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Dive Review of Altamarea Diving Center/Residence Stella Marina in

July, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Ellen Marie Smith, MN, US
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"Altamarea Diving Center Ustica"
Report Number 8413
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Galapagos, Hawaii, Caribbean (Cozumel, Belize, Turneffe, Utila,
Turks & Caicos, St. Martin, Nevis & St. Kitts), California 
Closest Airport
Palermo, Italy
Getting There
via Rome, Palermo by car to

Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
56   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Diving with divemaster strictly enforced. Groups of 4-6, sometimes fewer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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Shore Facilities  
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No rinse tank, can rinse with hose on back of boat. Setup not idea for
serious photographers. ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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We have friends in Palermo and decided to spend a week in Ustica. The laid
back feel of the beautiful island was wonderful for a break from our busy
lives. There isn't that much to do on the  island, but for us that was
perfect. We spent each day on the boat, taking lunch aboard and ate out at
quaint local restaurants in the evenings. Now for the diving : Mauro has
owned and operated Altamarea diving for 20yrs. The boat "Na
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