Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Italy

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Italy

Scuba diving information in Italy

Diving in Italy is known for its many great caves, although there are also good reefs, wrecks and a surprisingly varied marine live. There are some very good locations around the Italian Peninsula, Elba, Sardinia, Sicily and Ustica. The clear, warm Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas with only mild currents make them ideal places for diving. Eastern Liguria has some of the best diving in the Mediterranean because there is an abundance of marine life rarely seen in the Mediterranean. In the Amalfi Peninsula caves abound as well as plenty of small colorful fish, seahorse, octopus and moray eels. In the Portofino Marine Park there are World War II wrecks and ‘The Christ of the Abyss’, a giant submerged statue cast in bronze. The marine park is also famous for spectacular carpets and walls of vibrant red corals, violet gorgonian and yellow cluster anemones. Big marine life including dolphins, barracuda, snapper, tuna and groupers are seen every day. Sardinia has the most varied diving in Italian waters, with overhangs, swim-throughs, canyons, and caves literally smothered in coral and sponge growth. This rich environment provides a home for myriad varieties of marine life. Sardinia also has several shipwrecks to explore, from the Japanese freighter Angelica to several WWII casualties. Ustica’s main dives are Grotta dei Gamberi, Grotta delle Cipree, Scoglio del Medico and Secca della Colombara. La Montagna, in Scilla, is a 20-meter high monolith completely covered in black coral, many kinds of soft corals and nudibranchs. The Haven, the largest wreck in the world, is just off-coast between Arenzano and Varazze, and can easily be accessed. There are some truly fabulous sites worth exploring and underwater visibility is usually very good, up to 30 meters. The best time for diving is between May and September when water temperatures are up to 30°C.

Geography and climate

Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in South-Central Europe. To the north it borders France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia along the Alps. To the south it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula, Sicily, Sardinia and many other smaller islands. The independent states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, whilst Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Summer temperatures in the south are far hotter than in the north, especially in the mountain regions which have heavy winter snowfalls. The north has the most rainfall, with the wettest months being October to December. The warmest and most reliable weather is April to June, the prime tourist season. However the tourist high season is from July to August.

Entry requirements

To enter Italy, European citizens need only their citizen's card. A passport is required by Australian, British, Canadian and USA citizens. Other countries will need a visa. For more informations, please contact the Italian Embassy in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccination against Tetanus is advised. Italy is in an earthquake zone. For more informations, please contact your doctor or the Italian Embassy in your home country.

Time zone

UTC+1 and summer time (DST) is UTC+2.


Phonecards can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents. Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good. Public access is available in Internet Corner Kiosks. Kiosks have been installed at airports, major hotels and in other public places. There are also Internet cafes in all main towns.

Power and Electricity

230V/50Hz (European or Italian plug)

Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Italy

Which locations in Italy have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Italy and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Italy

Which marine species can I observe in Italy? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Italy

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Italy? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Italy.

Scuba Diving centers in Italy

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Italy? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Italy. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in Italy

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Italy? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Italy. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

Accommodation in Italy

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Italy? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Italy. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.