We will admire its cargo, consisting of around a hundred amphorae, that were uncovered at a depth between 15 and 28 metres. They were brought to light after many hours of labour, which also included the installation of a few underwater video cameras. These allow non divers to view this site from the mainland.
It goes without saying that here the rule ‘look but don’t touch’ must be applied without exceptions.

MOTONAVE ELPHIS

Maximum depth: 28 meters
Typology:Wreck
Rating: Novice
Orientation: Easy

 

A special permit is required to dive the wreck of the Cypriot motorboat ‘Elphis’, which sunk between the islands of Formica and Maraone during the ‘70s.
This dive is suitable for novices, as the wreck lies in perfect alignment at a maximum depth of 18 metres on a sandy seabed that also presents patches of Posidonia oceanica.
This site is characterised by very clear and transparent waters, which makes for a suggestive and pleasant dive.
The structures of the hull are surrounded by clouds of damselfish and are colonised by various fan mussels. Once inside the ample bow holds and the engineering cabin we’ll catch sight of scorpion fish, moray eels, conger eels, sargo seabreams and groupers.

VICKERS WELLINGTON MK II

Maximum depth: 27.00 meters
Typology: Wreck
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Easy

 

It is certainly thrilling to dive what remains of this English bomber, which was shot down by the anti-aircraft defense in 1943. This happened during one of the numerous air raids that targeted Trapani’s harbour.
After a 25 minute boat trip, at the limit of the marine reserve’s zone B that surrounds the islet of Formica, we will dive this twin-engined plane, which has a 19-metre wingspan.
The aircraft lies at 26 metres of depth on a sandy bottom. After a descent along the anchor line, we will visit both engines, which have three-bladed propellers and the plane’s rubber wheels, which are still under the wings and present a characteristic structure.
Finning above the aircraft’s remains, which have now become the den of a number of fish, it will be impossible not to feel a little emotional. This is a dive not to be missed, as it is very interesting from both a historical and a marine biology point of view.

RELITTO PAVLOS V

Maximum depth: 35 metri
Seabed type: Wreck
DRating: Intermediate
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

This huge wreck is situated near Trapani’s harbour. Pavlos V was a tanker transporting water that sank following an explosion on board, the signs of which are still visible. This explosion tore the ship apart.
This dive is particularly fun due to the number of passages that we peak into and that are visible from the point of fracture, such as the holds and the huge rooms of the ship. The wreck lies on the bottom at 40 metres but, due to its size, its shallower point is at 13 metres of depth.

LA CATTEDRALE

Maximum depth: 27 meters
Seabed type: Cave
Rating: Experienced
Orientation: Challenging

 

Aboard our watercraft we head off towards Marettimo, a piece of the Dolomites in the middle of the Mediterranean sea.
Once down at the anchor we see the wall plummeting to 30 metres of depth. And it’s down there, on the sandy bottom, that we find the wide entrance to the ‘Cathedral’. As we advance into the cave, we encounter a series of columns, which are no less than the stalactites and the stalagmites that formed when the cave wasn’t submerged. Naturally, the absence of light renders this scenery even more striking. The cave is about 100 metres long and reaches a minimum depth of about 14 metres.
Apart from the sponges and other benthic organisms that line the columns and the ceiling, the cave is inhabited by shrimps, cowries, hermit crabs, small gobies, large forkbeards, urchins, electric rays and, with a bit of luck, we’ll see a lobster or even a slipper lobster.
This dive is challenging due the currents, often present while reaching the entrance of the cave, as well as the necessity to maintain perfect buoyancy while within the cave. However, this is a truly unique and thrilling dive.

PUNTA BASANA

Maximum depth: 40 meters
Typology: Wall
DRating  Experienced
Orientation: Challenging

 

We anchor very close to the coast and we start our descent following the submerged slope. It is a sight: red gorgonians, parazoanthus, sponges, Mediterranean fan worms. This dive is almost always characterised by medium to strong currents, this is fun but can also be quite challenging.
Following the wall, we will reach a depth of about 35 metres where we’ll find a boulder that will offer us an unexpected explosion of colours.

SAN SIMONE

Maximum depth: 36 meters
Typology: Reef
Rating: Intermediate
Orientation: Moderately challenging

 

This dive consists in a reef, the top section of which lies at 18 metres and is covered in Posidonia oceanica. Below, the wall presents wide and deep cracks.
Forkbeards and groupers live here completely at peace. We will also visit and circle around a huge pinnacle that surges parallel to the wall from the 40-metre deep sandy bottom. We will be pleasantly drifting with the current.
We will be enchanted by the big branches of red gorgonians, the bearded fireworm, the Planaria flatworm and the Mediterranean fan worm, as well as the surrounding schools of swallowtail seaperch often parted by hunting dentex and juvenile tuna.

Footnotes

    • To take part in any diving activity one must hold a valid certification or participate in one of our courses.
    • The dive is inclusive of tank, weights, boat transfer and underwater guiding.
    • The bundle offers are per diver and additional fees are not included. When purchasing a diving bundle offer, we request the amount is settled at the time of booking.
    • Dives outside Favignana waters need a minimum number of five divers to take place.
    • Cancellations will be accepted up to 12 hours before the planned activity. In case of forfeit to one or more dives we cannot guarantee any refunds.
    • Full rental kit includes: wetsuit, BCD, regulator, boots, fins and mask. Equipment can only be rented daily and to Posidonia Blu Diving Centre’s customers.
    • The courses’ price includes: equipment, teaching materials*, theory and practical training, final exam, certification. (*not included for the Divemaster course)
    • Personal equipment can be stored free of charge at the Diving Centre. However, Posidonia Blu will not be liable in case of theft or damage of said equipment.
    • Transportation of your equipment is free of charge from and to your accommodation upon arrival and departure.
    • We run free of charge transportation by shuttle for our customers staying at the Valtur tourist complex and the Approdo d’Ulisse Aurum Hotels.