Passengers traveling by ferry to Ustica arrive in a small island off the north coast of Sicily where are numerous rocks and grottoes!
Ustica is particularly known for scuba diving and snorkeling, is the first Marine Protected Area established in Italy, with a number of diving schools established on the island.
Visitors in Ustica have a lot to discover because the island provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the city streets with its fresh air, beautiful natural sights and delicious seafood cuisine. Divers from all over the world come to explore its magnificent underwater sites. Ustica is an island with a wonderfully mild climate and is also protected within the confines of Area Marina Protetta Isola di Ustica.
The island is the tip of an ancient volcano, its bulk lying beneath the surface of the sea. The surrounding seas are also rich in marine life as well as exquisite corals, vertical walls and caves to explore. Ustica's swimming opportunities are mostly from rocky seashore. In the summer months Italians and Sicilians come for their summer holidays. Many aim to relax, sunbathe and swim. Others come here specifically to dive. The island offers some scenic opportunities for wandering around by foot. Ustica Town, the arrival point for the ferries which bring travelers from Sicily’s shores, is also worth a wander with its picturesque streets, iconic old tower and delicious places to eat.
Ferries to Ustica run from the port in Palermo regularly throughout the whole year.