Lucio Bellomo

After an academic career as a PhD and physical oceanographer, which led me as far as the South Pacific Ocean and allowed me to understand some of the phenomena that rule the oceans, I started out a new life from my biggest passions: sailing and the underwater world.

I made two Atlantic crossing sailings, I was a freediving fisherman in a lost bay in the Antilles, I worked as a scuba and freediving instructor in Ustica and Marettimo in the Mediterranean Sea, but also in the Philippines and in the Maldives.

In 2018, I sailed alone for more than 4 months on a very small sailboat with no cabin touching all the small inhabited Italian islands: the project, called 33 Isole (33 Islands), allowed me to know profoundly their social heritage, so fragile yet immense. The book I’ve written about this adventure has been published in 2023.

I hope to share these and many more adventures with whoever will choose to come aboard with us. In Italian, English, French, Spanish or… Sicilian!

Elisa Manganelli

From a little and remote provincial swimming pool where I worked as a swimming teacher I reached the immense and long-craved Australia, that hosted me as an au pair first, then as a digger of grueling lands and later as all-around waitress in a Sydney cafe. The mark that this experience left inside me was so deep that I could not leave my beloved backpack anymore: it has been following me ever since through all my travels in South East Asia and more.

Since the Australian years, I never gave up cultivating my love for diving with great motivation and passion. Until the day I decided to become a scuba instructor in the Philippines.

After the Philippine years, I’ve been endlessly switching between the tropical and the Mediterranean seas. I learnt how both to appreciate their evident diversity and to admire their singularities, but I never learnt how to choose one of them without missing the other. Maybe that’s why I always carry my camera with me when I travel: not to forget even a single shade of those colors the sea has at sunrise or sunset, and to be able to recollect those moments with the right people.

I can tell you my stories in English and Italian, but you can challenge me in French and Spanish if you wish so!