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“Paradise; rent a motorbike or try to rent a jeep from Guiseppe down at the port.”
Review of Ustica

Ustica
Ranked #13 of 431 things to do in Palermo
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Owner description: A tiny volcanic island off Sicily's northern coast.
Reviewed 25 January 2014

We stayed here for two nights. Get transportation to circle the island, see a preserve, and walk to town to see local color. Never forget it.

4  Thank nelliebly47
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Reviewed 7 September 2013

There is a ferry from Palermo early (7am) and afternoon (1) to Ustica and also back. This beautiful island is in middle of nowhere. Theres a beautiful town center where locals and tourists sit drinking coffee and chatting. Try the local specialty cornetto with a cappucino . I only stayed 1 night so didnt explore the advertised snorkling, diving and treks. Local bus service exists. This place is literally 8 miles square so you wont get lost. Definately recommend

7  Thank Keithogriofa
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

An insland in the insland. Ustica in Sicily.
Great landscape and wonderful sea. We make a lot of snorkering looking beautiful fish in a blue sea. A corner of paradise!

2  Thank Jack S
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

I did a day trip to Ustica from Palermo. It would have been preferable to spend the night, but the day trip was great. To buy tickets for the ferry, go to Siremar on Via Francesco Crispi between Via Emerico Amari and Via Principe di Belmonte, or visit the website www.siremar.it. You can find out about both the hydrofoil and ferry schedule & prices. You can purchase tickets in advance, but I'm not sure how far in advance. I took the 8:15 hydrofoil for 24 Euros, having purchased tickets the afternoon before. One member of my group went diving while the rest of us took a boat tour of the island. For 2 adults and 2 kids we paid Euros 70 for 2-3 hours. Our skipper, who we found at a dive shop on the bay, was kind and accommodating so we gave him a 10% tip afterwards. We were able to go around the whole island, visit each cave and stop for a short snorkel in about 4 spots. The island is unique with it's lava caves, rocky pools and clear water. The marine life is abundant but not at all on the scale of coral reefs found in the Caribbean and South Pacific. A couple of spots were filled with gorgeous jelly fish that sting so we didn't swim and only looked. Almost 100% of what we saw in the sea we had also seen on the beaches of Sicily around Aci Castello and Taormina. The entire island can be easily be toured on foot. There is a path around the island and occasional stairs to the sea. If you cannot afford a boat, the island is still certainly worth visiting. The light house has a deep pool and easy access to the sea. Water shoes were very useful on this trip. We had our own snorkels and masks, but you could get by with just swim goggles. We had lunch at a lovely restaurant on the town square and took the 4pm ferry back to Palermo for 17 Euros. We would have liked to return later and do more swimming but the 4pm ferry was the latest one offered that day.

14  Thank SMC123289
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Reviewed 9 June 2013 via mobile

We were on a short 5 day trip to sicily and stayed in palermo. It was hard to decide wether to go to ustica or not since we could only stay there for half a day, i'm so glad we did!
A return ticket was around 45euro, we took the fast ferry(1,5hour). Before arrival we had no idea what to expect other than the snorkeling and diving activities. The island was beautiful with black rocks and sand at the coast, pastel coloured houses and lots a nature. The center was basicly just 1 street where you could eat and buy souvenirs or snorkeling/diving gear.
We went snorkeling with Mister Jump Diving, they are located on the street towards the center. Definately check them out, very friendly staff!
I had a great experience and might visit palermo again, just for Ustica!

10  Thank yonglol
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