Ustica San Paolo Point Dive
Low Difficulty – Depth 0/30 meters
Ustica San Paolo Point Dive, sheltered from the prevailing winds, in one of the most beautiful coves on the island, a wall dive that is lost in the blue.
The promontory that characterizes San Paolo Point offers shelter to the cove and hides the suggestive underwater spectacle of a not very penetrating crack in the rock, whose walls are covered with orange, purple and yellow spongy encrustations.
From the wall of the promontory, in depth, marvelous red gorgonians protrude their branches; the spectacle of the blue that suddenly sinks can surprise us with the passage of large fish. Safety stop among the transparent waters of the cove. It is a real show, a simple and suggestive marine excursion.
The sea of Ustica often has stories to tell and some already belong to the past. Once inside the San Paolo Point Cove, at a depth of 14 meters, there was an Islamic or Byzantine iron anchor dating back to the eighth or ninth century. A.D .. It was not always visible even to the most experienced divers: the posidonia often enveloped it, hiding it, as if it were jealous. It is thought that it belonged to a boat that found itself having to quickly leave its mooring, abandoning the anchor on the bottom. This is of a type almost never found in Sicily, which is why some scholars speculate that it may have belonged to pirates interested in conquering the island. San Paolo Point is located in zone C of the Ustica Island ProtectedMarine Area.
The dive is aimed at divers of all levels. A scenographic landslide to the discovery of an enormous quantity of fantastic organisms, always surrounded by many juvenile specimens of brown grouper. But don’t forget to always take a look into the blue, hunting predators such as barracudas or amberjacks could reserve great surprises.
The studios are rented with a short tourist lease without the provision of personal services (Article 4 of Legislative Decree 50 \ 2017).