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Ustica

Embark on an exhilarating open water passage in your Ustica yacht charter from the archipelago of the Egadi Islands to the island of Ustica, first inhabited as far back as 10,000 BC during the Neolithic period. The waters around Ustica, which lies to the north of Palermo, are oxygenated by copious amounts of seaweed and are considered so important to the ecosystem of the Mediterranean that whole swathes of them have been designated a marine preserve. 

Large sections of the marine park are still open for swimming, snorkelling and scuba-diving and an exploration of the crystal clear waters, the wild coastline, spectacular grottos and their wealth of fish and other marine life are one of the real pleasures of an Ustica boat charter. The best dive sites are the Secca Colombara to the north of the island and the Scoglio del Medico to the west. Keen underwater photographers will find plenty of interest too. Divers will want to explore the undersea archaeological trail near Punta Gavazzi, which incorporates anchors from Roman ships and an extraordinary array of nautical objects. 

The island itself is made up of the remains of an ancient volcano and is known locally as the Black Pearl owing to its composition from basalt rock formations. Walkers will enjoy the network of coastal paths, the most scenic of which passes through pine woods to the summit of Guardia di Mezzo before descending to the coast at Spalmatore where one can cool down with a swim in one of the natural rock pools. The town of Ustica sits above the harbour and is known for the distinctive painted murals covering the exteriors of the houses. The stone Tower of Santa Maria houses an archaeological museum with a collection of Neolithic artefacts. There are plenty of casual restaurants in the area around Ustica’s central square, many of which are excellent.
 

 

Mooring:

  • Stern-to or bows-to or alongside in Cala Santa Maria where there is room leaving the hydrofoil berth clear. 
  • The harbour is very crowded in summer. The bottom is sand and mud. Dinghy dockage is available.


To Do:

  • Hike the interior of the island
  • Exceptional snorkelling and scuba-diving

Facilities:

  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Provisions
  • Ice
  • Restaurants
  • ATM