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Sicily

Overview:

Sicily is part of Italy. Italy being the leg and foot and Sicily, "the ball" at the end of the foot.

Sicily is Italy's largest island and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Sicily is famous for the active volcano of Mount Etna, which produces a regular fireworks display.

There is good diving all around Sicily, but the island of Ustica, some 40 miles to the north of Sicily offers the best diving opportunities. Due to over fishing around the Sicilian coast there is a lack of large fish.  The most notable wrecks are the Wreck of Columns and The Junkers wreck. 

What to see:
  • The Wreck of Columns - an ancient Roman wreck at the south eastern extremity of the bay of Cape Taormina (26m). It sank more than 2000 years ago on a voyage from North Africa. 
  • Also, at Taormina is the Grotta Azura at 16 metres (Blue Grotto) with the most interesting part being the Shrimps' cave (18m).
  • At Palermo, a Junker 52 (German fighter-bomber of the 2nd World War) wreck lies on a 46 meters deep sandy bed.

  • Capo Taormina (depth 30 metres.) - a dive for advanced divers.  This is a wall dive with a current and a lot of sea life. "The Big Blue"movie was filmed here.

Need to know:
  • The main diving centres are located at Trapani, San Vito Lo Capo, Pantelleria, Egadi Islands, Taormina, Aeolian Islands and the island of Lampedusa.
Useful stuff:
Language: Italian
Currency: Euro
Time: GMT +1
Climate: Mediterranean
Diving season: Easter/Spring - October
Water temperature: January (15C) - August (25C)
Air Temperature January (14C) - August (30C)

Europe - Italy - Sicily: Latest User Reviews

Great Diving Centre in Lipari  La Gorgonia Diving Center , Italy 4 Star Rating Added: 5th October 2010 by ceppm
La Gorgonia is located in the beautiful island/town of Lipari, the biggest of the Aeolian islands, out of the NE corner of Sicily. The diving centre is easy to find. Along the Marina Corta, halfway up towards the church. Pino and Max, the two Dive Masters, are very helpful, friendly and...
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