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10 must-do dives in Corsica

Diving in Corsica takes advantage of the exceptional Mediterranean nature and wildlife. You’ll explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and acknowledge the respect and protection in place of the seabed and its inhabitants, thanks to an eco-friendly diving convention. The international divers charter will guide you in this process.

The Alcione wreck (level 2 dive)

 

This 53-metre-long freighter was torpedoed off Cervioni during the Second World War. The wreck lies straight on the sand, 33 metres deep. It’s a true oasis for many fish, groupers, corbs, denti etc.

 

The B17 Calvi wreck (level 2 dive)

 

This American bomber made an emergency landing in front of the citadel of Calvi in ​​February 1944 following a violent aerial combat. The wreck lacks a tail, but the flying fortress is still impressive with its 31-metre wingspan. Scorpionfish, moray eels, sars and other rockfish live in the wreck at a depth of 27m. If you’re lucky, you can sometimes see lobsters.

 

The Miomo P47 wreck (level 1 dive)

 

This American hunter landed on the water off the Miomo cemetery during the Second World War. It rests in a bed of seagrass at a depth of 20 metres. The wreck, whole and well preserved is accessible just a few minutes from Bastia.

 

The Mario wreck (level 1 dive

This small tug of 17m is 8 metres deep, 200 metres from Stagnola beach in the Gulf of Ajaccio. It’s an easy dive for beginners.

 

The Pinella wreck (level 1 dive)

 

This 42-metre long cement plant sank in 1965 on Pecorella rock at the exit to the Porto-Bien gulf. Visible from the surface, you can cover the entire wreck on the deck at a six-metre depth. The wreck is home to many rockfish. It’s perfect for a baptism and for beginners. Max depth 11m.

 

The Toro islet (level 1 and 2 dive)

 

South of the Gulf of Porto-Vecchio, the Toro is part of the Cerbicales Islands Nature Reserve. A variety of wildlife lives around this islet; it’s not uncommon to see a large school of barracuda. Depth varies between five and 25 metres.

 

Les Aiguilles (level 2 and 3 dive)

In the gulf of Propriano are rocks shaped liked needles (‘aiguilles’), reaching eight metres deep. They are highly colourful, encrusted with sponges and purple gorgonians. There’s lots to feast your eyes on here!

 

Les Cathédrales (level 3 dive)

 

In the open sea in the gulf of Propriano, several rock drop-offs plunge from 15 to 55 metres deep. Exposed to currents, these rocks are multicoloured with sponges, sea fans and even coral in the 45-metre zone. Many fish live around these vertiginous drop-offs.

 

Mérouville (level 2 dive)

 

Near the Lavezzi Islands, the dry Pelu is home to a school of groupers. It’s possible to get very close to large specimens over 30kg. Depth between 20 and 32 metres.

 

Punta Muchillina (level 2 and 3 dive)

 

This point north of the Gulf of Porto is the southern limit of the Scandola reserve. In front of the point, the dive starts from a plateau at 5m and descends to 50m. There is abundant marine life from the top – look out for lobsters in the faults from 35m.

 

©David Paoli ©David Paoli

 

©David Paoli ©David Paoli

 

NB:

Level 1 is a diver supervised at 20m
Level 2 is a diver supervised at 40m and autonomous (under certain conditions) at 20m
Level 3 is an autonomous diver at 60m

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