Excursions in the most beautiful spots of Sicily
THE SEA AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE
Right after you will find Isola di Capo Passero, the entire island has many spots to do snorkeling, like: i “ruttazzi”, the northern point of the island right under the spanish fort where there are different little caves with a decreasing sea bottom and where you can find different types of fishes, like “donzella”, sea breams, damselfishes, octopuses, staggers, but there’s also an historical wreck: an ancient anchor under the lighthouse of the fort.
Along the rest of the island the sea bottoms are perfect to do snorkeling, like in Capo Musso, Grotta del Popolo, Scoglio Maltese e Punta del Travo, where there is also a shoal where unfortunately sometimes boats aground.
Proceeding on this direction we find Isola delle Correnti, so called due to the presence of various sea flows, and here the Ionian Sea and the Strait of Sicily meet with each other. The bay of the island is characterized from sand dunes and the sea bottom is mostly sandy, except from the wreck which we find at the center of the bay, 50mt away from the coast. It is a maltese merchant ship that drowned about 30 years ago because of a fire on board. A mile away from the coast there is a 4mt shoal with a unique sea bottom, but because of the distance from the coast we recommend you to do the excursion on a boat.
We’re already in the Strait of Sicily and going on we find Punta delle Formiche, so called because the rocks at the surface, from far away, resemble some ants. Near to this we find the Grotte dei Sospiri, so called because the gurgling of water sounds like a whisper. This area is also named Concerie due to the presence of ancient tanneries dug on the rocks.
Getting over the big beach of Granelle, about 5km, you will come across Porto Ulisse and Punta Castellazzo, that together with Cirica and Punta Cirica represent the end for snorkeling because, right after these, we find along the coast only big beaches.
Between Porto Ulisse and Cirica there are two rocks: Iannazzo and Iannazzieddu, the latter just a little at the surface. These are anyway to important spots to do snorkeling but in this case too we recommend you to reach them on a boat.
At the entrance of Pozzallo, as a last bastion of ancient times, there is Isola dei Porri, so called because here it’s where wild leek used to grow. This island, once a lot bigger, now is just a little bigger than a rock due to the sea erosion. But you need to be careful because the island and all the 100mt around it are banned from every activity because it’s a reserve. Looking from the island to the land, there are some shoals called “secche di Circe”, goal of a lot of scuba divers due to the presence of amberjacks, groupers, octopuses and so on.