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Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

1. Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

Relax on this 2-hour boat tour of the Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port before taking you out into the expansive turquoise sea, sailing past many beautiful sights along the way. The tour includes visits to some stunning places around Taormina, such as Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Cross Rock, Prickly Pears Rock. See the Cave of the Mermaids, Grotta Azzurra, the Coral Cave, the Ziu Innaru Rock and the Bay of Mazzaro. You have the chance to stop at the breathtaking Isola Bella bay and plunge yourself into the crystal clear waters for some swimming or snorkeling. You will enjoy a snack and a drink at the bay before returning back to the port. This is a truly unmissable way to see the natural beauty of Taormina from the sea. 

Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

2. Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

Your tour will begin when you meet your captain and board your boat at the Port of Giardini Naxos before setting sail on an unforgettable adventure. Your first stop will be at the Bay of Spisone, where you’ll have the chance to take your first swim of the day and to snorkel independently. You’ll marvel at the stunning stone islets that emerge from the waters and the Atlantis Bay hotel built in Gaudi style. Next, you’ll set sail to Mazzarò Bay, widely considered one of the true treasures of the Sicilian and Taormina coasts. You’ll then stop off at Isola Bella, a historical pearl of Taormina, where you’ll have the chance to explore the Blue Grotto and to discover its gorgeous reflections of light. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Taormina, you'll then be served a tasty selection of local cold cuts, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with a fine local white wine. Finally, you’ll have the chance to take another swim before beginning your journey back to the Port of Naxos Gardens.

From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

3. From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

Be enchanted by the beauty of Sicily on a cruise from Giardini Naxos to Isola Bella. Discover the “Mediterranean Pearl” that the German Baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden introduced to the world. Given to the mayor of Taormina by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon in 1806, the tiny island of Isola Bella was purchased by the British philanthropist Florence Trevelyan and has been a World Wildlife Fund for Nature natural reserve since 1998.  Relax and swim at this wonderful spot, and look for the many different birds and marine species it attracts. Get a great view of Taormina and the mighty Mount Etna in the background. Drop anchor at the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and nearby Grotta del Giorno, where the water is clear blue and provides ideal conditions for snorkeling.  Cherish this day to just relax and be cradled by the waves and summer breeze.

Taormina: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and a Glass of Wine

4. Taormina: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and a Glass of Wine

Your experience will start at the port of Giardini Naxos, where you will meet the skipper who will welcome you on board of the sailboat. Once on board, you will sail toward the bay of Villagonia where you will stop for the aperitif (it will take approximately 30 minutes); during the sail the skipper will tell you about the beauties and wonders of the Sicilian coast. Depending on the effective weather and sea conditions, navigation will be either sail or engine powered. During the stop at the bay of Villagonia you will be offered a delicious aperitif with local products paired with a glass of wine; if you feel like it, you can also have a swim or practice a brief self-guided snorkeling. You will then return at the port of Giardini, while still admiring the sun setting over Taormina and the majestic Mount Etna.

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It was amazing! The best boat trip I have ever had! Captain Saro and his wife Graziella, she is also a guide - a super team! They created such an atmosphere! Champagne, fruits, sweets, music, dancing. We dived from a yacht and swam in the clear emerald water of the Ionian Sea, went into beautiful bays, and even had a little experience in sailing a yacht! The yacht is beautiful and comfortable! Delight!!! I recommend this boat trip to everyone.

Excellent coastline tour boat. The boat is very nice and it’s kept extremely clean. The 2hr tour is a perfect way to spend the morning. Both Graziella and her husband are lovely and make the experience even better. Highly recommend it!

We had a wonderful time. The boat owners were a lovely couple who were very sweet and knowledgeable, the boat was immaculate, the snacks and drinks were great and the whole experience was beautiful!

Super relaxed tour! There were only five of us, plus the guide. Very nice group - we talked a lot and laughed a lot! The guide was totally smart!

Absolutely amazing experience. We loved every moment of it and Graciela and the Captain were the most wonderful hosts.