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Grotta di Nereo (the Cave of Nereus)

Right under the cape of Capo Caccia, the famous Grotta di Nereo (the Cave of Nereus) begins. It is one of the largest underwater caves in Europe, with an overall dimension of 300 metres, and tunnels which extend for at least an overall length of 500 metres . Here, the beauty of nature merges with the charming legend of Nereus, marine divinity of Greek mythology. In the tunnels, light currents contribute to the explosion of life along the walls of the cave, in what is a desirable destination for both photographers and underwater video operators.

Departure: the cave is 10 minutes away from the ArchiMete tourist centre by rubber boat.

Route: the cave is on two levels, and exploration is recommended to expert divers only.

Depth: maximum 32 metres, the cave’s entrance is located at 29 metres.

To see: the cave has several openings connected to each other. Once inside, you pass a labyrinth of galleries where spin lobsters, clawed lobsters, rockfishes, congers and porter crabs proliferate. Continuing along the tunnels, it is possible to find codfishes hunting for small prey. The walls near the openings are covered in colonies of red coral and colorful sponges.

Length of the exploration: 50 minutes without decompression.

Price includes: scuba tank and ballast, transfer by rubber boat, diving and naturalistic guide inside the cave, washing and storage of the equipment.

Further information: the tourist centre ArchiMete offers the possibility to buy cheap diving packages, which allow one to experience the wonders of the Protected Marine Area of Capo Caccia-Isola Piana. The offer can be combined with trekking and snorkeling routes, in addition to naturalistic activities proposed by ArchiMete. See also the section “Discover our offers” on the homepage of the website.

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ideazione e progettazione grafica di:

Alessio Tavoletti

sviluppo tecnico e ingegnerizzazione:

Simone Volpini