Dive spots Ustica

The Marine Protected Area of Ustica

a Diverís paradise

Established in 1986, the Marine Protected Area of Ustica, boasts the title of the oldest Marine Protected Area in Italy. The high biodiversity of Ustica, the presence of numerous "attractive" species and the establishment of the MPA are the ingredients that make Ustica a diverís paradise. The clear waters conceal a vast choice of spectacular underwater routes, able to leave even the most demanding diving enthusiasts open-mouthed: from scuba diving on the shoals of Colombara and Secchitello, to the fascinating cave dives of the Grotta dei Gamberi, la Pastizza and Falconiera, passing through the splendid panoramas of the routes of Piramidi and the Scoglio del Medico, travelling back in time on the archeological dive itinerary of the Secca díAfrica. Evasioni Blu Diving Resorts at Ustica, Palermo, offers numerous dive sites, at variable depths, with the possibility of planning different itineraries at almost every dive spot.

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La Falconiera

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Type: Reef wall / Cave

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Low

Depth: 10-30m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: Grouper, shrimp, hake, scorpionfish, octopuses, moray eels, gorgonias

Notes: Good visibility, no/weak current

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Pastizza

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Type: Cave / Reef wall

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Medium

Depth range: 8-30m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: Grouper, moray eel, octopus, seabream, salema, crab, shrimp, slipper lobster

Notes: Good visibility, no current

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Grotta TotÚ

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Type: Full cave

Certification Requirement: Tec Cave Diver

Difficulty Level: High

Depth range: 10-15m

Duration: 40-60 min

Typical encounters: orange shrimp

Notes: No current

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Punta San Paolo

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Type: Sloping reef wall

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Low

Depth: 10-30m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: grouper, octopus, moray eel, pipefish, sea star, nudibranch

Notes: Good visibility, no/weak current

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Punta Galera

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Type: Sloping reef

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Low – Medium

Depth: 5-30m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: seabream, zebra bream, nudibranch, grouper, sea star, sea urchin, octopus, moray eel, lobster, blue runner, amberjack, barracuda, cuttlefish, pipefish, noble pen shell, amethyst shrimp

Notes: Perfect visibility, possibly weak current

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Grotta dei Gamberi

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Type: Cave

Certification Requirement: Deep Diver

Recommended Certification: Tec 40 Diver

Difficulty Level: High

Depth: 38-40m

Duration: 40-60 min

Typical encounters: unicorn shrimp, crab, lobster, conger eel, hake

Notes: Good visibility, possible weak current

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Grotta dei Gamberetti

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Type: Cave

Certification Requirement: AOWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Medium  

Depth: 25-28m

Duration: 40-60 min

Typical encounters: unicorn shrimp, crab, lobster

Notes: Good visibility, no/weak currents

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Punta dell'Arpa

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Type: Reef wall

Certification Requirement: AOWD

Recommended Certification: Deep Diver

Difficulty Level: Medium

Depth: 25-40m

Duration: 40-50 min

Typical encounters: red gorgonian’s, groupers, barracuda

Notes: Good visibility, possible moderate current

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Sutta za' Lisa

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Type: Reef wall / Fissure / Cave

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Low – Medium

Depth: 10-30m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: Slipper lobster, hermit crab, nudibranch, grouper, crab, amberjack, tuna, seabream

Notes: Good visibility, possible weak current

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Grotta delle Cipree

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Type: Cave

Certification Requirement: AOWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Medium

Depth range: 19-23 m

Duration: 40-60 min

Typical encounters: unicorn shrimp, orange shrimp, crab

Notes: Good visibility, no current

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Secchitello

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Type: Open sea / pinnacles

Certification Requirement: AOWD

Recommended Certification: Deep Diver

Difficulty Level: High

Depth: 25-50m

Duration: 30-40 min

Typical encounters: Barracuda, amberjack, snapper, gorgonians, false black coral

Notes: Good visibility, possible moderate current

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Secca d'Africa

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Type: Archeological / shoal

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Low

Depth: 10-25m

Duration: 40-50 min

Typical encounters: Slipper lobster, grouper, meagre, seabream, salema

Notes: Good visibility, possible weak current

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Piramidi

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Type: Cave / Reef wall

Certification Requirement: Deep Diver

Recommended Certification: Tec 40 Diver

Difficulty Level: High

Depth range: 38-40m

Duration: 40-60 min

Typical encounters: Grouper, lobster, unicorn shrimp, hake, meagre

Notes: Good visibility, possible weak current

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Scoglio del Medico

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Type: Cave / Canyon / Valley

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: AOWD

Difficulty Level: Medium

Depth: 10-35m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: Grouper, amberjack, seabream, sea hare, tuna, hake, blue runner, crab, cowry, sea urchin.

Notes: Good visibility, possibly moderate current

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Secca della Colombara

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Type: Shoal

Certification Requirement: OWD

Recommended Certification: Deep Diver

Difficulty Level: Medium

Depth: 25-40m

Duration: 50-60 min

Typical encounters: Grouper, amberjack, barracuda, snapper, tuna

Notes: Perfect visibility, possible current

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Diving Daily program:

Our zodiac leaves for the dives from the small port of Ustica in Cala Santa Maria at 08:30. Meeting is therefore at the dive center at 08:00, where your diving group is gathered and briefed on the dive. Your scuba equipment will be already waiting for you down at the port, where you need to assemble and check it, before we take it on board. Between every dive, our zodiac gets back to the port of Ustica, where we change tanks and enjoy a surface interval relax on our terrace with fresh drinks and some nice Sicilian snacks.

Daily program
08.00 am Meeting time at the Dive Center
08.00 am Ė 08.30 am Briefing and preparation of diving equipment
08.30 am Zodiac leaves for Dive 1
10.30-11.30 am Changing air tank and surface interval at the Dive Center
11.30 am Zodiac leaves for Dive 2

Upon reservation a third dive and night dive can be planned:
15.00 Meeting time at the Dive Center for Dive 3
15.30 Briefing and preparation of diving equipment
17.30 Zodiac leaves for Dive 3

Night dive times depend on the period of the year.

 

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