Ustica Colombara Shoal Dive
Medium Difficulty – Depth 0/35 meters
Ustica Colombara Shoal Dive, the magnificent seabed, the spectacular beauty of its slopes, the amazing biodiversity of its plateaus, make this dive one of the most beautiful in the whole Mediterranean.
From Colombara Shoal, located about a mile north of the coast, you can admire the entire profile of the island. The top of the shoal is just 2.5 meters deep, very exposed to waves and currents. Under optimal weather conditions the dive can be considered of medium difficulty, accessible even to less experienced divers, who can therefore enjoy a unique spectacle in the Mediterranean marine scenery.
The shoal has the shape of a large massif with a vast plateau and walls that are vertical and steep or more gently sloping. Each side of the massif offers a different landscape: the most popular side is the north-west one, due to the presence of a wreck but above all of barracuda whirlpools, schools of curious and learned amberjacks.
On the seabed and closer to the thick walls, numerous groupers observe and languidly move between the basaltic columns and the marble blocks that made up the cargo of the wreck. The west side is very suggestive: it consists of a vast lower plateau, 25-30 meters, which slopes gently towards greater depths and hosts, in addition to the ubiquitous groupers, schools of tannins and snappers. Numerous branches of red gorgonians also grow on the edge of the plateau. Colombara Shoal is located in zone B of the Ustica Island Protected Marine Area.
The Colombara Shoal, for some years, has also offered another interesting dive, the one on the wreck of a ship that ran aground on February 21, 2005, the motor ship ITA with the Panamanian flag. To the north is the prow of the wreck: we will observe the ghostly image of an iron monster and a large peak that protrudes towards the surface, and pieces scattered on the reef, now a privileged habitat for fish and numerous species of invertebrates.
A crest of rock acts as a boundary between the south and west walls, giving the spectacle of a pinnacle that rises towards the surface. At a safety stop, hundreds of pavonine maidens show off their brilliant rainbow livery.
The studios are rented with a short tourist lease without the provision of personal services (Article 4 of Legislative Decree 50 \ 2017).