Secca di Capo Fonza

Scuba diving near Campo nell' Elba

Explore the shipwrecks, shallows and corbellas

From the coast of Campo nell' Elba, you can arrive at the shallows and corbellas in just a few minutes.

The shipwreck of Pomonte


This is one of the few dives on the Isola d'Elba that can be commenced from shore.The dive starts from the small beach of Pomonte. After reaching the nearby rock of Ogliera, to the left lies the body of the ship Elviscot on the detrital seabed 12 meters deep. The ship sank in 1972 after a violent sea storm pushed it ashore.

The shipwreck’s bow has been deteriorated by the storms while the stern is still in good condition. Among the iron sheets there are conger-eels, white breams and octopuses, while the reflections of the light made by the sunbeams through the portholes create unusual effects, perfect for taking photos. The exploration of the Elviscot is an easy dive thanks to the moderate depth that brings brightness and transparency to the dive site. It is a splendid dive, suitable for divers of any level, even for those who have just started to learn.


Shallow of Fetovaia

This shallow is situated on the southern side of the island near the cape bearing the same name. Its summit is 12 meters deep and can usually be spotted from the surface when the sea is calm. Beyond a flat area on the southern side with a sandy and rocky seabed, starts a dramatic drop vanishing into the deep blue sea.

While swimming slowly along the cliff, the diver will see holes and breaches that are the perfect hide-out for octopuses, conger-eels and scorpion fish. At a depth of 30 meters, the route veers eastward, descending to 40 meters. Here the cliff continues towards the open sea, completely covered by gorgonias that when illuminated by flashlight show off their deep red colour. This offshoot of the cliff continues to descend even deeper and it is therefore advisable to be particularly careful in checking air consumption in order to make a safe ascent.


Shallow of Capo Fonza


This shallow near Capo Fonza, is one of the most popular dive sites of the island. The shallow is easily located from the surface since its summit reaches 3 meters under the level of sea. The dive begins by following the steep wall reaching a depth of 40 meters towards the open sea. At the base, the various clefts and small caves house lobsters, white beams and moray eels, while by carefully looking inside the more protected fractures you may see the pretty branches of red coral.

The current may make the descent difficult but contributes to the richness of the seabed. The side of the shallow towards the promontory of Capo Fonza is less steep, with big rocks on which there are colonies of yellow Parazoanthus, false corals and the delicate laces of sea roses. In the sandy areas, between the rocks, sometimes there are the great valves of the Pinna nobilis.


Corbella Rock

Not far from Capo Stella, the promontory separating the Gulf of Lacona from the Gulf of Stella, there is a group of emerging rocks from which rise the large stack of rocks named "Corbella" which also gives the name to the surrounding rocky area.

It is a good idea to organize various dives in this area in order to explore its many secrets. The most spectacular area is the one facing Capoliveri - to the east: at a depth of 15 meters the seabed is a rocky maze of holes, clefts and wide channels. Towards the southeast, the seabed morphology becomes steeper and reaches 35 meters.

The area facing the coast has a shallower seabed, with rockslides and sand, the ideal environment for a varied fauna: salpas swim peacefully among the algas and there are Chromis chromis, scorpion fish, octopuses and anemones housing small crabs. In spring, in the open sea, there is frequently the passing of dentexes and schools of amberjacks.
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