Megale Hellas Diving Center is located in Calabria, Italy, a little known scuba diving destination, but untouched, with breathtaking nature and landscapes. Calabria is in fact strategically located in the centre of the Mediterranean and is noted for its two seas, the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian, that come together amid the amazing scenery of the Strait of Messina. Located at the end of Italian peninsula, Calabria is a region characterized by high mountains close to the coastline, with steep sea floors. So, there’s the opportunity for diving at every level, from Junior Open Water to Technical divers! There are a lot of different diving spots along Ionian Sea and Tyrrhenian Sea and in some places it’s possible to dive from 0m to 70 m in the same place.
Every preference of diving can be satisfied, because there are many well preserved wrecks, amazing cliffs and reefs with colorful gorgonians and a lot of biodiversity! Thanks to the beauty and variety of its waters and the unrivalled quality of its sea and weather conditions, Calabria can meet the needs of the most demanding divers.
Along the western coast, there’s an amazing variety of life, with giant red and yellow gorgonians, hiding little residents, like seahorses.
Along the eastern coastline, a world of history is waiting to be discovered. One of Megale Hellas most exciting options is in fact “The Tour of the Shipwrecks”, along the route taken by the shipping convoys during the Second World War. The sea beds of the province of Reggio Calabria reveal more than 20 historical wrecks, with many others still waiting to be explored. These wrecks, often well preserved, represent an important historical heritage as well as being tourist attractions and nature reserves. Comprising patrol boats, freighters, submarines, ferry boats and tankers, each of these wrecks, whether military or commercial, has its own story. Some of these wrecks are in shallow water, from 2 m to 10 m deep, perfect for scuba beginners.
Furthermore, Megale Hellas work for the preservation of the underwater archaeological heritage and organize every year, in July, a Summer Field Course of Underwater Archaeology open to everybody, even for non-divers or beginners, thanks to the presence of an Underwater Archaeological Park dating back to the Greek age, with more than 200 pieces of columns, all located at a maximum depth of 5 m to 6 m.
Lastly, during the vacation of the divers, usually they propose some dinners in traditional local restaurants with typical calabrian food and this is a unique experience, because we visit medieval villages where the time seems to have stopped and where it’s possible to breathe the real atmosphere of the ancient Calabria. The proposal is not a simple dive-package, but a complete holiday for visiting Calabria underwater and inland.
Via C. Colombo II trav. 1/b
89046 Marina di Gioiosa Ionica (RC), Italy
Tel. (+39) 3294640045