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(MORNING) Excursion COSTA DEGLI DEI - Snorkeling from Capo Vaticano to Tropea

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Stop At: Spiaggia di Santa Maria di Ricadi, Santa Maria di Ricadi, Capo Vaticano, Ricadi Italy

The splendid Bay of Santa Maria is home to the only fishing village in the Capo Vaticano area. The popular tradition divides it into three zones: Scoglio Fortino, Santa Maria and Petrario. In the center of the bay, a small church was built in a square surrounded by a few small fishermen-inhabited houses.
Our tour will start and end here.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Grotticelle beach, Contrada Grotticelle SNC Capo Vaticano Ricadi, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi Italy

The wide and jagged Grotticelle Bay, divided into a series of inlets and small bays, culminates with the Scoglio del
Palombaro, the extreme point of Capo Vaticano.
Here we will stop for about 30 minutes with the possibility of snorkeling among fish and other fish species.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Capo Vaticano SNC, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi Italy

apo Vaticano is one of the best places where a lighthouse indicates the safe way for sailors since ancient times. Flanked by the Grotticelle bay, its splendid beaches are universally classified among the most beautiful in the world. A Belvedere has been created at the top which we advise our guests to visit to enjoy a wonderful landscape to say the least.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Praia di Fuoco, Capo Vaticano SNC Beach accessible only by sea, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi Italy

Praia i Focu, located at the foot of the Cape, under the Lighthouse, is one of the 100 most beautiful beaches in the world and among the 10 most beautiful in Italy. From the public reachable only by sea, while a private staircase connects it to the lighthouse and to the Berto house, the writer who, having arrived in the 1960s, attracted by this splendid place chose it as his home.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Grotta dello Scheletro, Tropea, Ricadi Italy

The Grotto of the skeleton, also known as the Blue Grotto since the reflection of the sun on the white sand creates a play of colors that projected into the cave take skeletal shapes. The beach is called Pietre di Mulino since, as you will see, even today from the many round recesses in the rock, the millstone was extracted from the mills.
In this place we will make another stop with bath and snorkeling among fish, sea urchins and starfish there will be the possibility to swim inside the cave.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Spiaggia di Riaci, Localita' Santa Domenica di Ricadi, 89866 Santa Domenica, Ricadi Italy

The enchanting Riaci Bay with its blue waters and transparent waters, takes the name of the stream that flows there, Riace that derives from the Greek and means impetuous torrent. A stratified rocky wall rises over the sea. The long white sand beach is divided by a small promontory that goes into the sea: the Scoglio di Riaci with caves and inlets to be crossed by swimming.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Spiaggia Formicoli, 89866 Santa Domenica, Ricadi Italy

Formicoli, a name that derives from Forum Hercules, an ancient commercial port founded by Hercules as reported by some Latin historians. In ancient times the sea level was higher and entered into the very large rocky channel, where, during the big tides
The ships were sheltered there. Instead, when the sea was calm, they moored to the walls of the wall of the said port and carried out their trade activities with the local population.
Today, among the remains, making SNORKELING, we can admire numerous fish species.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Tropea Beach, Marina di Tropea, 89861 Tropea Italy

Our excursion closes at the foot of this 50 meter high cliff overlooking the sea, on which Tropea is a town of 6200 inhabitants. A real balcony overlooking the sea, an elegant center. Today Tropea welcomes thousands of tourists, coming from all over the world, attracted by the natural beauties, landscape, art and its food and wine products.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola, Via Marina Dell Isola SNC, 89861 Tropea Italy

 Opposite the cliff of Tropea, stands a large rock of sandstone rock, once completely surrounded by the sea, on which stands the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola.
 Of great interest is the large cave that crosses the rock, known as the Cave of Lovers.
On the homonymous rock rises the Sanctuary of Santa Maria dell'Isola.
It is likely that the rock of the island was inhabited, around the 7th-8th century, by hermits. These, isolating themselves from the civilized world, dedicated themselves to a contemplative and ascetic life. The staircase to follow to reach it was built around 1810.
Having become one of the symbolic places of Calabria in the world, this church is of medieval origin.
Here our tour will end. We will return to Capo Vaticano to make the last stop with a bath.
Navigation time 15 minutes.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Reviewed 9 July 2019

We are a family of four with two small children and this couldn't have been a better excursion. We felt welcomed, safe, and had an amazing time exploring the coast line of Costa degli Dei, stopping for beautiful snorkling and swimming spots, and being informed...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Davide_Mondoblu, Direttore at Mondo Blu Diving, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2019

Really happy to have hosted you aboard our boats. We look forward to the next adventure with many new features.

Reviewed 24 June 2019

I really recommand this trip! You'll be able to see all the beauty of the coast Degli Dei and have an opportunity to jump into the clear cristal sea. You'll also get to know more about the history of this beautiful Calabrian places.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Davide S, Direttore at Mondo Blu Diving, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2019

We are really happy to have had you on board. See you at the next adventure.

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