San Vito Lo Capo Sicily
Under Hundred Diving Centre
In 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 from 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
Arguably 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
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’.
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
There 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.
Hundreds 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 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
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 ranges 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.