It's a huge reef about 1 mile far out of Miseno Cape. We anchor on the top of the reef at about 22 mt. close to the edge which fall down at about 40 mt. and deeper. It's rich of gorgonias and sponges and, in the vertical cracks it'snot rare to admire the small shark Scyliorhinus canicula. The frequent current brings many nutrients attracting pelagic species, tunas, amberjacks, sea eagles.
It's an interesting deep reef, southeastward from Miseno Cape. The top of the reef is at about 40 mt. dropping down to about 60 mt. , that's why is absolutely a dive for expert technical divers. Gorgonias paramuricea and yellow sponges crowd on a rocky bottom wich varies a lot. Deep cracks very often hide big congers or small sharks (scyliorhinus-canicula). When there is current it's not rare to encounter some pelagic species.
Along the coastline of the small Nisida Island, southward a high rocky protrusion of the cliff, there are big rocky masses with vertical sides, protracting towards the blue. From about 8 mt. they fall down to about 25 mt. There are very beautiful white and yellow soft corals (eunicella singularis, cavolini) and big sponges such as the yellow axinellae cannabina. A lot of other animals crowd the rocky masses: many nudibranches such as cratena peregrina, flabellina affinis or babai, hippocampus guttulatus. It's easy to admire also many scorpionfishes, some mediterrenean lobsters and octopus.
Faulse Cavallara Reef
Eastern the mussels factory, close to Nisida Island, some rocky masses raise from a sandy bottom, about 30 mt. deep, up to 10-12 mt..The morphology of the rocks create among the masses small and narrrow canions and passages very stimulating for the divers and, together with the richness of small marine animals make it a very interesting dive.
Out Possilipo Cape, just outside the small Gaiola Islands, there is an extended reef, which from shallow depth arrives to a depth of about 26 mt.. Generally we anchor on a bottom of 12-14 mt., close to the southern edge of the reef, where the rock falls down vertically. The divers swim along the side of the reef which present many crack and interesting corners full of big cerianthus, axinella sponges, soft corals such as leptogorgia. This is a very interesting spot for passionated scuba photographers.
Protected Marine Park of Gaiola
The marine reserve was created in 2002, and it includes the two small islands of Gaiola, very closed to the Posillipo coast, in the north western part of Naples. It has a surface of 41,6 hectares and, it goes from the picturesque hamlet of "Marechiaro" to the suggestive "Trentaremi" Bay and out in the sea towards the
extended reef of Cavallara. Besides the Cavallara reef, it's possible to dive around the two small islands, admiring the ancient roman ruins sank thanks to the bradisism phenomenum, and the unbelievable fauna grown in this protected area.
Banco di Santa Croce
This huge and amazing reef was established "Protected Biological Area" in 1993. It is formed by five big rocky pinnacles with ripid walls falling down at a depth of about 50 mt. Continue.....