Baia Underwater Park
Pozzuoli Bay possesses some of the greatest underwater archaeological
treasures in the world. Over centuries much has been lost or
destroyed due to boat traffic, pilfering by divers, intense weather,
tidal waves, etc. In the interest of protecting this cultural
asset, two major areas have been designated national parks and
are accordingly protected by the central government.
The park covers an area of 176.6 hectares of Pozzuoli Bay
and is designated Zone B and C. Zone A is another Naples area
park located at La Gaiola in Posillipo. The Baia park area is
situated between the pier that closes the port of Baia to the
south and the pier at Lido di Augusto immediately to the east.
The park extends about 20.7 hectares from Punta del Epitaffio
shore out into the bay.
Regulations are the same for all parks in regards to visiting.
Taking, touching and/or damaging archaeological relics; spearfishing,
the capture or even disturbance of animal species present; damaging
flora; and discharging solid or liquid waste, contaminating the
water, and dumping chemicals are specifically prohibited.
More restrictive are these prohibitions that apply to both
Baia and Gaiola: bathing and swimming to include underwater diving,
as well as boating and fishing of any type (the only exception
is for residents, when using hook and line or rod fishing from
the shore and with the proper permit).
Provisional Administrative Agencies:
Superintendent for the Archaeological Assets of the Province
of Naples and Caserta
Piazza Museo, 19 - 80135 Napoli (tel. 081.440166 - fax 081.440013)
Area Port Captain:
Piazzale Pisacane, 80133 Napoli (tel. 081.2445111 - fax 081.2445347)
Carabinieri, Cultural Assets Protection Unit, Napoli:
Tel. 081.5783443 - fax 081.5784274
Guided underwater tours:
Sea Point Diving Center, Via Molo di Baia 14, 80070 Baia (tel.
081.8688868 - fax 081.8549763)
Glassbottom Boat Tours:
Departs from Baia port Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 15
March until 2 November.
What are some of the rules to observe while diving in Italy?
Although you may observe flagrant violations of these rules by
locals and some of our American counterparts, it's wise to be
prudent. If it doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. This is
a summary of general rules and regulations that may affect your
diving excursion. Respect them. When in doubt, don't do it!
- Divers (snorkel or scuba) are required to tow a diver-down
float that bears a red flag with a white diagonal stripe visible
for not less than 300 meters at all times.
- Taking artifacts is prohibited. Significant finds should
be reported to the Carabinieri (Police) or Guarda di Finanza
- Motorboat navigation is prohibited in swimming areas less
than 200 meters from cliffs and 400 meters from the shoreline.
- Sailboating and windsurfing is prohibited in swimming areas
100 meters from cliffs and 200 meters from the shoreline.
- Fishing with scuba equipment is prohibited. Accordingly,
the possession of spearfishing equipment or underwater guns and
scuba gear simultaneously on the same person or boat is also
- Killing any kind of sea birds such as sea gulls and others
- Use of nets for underwater fishing is prohibited.
- Trolling is prohibited within 3 miles (5.5 kilometers) from
the shoreline and where depth is less than 50 meters.
- Possession and sale of any sea mammals including whale, dolphins,
seals, turtles, and sturgeons is prohibited.
- Underwater fishing is prohibited for all persons under 16
years of age.
- Underwater fishing is prohibited at any distance less than
500 meters from beaches and swimmers, and at any distance less
than 50 meters from outdoor port operations.
- Loading or keeping a loaded underwater gun out of the water
- Possessing and/or selling fish smaller than 7 centimeters
is prohibited, except where the normal adult size does not exceed
- Lobster fishing is prohibited during the period of 1 January
to 30 April.
- Underwater fishing is prohibited during night hours.
- Daily fishing limit is no more than 5 kilograms and no more
than one sea bass, whether line or underwater fishing.