Crystal clear water, sandy bottoms of an indescribable white, walls of a thousand colors, volcanic rocks, caves of light and wrecks of ships, planes ..... Anyone who dives into the deep blue of this sea, beginner or expert, will eventually come out from the water with a different light in the eyes. Everyone is wondering how so many wonders can exist in a place so close to civilization. It seems that somewhere there is a strange border, an invisible barrier beyond which the problems of the Mediterranean cannot enter. In Ponza, time has a different value, but not only that, here also the space, the places, the nature, the flora and the fauna seem protected by something or someone, perhaps by one of those saints to whom the inhabitants of these islands they are so devoted.
The fact is that even today, after so many years, we discover that we feel the same emotion as those who dive for the first time in the deep embrace of these crystal waters. The season starts on April 1st and closes in early November, but for sure, if it continued uninterrupted, the flow of divers would also be constant throughout the year. The dives are innumerable and accessible at various levels: experts and beginners can enjoy breathtaking shoals and descents into the blue or explore the ravines and lairs in complete safety. Groupers, bream, octopus, moray eels, damselfish, sea bream and scorpionfish are easily encountered during a dive. The lucky ones will also be able to see lobster, red snapper, amberjack, tuna and other pelagics. There are also numerous sponges, spirographs and bryozoans, including sea roses and false coral. The numerous shipwrecks of all ages and the precious archaeological sites testify that the island of Ponza was an important stop in the Mediterranean trade from the 6th century BC. up to the whole Roman age. Many of these wrecks can still be visited. To name one, in Punta Papa, 24 meters deep, rests a Landing Ship Tank, a landing craft that crashed into the rocks and sank during the Second World War.
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Odissey Diving (Andrea Musella)