Robert Halem (via undercurrent.org)
We [undercurrent.org] don’t often write about European diving, but every so often there’s a reader report about a unique-sounding site. Robert Halem (San Jose, CA) recommends this Italian dive shop he dived with in October.
"Just as the Naples area is famous for Pompeii, it has another set of ruins underwater at Baia. The government has established a national park covering the archeological site, and diving with an approved leader is mandatory. The first dive was on a series of brick pilings that once supported a Roman causeway. Near one end of the row of pillars, the sea floor bubbles due to volcanic activity. If you put your hand in the sand, you can feel the warmth. On the second dive, we were in only 11 feet of water, but diving through a complete Roman village. You could see the two-foot-high remains of walls, and follow the doorways, rooms, and in some of the more opulent, complete mosaic floors. I was on a cruise, so had to rent all equipment but stuff was in reasonable condition. I had informed them in advance that I needed a 3X wetsuit but they had nothing large enough, so I dived in 72-degree water without a wetsuit. That would be my only issue with the operation, and I was more than compensated by the sights.”