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Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

1. Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Travel aboard a comfortable 7-meter boat to discover almost 20 kilometers of volcanic coast between the La Timpa Natural Reserve and the Marine Protected Area of Isola dei Ciclopi on this tour from Aci Castello. Sip on beverages and have light refreshments along the way.  Board the speedboat in Aci Castello and cut through the water with ease in the company of a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide. Glide over the beautiful lava seabed of Isola dei Ciclopi (Aci Castello), a marine protected area. Discover underwater basalt pillars, lava ropes, lava pillows, and colorful sea life and plants which will provide the scenery for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. Explore a old lava flows, stretches of white sand, underwater canyons, and volcanic faults.  Have a good chance of encountering groupers, white breams, octopus, and sea sponges. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

2. Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

Meet your guide in Aci castello. Here you will find various diving spots suitable for snorkeling and easily accessible directly from the coast or by boat. Equip yourself with snorkeling gear that suits your needs in order to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Begin your underwater adventure and marvel at incredible volcanic formations including columnar basalts, flush lavas, and submarine cushion lava beds. Marvel at the colorful flora and marine fauna, learning about the incredible wildlife from your expert marine biologist guide.

From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

3. From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

Discover the Ionian Sea on a sailing trip from Catania. Sail past the Castle of Aci Castello, marvel at the centuries-old lava flow rocks, and go for a dip in the refreshing water. After meeting the skipper at the port of Catania, board your sailboat and head towards Aci Trezza. As you sail, learn about the terrain and history of the area from your guide. Cruise by rocks created by ancient lava flowing into the sea and spot the plants hardy enough to grow there. Continue past the Castle of Aci Castello, jutting into the sea on a teetering cliff. Once you reach Aci Trezza, dive into the water for a refreshing swim. Use the snorkeling gear on board to spot tropical fish, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. After returning to the boat, enjoy a glass of sparkling prosecco and some local snacks before sailing back to Catania Port.

Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

4. Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

Begin your adventure by meeting your captain on board your boat, decked out with three double cabins, a bathroom with a shower, an outside shower, a kitchen, and a refrigerator. Set sail to Ulysses’ Caves. Be amazed by the gorgeous underwater scenery of vibrant blues and greens as you sail past these breathtaking lava-formed caves. Next, sail toward Acitrezza, and pass under the medieval castle of Acicastello. Enjoy a spectacular view of the castle by the sea. Marvel at the characteristic pillow lavas found under the castle due to the rapid cooling of submarine eruptions.   Once you reach Acitrezza, see a marine reserve dubbed "The Cyclopean Isles,” which is only accessible by pedal boat. If you wish, for an extra charge, reserve a pedal boat and visit The Cyclopean Isles.  If the boat isn't available or you prefer not to use it, visit the charming little village of Acitrezza for one hour. When you arrive back on board, eat a delicious traditional lunch including an appetizer, pasta with mussels, fruit, water, and local white wine. Finally, during your return trip, take a short stop for another quick swim before arriving back in Catania at around 6:00 PM.

Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

5. Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the bay of the Cyclops and sea cliffs in Acitrezza. See dolphins, various marine life, go fishing, snorkelling and/or learn the fundamentals of sailing. This tour is a unique opportunity to see Catania from the sea and visit one of the most captivating landscapes of the Sicilian coast as you cruise through the Ulysses' Grotte and the Castle of Aci Castello. Throughout your tour, you will also have the chance to enjoy a fantastic diving/snorkelling session at the Natural Reserve of Cyclops, departing from the small village of Acitrezza. Whilst you snorkel, behold spectacular landscapes in crystal clear blue waters. Your informative and friendly guides will accompany you throughout your experience and will be there to assist you with anything you may need.

Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

6. Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

After meeting with your guide in Catania, you will embark on your 8-hour guided tour which will inform you of the biology, geology and volcanology of the Etna volcano. You will have the opportunity to walk in paths immersed in nature, away from the tourist areas on several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna will be your traveling companions, as you learn of the history of this unique territory in terms of endemicity. You will later enjoy a fantastic tasting of wines, liqueurs, honey, and much more, which will help you discover the flavors of this volcanic region. In the company of a marine biologist and an underwater environmental guide, you will later take the road to the marvelous lava beds of "Isola deiCiclopi" (Aci Castello), which is a Marine Protected Area. There you will discover underwater columnar basalt, lava cords, lava cushions, and colorful marine life and plants. This scene will be the unique setting for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. At the conclusion of your 8-hour experience, you will return to the tour meeting point in Catania.

From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

7. From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

Departing from the port of Catania, you will sail to the coast of Aci Castello to admire its Castle, of Norman origin, built on a cliff overlooking the sea. Sailing on the crystal clear waters of the Catania coast, you'll head to the small seaside village of Aci Trezza. Here, you will admire a unique panorama, volcanic and marine at the same time: you will find yourself surrounded by the famous farglioni of lava origin that characterize the Isole Ciclopi and L'isola Lachea. Surrounded by a breathtaking panorama, the location of the very famous novel "I Malavoglia" by Giovanni Verga, you can dive to enjoy a swim stop, to relax and have fun snorkeling among the beautiful seabed of the marine protected area. And to end your experience in the best possible way, you can sip on an alcoholic aperitif offered on board during the return voyage.

Aci Trezza: Guided Tour of Ulysses Caves and Reserve Area

8. Aci Trezza: Guided Tour of Ulysses Caves and Reserve Area

From the ancient port of Aci Trezza 6 stops with a bathing stop. Included in the price: 1. Skipper and guide in Italian and English 2. Insurance with civil liability 3. Entrance ticket to the ancient shipyard from 1800 with guided Italian and English tour with the last shipwright of the Rodolico family 1.Lachea Island Aci Trezza Lachea Island, not very large, is the largest of the outcrops that make up the Cyclops archipelago, just off the coast of Aci Trezza, Sicily. It is part of the integral nature reserve Isola Lachea e faraglioni dei Ciclopi, the protected area established by the Sicilian Region in 1998. The island, like the others in the archipelago, is of subvolcanic origin, formed by the intrusion of magma into the pre-existing rocks of the seabed. The nature museum houses a rich collection of fauna and flora. 2. The Faraglioni Their origin is thought to be associated with the wrath of the Cyclops Polyphemus who, blinded by Ulysses, allegedly hurled the rocks into the sea at the Greek hero to prevent him from escaping. A story that has certainly fuelled legend about the Cyclops Islands, also recounted in the ninth book of the Odyssey. Fancy aside, these are marvellous works of nature, sculpted over thousands of years by wind and rain, which are part of a protected marine area consisting of the Lachea Island, the Faraglioni and four other rocks arranged in an arch. 3. Norman Aci Castle The Aci Castle is located in Aci Castello in the province of Catania. The fortification, of uncertain origin, was the fulcrum of the development of the Aci territory in the Middle Ages. During the Sicilian Vespers, it was subjected to the rule of Ruggero di Lauria, then in the Aragonese period it belonged to Giovanni di Sicilia and finally to the Alagona family, being besieged several times. It is currently home to a civic museum. 4.Prince Aci Catello's House It was in February 1749 when Prince Don Luigi Riggio, Don Stefano's successor, had a majestic palace erected in Acitrezza for his residence. The palace was built facing the sea, close to the beach, imposing, grandiose, with eleven windows in a row on the façade and on the sea side, equipped with a rampart rampart against the cannons of the Turkish ships that often infested the seas of eastern Sicily. 5. Ulysses Caves Catania in the protected area A bathe in the history of legendary events that supposedly took place between the 13th and 12th centuries BC 6.Rodolico Shipyard at Aci Trezza Shipwrights have been shaping wood for millennia, creating constructions that still ply our waters today. A true art that encompasses the skills of designer, naval engineer, carpenter as well as artist. For five generations, the Rodolico shipyard has been operating in Acitrezza, the holder of this ancient, noble and precious profession. A craft that has almost disappeared but is dense with history, folklore and traditions to be remembered and preserved.

Catania: Private Boat Tour with Lunch and Cocktail

9. Catania: Private Boat Tour with Lunch and Cocktail

Special sailing boat tour to explore the skyline of the city of Catania from the sea and try a unique experience in fact our proposal also includes the possibility of trying a mini-sailing course while admiring the lava flows of the coast from the sea. The tour departs from the port of Catania heading north towards Aci Castello. We will pass in front of the medieval castle that dominates the coast of Aci Castello and we will be able to continue up to Acitrezza where we will be able to admire the Faraglioni, very famous in mythology for the Cyclops and the story of Ulysses. here we will stop at the buoy for a swim in the crystal clear water and we will have a lunch with a plate of pasta with fresh local fish. after lunch it is possible to have a siesta or a swim with snorkelling. in the end we will leave to return to the port of Catania and do some sailing school. Sport and tourism that create fun and happiness and culture of Sicily "island in a sea of sun".

Catania: Private SSI Scuba Diving Lesson

10. Catania: Private SSI Scuba Diving Lesson

Try scuba diving SSI is a unique experience with which you can have the adrenaline rush of feeling like a fish among fish. Upon your arrival you will be greeted by friendly and very hospitable staff. You will meet your instructor and guide who will register you for the Try Scuba program in order to activate the recognition which will then be delivered to you. after that you will try on your wet suit and all the equipment to do the experience with. I would learn, through the instructor's very detailed instructions how to move what and what to do step by step. You will learn how to breathe underwater and how to swim with fins in zero gravity. You will see a lot of colorful and peaceful fish and also very curious about you!! Go into the water and there your new underwater adventure will begin. At the exit we will do a debriefing and if you want you can continue with the Open Water Diver course which enables you as an officially certified diver You will be able to make the most of the diving center structure with changing rooms, showers, toilets, bars, relaxation areas and, if you feel like it, even the small restaurant

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

A nice and courteous little crew. Before stopping at the first diving/bathing spot, we were informed about the flora and fauna of the sea/coast along our route. So which animal could be dangerous to us, although there is no real serious danger to humans. Just be careful not to touch certain animals because of their characteristics. During the snorkeling time, we were always accompanied by a very experienced swimmer, who was also good at helping the unsure participants. As a refreshment, melons and drinks were offered free of charge. The boat is big enough to be able to sunbathe on several levels. We left at around 9 a.m. (meet at 8.30 a.m. on a side street at the port) and were back in the early afternoon. There was a nature reserve and the Cyclops Island to see. You could visit them by boat or by diving/snorkeling (no shore excursions).

Very friendly staff, who told us about the history of Sicily. We went to one snorkeling spot and saw some lava caves from the boat. It was a fairly small group (about ten). The equipment was included and water and some fruit was available. Definitely recommend!

A wonderful experience and a whole new visual experience of Catania and Mt. Etna. Davidi was our excellent guide, cook, and sailing instructor. See if he's available for your sailing.

It was a great experience with nice hosts, a good story, a lovely journey... we will repeat this next time for sure!

The skipper, Pepe and Alberto were fantastic, great information about Catania and made the trip very special.