The island of Lampedusa arises in the middle of the Sicily Channel as a piece of African desert floating by. Its bright, wind and sun-burnt landscapes confer its waters a unique and appealing color.
Placed inside the Pelagie Islands Marine Protected Area, the colorful dive sites immersed in a surprising luminosity are its strongest asset. These include caves and wonderful swim-throughs.
It is also surprising how marine species more acquainted to warmer climates have now stably their home in these waters. For instance the parrot fish, whose massive presence add a touch of tropics to the dives.
The pearl, though, is a tiny rock named Lampione, arising from the devoid sea some 10 miles west of Lampedusa. This is one of the last pristine spots in the Mediterranean, with sea turtles and even gray sharks, far from being rare during the dives between July and September.
In Lampedusa we collaborate with the very experienced Simone and Rocco from Pelagos 2.0 Diving Center, impressively well equipped with a big diving boat to comfortably reach Lampione, beside a fast rubberboat. It should be noted that the departure for Lampione is set early in the morning to be able to explore the small rock with two dives.