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Diving in Sicily

San Vito Lo Capo Sicily

 San Vito Lo CapoLocated along the rugged coastline of mainland Sicily, San Vito Lo Capo is a resort known for its seemingly endless stretch of glorious, white sandy beach against a backdrop of rough, jagged mountains. There is a bustling harbour filled with yachts and much of the town is pedestrianised, lined with many tempting cafés, bars, shops, and many good restaurants and trattorias serving local specialties including seafood and couscous. The town has its origins as an ancient Roman port – signs of this heritage can still be seen near the town’s old tuna fishery, where fish would be kept in offshore stone fish-tanks. The entrance to the Zingaro Nature Reserve is also here; a visit to the reserve offers over 7km of stunning clifftop walks through a staggering 700 varieties of fragrant Mediterranean trees, flowers and shrubs. There are also a number of migrant and indigenous birds to look out for, including eagles and peregrine falcons.

 

Under Hundred Diving Centre

San Vito Lo Capo divingIn a private, fenced area where all divers’ needs are met, the Under Hundred Diving Centre is owned and managed by Roberto and Marina. The couple share a deep passion for diving that has taken them to many interesting and exotic locations, such as Africa; South America; Sardinia and more. The base has a wonderful location facing the enticing sandy beach, with shade from pine trees that keep it cool even on the hottest days. Many of the dive sites can be reached quickly and conveniently fromSan Vito Lo Capo diving the jetty near the base; the area can be considered a ‘Divers’ Paradise’ as it features walls; shoals; caves, and wrecks at different depths – for all levels of experience. The Dive Centre is suitable for small groups of divers, with Roberto being able to guide four-to-five divers a time – if there are more, then either another divemaster will join the group, or more dives can be arranged to accommodate. Dives are scheduled at 9:00am and 3:00pm, with optional ones planned at 11:30am and 5:00pm. There is one night-dive scheduled every week, with more planned on demand. The base also provides equipment hire for diving and snorkelling, with 15ltr and 12ltr tanks available with air or Nitrox – Nitrox Dive courses can be booked.

Sicily & Aeolian Islands Catamaran Sailing

Catamaran SailingArguably the finest sailing/diving holiday for families and clubs. Every island visited has at least one dive center. Our luxury, skippered catamarans take 6-8 people. A hostess is available if required. Sail the Aeolian or the Egadi islands with a skippered or fully crewed ‘Lagoon’ catamaran. Enjoy the clear waters, the colours of the volcano, the history, the food and wine. All catamarans are equipped with separate crew cabins with private head/shower, stereo CD/TV/DVD, autopilot, GPS, dinghy + outboard, generator, watermaker, two-seater kayaks.

Lo Zingaro Scopello

pantallerina Underwater in the Nature Reserve of Lo Zingaro you’ll find one of the most spectacular dives in the Mediterranean, with a limestone chamber decorated with stalactites and a mirror-like ceiling to the end of this enormous cavern. There are also two wrecks – ‘Capua’ a II World War Battleship, lies upright and intact. Clouds of anthias habit this wreck along with resident conger and moray eels. The deck is broken in places inviting exploration, boxes of ammunition being one of the untouchable treasures inside. The wreck of the ‘Kent’, a 1973 wreck, is deep but not to be missed. The enormous cargo hold is a trap for sponges and anemones, which now replace much of the original cargo: – thousands of copies of the ‘Koran’. diving

Cetaria Dive Centre Sicily

Cetaria dive centre is based at the “Tonnara” of Scopello, once an active Tuna factory, set in the most striking scenery of rock pinnacles towering from the azure waters.

Excursions to Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve

Boat Excursion on a motoryacht Lenght 12 m. Dining/sitting area, kitchen, 1 double, 1 twin cabin. 1 day excursion to Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve Meet at Castellammare Port at 9am. Tour along the coast of the Nature Reserve stopping at the different bays for a swim and sunbathing. Arrival to the destination of our excursion, San Vito lo Capo. Return at around 4pm. Included: lunch with wine and water, skipper. Maximum 7 people plus skipper 1 day excursion to Ustica Meet at Castellammare del Golfo port at 8 am. Arrival in Ustica at approx. 10am. Stop in Ustica town for breakfast and sightseeing. Guests will be taken by boat to different bays for a swim or to relax sunbathing. Included: lunch with wine and water, skipper. Maximum 7 people plus skipper. 1 day excursion to the Egadi Islands Meet at Castellammare del Golfo port at 8 am. Arrival in Levanzo at approx. 10am. Tour of Levanzo and Favignana by boat. Stops for visits of the islands and for swimming and snorkeling. Included: lunch with wine and water, skipper. Maximum 7 people plus skipper. It is possible to extend the duration of the excursions. Please call for details.

Marettimo Diving Center

Marettimo SicilyConsidered ‘Italy’s Hidden Seaside’ and one of the very best Mediterranean Escape Destinations by the Telegraph in June 2013, Marettimo is known as the “Sacred Hiera” or the Sacred Island. It is part of the Egadi archipelago which includes Ustica and Favignana and is furthest from Sicily. It looks like a huge mountain immersed in a green field. There are almost no cars, hotels, discos and no campsites. Marettimo is very far from the madding crowd. This is great for people looking for some peace and quiet; there are a few hundred white houses built from indigenous Tufa, nestling close to the shoreline and the harbour. Further inland are many trails, which allow the hiker to go through almost all the territory of the island, exploring the flora, which is particular to Marettimo, the small coves and the verdant coastline Those who would like a day ‘away from it all’ can find a water taxi to take them to a secluded cove for a relaxation a romantic picnic. Those interested in archaeology will not be disappointed either, as there are Roman ruins, a Spanish castle and a small temple which is dated back to the 1st century AD.
Marettimo DivingDiving in Marettimo is proving to rank with the very best in the Mediterranean Voglia Di Mare. Dive centre is based off the main square and their dive boat is in the port of Scala Vecchio, 3 minutes walk away. All the dive equipment is stored on the boat. Marcello and his team know each dive-site intimately. The diving ranges from medium to challenging. A clear picture of each dive is described in the “dive profile” (please ask for one). The week always starts with an easy dive so that Marcello and his staff can assess the new arrivals.

Marettimo villageThere is a variety of accommodation available on Marettimo, which makes Marettimo an ideal venue for club and group diving. We use fully furnished apartments, rooms and a small self-catering holiday village the Marettimo Residence; 40 self catering units: studios, one and two bedroom units and 2 bedroom suites with magnificent balconies overlooking the sea. All the units have a terrace and balcony with BBQ facilities in the gardens. The Residence is directly above the sea and a five minute stroll to the village. Sea bathing is from the rocky foreshore below. It has typical chalets in a beautiful garden setting with tumbling bougainvillaea. Many of the chalets have views of the coastline. There is a small swimming pool. If you don’t feel like cooking you will find several typical local restaurants and coffee bars serving a traditional Sicilian menu. Marettimo is also the ideal location for a long weekend diving apart from July August.

Diving Pantelleria

seascape-pantelleriaHundreds of thousands of years ago a great explosion in the heart of the Mediterranean produced a subterreanean volcano now known as Pantelleria. Pantelleria nowadays is rich in hills and mountains, which were formed from minor volcanic craters. Pantalleria echoes its turbulent past and actual secondary volcanic activity is present over the entire territory. The fumaroles (Steam jets) inside caves are considered real saunas such as ‘Bagno asciutto’ at Siba. There are also thermal water springs, which reach the sea through the cave of Sataria and along the shores of the beautiful Lake of Venus. Pantelleria is also rich in vegetation: pines, oaks and forest trees over six metres tall. The Mediterranean bush alternates wild olives, blueberry, rosemary and Indian figs. Vineyards and capers are cultivated in terraces divided by dry stones. Try the delicious Passito, the exquisite raisin wine, or taste the best capers of the Mediterranean. And the beautiful transparent sea, that catches nuances and gradations of blue from the most pale to the deepest blue caress the rocky outcrops that form the back drops to spectacular dive sites. Dammusi of Pantelleria The unique “contradas” of the countryside are characterized by striking names of Arab origin evoking African atmospheres: Khaddiuggia, Margana, Mursia, Sataria, Nika’, Rekhali, Muegen, Tracino, Khamma, and others. Here the inhabitants of Pantelleria have built their house, the “Dammuso”. These are made with thick drystone walls and dome-shaped roofs used to collect rainwater which was conveyed to underground tanks. The floors in the oldest dammusi are of terracotta bricks or majolica hand decorated tiles. The dammusi with their strikingly white dome vaults make Pantelleria’s landscape unique. We have a selection of Dammusi situated both in the different settlements and in the countryside with spectacular sea views, at easy reach of basic facilities. They can be self contained one, two, three bedrooms dammusi, most of them with covered terrace and garden. Diving The seascape around Pantelleria makes exciting diving and some of its best sites are only a short boat trip from Cala Levante dive centre. At Cala Tramontana dive site parrot fish are a surprising yet common fish to find here and grouper are also frequently spotted. Dolphins are often sighted from the dive boat and the rare Mediterranean monk seal still exists in the area. Archaeological finds are an added interest to each dive, large intact amphorae remain scattered around much of the coast line and Diving Cava Levante has set up an underwater archaeology course for those who wish to discover more about the rich history of the Island.

Cala Levante

Cala Levante is a PADI Dive Centre. It nestles in a small bay flanked by vineyards, a stones throw away is a bar and restaurant that overlook the sea. The centre is well equipped and operates a very large RIB for speedy transport to the dive sites. PADI courses are offered from Open Water to Dive Master levels. Speciality courses include underwater photography and underwater archaeology

Ustica

Known all over the world as Italy’s first natural marine reserve, it is called the ‘black pearl’ or ‘solitaire’ of the Tyrrhenian sea. Ustica, an offshoot of the Aeolian Islands, is rich in nature, atmosphere and beauty. The whole island is open to exploration with delights from prickly pears, to green caper plantations and lava cliffs that plunge into the deep blue sea to maritime pine trees, which gently cover its hills. The coast is full of inlets and natural caves, accessible either by boat or by swimming. Pride of the Usticesi is the underwater world paradise for divers and nature lovers. In 1990 it became an underwater archaeological site. This turtle shaped island is a favourite with artists and many walls have been decorated with frescoes by famous Italian painters. Visitors will be charmed by the intense colours of the sea and the land as well as by the scents of jasmine, raisins and almonds. Not to be missed are the stunning sunsets from the lighthouse, from the Torre Borbonica or from the Passo della Madonna.

Diving in Ustica

The Island of Ustica has been a protected marine reserve for 15 years and as a result boasts profuse marine life. The diving itself rangesUstica diving from calm protected bays perfect for open water training to sheer walls and caverns for the more adventurous. Most dives are carried out by boat and a sheltered site is almost always a short boat trip away what ever the wind direction. Offshore sites such as ‘Doctors Rock’ and ‘La Colombara’ often provide of schooling barracuda and large Mediterranean Grouper. Walls of Red Gorgonians are also found on the deeper dives. The shallow inshore sites hold countless colourful rainbow wrasse and spectacular fan worms.

Appartments in Ustica

We have many apartments situated in Ustica, all very comfortable and functional. They are located either in the centre of the town, or in outlying villages, overlooking the crystal sea and only a few km from all facilities. They are studios, one, two, and three bedroom apartments and are self-contained. They have kitchen, bathroom, terrace/balcony and most of them have TV and fan.

How to reach Ustica

We can organise transfers from Palermo airport to Ustica and viceversa. There is a ferry and hydrofoil service which connect the Island with Palermo. In low and mid season it is possible to take the car to the island. The time of these services varies very often so it is always best to check before departure. In case your flight does not connect with any ferry service, we can assist you with overnight accommodation in Palermo downtown. Profondo Blu dive centre Ustica’s premier dive center is based at the port. Courses are run under the guidance of Ann whilst Paulo with 12 years experience of Ustica’s water, supervises the dive center and the dive boat Profondo Blu. The new dive boat is purpose built with covered cabin, a w.c, hot shower, sun deck and a powerful diesel engine.

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