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Sea, grottos & diving


Il mare del Cilento – the sea of the Cilento: You get to know it in all its diversity and shades while on holiday in the National Park.

They are countless, the grottos along the Cilento coast: Go on a discovery tour by boat.

Divers and snorkelers get their money’s worth when exploring the Cilento's underwater world.

 

 

 

Sea, grottos & diving


Il mare del Cilento – the sea of the Cilento: You get to know it in all its diversity and shades while on holiday in the National Park.

They are countless, the grottos along the Cilento coast: Go on a discovery tour by boat.

Divers and snorkelers get their money’s worth when exploring the Cilento's underwater world.

 

 

Sea grottos

They are countless, the grottos along the Cilento coast: over 30 at Cape Palinuro, innumerable rock caves in the surroundings of Scario, the sea caves of Marina di Camerota… Quite a few can be visited by boat, guided by local fishermen.

Diving and snorkeling

Divers and snorkelers get their money’s worth in the Cilento. Between sandy seabed and crevices you discover green Neptune grass, red gorgonian and orange-colored stony corals. Also found, species typical for the Mediterranean Sea such as moray, perch, bream, starfish and the extremely rare ocean sunfish. Great for divers: the numerous grottos in the Cilento. Around Capo Palinuro, mysterious caves, amongst others famous Grotta Azzurra, wait to be discovered.

Discovering and exploring the still largely untouched underwater world at maritime wildlife park Costa degli Infreschi is another unique experience.

Boat tours

Excursions to the grottos, boat trips and fishing at sea provide for variety during your holiday.

The following excursions to sea grottos and secluded beaches on Gerardo’s fishing boat depart from Marina di Camerota:

  • Tour of Grotta Azurra, Grotta delle Sanguine and Cala delle Ossa at Capo Palinuro with a stop for a swim at the wonderful sandy beach "Buon Dormire", which is accessible only by boat. Duration: ca. 4 hours.
  • Tour to Porto Infreschi: closer look at Grotto degli Infreschi; refreshing swim at the sandy beach of Porto degli Infreschi, a natural harbor and once shelter from storms for fishermen. Duration: ca. 3 hours.
  • Lamperata: fishing at night off the southern coast at Marina di Camerota; barbecue of the catch on the sandy beach of Porto degli Infreschi. Duration: 4-5 hours. Departure: between 20 – 21 h.

From Scario you can also explore the coast towards Porto Infreschi by boat.

Be it on a tour with one of the local fishermen or with one of the excursion boats: the wild beauty of this untouched and unspoilt coastal area, which is part of the core zone of the National Park, is going to fascinate you.

At several small sandy beaches and secluded bathing bays you are welcome to cool off in the cobalt blue, crystal clear water.

Saracen watchtowers typical for the Cilento, a bizarre world of cliffs and countless grottos - that is what you get to see while on tour by boat.

Some of the grottos are accessible, but only with a small boat. The mysteriously shimmering light inside need not shun comparison with famous "Grotta Azzurra" on Capri.

From May to mid October, boat tours and diving courses are organized from Maratea Porto. You might also seize the opportunity to visit some of the fascinating lime stone grottos which are accessible only from the sea.

More pictures of the boat tour from Scario towards Porto Infreschi

A fishing tradition that is centuries old

A special, centuries old fishing tradition is still alive at Marina di Pisciotta today: "alici di menaica". On calm nights between April and July, the fishermen take their 8 m wooden boats out to sea to cast their nets (menaide), which are 200 m long and knotted in a special way.

Why don’t you accompany the fishermen out to sea! Departure around 19 h at the harbor of Marina di Pisciotta; minimum number of participants: 4; duration: 3-4 hours depending on the weather and the catch. The price of € 20 per person (children: € 15) includes an anchovies dish on board (incl. wine and water). Registration with Mr. Franco Puglia, mobile number (0039) 340 – 33 80 231.

For detailed information about the fishing tradition click "alici di menaica" above.

Experiencing the sea with Cilento Adventures

In June 2013, six associations from Marina di Camerota decided to form the cooperative Cilento Adventures. During the summer months, from June to September, its members are waiting to show you the most beautiful faces of the Cilento.
 
Be it on foot or on horseback into the hinterland, in a sailing boat along the breathtaking coast or deep down into the colorful underwater world, Cilento Adventures provides for variety during the summer holidays. The harbor of Marina di Camerota is the starting point for the large number of activities offered.

The harbor is where elegant ZION II lies at anchor, a sailing boat which takes you along the coastline between Punta Licosa and Maratea. The fishermen and their small boats await you at the harbor, too. They are happy to acquaint vacationers with the way their grandfathers already used to go out to sea.

Follow the divers of Diving Center Marina di Camerota down into the depths of the sea and discover the underwater world. Subterranean rivers, caves and a statue of Padre Pio are waiting to amaze you. Should you want a bit more thrill, then turn to the freedivers of Apnea Porto Infreschi.

Cilento Adventures is found at the Visitors Center, the so-called Centro Visite, at the harbor of Marina di Camerota.

More information and a few delicious tidbits to take home can be acquired at Mariella’s Bottega Principe at the harbor.