Diving in Liguria – Portofino and the wreck “Haven”
Even those who are not scuba-diving experts can enjoy this amazing experience going to one of the many specialized diving centers in Liguria.
With this post, I would like to begin a series of articles for those who love diving and want to have more informations about the most beautiful dive sites in Liguria, but also for those how are curious to discover the fascinating ligurian underworld.
So, let’s start…
The Marine Protected Area of the Portofino Promontory was established by the Ministry for the Environment in 1999 with the goal of valorizing the biological and geomorphic resources of the area and promoting wider understanding of ecology and biology.
Departing from Camogli, the reserve stretches to the gates of S. Margherita Ligure, and is an ideal place for diving.
The Promontory stretches into the sea for about 4 km, and represents one of the most alluring landscapes of the Italian Riviera. It is characterized by a remarkable variety of environments. High cliffs throw into the sea out of the coves, and they descend down to depths for about 50 meters, ending in vast sandy expanses.
This is the ideal environment for numerous species of fish and mollusks. Swimming in these limpid waters is magnificent for the red coral and groupers peeking out of their dens.
The statue of the “Christ of the Abyss” is one of the most famous and visited underwater sites on earth, accessible to divers and snorkeler. The bronze statue is placed in a bay in the cove of S. Fruttuoso at 17 meters underwater, every day it welcomes divers with its open arms.
On April 1991 during routine operations, transferring crude oil from one cistern to another, an explosion occurred in a tank on board the Haven and the Captain and four men of the crew died. For days, a violent blaze burned tons of crude oil, the ship’s bow section broke off, and the remaining 250 meters foundered one mile from the inhabited town of Arenzano.
Today, the wreck has become one of the most popular dive sites among divers and exploringit is a fascinating and unforgettable experience.
The Haven lies in sailing trim on a muddy bed 80 meters underwater, but the upper part of the structure reaches 32 meters. The funnel has been dismantled because it was dangerous for navigation.
The dive is not easy in this area and for that the Harbour Authorities issued severe regulations for scuba diving.