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Diamante, Italy

39°40.57′N, 15°49.05′E Chart icon.png
Diamante harbour (without the seasonal pontoons)

The tiny harbour of Diamante lies 24 miles S of Maratea on the Calabrian coast of Italy, along the ‘instep’ of the peninsula. The harbour consists of little more than a short, curved breakwater giving some protection from winds from N/NW. However, the harbour is completely open to winds from W round to SE and should only be used in settled weather. During the summer months a series of short pontoons are installed behind the breakwater offering berths for around 100 vessels of up to 18 metres.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


List popular passages/routes, timing, etc.




Also see World Cruiser's Nets.


The harbour is immediately SE of Punta di Diamante. In the approach from N, the islet of Isola di Cirella just over one mile N should be left to port. Punta di Diamante should be given a clearance of at least 200 metres to avoid the rocky shoals. The rough breakwater and the tiled roofs of the town are conspicuous once close in.


During the summer four pontoons are installed off the short stub quay inside the breakwater. Visiting yachts of up to 18 metres berth bows or stern-to the pontoons using their anchors. Depths at the pontoons are from 1.5 metres inshore to 4.0 metres at the end. Ostensibly 10 spaces are allocated to yachts in transit. Some water and electricity points on the pontoons.

Yachts on the pontoons in Diamante harbour

Marinas & Yacht Clubs



In settled weather only, anchor off the town to the E of the harbour in 5.0 - 8.0 metres. Holding is good in sand and weed.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

Submit addresses and contact details of marine related businesses that are of interest to cruisers.


Mobile crane (40 T). Some hard standing. Engine, electrical and electronic repairs. Fiberglass boat repairs.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

No fuel station. Some water and electricity on the pontoons.

Things to do Ashore


The village of Diamante is not unattractive, but there is little to hold the cruising yachtsman here.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Good provisions shops in the town.


Restaurants and pizzerias in the town.


Internet cafes in the town.



Motorbike & Car Rentals

Garbage Disposal

Bins near the harbour.



Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)


References & Publications

See Italy.


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  • Data compiled from web research (please update if possible) --Athene of Lymington 12:38, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

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