Crystal-clear waters, limpid skies and a rich, varied land, but the marvels of Sardinia don’t finish here – it has an equally lush and fascinating undersea universe.
More diving enthusiasts each year choose the Sardinian coastline as a holiday destination: submerged wrecks, archaeological remains, rock faces in the most bizarre shapes and thousands of varieties of fish in an intact marine flora.
An area of particular interest is the length of coastline from Capo Teulada to Pula, passing through Santa Margherita, where the Forte Village Resort faces onto one of the finest beaches in the island.
At the well-known Resort, with the help of selected instructors also the less experienced can obtain the Open Water Diving certificate, which gives them access to the treasures of the sea depths. Resting on the seabed is the ancient Roman city of Nora, an important port centre where there are still stretches of the ancient walls, innumerable amphorae and other remains of utensils, showing feverish activity. Traces of the long history of this land, or rather of these waters, still project from the sand off Chia at a depth of about 40 metres, where you can view the cargo of a Roman ship that sank more than 2,000 years ago.
At a depth of 25 metres near Capo Teulada, in an almost vertical position among the poseidonia, we find the Dino, an Italian merchant ship loaded with clay, which was wrecked in 1973 because of an exceptionally heavy sea. The most experienced scuba divers can go inside the wreck and enter the machine room where they can still see the remains of the equipment among snappers and bream. For those who love wrecks, there is also the Isonzo, an armed cargo ship from the Second World War, with artillery pieces and machine guns visible.
But the adventure doesn’t finish here. If you stay in the south-west tip of the island, in addition to the incredible cliffs of Capo Teulada, with their granite rock faces plunging up to 100 metres into the blue, you can visit underwater paradises such as the Grotta Azzurra and the Grotta di Levante, teeming with fish that love darkness, and with lobsters and prawns, and then there’s the cave of Capo Malfatano with its impressive stalactites and stalagmites.
Also not to be missed are the marvellous dives off the beaches of Tuerredda and Masua where you can encounter groupers, amberjack and even barracuda.
So the sea of Sardinia offers treasures able to satisfy even the most demanding subs.