Italia, Regione Liguria
Area Marina Protetta di Portofino
Estimated number of dives carried out on the site per year
2326 (estimates for the year 2020)
Description of the site of natural interest
The dive begins with a descent along the chain of the mooring which ends with the base at a depth of about 15 metres. Heading west, we reach a wall that stretches out towards the bottom, to a depth of about 35 m, with an amphitheatre shape. These walls are home to many characteristic species: red coral (Corallium rubrum), violescent sea-whip and yellow gorgonians (Paramuricea clavata and Eunicella cavolinii), lobsters (Palinurus elephas), mediterranean moray (Muraena helena), sponges and bryozoans. This dive is also suitable for less experienced divers who, by staying at 18 m, can observe a seabed that is less steep and covered with boulders, which are home to a dense marine fauna. It is easy to see dusky groupers (Epinephelus marginatus), damselfish (Chromis chromis), menolae (Spicara maena), saddled seabream (Oblada melanura), salps (Sarpa salpa), seabream (Diplodus sp.) and common dentex (Dentex dentex).