The tuna route

CASTELLAMMARE – SAN VITO – USTICA or MARETTIMO (Aegadian Islands)

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The tuna route, Sailing Bubbles itinerary © Il cielo in una sogliola

When: May – June
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Boarding and disembarking: Castellammare del Golfo

Check in: Saturday at 16:00
Check out: Saturday at 10:00

Available activities: sailing, scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, trekking, archaeological tours, food and wine tasting

The tuna route, Sailing Bubbles itinerary © Il cielo in una sogliola

When: May – June
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Boarding and disembarking: Castellammare del Golfo

Check in: Saturday at 16:00
Check out: Saturday at 10:00

Available activities: sailing, scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, trekking, archaeological tours, food and wine tasting

Castellammare del Golfo

Previous to boarding or after disembarking you will discover a town which has always been devoted to the sea. This can be acknowledged in the old town, right next to the harbor, with its specific and charming architecture, and most importantly in the excellent cuisine, ranging from pane cunsatu to the famous couscous.

Not far from the harbor, one of the most beautiful postcards of the Mediterranean can be found along the coast: it’s the Tonnara di Scopello, the place where the bluefin tuna fishing campaigns used to be setup and where, later, the fish used to be prepared for its conservation.

San Vito Lo Capo

San Vito is located at the tip of a long cape made of carbonate rock. Due to its origin, it’s characterized by clear colors and large sandy areas.

Its underwater potential is huge although it is only known by a few. This assures a surprisingly exclusive experience while the crowd gets tanned on the magnificent white beach right in front.

The village recalls African atmospheres while offering every kind of service and an exciting night life with plenty of special venues.

The famous and wild Zingaro Nature Reserve, on the other hand, houses breath-taking trekking hikes for every level.

Ustica

The island of Ustica houses the first Italian Marine Protected Area since more than 30 years now. A Natural Reserve takes care of the beauty on land, as well. 

Scuba or free diving, or even simply while swimming, the colors and the richness of its sea will charm you with strong emotions. This is why there’s no better place to start diving.

The atmosphere in the picturesque little village, created by the Bourbons in the XIX century, is friendly as if the time had stopped. Since agriculture is still today one of the major resources of the island, you’ll be amazed by the local wines and cuisine served in the few small restaurants.

Finally, more or less demanding trekking hikes along the southern coast or in the woods on the edge of the ancient crater will complete an unforgettable experience.

Marettimo (Aegadian Islands)

In the Aegadian Islands you can feel history in the prehistorical drawings and engravings of the Grotta del Genovese in Levanzo and in the echoes of the battle between Rome and Carthage during Punic War I, whose amazing findings are exposed in the Tonnara Museum in Favignana.

Furthermore, the Aegadian archipelago is the largest Marine Protected Area of the Mediterranean. This has led to a proliferation of life in an already rich sea, making scuba dives in Marettimo, especially, among the most complete in the Mediterranean.

Marettimo is the most impressive island among all. To the sailor who comes from the sea, it appears as a dolomitic mountain sharp and impenetrable. Outside the tiny little village, practically devoid of cars beside a few electric golf carts, there is only wilderness. Beside July and August, the island is a true hermitage of peace and beauty.

We will sleep and swim at anchor in pristine bays, with the greenish and deserted mountain in front of us. And we won’t forget to taste the famous steak made of tuna fished right around the island.

Underwater

The huge cape between San Vito and Castellammare is filled with a whole range of diverse dive sites.

First of all two wrecks, the Capua and the more challenging Kent. Then, luxuriant walls with violescent sea-whips and lively shallows such as the one named Cala Rossa.

The carbonate rocks that have formed the cape are furthermore responsible of the presence of several wonderful caves. Inside, sea and fresh water often meet creating magic effects.

The underwater potential is overall huge, although only a few know it. This allows us to dive away from the crowds even in the heart of the summer.

The island of Ustica is undoubtfully the homeland of scuba diving as it is the first Italian Marine Protected Area. This fact, in addition to the scarce anthropic pressure, makes its sea extremely rich in fish.

At Scoglio del Medico or Secca della Colombara, to name just a couple of dive sites, meeting sumptuous amberjacks, big groupers, and huge schools of barracudas is just normal. Yet its intimate charm lies in the submerged volcanic landscapes, including caves, canyons, columnar basalts…

For the same reasons Ustica is the paradise of snorkelers and of those who wish to learn diving, since such encounters are unthinkable of elsewhere, especially in the first few meters.

The crystal-clear waters of Marettimo are especially impressive for their benthic biodiversity. Dive sites such as San Simone and Punta Basana, for instance, host corals (yellow, white, and violescent sea-whips, leptogorgia, gold coral) and alcyonarians as shallow as 20 meters.

Beside, the creation of the largest Marine Protected Area in the Mediterranean has brought back a remarkable quantity of fish, among which groupers, dentex, schools of barracudas and not seldom eagle rays.

For the most experiences divers, exploring the so-called Cathedral cave will be a mystic and unique experience.