It's the strip of land joining the Sorrento's peninsula and Coast of Amalfi and it seems almost to rejoin with Capri's Island. In 1997 all the area became a Marine Reserve and it is spread on a surface of the sea on over 1500 hectares, between the Massa Lubrense's and Positano's municipalities. The reserve protects about 40 km of coast and the sea nearby. It is classify as Special Protected Area of Mediterrenean Interest.
The dive is along the western side of the beautifull bay of Sorrento, between Marina Grande fishing village and Pollio Felice's ancient roman villa. Here the wall of the point drops vertically in the blue deeper then 60 mt., and it's colonized by wonderfull and very healthy different kinds of corals: yellow and red sea funs, along which branches we can admire very often dogfishes egs, spirographs and tunicates on the wall.
We can meet many other animals such as groupers, white breams or small tunas, infact once upon a time the tunas fishing factory of Sorrento was famous.
It's less then 1 mile far from the diving embarking dock and it is the fulcrum of the integral area of the Marine park of Punta Campanella. The close distance to the coastline and, the costant presence of marine currents, incentivize the development of a very healthy and abbundant marine fauna contribuing to make this one of the most suggestive dive of the Gulf of Naples.
It's very easy to meet many fish species such as dentex, sea basses, big groupers and sometimes the jhon dory. The northern side of the rock has an uncomparable "garden" of amazing gorgonias; meanwhile the western side, at a shallower depth, is covered by a moltitude of very healthy and colourfull parazoanthus.
Punta di Puolo
For its morphological characteristics it's a dive for everybody. Infact the beginners can start their dive from the shore without renouncing to the fascination of a wall dive. The more experts divers can dive along the wall, visiting some caverns with different difficulty levels.
In Puolo the night dives are amazing, especially for the abundance of an unbelievable micro life such as:
hippocampus guttulatus, alicia mirabilis, Aplysia depilant, Stenopus, parapandalo and, with some luck, the very rare Cymathium parthenopeum.
At few hundreds meters far from Vervece Rock there is a wreck of a small cargo vessel which sank about 20 years ago after a storm. It's a very beautiful dive with a descent in the blue, at a maximum depth of 42 mt. Sometimes the presence of strong currents makes the dive very difficult, but when the current is very light and the divers don't consume so much, swimming at a depth of about 30 mt. it's possible to reach Vervece rock.
The cave, of karst formation, is on the eastern side of the same name bay. The entrance is at a depth between 6 and 15 mt., 3mt. wide and 80 mt. long.
The bottoms are made of white sands with big grains so the divers, when swimm inside the cave, don't raise suspension of particles.
It's a corridor with high vertical sides, which, after about 40 mt. of distance covered, becomes so narrow allowing the passage of one by one diver.
There are two vertical syphons, through which you can reach the surface in small chambers studded of wonderful alabaster. . Biological particularities are the brotula fish (Oligopus ater) and the pink actinia (Halcampoides purpurea).
Punta Campanella Cape
Punta Campanella is the southern limit of the Gulf of Naples and the northern one of Gulf of Salerno. It's the so-called "Minervae" promontory, behind which the ancient greek and roman ships stand waiting for better weather conditions before round the cape.
Its bottoms still store some ancient roman artifacts. The morfology of the bottoms varys a lot, infact during the same dive the diver can meet different environments: areas of big rocks alternate to plains with big beatiful gorgonias or vertical walls, along wich there are some small caverns full of small gambas (Plesionika narval).