The Vardiola islet is a block of ocher and red granite rising from navy blue water on the southern shore of the immense Gulf of Porto. The dive is done from the islet along the left hand until reaching its end. While continuing & nbsp; in the same direction, you cross a sandy valley, about 20 m deep. On the other side, the lift is very cut and behind it is the dive!
Descend for 32 m, in a garden of clear sand enclosed between two rock walls, wonderfully decorated. You have to do a 180 degree to taste the delights of this exploration. From 26 m, the rocky drop offs are covered with a delicate Red Coral forest!
Under the beam of a
powerful lighthouse, we are witnessing a vermilion red explosion. Well powered by
a light current, the Coral is flowered with millions of small white stars.
But the dive is not over. Continuing towards the facing wall, we discover a huge vertical fault that rises in chimney a few meters from the surface. Looking up, you can see two large blocks that are stuck in the narrow bottleneck. Often, an interminable school of Saupes comes to play the “& nbsp; stars & nbsp;” twinkling against the light in the fireplace…
Small video of Vardiola:
The Capo Senino cliff, which plunges vertically into the ultramarine blue of the Gulf, is one of the highest in Europe. The grandiose landscape continues underwater. The exploration reserved for divers accustomed to large bottoms, begins with a descent along a drop which enriches itself with fixed life while progressing towards the bottom.
It is from 30 m that
the show really begins: the faults and the small caves are
the hideout of Gros Sars, Corbs, Mérous… On the ceiling of the vaults, the
coral is more and more present, it is often the habitat of Lobsters which
wave their antennas to identify visitors. At 40 m you reach a
slowly sinking tray.
The discreet and attentive diver will notice the schools of fish approaching in the open water: Sars, Canthères, Dentis, Barracudas… Each portion of rock, each little corner is invested with a multicolored life: Blennies, Tryptérigions, Spirographs, delicate nudibranchs appear to the careful observer.
Further down, the descent gradually resumes in the form of large scree. The entanglement of blocks constitutes a labyrinth inhabited by Groupers, Moray eels … It even happens to meet a rare crustacean: the Great Cicada & nbsp;! ..
Senino’s short video:
Towards the Calanches de Piana, at the edge of an area classified as a Reserve, an islet indicates the spot. A first site, located between the shore and this islet, allows beginners to discover the underwater environment. A second, deeper one, allows certified divers to navigate a labyrinth of passages and canyons.
Basically the groupers and moray eels have established their territory. Going up, the Dorades, Dentis are on the lookout, then comes the domain of Spiders, Blennies, Apogons … A particular landscape and where everything is alike.
We finish our dive in the company of the usual rock fish, Girelles, Serrans, Sars which abound in this place, and in a myriad of Castagnoles.
Just before Senino, but so different!
The most interesting dive requires a good level (minimum N2 and
accompanied). In the axis of the point about 30 meters you reach the point
of a first pyramid. Continuing further, we find 2 others
spaced about twenty meters apart.
This dive is as rich in fauna as it is in flora. Of
many Lobsters let their antennae extend beyond faults. of the
Porcelains nestled in holes are protected by moray eels. The rise
is done by returning to the coast and entering the small cove east of
the tip of Scopa.
Diving in the creek is more recreational with a small drop up to 25 m where in the hollow of small faults we find Lobsters, Moray eels but also a magnificent Mother-of-Pearl hidden at the edge of a cavity. Take a good look & nbsp;! … many Nudibranches will offer you a colorful show.
During navigation, a family of dolphins may cross our path and play in the wake of the boat.
Scopa short video: