Sometimes it seems like tropical islands get all the love — not so this month, when we take you back across the Pond to the Old Country, where it turns out the diving is fantastic year-round.
Each year, our Top 100 Readers Choice survey results show that North Americans — who make up the bulk of the respondents — are well-traveled, jetting to Caribbean islands, exotic Pacific locales and beyond. But Europe? Even though stellar diving is found in the bodies of water that surround it — the Atlantic and Arctic oceans and the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, to name a few — European hot spots barely register. It’s time to change that. We asked eight underwater photographers to share their favorite places to blow bubbles across the Pond.
The source of the 19-milelong Verzasca River is on the peaks above the village of Sonogno, in the Italianspeaking Ticino canton. More raging mountain torrent than lazy river, the Verzasca is for advanced divers; when it rains on the summits, the river’s flow can quickly become dangerous, so it’s recommended that you hire a local dive guide. For centuries, the river’s glacial waters have smoothed the rugged granite; underwater, sparkling rays of sunlight give the sensation of being in a cathedral. We had only one attempt at this shot because the current was so fast.
WHEN TO GO June to October, with warmer water often in fall; average water temps are in the low 50s F DIVE NOW grupposubverzasca.ch SWITZERLAND LOCATION Posse, Verzasca River PHOTOGRAPHER Marc Henauer