“The Mediterranean’s best kept secret”. Ustica is a small volcanic island full of history, pristine nature, a charming Mediterranean atmosphere and with marvelous sunsets over sea.
The MPA of Ustica is the oldest of Italy. There are 13 dive sites offering various itineraries. Enjoy the caves where big groupers hide, the canyons and endless passages with splendid colour plays of “Il Medico” dive.
Be amazed by the clouds of barracuda’s and big pelagic that swim around the wreck of “Colombara”. Explore the reef of “Falconiera” looking for critters or admire the colonies of shrimps of the “Grotta dei Gamberi” cave.
Travel into the past by following one of the archaeological underwater routes at the “Secca d’Africa”. Perfect dives for either beginner or an experienced levels.
Diving season is from half April until end of October. Winter season is difficult, mostly due to uncertainty of boat transfers to and from the island of Ustica.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Ustica is a small island located just north from Palermo. You can reach the island either by hydrofoil (duration 90 minutes; or ferry boat (duration 180 minutes; from the port of Palermo.
The closest airport to the port of Palermo is Punta Raisi Falcone Borsellino Airport of Palermo. From the airport you can reach the port either by private taxi, shuttle bus or train. By private taxi is the quickest, but most expensive way; duration of about 30 minutes, costs around €40. By shuttle bus is the most economic option with a cost of around €7, but takes the longest with a duration of about 60 minutes
By train is reliable and economic option as well, with a costs of around €6 and a duration of 50-60 minutes You can also book a private taxi transfer.