Ustica Shrimps Cave Dive
Medium \ High Difficulty – Depth 0/40 meters
Ustica Shrimps Cave Dive is like returning to the womb and then being reborn among myriads of shrimps.
Along the lava tongue of Galera Point you arrive at a landslide that ends on a sandy bottom at 40mt. There the entrance arch of the cave opens. You enter along the left wall which forms an elbow, the variety of colors and shapes of the sponge inlays in the rock is surprising.
The walls and vault of the cave seem to move: the optical effect is offered by the moving mass of thousands of small shrimps (Parapandalo plesionica)! It is possible to circle around some rocks and surprise some lobsters on a walk.
At the level of the darkest point of the wall, between the cracks of a large boulder, the sinuous crabs meander, the snouts freeze, struck by the beam of light from the torches. The sandy bottom then begins to rise gently; turning to the right you can see the blue gash of the entrance and a celestial clearing on which the spirographs bloom. The walls narrow to form a low and wide tunnel that leads to the exit, on the vault there is a terrace of rock teeming with shrimps. Three openings are then opened in the cave wall, the light filters and illuminates the colors; keeping to the left you cross a short passage that leads again to the landslide, among large groupers and silver bream. The dive continues to discover the Galera Point wall. Ustica Shrimps Cave Dive is located in zone C of the Ustica Island Protected Marine Area.
Undoubtedly one of the most famous caves in the Mediterranean. Diving at the Shrimps Cave requires a certain degree of experience.
The studios are rented with a short tourist lease without the provision of personal services (Article 4 of Legislative Decree 50 \ 2017).