Corsica is a water lovers' oasis and is one of the best places to dive in Europe - the legendary clarity and temperatures of the water easily passing for tropical. Corsica's inlets and beaches are numerous and the island possesses 30 diving centres dotted along its 1000km coastline. Great diving in Corsica can be found all around the island: from the Revellata peninsula near Calvi, where you can dive to the wreck of a WWII bomber; to the marine reserve at Bonifacio; or the 'Cathédrales' off the coast at Porto Pollo in the Valinco. The waters around Bonifacio, Scandola, Ajaccio, Cargèse, the Désert des Agriates, Calvi and Propriano are particularly well renowned for being prime diving spots.
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The dramatically rugged landscape on the dry side of the shoreline continues underwater in the form of yet more mountains and canyons, needles, sharp peaks, rocky masses and scree. The onshore maquis scrub meanwhile transforms underwater into a handsome carpet of yellow flowering anemone, red coral and gorgonian. Underwater inhabitants on the island include grouper, brown meagre and dentex and there are a number of easily accessible wrecks to explore. Corsica's superb underwater kingdom has been impressively well preserved, thanks to the careful management of two internationally renowned marine nature reserves, the absence of an intensive commercial fishing industry and an almost total lack of polluters and pollutants. Your Corsican Places Representative will have details of local dive centres.
- Please remember that extra insurance is required for diving - check the depths you are insured to go to.
- Please remember to take your qualification cards with you.
- You may need to book extra luggage on your flight if taking your own equipment - this must be arranged at least 48 hours in advance of your flight.
- We recommend taking a 'fit to dive' letter from your doctor with you to show when booking your diving - If you have already chosen your dive school then please double check with them what you need before you travel.