SCUBA Travel

Ustica Practicalities

Getting There

Ustica is a small island off the coast of Sicily. You can fly to Palermo (in Sicily) and then take a ferry to Ustica. The budget airlines visit Palermo, but have a very small baggage allowance. The Airport in Palermo is around 45 minutes drive from the Port. A taxi from the airport will cost around 50 Euros. The Hydrofoil from Palermo to Ustica takes around an hour and a quarter. The ferry takes around 2 and three quarter hours. Buy a ticket at the port before boarding the ferry, or your dive centre may arrange for a ticket to be waiting for you on board. Confusingly, the "Ustica Ferry" company doesn't go to Ustica: you need the Siemar ferry. For timetable information see the FerriesOnline site

You could instead catch a ferry to Ustica from Naples. This takes 4 hours and in Summer there is one a day.


Ferries

Ferries leave from Italy (Genoa, Livarno, Civiavecchia, Naples and Palermo) and France (Marseille and Corsica).


When to Go

June, July and August are the busiest months. Accommodation prices are lower in May, June, September and October.


Getting around

Ustica is only small. The main road which circles the island is only 9 km long. A bus travels round this every hour. You can also hire bicycles or motor bikes. Your diving centre will generally pick you up from your accommodation and take you to their dive boat.


Other Things to Do

The main attraction on Ustica is the diving and snorkelling. You can also hire bicycles or motor bikes to see the island, or walk into the middle. The eating and drinking are also very good.


More Information

More information about Ustica is given in these guide books.

Blue Guide Sicily
by Ellen Grady, Paperback, Blue Guides, 544 pages, (2006)
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Sicily
by Dana Facaros, Paperback, Cadogan Guides, 352 pages, (2008)
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See also the Local Tourist Board
AAPIT Palermo - Local Tourist Board
Piazza Castelnuovo 34
90141 Palermo ITALY
Phone 091-583847
Fax 091-586338
http://www.aapit.pa.it

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