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Base of operations: Italy
Accommodation includes independent fully equipped single and twin roomed mini apartments. Single room apartments each have air-conditioning, a small open plan kitchen and a private bathroom. All lead on to a spacious shared terrace equipped with umbrellas chairs and sun beds that looks on to a small exclusive Mediterranean garden.
The two-roomed apartments each have an open plan kitchen, private bathroom, ceiling ventilators and either a private garden or patio equipped with outside cooking facilities.
The exception flexibility regarding board is a characteristic feature of our resort. In fact you will not be required to decide in advance as to whether you wish either half board, full board or self-catering. Guests are invited to choose on a daily basis where to dine – either at the resort club, in the privacy of their apartment or at one of the island’s many restaurants.
Given our “natural predilection” for good food and wine, ample space has been dedicated to the communal areas ‘the Tavern, the Gazebo, and our renowned Partydrome, where the pleasure of experiencing Ustica is transferred from exploring the crystal clear waters around the rocky shores to admiring sumptuously well lain dining tables.
Here adventures shared with diving companions become all the more intense between a plate of spaghetti in calamari and tomato sauce and a slice of grilled swordfish – accompanied by an excellent Chardonnay that often increases the size of the groupers seen during the dives from + 25% underwater to a good +50% over the dinner table!
The Resort’s Diving Centre is organized in such a way as to guarantee our divers maximum comfort during all our activities. When you check-in you are provided with a net bag and a numbered coat hanger. On this you should hang your wet suit and stab jacket and put any other diving kit in the bag.
All the kit is taken on board and stowed for the duration of your stay. A weighted belt, which may be found on board, is tagged with the same I.D. number as the bag and the hanger so that it is easy to identify your equipment even in crowded situations. Fresh water facilities are available on board for rinsing equipment.
It is also possible to hire any and all equipment at the Center. Our dives are in the morning from 9.00am to 12.30pm and in the afternoon from 3.00pm to 6.30pm 7 days a week from Easter to October.
Night dives are organized weekly. Of our own design and made to measure especially for us in 2004, our 12 meter fiberglass boat caters not only for all the specific needs of our divers but also for those who accompany us aboard.
Powered by a 300 hp VM Detroit Diesel engine she is fast and particularly stable. The cockpit, galley and toilets are all to fore leaving 8 meters of open deck at diver’s complete disposal and the upper deck extends for 6 meters over the cockpit, includes a refreshments area, and is dedicated to soaking up the sun.
The stern diving deck is almost at water level and has two easy ladders that make getting back on board with all your diving gear on child’s play. There are also two hot and cold freshwater showers on deck which are handy for a healthy post diving shower and also to rinse off regulators and camera equipment.
One thing that is particularly appreciated by our divers is the decompression bar. This is a 4 meters wide rigid bar that is lowered to a depth of 3.5 meters to provide a convenient place to perform a safety stop during ascent.
Four second state regulators are attached to the bar and connected to a Nitrox gas cylinder on board. Those who wish may therefore decompress at the bar while breathing 32% Nitrox. Our diving resort is open from April till November.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
Diving centre was started in 1994 and since 2003 we have been able to provide to customers board and lodging in our own resort.
2. What is your company's mission?
We are a diving resort and our mission is to give our customers a wonderfull diving vacation in our beautifull little island providing them with all comforts and efficient organization. Our resort is family-owned business and we are very attentive to our clientele.
3. What does your company specialize in?
We are specilized in guided dives in the marine reserve of Ustica. In our resort great attention is given to the food.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
My wife and I founded the company in 1994. I'm now 54yo and Ann, my wife is 50. I've been diving since I was 14 but in my "previous life" my job was selling spare parts for cars in Turin (North of Italy) and my wife was an housewife. In fact I owned a company in Turin which I sold it in 1998 and since then I dedicated myself, together with my wife, to the sea and to the Island of Ustica.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Our package includes: transfer from airport to Palermo harbour, hydrofoil ticket to Ustica, board and lodging in our resort, guided dives from our own boat.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
The best compliment: "Thanks for all, I just felt like beeing at home".
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