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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,, 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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