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For divers who are familiar with the mountain, watching the Tavolara wall comparse with the dolomite cliffs. From a few tens of meters from the surface reach the top, large cavities and fragments of crumbling times in distant past, accumulations sediment due to the flow of rainwater, and concretions, which demonstrate a past in which, even in the south of the island, there was a stretch of sand. The route starts from the classic dive-depth and can grow up to 18mt-30mt then winds its way through the boulders, full of cracks, crevices and cavities, where the kings of mullet swim quietly, away from direct light coming from the surface and here you can find small lobsters well hidden and, turning his gaze out to sea. From time to time you can observe, amberjack and snapper that swim undisturbed. Returning to the mooring buoy, swim at a lower altitude to observe all that covers the vertical walls, from the surface diving into the sea. The dive ends just below the' eye ', a triangular slit with a large boulder in the middle, which can be seen arriving by boat. The walls of the rift, which are formed by fractures from the surface, are completely covered by colonial invertebrates, calcareous red algae, sponges, worms, and sea slugs. An ideal position to know and observe the life that is formed and develops in areas less exposed to light.

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ISOLOTTO ROSSO

In our Marine Protected Area is a "Red Island", a name characterising it's attributes almost everywhere on the surface rocks. In fact it is shown on charts as the small island of Reulino, training with red granite, a few hundred meters from the mainland, just opposite the place where, more than 30 years ago, the wreck of the ship Criss ran aground and then caught fire. This little island, no bigger than 20 meters over the sea, is covered by dense vegetation in the Mediterranean where, in early summer, guls hatch hundreds of eggs, resulting in a continuous flight of birds that come and go to feed newborn chicks. . Weeks later, with the boat moored to the buoy of the park, the divers often wait before diving to observe the first approach to the flight of these pens that once took to the water. It can be approached without much fear. Underwater, one is faced with scenarios that are constantly changing: we start with a landslide of stones covered with a felt Codium, green seaweed with a characteristic round shape, swim through a vast prairie of Posidonia. A big rock that juts out toward the surface, covered with sponges and sea fans, hidden between the cracks of beautiful cowries, crabs and hermit crabs mechanical and moving towards the east, the depth increases gradually but does not exceed -18 mt if you follow the line of rocky ridge that marks the limit of removal from the boat. Along the return path, you will discover debris, hundreds of pieces of amphorae of various ages and some conglomerate of galena, the ore from which we extract the lead.

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IL GROTTONE

This spectacular dive site, the Grottone deserves a fuller description than is really possible, if only because you can make at least three different dives:

Targeted to observe, with ever new wonder, the beauty of plants and animals that inhabit the dark regions of this large cavity; swimming at a depth of between -18 and -24 meters, including continuous rock masses, small landslides and huge rocks shaped by time; to go in search of some large groupers who have elected to dwell among the cracks in the basement to over 35 meters deep.

Of course, it is the cave that attracts most divers. When one leaves the sunlight behind, the eyes must first adjust to the dark, and then the spectacle offered by the multitude of colors that cover the great vault comes to life. It always happens when you are in these environments, where the apparent calm of the world that we're watching often attracts divers: an experience that happens every time you get close to its entrance. Inside the cave, on the bottom sediment at least a dozen large cerianti can be observed, mechanical pieces of shrimp, a few small grouper swimming along, lots of nudibranchs, a large bunch of red mullet with their barbels combing the bottom looking for small prey. At the deepest dive point, at the end of summer, when the visibility is unbelievable, you can meet great snapper and amberjack at the dozens, swim and hunting among the huge flocks of anchovies.

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CALA CICALE

This is a very peaceful dive, which runs on a mixture of bottom debris, rocks and Posidonia: this site is characterized by the presence of small rocks, tumbled down from the cliff and abundantly covered with coral reef. Bream, comber, scorpion fish, glances, sailed, damselfish, raven swim undisturbed. The initial depth is around -15 m, and the average is around -20 meters and allows the possibility of different paths depending on the level of experience. It takes its name from the magnose, or insects of the sea which in early summer, especially at night, are found between boulders and ledges. The species is quite rare and therefore protected. The encounter with these crustaceans which are rather "cumbersome" always leaves divers astonished. Right at the beginning of the trail, you meet a strange rock formation, large and quite similar to a fungus. It is probably a complex of caves which, over time, collapsed as a result of ' erosion when the sea level was much lower. Hidden in the sand and tufts of Posidonia, lying on the bottom of the sea you can see an ancient Roman iron anchor. At the end of the exploration, you climb back toward the wall where you find, unexpectedly, another characteristic of this place: a sort of "hood" of rock, produced by the effect of erosion and disintegration of the cliff, and emerging from a long break running from more than 100 meters high. In the shadow of this projection, a variety of sponges, coral reef, sea daisies, covered every inch of the rock with colour and a cloud of Anthias. Within hides a grouper that often comes out to greet the divers and seems to want to play hide and seek.

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Towards south, we propose the dives around the famous Mortoriotto Islet, well known for its splendid morphology, its gorgons and passage fishes, its singular two car-wrecks and the cave of the "Embolus of Capo Figari". Then, the last but not the least "Shoal of the Pope", in the Marine Reserve of Tavolara, a spectacular dive spot under all points of view: morphology, colors, quantity and variety of flora and fauna. Its medium depth is approximately 30 meters, therefore it's not appropriate for Open Water Divers. To enjoy the dive completely and for a longer time, we suggest the use of the mixture Enriched Air Nitrox 32%. Toward south we dive on one side under the Cliff of Mortoriotto, famous for its wonderful morphology, its red gorgons, free water fish and the wrecks of two cars, on the other at the cave of the Embolus of Capo Figari. Then on the Shoal of the Pope in the Marine Reserve of the Island of Tavolara, a spectacular dive under many aspects
(morphology, colours, quantity and variety of flora and fauna) with an average depth of about 30m. This dive is therefore not for Open Water Divers and beginners. Moreover we suggest the use of NITROX 32.

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This site can be visited at Tavolara arriving from Porto San Paolo and completelycontradicts and overturns this view. Although the maximum depth is reached at no more than -20 meters and, considering that the average depth of shipping lines is between -8 and -14 m, there are many points of interest and forms of animals and plant life that may be found in this location. Among other things, some "pillars" of stone around which you can swim, are telling a different story from long gone times: they are indeed the remains of cavities and small caves due to landslides during the course of the millennia.

In addition to being an interesting dive site because it winds through the sediments of debris, piles of stones and passages beneath huge boulders tumbled down from the overhanging cliff and the Posidonia covering the whole of the slope to the edge of the 25 / 30 meters, you can observe numerous schools of fish that hide in these crevices.

A crack in the rock that provides shelter to tens of croakers and bream, vast clouds of damselfish, reflecting the sunlight, many small and medium-sized grouper, octopus, scorpion fish, nudibranchs, Anthias , mullet can be seen. This is a dive for every level of experience not to be missed for those in search of adventure.

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Towards south, we propose the dives around the famous Mortoriotto Islet, well known for its splendid morphology, its gorgons and passage fishes, its singular two car-wrecks and the cave of the "Embolus of Capo Figari". Then, the last but not the least "Shoal of the Pope", in the Marine Reserve of Tavolara, a spectacular dive spot under all points of view: morphology, colors, quantity and variety of flora and fauna. Its medium depth is approximately 30 meters, therefore it's not appropriate for Open Water Divers. To enjoy the dive completely and for a longer time, we suggest the use of the mixture Enriched Air Nitrox 32%. Toward south we dive on one side under the Cliff of Mortoriotto, famous for its wonderful morphology, its red gorgons, free water fish and the wrecks of two cars, on the other at the cave of the Embolus of Capo Figari. Then on the Shoal of the Pope in the Marine Reserve of the Island of Tavolara, a spectacular dive under many aspects
(morphology, colours, quantity and variety of flora and fauna) with an average depth of about 30m. This dive is therefore not for Open Water Divers and beginners. Moreover we suggest the use of NITROX 32.

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