Discover shipwrecks off the coast of Sicily

Discover shipwrecks off the coast of Sicily

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Text: Denise Kok

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Subsea Explorers

Modern-day explorers, pack your bags for a deep-sea adventure like no other

Here's one for the avid diver looking to up the ante on their deep sea adventures. SubSea Explorers is partnering with the Aurora Trust Foundation to roll out a programme that allows you to accompany world-renowned archaelogists as they trawl the depths of the ocean to document shipwrecks — some more than 2000 years old — in the Mediterranean.

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If you've always wanted to take a ride in a submarine, you can tick that off your bucket list. The descent will be made in a 3-man C Explorer mini sub with the ability to dive up to 1000 feet. The state-of-the-art vessel is air conditioned for comfort and boasts a glass dome that provides for 360-degree views of the ocean.

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From 20 June to 21 August this year, the programme will see week-long dive expeditions taking place in the Aeolian Islands off the northern coast of Sicily. But it's not all play. Participants are expected to put on their Sherlock cap as they assist archaelogists with documenting and uncovering the mysteries (and possibly some hidden treasures) shrouding these wrecks.

When you're not underwater, the tours also give you the option to explore the historical and cultural sites within the Aeolian Islands. Accomodation-wise, you can choose to stay in a villa or charter a yacht at your own expense.

Sounds good? We know Jacques Cousteau would approve.