Dive sites around Sicily consist of pinnacles, caves, walls, shipwrecks and also patches of sea grass. Around Taormina, explore caves or see remains of a Roman cargo ship. Heading north of the island you are likely to dive at more caves and some great walls like Punta Negra. For scenic island life, head to the Aeolian Islands or Aegadian Islands.
The volcanic Aeolian Islands is home to Stromboli, another active volcano. Here you can see walls formed by lava and covered in gorgonian sea fans. At the Aegadian Islands, there are caves and shipwrecks to explore. For a quieter getaway, head to Lampedusa Island which is the southernmost point of Italy.
Because of its remote location, you are more likely to encounter large pelagic marine life and at the same time enjoy some great critter finds.
Diving can be done on a year-round basis although water temperature can get a bit chilly at 59°C (15°C) in the winter compared to 77°F (25°C) in the summer months. The best time to visit is during May to October for optimal conditions.
Visibility is often very good and can stretch up to 130ft (40m). Some dive sites around Sicily experience swift currents but many are accessible to new divers.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
International airlines fly to Catania-Fontanarossa Airport, Palermo Airport and Trapani Airport. Get to the Aeolian Islands and Aegadian Islands via ferry or hydrofoil. There are overnight ferries to Lampedusa and Pantelleria as well as flights.