Diving in Lipari
Secca di Capistello
Secca di Capistello is a very big rock under surface starting at 25 metres.
We start our diving close to the beach at 6 metres.
On the right we can see wall with sponge , grouper, octopus and murene on their holes, on the left there are some big rock, we swim for 15 minutes under a posidonia meadows.
Then at 25 metres starts the Secca that drop off very fast untill 50 metres. It’s possible to see roman potteries, and a big roman anchre. This diving spot is very particular because there is a roman ship of 300BC. The ship is not full but now there are only some pieces of wood skeleton of the ship.
This is an extremely varied dive site, where you can enjoy snorkeling as well as diving.
Once under water, you will immediately be aware that the Formiche are just the tips of a very large reef with multi-coloured walls, huge rocks and many grottoes and tunnels.
The surrounding sea bed is covered in seaweed which hides sponges, nudibrancho, pinna comune, castagnole.
This dive takes place in a surreal setting that conveys unique emotions. It features a flat surface at about 10 my of depth fully covered with white dust originating in the pumice caves from a very ancient volcanic eruption. The bottom is all whitened and it reminds of an old dusty attic or a snowy mountain town.
Deep and very steep inlets starting from here split deeply its crest.
Following one of these inlets takes us from a snow white setting to a very colourful vertical wall towards the deepest blue. So deep that we can’t see the end of the wall.
The crests of these wonderful inlets are covered with luxuriant red gorgonias, here we can meet fishes such as groupers and big fish that are swimming in the open sea.
Secca del Bagno
The Secca del Bagno in without doubt one of the most interesting dive sites in the Eolian Arcipelago, and is not very easy to find. It is not an easy dive.
It consists of three submerged points, the highest of which is at a depth of 22 mt.
The walls are very colourful and are alive with colonies of gorgonie rosse.
The huge boulders at the base are home to huge groupers. During the decompression stop, we quite often meet shoals of ricciole.
This is one of the splendid rocks found on the southern side of Lipari, and offers divers a special naturalistic site.
The most interesting dive is to circumnavigate the rock at a depth of between 18 and 40 mt.
There are huge rocks that make homes to octopus, eels, groupers and mustele.
Parete dei Gabbiani
This is a unique dive site off the island of Lipari.
Lava rock walls and areas of white pumice create an interesting contrast.
The walls have been colonized by huge red and yellow gorgonie where there are also cracks that are home to lobsters, and where it is not rare to meet parrot fish and huge groupers. We also find various species of nudibranco and cerianthus.
Secca delle Formiche
This reef is visible to the naked aye from the island of Lipari because of the crystalline transparency of the surrounding water.
The reef is formed out of two rocks that reach the depth of 30 mt. and 10 mt. This is a very interesting naturalistic and faunistic dive. There are many species of eels, lobster, prawns, scorpion fish, nidibranco, groupers, octopus and parrot fish.
The dive is not difficult, and can be very relaxing and pleasant.
Scoglio dei Monaci
An absolutely fascinating dive, for the morphological character of the area.
We descend perpendicularly to the coast, following a natural channel, and we immediately come across a vertical cliff face, which we follow at a depth of 35 mt. that is covered in red gorgonie.
The walls are full of cracks which are home to many lobsters, mustela and groupers.