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Il Grande Blu is opened from March until November.
In March and November we run courses & dives that might include service by boat only during festive/pre-festive days.
All the activities (courses, dives, others…) off the shore or by car are available every day in the opening season.
From April till October we run all the activities every day on full time.
Haven wreck or specific destinations are possibly available every day, contact us to know more.
How a look to our page DIVE WITH US for details about time slot, dive spot, etc...
For information about dive and pack dive cost, visit our page: PRICE LIST.
To book a dive, you might just send us an email with your inquiry, we will promptly respond with all the informations. If you like, all those about booking, logistics, dive destinations and prices are available here (please read carefully the cancellation policy):
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If your are a dive school/club/group don't hesitate to Contact Us directly, we will offer different options.
We have a large choice of equipment either for recreational either for technical diving.
You may have a look at the Rental Equipment Price List.
The water temperature differs a lot during the year in the Mediterranean Sea.
The main charteristics of this area is, a part from the averagely high salinity due to its geography, is the thermocline: this phenomenom is happening all around the year but at different dephts so by mistake many people might think it is not there in the colder season.
What actually happens is that the water "mixes up" gradually when the climate gets colder and the other way around when it get warmer.
From March to May the temperature ranges around 14 and 18 degrees (Celcius) at 18m and it does not vary significantly along the depht where we normally can dive (recreationally speaking).
From June to September the temperature ranges around 18 and 21 degree at 18m, but at the shallower dephts like from the surface to 5 meters deep it can reach the amazing temperature of 28/29 degrees! Descending gradually to 10 meters deep it would still be very warm (about 25 degrees) then have a really big difference from the 10 meters mark to 30/40 meteres.
From October till March it ranges around 19 and 15 degrees at 18m, reaching the coldest temperature of 12/13 degrees around January or February.
Some years seasons (so temperature and visibility) might switch rapidly especially from Summer to Autumn depending on storms but especially from the anti-cyclons, which stabilize the climate during Summer time, which generally come around November.
Not everything is bad about storms: after they have past, the following days and sometimes also weeks give to divers the oportunity to have the best conditions of the whole year. In fact, it is not uncommun around December - or even the beginning of January if you are lucky - to have more than 20/25 meters visibility in the Portofino Marine Park.
This area has the particularity to have its peninsula crossed by two main currents going one the opposite direction than the other; such a case heats slightly up its waters creating a better condition for the sea life where to grow.
Of course you can, what we suggest is to have, according with our daily programs and other booking, a dive in a near-by spot, then snorkel on top of the statue during the surface interval after your first dive, as it is quite shallow and might not worth a whole dive.
You may experience natural breathing, just like on land.
You will have nothing to bite on, feel your mouth free to communicate, drink
No fog anymore! No product treatment needed, in fact thanks to the air circulation system the fogging is impossible
You can communicate underwater!!!
Take the advantages of the Ocean Reef Integrated Mask especially designed for snorkeling!!!
Breathe through your nose while snorkeling. Good bye jaw discomfort. Good bye difficult breathing and goodbye water in your snorkel. Huge field of vision and no more fogging. :-)
You may rent the Aria Snorkeling Mask and try yourself!