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Profondo Blu Ustica

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Contrada Oliastrello SNC, 90010, Sicily Italy
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Georgie C wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
We had an amazing time with Ann and Paolo in 2008 super happy to see 10 yrs later they are still being incredible hosts and teaching people to scuba in this magical spot. The island is interesting to explore and the local restaurants awesome. The highlight of our trip were the dinners with Ann and Paulo drinking their house wines and grappa, and eating the freshest of fish. Quite an amazing trip.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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rebeccadiver wrote a review Oct 2016
Sydney, Australia206 contributions101 helpful votes
I stayed here in October and unfortunately only got 2 dives in due to windy weather ( caution this can lead to all ferries in and out being cancelled too!) Ann and Paolo were excellent hosts and their resort home is lovely ( yes out of town but not a lot to miss really, a very quiet place on a small black volcanic rock!) I had a fabulous apartment to myself with kitchen, very comfortable and clean with a sun terrace. Lovely and quiet at night. The best thing about the diving was the viz, SO BLUE and clear with lots of caves and grottoes. There were not many fish (compared to Australia) but I think there are more on the other side at Doctors Rock etc nice shrimps and nudibranches and saw 1 barracuda. The boat is e excellent and well run with good storage and a toilet! The captain was efficient and professional as were the dive masters. Overall a great experience, relaxed, great cooking ( lots of fish) and nice and social with all divers eating outside together. ( bring mossie repellant!) Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Traveled solo
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jktlmac wrote a review Aug 2016
County Dublin, Ireland2 contributions1 helpful vote
We did our OWD course with Profondo Blu in Ustica. They were a very professional company to deal with both before we arrived and while we were there. The family of two adults and two kids 12 & 15 years all agreed that it was a great experience to do our dive course all together. It's tough with lessons in the morning and diving in the afternoon for first three days and than two dives a day for next 2 days. It's hard work and quite intense but with Profondo's professional tuition and experience we all got there in the end and are now certified divers. Alex our dive master was a great tutor making this very intensive course fun for us all. It's no walk in the park and takes a lot of commitment from all to get through it. His professionalism and expert tuition gave us great reassurance once we reached open water which is on day one !!! Our first dive we had 3 instructors to 4 novice divers as the first dive was hardest. Than after that we had 2 instructors with us at all times. As a parent this gave me great confidence that our family was safe at all times while we learned all our new skills. I would highly recommend this holiday for a family with teens Alex was fun with great English but was firm and professional. We all had to study each day and that was hard but gave us all something to talk about over evening meals in Usticas little town centre which had lots of restaurants to chose from. We chose not to stay in the dive company's own resort property which is lovely but is out of town and we wanted flexibility to stay and eat in the little village itself. We did eat up in Profondu one of the nights the experience and food was great and we has a fantastic night with the dive masters and all the other divers. It would be worth it if you have only adults as it was a 4 course meal with all wine n aperitifs included in the price of €35 per head. But the kids who really only would eat two courses max and evidentially no alcohol and only juice and water on offer was the same price. So a big big thanks to Alex and not forgetting Albi our second instructor who took great care of us all. We would love to come back to do more diving with you. Many thanks all from the new Padi Irish divers xx
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
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Emma Christine Davies wrote a review Nov 2015
London, United Kingdom103 contributions25 helpful votes
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My 14year old son and I spent Sunday to Friday in Late October at Profondo Blu for a late-season dive trip. Pros: - Paolo and Anne are brilliant and very chilled hosts, and the resort as well as the island and the boat are made for diving. As a bonus if you're lucky, you'll meet Claudio - the pilot. Probably the nicest man on earth - I think - he doesn't speak a word of English ! - You can keep your gear on the boat, which saves the 2xday schlepp of all the gear back and forth. - Food: excellent, local and home cooked - Accommodation has everything a diver needs - Dive service is excellent, with great local knowledge, and seemingly a large range of dives available for all skill levels (we were there for some beginner dives) - Very cute bar area with honour bar in an ice cream van (you have to see it to understand), and a fantastic selection of Belgian and other beers. - Open eating area allows for great communal eating / socialising experience - Our apartment had an efficiency unit in it; nice - but I struggle to see what one would use it for ! - Overall great value for the service, food, company, dives, accommodation and the chance to dive in late October without flying hours and hours from the UK. Cons: - The resort is c. 30 min walk from the sleepy town, we rented e-bikes to see the rest of the island, scooters also available. You could probably hike the island is a couple of hours. If you like to feel 'in the middle of it', this is a bit out of the way (Once you hang out in the town for a while, you realise you're not actually missing a lot !) - We were there in Oct. (end of season) so restaurant choices limited (we only ate in the resort), but meals are home-cooked, and they can cater for preference. Cost of the meals is a little high, but includes prosecco, wine and lemoncelo/grappa after. All in all worth it, though - Wifi only available in the common area This island and resort is pretty much only for divers, and there isn't a whole lot to do otherwise on the island, which is great if that's what you're there for. The daily schedule is pretty much the same: Eat, sleep, dive repeat ! Note you may have to overnight in Palermo in or out of Ustica, because of the times the ferries run. Also be aware that you may be advised to leave the island early (as we were) in case of inclement weather, as the ferries become unpredictable. If you're diving and flying, that probably doesn't disrupt your plans too much since your last day is a non-dive day. Would I go back, and would I recommend it? 100% !
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Date of stay: October 2015
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Lenano wrote a review Aug 2014
Paris, Île-de-France, France3 contributions
We spent an amazing week in Ustica with Profondo Blu. The owner (Ann and Paolo) are very nice, cheerful, friendly and professional when it comes to diving and italian fine food. I really recommend this place, the dives are absolutely beautiful, the boat is comfortable, the resort and the food are great.
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about Profondo Blu Ustica
Which popular attractions are close to Profondo Blu Ustica?
Nearby attractions include Museo Archeologico di Ustica (1.2 miles), Sentiero del Mezzogiorno (1.3 miles), and Ailanto Park (1.5 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Profondo Blu Ustica?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Profondo Blu Ustica?
Conveniently located restaurants include Rosso di Sera, Ristorante Sabrina, and Ristorante Take Away Carruba.
Are pets allowed at Profondo Blu Ustica?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Profondo Blu Ustica accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.