Diving Centres in Italy

7 February 2023
Italy has a long coast line and many diving centres: for those in Sardinia or Ustica see their dedicated sections. Read on for reviews of dive centres in the rest of Italy.

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Water temperatures around Italy vary from around 13 oC in February in the North to 26 oC in August in the South. The diving season runs from around May (still cold at 18 oC) to September or, in the south, October.

The visibility is generally good and tides not a problem.

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Sicily | Ponza | Bay of Napoli | Elba | Portofino | Pisa | Liguria | Rome

Argentario Divers

Diving in the Archipelago Toscano Marine Park, with wrecks, caverns and drop offs.

Argentario Divers are located in Porto Ercole, a charming village dating back to the eleventh century, overlooking the Argentario Mountain.

They are easy to reach from Rome, Florence, Siena and Perugia.

Argentario Divers

The Dive Centre is right in front of the sea (it is less than 10 minutes to the nearest dive spot) and is open all year round.

Argentario Divers offer many courses from Intro Dive to Divemaster, Rebreather, Scooter, Wreck, Cavern and Trimix from PADI, UTD, UTRtek and CMAS. They speak Italian and English.

Contact them at
Argentario Divers
Lungomare Andrea Doria 103
58019 Port Ercole
Tel: +39 3391376411, +39 3396913347

Review Argentario Divers…

Palermo, Sicily

See also the diving centres in Ustica (a small island off Sicily).

Open May to November in Ustica, year-round in Palermo.

Mobile: 338.88.82.236
E-mail: palermo@orcasub.it

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended (1)

Palermo, Sicily
Pashark Ro

Porto Scalo
Vicino Stazione di Benzina
90049 Terrasini (Palermo)
Tel: +39.366.1053929

Review Pashark Ro

Trapani, Sicily
Trapani Sub

Via Avvocato Giuseppe Palmeri 10
Tel: (+39) 347 55 95 023
WhatsApp: (+39) 331 42 38 958

Review Trapani Sub

Naxos, Sicily
Sea Spirit Diving Resort

Via Recanati, 26
98035 Giardini Naxos ME
Tel: +39 320 867 3320

Review Sea Spirit Diving Resort

Naxos, Sicily
Taormina Diving Center

PADI Resort R 9847
Via Jannuzzo 14
98035 Giardini Naxos (ME)
Tel: +39 338 654 59 85

Review Taormina Diving Centert

Naxos, Sicily
Dive Sicily

Speak Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish. Free pickup from local hotels.

Via Calcide Eubea
Giardini Naxos
Italy Tel: +39-360 289 555
Tel: +39 333 1800 986
E-mail: info@divesicily.com

Reviews: 1 star rating(1)

"Horrible experience! No safety oxygen, all equipment so old and leaking, very short dives (came out with 120 bar!). Do not recommend!"
Joe, 2016
Ponza Diving Center

Ponza Diving Center is located on a small island between Rome and Naples. Established 1991, it is a Padi diving center: recreational course Padi and technical course with TDI standards; rebreather Inspiration courses are available. Can arrange accommodation in apartment or hotel.

Ponza Diving Center
Via Banchina s.n.c.
Ponza porto Lt.
Italy Tel: 0771/809788 (anche fax)
Mobile 337/808485
E-mail: info@ponzadiving.com


Pozzuoli, Bay of Napoli
Centro Sub Campi Flegrei

Centro Sub Campi Flegrei
Via Napoli 1
80078 Pozzuoli
Tel/Fax: +39 (0)81 8531563
Mobile: +39 334 564 1480
E-mail: info@centrosubcampiflegrei.it

Reviews: 4 stars

"We offer *PADI*, *CMAS* and *PTA* courses ranging from introduction dives through to instructor level training, including numerous specialities. The diving centre has two Coltri Sub compressors, nitrox and trimix blending facilities, 50 complete sets of diving equipment, a workshop for any necessary repairs and ample wet and dry storage areas. This is supplemented by the beach front location providing changing rooms, showers, sun decks, bar-come-restaurants and other entertainment. We offer diving at sites within the sunken city of Baiae, in the Gulf of Naples and around the islands of Ischia, Procida, Nisida and Capri. Transfer to these sites is provided by our own boat (12 m) or our ribs (8 m and 5 m) which dock directly at the small pier located immediately in front of our beach front location. "
Kair L Keller, Centro Sub Campi Flegrei, 2012
Ischia, Napoli
Orizzonti Blu Ischia Diving

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Centro Sub Campi Flegrei
Via Iasolino 86, 80077 Naples, Italy
Tel: +39 (0)75 517 9486
E-mail: info@orizzontiblu.net


Ischia, Napoli
Ischia Diving Centre

Via Iasolino 106
Ischia Porto
Tel: 081/981852-3406403954
E-mail: info@ischiadiving.net


Elba Diving Center

Reviews: 5 Star Rating: Recommended

Viale Aldo Moro 57033
Marciana Marina (LI)
E-mail: info@elbalink.it

Diving in Elba

Biodola & Procchio (LI)
Isola d'Elba
E-mail: info@divinginelba.com -

Review Diving in Elba Center


Dive centre in the Portofino marine park.

Via Vespucci 2 Rapallo
Tel: +39 347 4566691


"Very good equipment, nice people very helpful during preparation and all through dive before and after. Professional. 50 Euro dive. "
Bob Schneider, Israel, 2007
DWS Diving

PADI Resort in Santa Margherita, Liguria, Portofino and close to Genoa and Pisa airports. A few steps from the port where their covered Modulo M boat is - close to restaurants + North Sails that offer our clients discounts. Exclusive deals with 4* hotel also available. Ital/Eng owned. Multi-lingual team. DWS have a licence to dive in the Portofino protected Marine Park which is home to a "dazzling array of marine life + most famous dive in the Mediterranean CHRIST OF THE ABYSS, submerged in memory of a scuba-diving pioneer".

Via Favale, 11
Santa Margherita Ligure
Tel Italia (Luca Smecca): +39 0185.282578
Mobile: +39 335 725 9758
Tel UK (Cathy): info@dwsdiving.com
E-mail: info@dwsdiving.com
Skype: dwsdiving


Corsi Sub Escursioni Diving Toscana

Piazza Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi 3
Tel: +39 050 505030
E-mail: info@permareperterra.it



Via Giovanni da Balduccio, 20
Tel: +39 050 503323


Accademia Blu

Open all year, SSI centre.

c/o Bagni Pancaldi in Acquaviva
Viale Italia, 62
Livorno 57127
Tel: +39 348 3179518



Porto Turistico
108 Lavagna
Italy 16033
Tel: 0185 32 41 70
E-mail: odisseasub@odisseasub.net



Argonauta, established 1992, is an official MARES diving centre, open March/November, is situated in the tourist port just a few metres from the jetty and dive boats, next to a small wooded area. The diving center offers one and two-tank dives, night dives and courses for all levels, toilets and changing rooms. Single dive 37,00. Special price: 1 week with apartment accommodation + 6 dives only 329,00 per diver. Special prices for groups.

Via Faro
Scaletta Porto
91010 San Vito lo Capo (TP)
E-mail: argodiving@tiscali.it


Further Reading

Sea Fishes and Invertebrates of the Mediterranean
by Lawson Wood, Paperback, New Holland Publishers, 128 pages, (2015)
Covers 289 species with colour photographs<

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