The Cinque Terre coast plunges steeply into the sea with almost vertical cliffs and the presence of underwater life and vegetation is rich and varied. To protect this unique environment the entire coastline between Levanto and Cinque Terre was made a Protected Marine Area in 1999.
Cinque Terre is a popular scuba diving destination among diving enthusiasts and experts. Scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea is an incredible experience thanks to the clear, warm waters and the amazing underwater scenery. There are diving centers in Riomaggiore, Monterosso and Levanto offering immersions and courses for all levels.
There are many different diving spots in the area for both beginners and experienced divers. You will find a great variety of marine life and various species of fish of all sizes such as blennies, gobies, striped breams, wrasses, and giltheads. Deep-sea divers will encounter some bigger fish near the Marine Reserve. In those areas you will find sole fish, greater weever fish, stingrays and octopuses hiding near the rocks.
If you are lucky you can even spot some dolphins!