Ustica Academy Cave Dive
Medium Difficulty – Depth 0/12 meters
Ustica Academy Cave Dive presents spectacular plays of light created by the boulders placed on the bottom.
Due to its location, charm and accessibility, the Academy cave is certainly one of the most popular in diving tourism. Together with the Pastizza Cave, it is very easy to locate, thanks to an imposing rock that rises in front of it.
It is accessed thanks to a passage 8 meters deep that opens into a very large room, illuminated by a fantastic play of lights that penetrates through the cracks between the boulders. Inside you can find some plant species that make space by exploiting the sunlight coming from the surface. Entering this room it is possible to meet juvenile forms of many species of fish including: crabs (Coger conger) or moray eels (Muraena helena) that turn among the pebbles and the clouds of microscopic planktonic crustaceans. The wall to the right of the cave is full of cuts and crevices, providing a perfect shelter for many species such as juveniles of brown grouper (Ephinephelus marginatus). Ustica Academy Cave Dive is located in zone C of the Ustica Island Protected Marine Area.
This dive is also suitable for less experienced divers as the bottom is made up of coarse gravel and the chamber is never completely dark.
The studios are rented with a short tourist lease without the provision of personal services (Article 4 of Legislative Decree 50 \ 2017).