Our first goal is the custom care and his safety, that's the reason why we work with a limited number of divers. Our center is regularly authorized by the La Maddalena National Park, the Lavezzi Marine Reserve in Corsica and by the Italian Port Authority, and it is member of the Regional Register of Diving Tourism operators.
There are nearly 40 dive sites all around La Maddalena Archipelago and Lavezzi island. Palau is in the strategical position: we can easily reach both East and West sides of the archipelago. The presence of the many archipelago islands offers us sheltered places to dive, even with bad weather conditions, keeping always in mind your safety and a navigation without problems.
We will lead you to the discovery of this wonderful sea, where the La Maddalena National Park and the Lavezzi Marine Reserve represent a unique protected area, preserving one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean region. All the activities are supervised by the owner, a marine biologist, in order to give you more information regarding the naturalistic aspects of your diving, beside the recreational ones.
The dive spots are generally represented by rocky shallows rising from the bottoms around the islands till few meters from surface and granite walls starting from surface, these especially on the east side of Caprera island. Nearly all the dive sites are suitable for any level of diver, starting directly from surface or few meters below. Water temperature varies from 11 °C in early Spring to 25 °C in Summer and Autumn.
Diving with us is simple. First of all we suggest you to contact us in advance and book your dive (absolutely necessary during high season). The dive site is chosen day by day depending on weather conditions and on the dives you did in the previous days. We love quite and safe dives for you - we download every day the Meteofrance forecast for the Bonifacio strait. There are nearly 40 dive spots in the area and we always look for new ones.
Divers are divided into small groups, depending on the certification levels; every group has its own dive guide, determining dive time, depth and course, and showing you all the interesting organisms and fishes you will meet. The maximum depth is around 30-40 ms for advanced certifications, while for basic certifications and beginners it is around 18 - 20 ms. All the dives are no-deco dives with 3-5 ms safety stop.
Professional and qualified diving instructors on board as well as for your diving education offering PADI and DAN courses with a large choice of specialties are available. Enriched Air (Nitrox) is also offered for safer diving. No swimming pools, no tiles and no chlorine: you will start immediately in the sea water, immersed in the wonderful scenery of Sardinian Coast.
Confined water lessons are held in the beautiful bays and beaches sheltered from wind and scattered all along the coast: so you immediately get used to marine environment in a quite and gradual way. English, Spanish and French are spoken by the staff (beside Italian quite well!). We run courses with the aid of didactic material available in many languages.
Discover Scuba Diving - the "baptism of sea": to try the diving experience without getting involved in an entire course, quietly and safely. Structure: 1 small theory, 1 confined water session, 1 dive max – 12 m;
Scuba Diver - it qualifies to dive with an instructor till max. - 12 m. Structure: 3 theories, 3 confined waters, 3 open water dives;
Open Water Diver - the main course: theoretical knowledge, safety proceedings and practical abilities to dive autonomously (qualify to - 18 m). Structure: 5 theories, 5 confined waters, 4 open water dives.
Adventure Diver - first step of the advanced course with three theme 3 dives. Structure: 3 thematic dives;
Advanced Open Water - based on experience of advanced diving techniques to enhance knowledge and practical abilities (qualifies to - 30 m). Structure: 1 deep dive, 1 navigation dive, choice of 3 thematic dives;
Emergency First Response - techniques and knowledge necessary to provide firs aid and CPR in any emergency situation. A "dry" course even for non-divers, useful in everyday life. Structure: 3 theoretical and practical sessions;
Rescue Diver - techniques and knowledge for self-assistance and surface/diving rescue operation, to increase your own and your buddies' safety. Structure: 4-5 theoretical sessions, 12 open water exercise;
Dive-master - the first step on the professional way: a demanding course for a key-role in diving center activity. Structure: 12 theories, water skill assessment modules, practical application modules.
Underwater naturalist - basic knowledge, directly on the field, of Mediterranean marine environment and its aspects related to recreational diving. Structure: theory, 2 open water dives;
Peak performance buoyancy - Increase your buoyancy control for you own safety and environmental protection. Structure: theory, 2 open water dives;
Immersion Profonda - techniques, knowledge and the latter discoveries involved in the deep diving, all within the limits of recreational diving and of safety rules. Structure: theory, 4 open water dives;
U/W Photography - carry away to surface the wonders of underwater world in a environmentally sustainable way. Structure: theory, 2 open water dives;
Dry suit - comfortable dives all year long and in every weather condition. Structure: theory, 1 confined water session, 2 open water dives;
Nitrox - dive safer, dive longer with enriched air. Structure: theory, 2 open water dives;
Gas Blender - learn how to mix your own enriched air. Structure: theory, practice;
Fish ID - identified different species of fish and learn their ecosystem. Structure: theory, 2 open water dives;
Multilevel - learn the theory of dive computer and multilevel diving. Structure: theory, 2 open water dives;
Wreck Dive - discover the ancient time and learn all the safety of diving on wrecks. Structure: theory, 4 open water dives;
Search and Recovery - all about the technique of research objects underwater and navigation patterns. Structure: theory, 4 open water dives;
Night Dive - safety and procedure of night diving with fun. Structure: theory, 3 open water dives;
Equipment - learn how to maintain your scuba gear properly. Structure: theory and practice.
Diving trips on board of our custom made diving boat, fast and comfortable for 14 divers. 40 dive sites reached between 5 to maximum 40 minutes boat ride. Beautiful gorgon sea fans, nudibranch's lover paradise and wide range of fish life like barracuda's, moray eels, scorpion fish and octopus.
Nautilus Diving Center is completely independent from holidays residences and hotels: thus we can provide our customers with a wide choice of accommodations, such as hotels, residences, apartments, camp sites or tourist farm, depending on your demand. You can arrive directly to Palau from Genova in one night of navigation with Enermar Lines.
Otherwise, you can arrive to the harbors of Olbia and Golfo Aranci (40 min. from Palau), by the ferries of Grandi Navi Veloci, Linea dei Golfi, Moby Lines, Sardinia Ferry, Tirrenia Lines departing from Genova, Savona, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Napoli. In alternative you can arrive to Porto Torres (about 1,5 hours from Palau) from Genova by the ferries of Grandi Navi Veloci and Tirrenia Lines.
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