Diving in Panarea
Relitto di Lisca Bianca
The wreck of Llanishen is one of the uncountable wrecks in the Aeolian depth, but infact, due to its depth, it is also the only one that can be visited in sport dives.
The others are situated at more demanding depths, if not at almost prohibitive condition obviously, we refer to modern wrecks for the most ancient ones regard the ancient Aeolian history and they are therefore protected by laws apt to forbid diving in those areas which have been tagged as great archaeological importance sites. The wreck poop lies in shipping direction while the prow lies on the port side and is situated along the slant of the floor.
It is kept in a very bad state. Just behind the prow, you can see a piece of hull which is reduced to a pile of rubble. The wooden deck do not exist anymore, while the iron frames, though kinked, are still there in their own position.
Actually the poop is the most fascinating and best kept part of the wreck. The massive helm plate and the great screw that is half covered with sand are still in their own position under the sternpost.
Scoglio di Spinazzola
This stack is situated next to west side of Basiluzzo, a rock. The dive can begin from the underwater tableland which is situated between the stack and Basiluzzo. Here the depth is plane and it is made up especially of big stones. The most interesting site is situated on the west wall, the deepest one, sinking at a depth of 45 meters to join the sandy floor. The first step of the route is very stricking and fascinating because of this monolith as light as the marble running down to the deepest flloors.
The rock and especially the sides exposed to the sunlight are not very colonized even beyond thirty meters, while the darker ravines turn softly from some sessile coelenterate orange to some others' yellow through various middle shades. As regards the fishes, it is not unusual to run into some moray breathing through its mouth in the stack floors, among the big round stones.
Still, among the crevices and the burrows made by the rockslides it is possible to meet sleepy, red rockfishes, still sea perches rocked by seaweeds, and small-sized groupers.
Le Formiche ("The Ants"), were given this name because of their tiny size compared with the other rocks making up Panarea's Arcipelago. They are the eastern, emersed peacks of a very wide shallow.
The emersed rocks, rise up only as few on the sea level as to become a trap if you sail with the tide.
Practically the dive is not demanding if the sea conditions are good. It allows staying longer and circumnavigating the whole series of peaks appearing on the surface. However, its best striking side is the sumerged one near the top. The water is perfectly clear, the dazzling colour of the rocks contrasts with those covered with encrusting sponges and seaweeds giving the water an escalation of shades from red to yellow and orange. As a result of that, there is emerald water that because of its low floors is lit up in every corner.
It looks like a lovely pool for submarine pictures in exclusive backgrounds. However it works for those beginners who feel like widening their own familiarity with the dive equipment in a friendly and lovely environment.