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Diving on Ustica

The island is well set up for divers, and facilities include a decompression chamber, though medical facilities are limited to the pharmacy and the guardia medica. The waters are protected by a natural marine reserve, divided into several zones with restrictions on where you can swim, dive and fish. The excellent Profondo Blu (t091 844 9609 or t349 672 6529, wustica-diving.it), run by an Italo-Belgian couple, is the island’s most organized and experienced dive operator, arranging guided dives and packages – a single dive costs €40, a ten-dive package €330 and a five-day Open Water Diver Padi course €420. It also offers accommodation in a resort of self-catering apartments ouside town (May–Oct; from €450/week), with meals available too (breakfast €5, dinner €35).

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