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CORSICA DIVING: CERBICALE ISLANDS I

Located less than 5 km from the coast near Porto-Vecchio, the Cerbicale Islands archipelago are a great Corsica diving area made up of 6 rocky islets: Pietricaggiosa Island, Forana Island, Maestro María Island or Isla Plana, Vacca Rock, Toro Island, the most far away from the coast, at 7 km in the sea and Isla Piana. With a total area of ​​36 ha. They are small islands (the largest, Piana, is only 700 meters long!) and not very high (Forana is 35 meters, being the largest and Maestro María, the smallest, 5 meters)

They have been a natural reserve since 1981. As they have never been inhabited by humans, they are an excellent refuge for wildlife, in fact both fishing and hunting are prohibited and represent an important home for a great variety of flora and fauna, including birds. They are of special interest to the Mediterranean crested cormorant, gray shearwater, stormy petrel and Audouin’s gull, among others.

The marine environment is frequented by numerous pelagic birds and in its rocky and poseidonea bottoms we will find a rich biodiversity frequented by groupers, conger eels, amberjacks, moray eels, …

Therefore the dives here offer a multitude of possibilities with plenty of live across underwater canyons. There is also the possibility of diving through the reck of the Pecorella, a cement ship that sank in 1967. And if we are lucky we will also be able to see loggerhead turtles!

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Summary:

  • Date & place: 23/08/2020 | Cerbicale Islands, Mediterran sea
  • Level: Advanced
  • External & underwater conditions: strong wind | Good, without currents
  • Duration, visibility & water Tª: 53 min | Very good (+20 m) | 25 ºC
  • Max. depth & Gas: 27 m | Air
  • Surface time:  –  (1st dive)

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First dive of the day: VACCA Island

Located on Palombaggia beach, a beautiful natural beach south of Porto Vechio that we highly recommend visiting, we arrived at the Kallister diving center at 7:30 am (it is a wooden hut on the beach).

Sarif, a very nice young man, attends us, we get ready and around 8/8:15 a.m. we take the two 12 liters aluminum tanks and take them to the boat as well as the equipment (here each one has to transport their equipment and tanks from the diving center to the boat) and we go to the Cerbicale Islands in what will be our first dive in Corsica. Shortly they give us the briefing for the first dive, which will be in the ‘vacca’.

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Palombaggia beach

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Preparing the equipment at Kallister club, at Palombaggia beach

We have a very calm dive, we see a lot of posidonia on the rock bottom. In this area there is plenty of macro life, flabellina type of nudibranchs and many ‘vaquitas’ (‘cows’).

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Castanet and Nudibranch flabellina type

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Nudibranch flabellina type

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Nudibranch ‘cow’ or vaquita type

We also see many groupers, dentex, salemas, bream, and other fishes and some nacras although dead (it is not surprising, since the mortality of the nacras in the Mediterranean sea is now very high).

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Grouper looking curious

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Dead Nacra

It has been an entertaining and pleasant dive, being a group of 4 people + the guide, Sarif who takes care of us very well.

We go up to the surface and rest on the boat having a hot drink and some cookies that they offer us, and shortly we go to the second dive point. See Corsica Diving: Cerbicale Islands II

More information about Kallister Diving Center:

  • Diving center twinned with Bonifaccio Plongeé diving center
  • Good access by car (parking behind the beach)
  • Equipment can be cleaned with fresh water but there are no showers or changing rooms
  • Link to Website
  • We recommend in the area:
    • Visit the beautiful Palombaggia beach (and other natural beaches nearby) where you can practice snorkeling and paddle surfing (Kallister club also rents boards)

For more information on other Corsican dive sites, read our DIVING GUIDE IN CORSICA

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