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

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Halem, CA, USA
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Report Number 4498
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Florida
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
72   to 73    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restricted access national park, must dive with leader  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Understanding, but no specific facilities
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
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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