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    This Dive Center meets the following specifications.

    The HIPPOCAMPE diving school is located in the heart of the “Réserve naturelle des bouches de Bonifacio”. This is the largest marine reserve in France with a unique wealth of species.

    A total of around 25 dive sites with depths between 3 and 40 m are visited up to three times a day.

    The enormous abundance of fish, loyal schools of barracuda, large groupers, bear crabs, octopus, giant spider crabs in May and June, moray eels, red gorgonians and great visibility delight divers.

    In addition to the diving areas in the Marine Park, there is also the “Pinella” wreck. With a maximum depth of 12 meters, it is the ideal diving area for underwater photographers, inexperienced divers and experienced divers who want to explore a wreck in peace within the no-decompression period.


    The HIPPOCAMPE Dive Center was founded in 1981. It is located in the vacation village "La Chiappa". The vacation village is a naturist facility that is accessible to (clothed) guests from outside by prior arrangement. The beach and the jetty are just a few steps away from the base. The dinghies take us to the dive sites after a short ride of 5 to 15 minutes. The center has complete rental equipment from MARES and CRESSI, an equipment room for guests, two powerful L&W compressors and 60 tanks of 5, 8, 10, 12 and 15 liters.

    After diving, logbooks can be written and (diving) experiences exchanged over coffee and tea in a cozy atmosphere at the diving table.

    Basic service

    The Hippocampe diving school has existed since 1981.

    Wolf and Nadine took over the center from Karin in 2016. Both have worked for Karin for many years and are diving instructors with the i.a.c., PADI, FFESSM and ANMP associations. They also have the French state diving instructor certificate.
    The whole Hippocampe team welcomes its divers in a family atmosphere and accompanies you conscientiously and with a lot of commitment under and above water.

    You can dive safely and stress-free in a cozy and sociable atmosphere and enjoy the beautiful underwater world of Corsica or take advantage of the wide range of courses offered by the base.


    Our 25 dive sites in France's largest marine park offer fish-rich dives for all levels. At depths generally between 5 and 25 meters, groupers and co. can be experienced up close.

    At deeper dive sites up to 40 meters, we find red gorgonians, the cold-water corals of the Mediterranean.

    After a short boat trip of 5 to 15 minutes, we reach our dive site, which is selected on the same day depending on weather and current conditions.

    An unusual variety of species, with schools of barracudas, large groupers, bear crabs, octopuses, giant spider crabs in May and June, moray eels, red gorgonians and yellow crust anemones leave an unforgettable diving experience.


    We offer training to become an i.a.c. Basic Freediver

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