We offer a wide range dives, at varying levels of difficulty.
The Dive Center is located in the center of the Isola Bella Natural Reserve, a mere 0 – 5 minute boat trip from all of the dive sites. Between dives, you can easily return to the beach and enjoy a variety of activities with the “non-divers” in your party. The Taormina sea bed is largely composed of rock, providing a clear visibility between 10 and 30 meters throughout the season (from May 1st to October 30th).
The Air Cave ( maximum dept : -18 meters )
A spectacle to behold, this natural cave, embedded deep within Cape Taormina, is only accessible to divers through an underwater passage. After entering the cave, you can surface within its interior, breath above water, and examine its rooms. The exterior of the cave is populated by octopus, squid, and the occasional giant sea slug. You may also find machine gun parts, remaining from the second World War.
Isola Bella South ( maximum dept : -18 meters )
The stunning rock formations that dominate the south side of Isola Bella open into a multitude of passages, tunnels, and small canyons. The dithering light playing upon this underwater labyrinth is a sight to behold. Here, you can meet octopus, sea slugs, and large schools of fish. The passages of Isola Bella are home to several large, timid grouper, visible to the stealthy diver.
Isola Bella North ( maximum dept : -20 meters )
Reserved for experienced divers. The north side of the island is full of caves and tunnels which are somewhat “technical” to negotiate. Like the Blue Cave, the organisms covering the walls provide a magnificent mosaic of bright colors. These passages are home to shrimp, fish, sea spiders, and lobsters. Stealthy divers may also view Luigi, the 80 kilo grouper.
The Blue cave
( maximum dept : -20 meters )
This large blue cave is open at the surface, covered in coral, and home to many unique species of marine life. It is ideal for your first cave dive and accessible to open water divers. The organisms covering the walls provide a magnificent mosaic of bright colors. The name “Grotta Azzura” (Blue Cave) comes from the intense blue color, predominant throughout the dive.
Gorgonia ( maximum dept : – 42 meters)
This site is reserved for very experienced divers.
The seemingly bottomless diving wall is covered by tree-like red and yellow gorgonias. You can often find shark eggs laid in the gorgonias’ branches. Their unique position promotes oxygenation, an essential element for the eggs’ development.
The Oncle Gennaro’s rock
( maximum dept between -20 and – 40 meters)
Shaped like a “panetone” (italian dessert), this rock has a protected shallow side for the water entry and another side giving on the deep sea. At 20 meters we can visit a small cave full of shrimps. For the more experienced divers we can dive down to 40 meters and observe from time to time pelagic like the eagle-ray and the Mediterranean moonfish.Strong currents are on this divesite very often so only advanced divers are allowed to go.
( maximum dept -24meters)
A Roman ship, carrying these marble columns, was sunk at Cape Taormina, 2000 years ago. Today, you can view their remains at 24 meters. It is interesting to view how nature reclaims its property, including a family of moray eels who setup house within the columns. 20 meters away, you may see another cave filled with cave shrimp, fish, and coral.
The Canyon ( maximum dept – 30 meters )
The Canyon is 40 meters long, with a depth ranging from 10 to 30 meters. The canyon walls are home to sponges, “false” coral, fire worms, eels, lobsters, crabs, and other marine life species.
Just outside of the Nike Diving Center, this site is a perfect “refresher dive” for divers who haven’t dived recently. The progressive depth transition and the shore start are two essential elements for review. This site is located in the middle of the natural reserve, where you can observe most mediterranean marine life species. You will visit the reserve sand bar, home to flounder, lizard fish, rays, and the occasional white scorpion fish. During the summer, this site is frequented by schools of Mediterranean barracuda.
Opening at a depth of 10 meters, this 5 meter-wide hole grows into a larger room and then spits you out at 30 meters. The exit opens to a large diving wall that is home to moray eels, grouper, and octopus. A few feet away, you will visit the shrimp cave, where thousands of shrimp hide during the day.
Like an iceberg, this rock measures only 2 x 3 meters on the surface, but is gigantic under water. It has a depth of 36 meters and a large underwater passage from one side to the other, traversable by divers. Schools of damselfish and cardinal fish are present throughout the dive and it is common to meet lobsters and other crustaceans.