Ustica Pastizza Cave Dive
Low Difficulty – Depth 0/30 meters
Ustica Pastizza Cave Dive, just a few minutes from the port of the island, the great arch of the Pastizza Cave opens up on the cliff: crystal waters and purple reflections; under the surface a complex of caves and plays of light, tunnels and walls mottled with colors.
Pastizza Cave is so-called for an emerged rock called “Pastizzu” (pasticcio) by the islanders, this dive is perfect for those who are less experienced or who want to enjoy the underwater panorama without getting too tired.
Pastizza Cave is a site that offers the possibility of making multiple routes. We will begin the dive on a Posidonia prairie at a depth of 5-7 meters, and then choose to skirt the southwest wall, which hosts large solitary and magnificent groupers and offers the vision of a sandy slope that is lost in the depths. blue around the Island.
We will observe colored inlets and sponges of various kinds and shapes. Among the boulders just outside the cove there are the remains of ancient Roman amphorae, while posidonia is the ideal refuge for pony pipefish and microscopic nudibranchs. It is common to meet large fish such as lone amberjacks or barracudas in advance. A large outcropping pyramidal boulder creates a narrow and suggestive tunnel that overlooks the blue from inside the cove. Pastizza Cave Dive is located in zone C of the Ustica Island Protected Marine Area.
At the end of the dive it will be possible to visit a complex of shallow and articulated caves. These offer suggestive plays of light or the ecstatic vision of a famous statuette of San Bartolomeo, patron saint of the island.
The studios are rented with a short tourist lease without the provision of personal services (Article 4 of Legislative Decree 50 \ 2017).