Giannutri Island is a tiny uninhabited island off the Argentario Coast. It is easily reached by boat from Porto Santo Stefano and diving tours can be booked at the seaside port during the summer months. On land, the island has a handful of columns and ruins that date back to the Roman Empire. These days, Giannutri is a protected nature park.
The island has numerous dive sights. The Wreck of Nasim II is perhaps the most spectacular. This merchant ship sunk in 1976 after it collided with nearby rocks. The ship was transporting cars, and divers can explore the wreck and its cargo, as well as meet the odd tuna and amberjack. Nearby, is the wreck of another sunken ship, the Anna Bianca, which also sunk in the 1970s. According to local legend, the ship was transporting drugs and was deliberately sunk to collect on its insurance. In reality, it was transporting pumice stones, and while we don’t know how it sunk, we can see the scars of the explosion that tore the ship’s hull in two.
Giannutri Island doesn’t just offer divers sunken ships. At Punta Secca, you can see giant lobsters and barracudas, while Gli Archetti provides a breathtaking underwater garden of algae and coral that rise almost 2 meters up natural stone arches. The light and incredible visibility make this Giannutri’s most popular dive sight.
After a day underwater, relax on Giannutri’s beaches before heading back to Porto Santo Stefano for your pick of amazing seaside restaurants along the boardwalk.