DIVING SITES

The following map shows you the location of our diving sites. There are numbered and their names are here under.

Details (by expanding the map you will be able to see the list of the diving sites in details)

Trapani coast

In front of the breathtaking view of the Egadi's Islands you have the Trapani coast full of diving sites and wrecks of great interest. Among all you have the wreck of the PAVLOS V

1-PAVLOS V - bow
TYPE OF DIVE: Wreck
DEPTH: 14-35 mt (52-98 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●●○○
Fantastic and unique dive for all levels of divers, thanks to the depth and to the dimensions of this “pearl” of wreck (178m – 583’ feet of length in origin!)His long deck can be visit in total security even from Open Water Divers who will live this experience as one of the most beautiful wreck dive ever done in the Mediterranean sea. The upper structures, winches, bollards, big valves, pipes to transfer the load everything is in good state of conservation, a long corridor protected by hurdles goes along the deck of the ship giving to the divers the possibilities of doing the same path once reserved to the sailors that needed to move from the bow to the stern. Everything is big! For the experienced divers there is the possibility to visit two anchors still in place and still chained to the bow’s winches; by leaning from bow’s sides you will be able to see both of them. A third bigger anchor is present and clearly visible only from a greater distance because of its size.The ship’s holds that where containing water, are collapsed, allowing safe passages under the docks within the tanks which are now with an open sealing.The ship still positioned in navigation mode on a sand bottom at -35m; if you are licensed to such depth you will be able to see the impressive bow. On both ship’s sides you will be able to see red gorgonians, lobsters, sponges and also some false Black Corals and a Gorgonian Star.Two huge bollards and other metal debris are laying on the bottom alongside the ship but we must not be distracted from all these beauties and control carefully our NDL.According to the dive plan studied earlier you can reach the extreme part toward the stern where the explosion took place: here is where the ship broke into two with many metal debris on the sand bottom ideal nest for groupers and other animals. It is definitely a wreck that cannot be visit with a single dive!
 
2-PAVLOS V - stern
TYPE OF DIVE: Wreck
DEPTH: -35 mt (98 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●●○○
As previously said the wreck of the Pavlos tanker was divided into two parts from the explosion happened in the engine rooms. Now these two parts are about hundred meters (300’ feet) away one from the other. The whole stern can be visited, and it lays few grades on one side.In between the metal sheets is not easy to recognize things as winches and valves, step and tanks. The propeller cannot be seen because it collapsed in the sand under the heavy weight of the ship while the helm is located close by on the sand.
 
3-Minesweeper Filicudi
TYPE OF DIVE: Wreck
DEPTH: -37 mt (120 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●●○○
A mine sweeper sunk in 1917 hit by a mine close to the Porcelli rock of Trapani and laid down on a sand bed at -36 meters.You can easily identify from the ship: the beautiful bow laid on the right hand side on which stand the big cylindrical furnace of the engine from which you will identify the engine shaft full of concretions, the anchors, planking, bollards and many other scraps that testify  the incredible violence of the explosion which have caused the death of all the military boarded.
 
4-Barracuda Point
TYPE OF DIVE: Blu
DEPTH: -18 mt (59 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●○○○○
A nice and easy dive for any level of divers. The area is characterized from ravines of posidonias where octopus and moray eels are easily spotted. The Open Water Diver can be lucky enough to encounter great shoal of barracudas from where we took the name and swing together with them! The advanced divers will be able to swim deeper alongside a wall and be able to see gorgonias, sponges and lobsters of various dimensions.
 
5-The Anchor
TYPE OF DIVE: Blu
DEPTH: -39 mt (127 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●○○○
Very close to the Barracuda Point we will find another diving spot characterized by the presence of big Anchor. Looking carefully in between the ravines it will be easy to see lobsters, yellow gorgonias, white gorgonias, sea urchins, sponges and others. Also here while emerging could be possible to encounter great shoal of barracudas.
 
6-Dry River
TYPE OF DIVE: Blu
DEPTH: -32 mt (104 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●○○○
The name is referred to a strip of white gravel and sand that takes memory of a dry mountain river. The “shores” are full of holes and nests that are hiding sessile animals as echinoderms and actinias, while on the cap fishes of interesting sizes are swimming; we have seen in this area also some Sea Eagles (Myliobatis aquila) and (Dasyatis pastinaca), Kingfish (Seriola dumeril), Orate (Sparus aurata) and Snapper (Dentex dentex). The dive is a square dive, which means that the bottom doesn’t have any slop, but you will reach the maximum depth at once.
 
7-The Caves
TYPE OF DIVE: Blu
DEPTH: -33 mt (107 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●○○○
Always looking for new sites, we found on a depth of -35mt a very interesting diving spot in which many ravines, holes and a little system of caves with easy vertical access, wide and bright, natural ambient for colored sponges and bryozoa which, together with the sea daisy (Parazoanthus axinellae) and orange madrepore (Astroides calycularis), covers the walls of these underwater channels; perfect place for spotting conger eels (Conger conger) and moray eels (Muraena helena)!A square dive in the blue full of emotions and ideal for expert divers.
 
8- WWII  WELLINGTON  MK2  PLANE  BOMBER
TYPE OF DIVE: Wreck
DEPTH: -28 mt (91 feet)
GRADE OF DIFFICULTY: ●●●○○
The Wimpey, as it was called during Second World War by the English soldiers, was the most famous bomber used by the Royal Air Force since the beginning of their attack to the Nazi Germans. Robust but at the same time light, thanks to its dialuminium geodesic structure and fabric cover, uses two Rolls Royce engines Mark2 which were giving this plane great range of action but at the same time great vulnerability to anti-aircraft fires. In view of the great number of losses it was relegated to night missions and anti-submarine missions.
One of the 11.000 plane produced out of the 18 versions, was shoot down and sunk in the front water of the Maraone rock, presumably between April and May of 1943, lay down on sand bottom full of small rocks with its 26 meters wide wings complete with its 12 cylinders engines, propellers and landing gears but, unfortunately, without its fuselage which has disappeared.
The dive is in the blue and the wreck is easily reachable; the interest is captured by the right engine with its three-blade propeller, bended during the impact with the water (showing that the engine was running when crashed).
The airplane is upside down and the landing gears are still placed within the engines; a careful search will allow you to find nearby also the second engine with the detached propeller. At the end of the wreck you will find the point of re-emerging which will take you again to the surface.
Visiting a wreck of a sunk airplane is to be considered as an association between sky and sea, between air and water between life and a drama: Wimpey is a mute testimonial.
 
 
 
MARETTIMO:
One of the Egadi's Island famous for its diving sites. Scuba divers from all over the world are coming to Marettimo at least once in their life to experience the beautiful dives that are available here.
We are able to organize for you a FULL DAY in Marettimo including two dives and the transfer with hydrofoil.