Go ashore on a deserted island and enjoy your packed lunch in historic surroundings. Diving at beautiful gravel slopes, varying depth and seabed conditions. Strong tide possible. Discover turbot and hermit crab.
How to find: You can put your boat into the water several places in Middelfart and Fredericia. For boat rental and guided tours to Fænø Kalv – contact VisitMiddelfart. You can freely choose between the boat slips in the area: VisitMiddelfart
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Getting in and up the water: You can enter the water everywhere on the island
Highlights: The slopes with flatfish, the large rocks and the sea life in the surrounding area. Very suitable for snorkeling.
Air filling station: You can get your airbottle refilled at Hindsgavl Camping in Middelfart (open all year round) during opening times: Hindsgavl Camping. Alternatively ask the local diving club in Middelfart, Tel.: +45 3311 1323 : Dykkerklubben Marsvinet
Best season: from May - September
Dangerous areas: Avoid getting too far away from the coastline and remember visible A-flag marking. Sailing close to land all year round. Support by boat advisable.
Depth: 0-14 Metres.
Tide: Can be strong.
Level of difficulty (1-5): 2-3
Photo opportunities: Good possibility for macro
Fænø Kalv is located just south of the entrance to Kolding Fjord and overlooking Skærbæk power plant, Fænø and the large Stenderup forests. The small uninhabited island, is situated in Lillebælt with the strong tidal waters, in the southern part of Snævringen. The island is a gem, which is open to the public. Here you can explore historic surroundings, disembark and make a campfire and stay overnight. If you have the family with you, they can easily get a few hours to pass on the island. The Swedes built a fortress on the island in the 1650s, which is still visible.
The seabed surrounding the island is heavily influenced by the changing tide, which almost always prevails here. However, this does not mean that with a little planning, you can achieve calm dives in wonderfully varied environments. For the diving around the island is different depending on where you dive.
The northeastern side consists of a slope with gravel, sand and mussels. The steep gravel slopes often hide many flatfish and especially the species that like to keep to the gravel seabed such as turbot. Another animal often encountered here is the hermit crab. It is particularly active during the dusk, but also during mid-day in the brooding period, one can see many of these fun animals. At the opposite side of the island, the seabed consists of scattered seaweed belts, larger and smaller rocks and here you can meet some of the fish that likes to keep by reefs. The vivaparous blenny is often seen here in-between rocks and seaweed.
Difficult and sometimes unpredictable tides can cause the visibility here may be different than further in towards the shore. If you want to enter land and grill or just enjoy yourself after a dive, it's best to go ashore on the short eastern section. Here you can sail all the way to shore. But again - sail carefully and be aware. Large and small rocks are scattered around the island, so go slowly when approaching the island. If the tide is weak, spearfishing is also possible.