Sicily and Aeolian Islands

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Discover the best dive centers in Sicily and Aeolian Islands

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Sicily, the Marine Reserve of Ustica and the UNESCO World Heritage Aeolian Islands are among the best surprises you could find in the Mediterranean Sea.

The pristine waters and endless visibility offered in the region give an... airy atmosphere to your dives! Moreover the possibility of combining diving with climbing on legendary active volcanoes (Stromboli or Etna) turn Sicily and the Aeolians Islands into a must go destination!

In Sicily, the island of Ustica, about 60km North of Palermo, dominates the diving scene. It was declared a Marine Reserve in 1986, so the ecosystem around is obviously and tremendously abundant and diverse; the kind of which has become rare in the Med! The island is of volcanic origins and the seabed is scatered with black lava rocks: after all, Ustica means 'burnt' in Latin... Dive sites like Secca della Columbara or Lo Scoglia del Medico are simply unmissable! You'll find schools of barracudas, rare giant mussels (Pinna Nobilis), nudibranchs, stretches of posidonia, and the good old amphores and Antic remains for the archeology divers.

More to the East, the Aeolian Islands. They have been thus named after the Greek god Aeolus, who was supposed to have locked ALL the winds into one of the numerous caves... There are no less than eight of them, and some are quite mighty! As a matter of fact two islands have an active volcano, Stromboli and the well-named Vulcano, and two others are dormant, Panarea and Lipari. The latter is, for logistical reason, the starting point of any adventure around the Aeolians! The diving here has dense fauna (for the Med!), a perfect topography for deep diving, a beautiful all round blue, black sand, volcanic rubbles... and massive groupers! Lipari has the most dive sites, Panarea sports bays that are only accessible by boat and Finiduci has got a few archeological remains. On Vulcano and Stromboli, some drift dives have 'bubbles' coming out of the seabed! Then when you surface, the scenery is an active volcano!

At last, the towns of Taormina and Palermo. The first mentioned is host to an incredible 2000 years-old Roman shipwreck, the Column, lying at 26m down. You could also enjoy a dive in the famous Grotta Azura or 'Blue Cave'. In Palermo, the wreck of a WWII german bomber fighter, the Junker 52, rests  on the sand off the harbour at 46m depth.

Thrill-seeking divers? Ready? Dive!

See also  Sicily - Ustica Island

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Sicily, the Marine Reserve of Ustica and the UNESCO World Heritage Aeolian Islands are among the best surprises you could find in the Mediterranean Sea.

The pristine waters and endless visibility offered in the region give an... airy atmosphere to your dives! Moreover the possibility of combining diving with climbing on legendary active volcanoes (Stromboli or Etna) turn Sicily and the Aeolians Islands into a must go destination!

In Sicily, the island of Ustica, about 60km North of Palermo, dominates the diving scene. It was declared a Marine Reserve in 1986, so the ecosystem around is obviously and tremendously abundant and diverse; the kind of which has become rare in the Med! The island is of volcanic origins and the seabed is scatered with black lava rocks: after all, Ustica means 'burnt' in Latin... Dive sites like Secca della Columbara or Lo Scoglia del Medico are simply unmissable! You'll find schools of barracudas, rare giant mussels (Pinna Nobilis), nudibranchs, stretches of posidonia, and the good old amphores and Antic remains for the archeology divers.

More to the East, the Aeolian Islands. They have been thus named after the Greek god Aeolus, who was supposed to have locked ALL the winds into one of the numerous caves... There are no less than eight of them, and some are quite mighty! As a matter of fact two islands have an active volcano, Stromboli and the well-named Vulcano, and two others are dormant, Panarea and Lipari. The latter is, for logistical reason, the starting point of any adventure around the Aeolians! The diving here has dense fauna (for the Med!), a perfect topography for deep diving, a beautiful all round blue, black sand, volcanic rubbles... and massive groupers! Lipari has the most dive sites, Panarea sports bays that are only accessible by boat and Finiduci has got a few archeological remains. On Vulcano and Stromboli, some drift dives have 'bubbles' coming out of the seabed! Then when you surface, the scenery is an active volcano!

At last, the towns of Taormina and Palermo. The first mentioned is host to an incredible 2000 years-old Roman shipwreck, the Column, lying at 26m down. You could also enjoy a dive in the famous Grotta Azura or 'Blue Cave'. In Palermo, the wreck of a WWII german bomber fighter, the Junker 52, rests  on the sand off the harbour at 46m depth.

Thrill-seeking divers? Ready? Dive!

See also  Sicily - Ustica Island

Sicily and the Aeolian Islands

Sicily, the Marine Reserve of Ustica and the UNESCO World Heritage Aeolian ...

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Water and air temperature :
Water and air temperatureJan.Feb.Mar.Apr.May.Jun.Jul.Aug.Sep.Oct.Nov.Dec.
Air temperature11°12°14°17°19°22°25°26°22°19°15°12°
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Best time to dive : avril à novembre
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