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Diving in Togo

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Togo is a narrow country in West Africa, sandwiched between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east, with a small border with Burkina Faso to the north, and a 56km coastline on the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Togo, twice the size of Maryland, is on the south coast of West Africa bordering on Ghana to the west, Burkina Faso to the north, and Benin to the east. The Gulf of Guinea coastline, only 32 mi long (51 km), is low and sandy. The only port is at Lomé. The Togo hills traverse the central section. The Togo lies in 51 to 56 m of water, reaching off the bottom to 45 m. Covered in Gorgone fans, which turn from a dark purple to a deep red when illuminated it is a delight to swim around in such clear water. The Togo is a cargo ship which went down in the 1st WW it split in two when sinking, and the bow is the shallower part described above. She sits upright on her keel, the last quarter of the wreck lies in 67m of water not far from the bow, but due to the depth is not normally dived by commercial dive firms. Another beautiful wreck in the Cavalaire Bay is the Espingole. She lies a bit further to the South than the Togo on a sandy bottom. This torpedo boat is long and thin, and had an enourmous engine capacity for her time, with 2 x 2,600 horse power engines giving a top speed of 27 knots. Tt was equiped with 65 and 47 mm cannons and 2 torpedo tubes. You can still see some of the shells at the front of the wreck, but be careful not to touch them. She lies in a relatively easy depth of 38 meters, with no currents, and protected from prevailing winds. She lies in on the Eastern side of the bay of Cavalaire, and is most easily dived from the port of Cavalaire Sur Mer. I have found the best people to dive with from Cavalaire Sur Mer are the Eperlan team. Claude and Jules, are the skippers who run this boat. They have a great sense of humor, are easy going, but expert at what they do. They know the wrecks intimately, and will ensure you have a great dive.
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