Groopers city and Pilone, secche dei Monaci
Secca delle cernie di Lavezzi
Only a few miles separate the Maddalena archipelago in Sardinia from the island of Lavezzi, in Corsica. La Secca delle Cernie di Lavezzi (or City of Cernie with the French name Merouville), located about 300 meters south-east of the last rocks of the island, is a sort of beautiful cross-border protected area, located right where the Archipelago National Park della Maddalena and the Bocche di Bonifacio Nature Reserve (Is. di Lavezzi) meet to form the International Marine Park of the Bocche di Bonifacio.
It is not always easy to reach Lavezzi from the coasts of Sardinia, since diving boats cross the stretch of sea, often very rough, of the Bocche di Bonifacio. The anchorage takes place on a platform composed of large boulders, 24 meters deep. Reached the bottom, will be the groupers themselves, docile and accustomed to the man who for years has approached feeding them, to meet us. It will not be possible to offer them food because currently, in respect of the ecosystem, the priority goes to the protection of their natural eating habits. It is a good number of specimens of considerable size, which undoubtedly offer a unique experience in the Mediterranean. The show is also enriched by the presence of myriads of pelagic fish, in a suggestive setting, consisting of crests covered with gorgonians (Paramuricea clavata) and sea daisies (Parazoanthus axinellae). Pinnanding between these gullies you can meet and photograph large snappers and, with a little 'luck, even find yourself in the midst of dense clouds of amberjack (Seriola dumerili) and barracuda (Sphyraena sphyraena).
A large Greek cargo ship of 4106 tons, 108 m long, built in 1967 and owned by the Menalon Navigation Company, hit a rock near Punta Marmorata, near the Club Mediterranèe. The ship, sunken apparently on September 26, 1982, has now the hull poorly reduced, but it stands out well the bridge and some winches of the bridge deck. The wreck is easily visited also inside. The stern is rather well preserved, with the helm and the triple propeller in place. Diving is easy and suitable for everyone. The depth does not exceed 20 m
Il Pilone di Lavezzi
The Corsa platform, where the islands of Lavezzi and Cavallo emerge, continue up to the middle of the Bocche canal. the platform that has an average depth of 20-25 m laps the surface right in the middle of the channel where a lighthouse has been built to signal the shallow sea to ships passing through the Bocche. This area offers one of the diving spots (according to many divers) among the most beautiful in the world, and one of the very few in the Mediterranean that can be done in Drifting. You start the dive starting from the hat located in the North-West, easily identifiable from the surface and you let yourself be carried away by the current that in this stretch of sea is always present. It will be a continuous slalom between peaks and towers of granite, which rise from the bottom almost to the surface. Despite the shallow depth there are also large branches of sea fans and walls completely covered with Parazoantus. They are home to large specimens of grouper brown (even larger than those of the mythical dry) corvine, dentex, barracuda and with a little luck someone has seen the eagles. The dive is considered binding only for the presence of strong currents and certainly not for the depth that in the most beautiful stretch does not exceed 22 m.