The Zi Costante shoal is located by the island of Giannutri, less than a mile out of Punta Secca. While it was a well known spot to local fishermen, it is a completely new discovery for scuba divers.
The shoal is formed by large rocky reefs spaced out by sand and extends along several hundred meters. Only a small part of it has been explored underwater.
The shallow points lie at about 55 m / 180 ft. Several cliffs slope to 90 m / 300 ft.
Due to its depth, the shoal is within reach of technical divers.
The shoal is rich of a great biodiversity and it appears to be in healthy conditions compared to other reefs of the island. We dove the North cliff which hosts, starting from 70 m / 230 ft a rather large colony of black coral (Antipathes subpinnata). We encountered 4 specimen of John Dory (Zeus Faber) in the one dive, which speaks for itself about the reef's condition.
Currently, Argentario Divers argentariodivers.com is the only diving facility offering this dive.
Shot on a Panasonic GH2 + Lumix 7-14mm loaded with Lee Powell’s Flow Motion 2.02 settings; Nauticam Housing, 2x FIX Aquavolt3500 lights and 2x 50W HID Yellow Diving.
Music: Calma empatia by Paolo Buonvino (paolobuonvino.com)