The KT is here, in Sestri Levante, in the Gulf of Tigullio. Punta Manara and, above all, the wonderful Bay of Silence give a special charm to this place. Almost like a fairytale. Today, the sea is crossed by small and large yachts. At one time, during the Second World War, it was the scene of bloody battles. The memory of these tragedies is preserved in its depths. Many wrecks of military ships lie below. Anemones, sponges and other encrusting organisms have covered them, giving them a new life.
Diving on the Haven is always a unique emotion. Her majesty begins to appear very soon with an impressive overview. Bridges, stairs, railings and large bollards. The covered bridge immersed in the anthias and the castle which appears as a huge wall of a palace.
The memory of a dive on the Haven on the day of the thirtieth anniversary of her sinking.
It is the last stop on the 2018 XR Wreck Tour which brings together a team of SSI Extended Range divers to promote and consolidate the XR Mares movement within the diving community. It starts from Santa Caterina, on the Ionian side of Salento, with destination Marina di Gioiosa Ionica, in Calabria.
When my friend Giorgio Canepa told me about his idea of planning a week of diving to visit some of the most interesting wrecks that lie in the southern seas of our peninsula, I immediately decided to participate.
The opportunity to be part of a team of professional divers with whom to share a unique experience stimulated me substantially and as we discussed the goals to be reached and the divers to involve I began to fantasize and plan this wonderful week in detail.