Protected Marine Area Of Capo Carbonara – Villasimius
The coastlines of Villasimius is recognized an exceptional value for its landscape and environmental aspects, and in order to ensure their protection, on August 3rd, 1998 was established the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara.
The Area includes the stretch of sea off the coastal area that goes from Cala Pisano up to a promontory that fits into the sea just north of Punta Porceddus, opposite to the Island of Serpentara. The part of the sea involved is enclosed by a limit which, by Cala Pisano, goes south for two miles, then reaches a point 1.5 kilometers south-east of the island of Serpentara, and finally continues for 4 miles to the North , then turn west and reach the coast of the main island.
At the extreme south-eastern tip of the Sardinian island, Capo Carbonara is an area of granite and wild natural beauty. In fact, at Porto Su Forru can be found the remains of a quarry of this valuable rock . Once it was exported all around the world.
Today the local riches are protected thanks to the Area Marina Protetta di Capo Carbonara (Protected Marine Area of Capo Carbonara) spread over a sea area of around 9000 hectares and subdivided into various restricted zones: Zone A as an integral reserve, Zone B as a general reserve, and then Zone C as a partial reserve.
Information on trips (including those to the island of Serpentara and diving) may be obtainted from the Park Management Office at the marina.
Much of the stretch of sea is included in the partial reserve, in which, however, the free anchor is forbidden, as well as unregulated mooring and fishing. Anchoring in pools of water specially delimited are allowed, as well as the navigation of ships and boats, the regulated mooring, professional fishing and snorkeling.
The stretch of sea to the west of the island of Serpentara is an area of special reserve, where is prohibited: navigation, the removal/damage of/to geological formations or minerals, bathing, any type of fishing, while guided tours are permitted and authorized by the Park Management Office.
In areas B, of general reserve, the free anchoring and underwater fishing are forbidden. The navigation of vessels or boats are allowed at speeds below 10 knots and mooring areas can take place in specially prepared areas, furthermore to swim and dive are allowed.