Ustica, marine reserve
Ustica is a delightful, rocky island that lies 30 miles north of Palermo and can be reached easily in a day-trip via hydrofoil. Several years ago a large part of the island was classified as a marine nature reserve. For this reason Ustica is the destination preferred by those who want to go snorkelling or simply dive in its crystal-clear waters. You then come to “Punta Cavazzi” which is one of the most panoramic spots on the island and as you continue further on you arrive at “Punta Spalmatore”, where Zone A of the marine reserve starts (a protected area of the water along the coastline), and “Torre dello Spalmatore”. We recommend renting a boat which will enable you to go right around the island and see places that would otherwise not be accessible.
Al Faro (The Lighthouse) (Ustica)
At the bottom of the Punta Cavazzi Lighthouse, in Contrada Spalmatore, a big concrete platform allows acces to a crystal clear sea, shallow for the first 30 meters and nestled in a picturesque scenery. The area is equipped with deck chairs and umbrellas for hire, and there is a refreshment venue nearby.
Piscina Naturale (Natural Pool) (Ustica)
Immediately below the Punta Cavazzi lighthouse, in the Spalmatore area, there is a stretch of transparent water enclose by rocks and connected to the sea through a submarine tunnel. Underwater, it will be easy to spot mullets and other large fishes wandering around big stones. It can be reached via a path between the rocks, which is slightly challenging.