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Dive Review of Centro Sub Campi Flegrei in
Other Locations/Naples, Italy

Centro Sub Campi Flegrei, Oct, 2008,

by Robert Halem, CA, USA (Contributor Contributor 17 reports). Report 4498.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 72 to 73 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15 to 20 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Restricted access national park, must dive with leader
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Understanding, but no specific facilities

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was not a dive for the creatures. Just as the Naples area is famous for Pompeii and the ruins, there is another set of ruins underwater at Baia. The Italian government has established a national park covering the archeological site and diving with an approved leader is mandatory. We did two dives.

The first dive is on a series of brick pilings that once supported a Roman causeway. Because of land subsidence, the tops that originally were above water are now 20 feet below with the bottoms at about 40 feet. There is interesting brick work and some limited sea life growing on the pillars. Near one end of the row of pillars, the sea floor bubbles due to volcanic activity. If you put your hand in the sand, you can feel the warmth.

The second dive could be done with a snorkel, but tanks make it easier. We were in only 10-12 feet of water, but had on the bottom a complete Roman village. You could see the remains of walls, now about 2 feet tall and follow the doorways, rooms and in some of the more opulent, complete mosaic floors, all now 10 feet underwater. Due to the shallow depth, dive time would have been almost unlimited, but we had seen most of it and were brought back to the boat after about an hour.

I was on a cruise so had to rent all equipment. Stuff was in reasonable condition. I did have to dive in 72 degree water without a wet suit. I had informed them in advance that I needed a 2X-3X but they had nothing large enough. That would be my only issue with the operation and was more than compensated by the sights to be seen.
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