I spend a lot of time diving and snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea - it has spectacular scenery fro divers but a lack of large fish. Occasionally you get a glimpse of what it used to be like - the Med of Jacques Cousteau's early underwater films before rampant overfishing. This marine reserve is nearly 20 years old (age is important) and appears well managed balancing the conservation needs with those of the local community.
The scenery underwater is beautiful and accessible to the novice as it is shallow (there are guided tour operators for snorkelers and scuba) but I have seen better in the Med (Panarea, Filicudi, Amorgos, Iraklia, Tilos, Malta to list a few) but it does have the large demersal fish and they don't immediately flee on encountering you. It is an example of what can be achieved at low cost to the community and gives a bit more of a glimpse into Cousteau's Mediterranean.
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