Diving in Tunisia
Immerse yourself in the cool waters of the Mediterranean in the immediate vicinity of the once destroyed Carthage, admire the beauty of North Africa’s largest coral reef, walk, or rather, sail in the footsteps of Jacques-Yves Cousteau in search of Roman vessels loaded with artifacts, explore the underwater remains of World War II – everything A lover of underwater beauty who has decided to go diving in Tunisia can experience this. Although Tunisia is not among the world’s top ten must-dive destinations, however, the available underwater sights are quite enough to captivate a novice and not very demanding diver. The diversity of the seabed, where rocky areas alternate with white sandy expanses, the rich world of flora and fauna of the southern Mediterranean, combined with a developed hotel and beach infrastructure and divine diving prices – all this makes Tunis a very attractive place for scuba diving.
Should I go diving in Tunisia
The answer is short: yes, if you want to have a good time in diving, if you do not have clear requirements for an extensive list of representatives of the underwater life and if you are a supporter of the budget version of diving, and traveling in general. In addition, diving in Tunisia – this is what you need, if you still can not identify themselves as fans of scuba diving, but just want to try. Even if you don’t like this activity, there will always be something to do “on land” – relax on the beach and go on interesting and varied excursions.
Although Tunisia is not among the world’s top ten must-dive destinations, however, the available underwater sights are quite enough to captivate a novice and not very demanding diver.
Where to dive and what to see
The length of the coastline of Tunisia – 1250 km, during which it will not be difficult to find a place to dive to your liking.
The most famous among divers, the northern coast of the country – from Tabarka to Bizerta – is a rocky coastline (and as a result very clean water even at great depths), a lot of underwater grottoes where just an astronomical amount of underwater living creatures, long corridors and tunnels live. In addition, there is the largest coral reef in the Mediterranean Sea – it stretches for 300 km along the coast of Tabarka. In addition to the coral itself and all kinds of cute “peri-colloidal” flora and fauna, you can see perch, zuban and sea bream, eels and octopuses, goatfish, squids and shrimps, grouper, tuna of all sizes – from 50 centimeters to 200 kg giants.
To admire the underwater beauty and at the same time imbued with the spirit of Tunisian life, you should swim to the reefs with coral fishers. Their catch will then be used in the jewelry industry – Tabarka is famous for the whole of Tunisia for its wonderful coral ornaments.
Another popular place for diving in the vicinity of Tabarka is the La Galit archipelago, consisting of 6 islands and located 60 km from the coast. Fishing is prohibited in the coastal waters of the archipelago, so there is a crazy variety of cold-blooded life. In addition, here you can admire the interesting seabed – La Galit – the only archipelago in Tunisia, formed under the influence of volcanic activity. Another subject of interest is a merchant ship that sank in 1958. In addition, rare monk seals live here. Archipelago dive tours are usually offered for 3 days.
Peninsula Cap Bon
The Peninsula Cap Bon has a predominantly rocky coast, but over its length there are vast areas of sandy bottom. This region is ideal for beginners who like scuba diving: the depths are small and the bottom is gently sloping. At the same time, marine life is no less diverse than in the north — gilthead, measure, moray eels, perches and various mollusks. More experienced divers will be interested to visit several wrecks.
East resort coast
The coastal expanses of the Sahel region – from Hammamet to Sfax – where the popular resorts Hammamet, Sousse, Monastir and Mahdia are located are mostly sandy seashore with gentle descent into water and depths from 5 to 20 m, rare rocky areas (such as Monastir and Cape Africa), as well as several islands at a small distance from the coast, where it is so convenient to observe the shallow-water fauna, not frightened by crowds of splashing tourists. Sea life literally boils just a few meters from the coast, which makes this region an attractive place for those who like to snorkel and swim. Among other things, here you can explore the reefs and caves, see starfish, sea urchins, sponges and a variety of algae. The coast of Mahdia has several wrecks from the Second World War, including even the remains of a military helicopter.