Ustica Za Lisa Dive
Low Difficulty – Depth 0/30 meters
Ustica Za Lisa Dive, when you are still in the cove you have the impression of being on an uninhabited island. Below sea level there is an explosion of colors and sponges of all kinds, a perfect home for nudibranchs and a great attraction for curious, eye-catching photographers.
In front of the place distinguished by the nice typically Sicilian toponym, the rocky wall continues its prospect under water with an almost vertical trend, until it “settles” on the sandy bottom around 18 m deep. The wall itself creates an amphitheater in what can be considered one of the most beautiful coves on the whole island. A very cracked and shallow shallow seabed allows for a pleasant underwater journey, to be followed with the wall to the right on the outward path and then, backwards, at different altitudes.
A large boulder of lava rock, in the center of the bay, presents an interesting small canyon that leads to some ravines created by the overhanging wall: a sort of very suggestive window in the blue with the vault covered by orange madrepores. Small groupers in burrows, red prawns and some magnosa keep company with the attentive diver. On the way back, at higher altitudes than the outward route, we find some horizontal cuts in the rock, one of which is very large and can be used by several divers at the same time. A Za Lisa is located in zone C of the Ustica Island Marine Protected Area.
In a submerged cave at a depth of nine meters, some fragments of amphorae called “spatheia” are lying on the seabed. They are there not because the ancient vases were lost at sea, but because they were regularly thrown into them by the inhabitants of a late Roman farm located on a plateau facing the sea. The owners disposed of the amphorae by throwing them into a crevasse corresponding to the submerged sea cave.
The studios are rented with a short tourist lease without the provision of personal services (Article 4 of Legislative Decree 50 \ 2017).