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Sardinia

With stunning landscapes, historical sites, and sandy beaches, this Italian island has something for everyone.

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From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

1. From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you and make sure you get comfortable on board. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available for purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim during the first stop at Santa Maria island, known for its turquoise waters. Stop at Budelli to lie on the sand or swim in the natural pools of Spiaggia del Cavaliere, protected from currents and perfect for a relaxing swim. Once back to the boat, admire the Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand. Visit Spargi to discover its white sandy beaches, rocky coasts, and turquoise waters. Go snorkeling in calm waters or lounge on the beach of Cala Granara. Along the way, see the Island of Santo Stefano, Caprera, and the Bear Rock of Palau from the boat. Listen to a multilingual explanation from your expert guide about the history of the archipelago. If you departed from Palau, have 1 hour of free time to shop for souvenirs or Vermentino wine in traditional Sardinian shops. Take a walk around the charming town. Admire the port of Cala Gavetta and the picturesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena before you get dropped off at Palau. If your journey started at La Maddalena, end your trip here.

From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

2. From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark on an adventure to discover the stunning coastline and outlying islands of Sardinia on a boat. Cruise to the islands of Spargi, La Maddalena, and Santa Maria, and enjoy their pristine beaches, waters, and nature. Check-in between 9 AM and 10:15 AM, leave Palau at 10:30 AM, and cruise towards the wonderful island of Spargi. When the boat arrives, take your beach bags straight onto the white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara, and choose to sunbathe, snorkel, or explore some of the cove's historical features. Leave the island of Spargi and go along the coast towards the island of Budelli for a photographic stop at the famous Pink Beach "Spiaggia Rosa". Enter the natural swimming pool of Porto Della Madonna for photos, where the emerald color of the water will take your breath away. Head on to the island of Santa Maria for our next beach stop, once again you can easily get off the boat with your things to sunbathe, have a swim or go on a lovely walk to the old lighthouse on the island. The last stop varies — on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after Santa Maria, the Island of Caprera will be visited for a fantastic swimming stop in the natural aquarium at Cala Coticcio (Tahiti). On Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, the final stop after Santa Maria is in the charming historical center of the mother island, La Maddalena, for shopping and exploring. Arrive back in Palau at around 5-5:30 PM.

From Palau or La Maddalena: Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip

3. From Palau or La Maddalena: Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip

See the highlights of La Maddalena Archipelago on a boat trip accompanied by a local multilingual guide. Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you. Get comfortable on the vintage motorboat before embarking on an unforgettable journey to discover La Maddalena Archipelago. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available to purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim from the boat in the natural pools of Budelli during the first stop. Admire the famous Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand from the water. Continue to Santa Maria island to sunbathe on its white beach. Visit Spargi to admire its rock formations and the enchanting beach of Cala Corsara, known for its crystal clear waters. Then, provided the weather is good, go for another swim from the boat. Marvel at the wonders of the Archipelago as you sail back to your port of departure.

Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

4. Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy an unforgettable 7-hour boat trip to the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago. You will visit all the most beautiful islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and La Maddalena in a unique and informal setting. A restaurant bar service with typical Sardinian products is also available on board. We guarantee new boats with large spaces and the highest standards of safety and comfort. A highly qualified crew, friendly and always caring of every need to offer a top experience. Onboard you will also find a multilingual local guide (Italian, English and French). We are equipped with international quality certifications ISO 9001 and environmental ISO 14001. Daily departures from both port of Palau and La Maddalena. Discover the historic center of La Maddalena with the church of Santa Maria Maddalena and the "Caruggi", the characteristic streets of the island. Use the Elena Tour card for your purchases in the traditional shops of the island. Stop on the soft white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara on the island of Spargi for a swim in its crystal-clear waters. After skirting the east coast of Spargi, admire the Island of Budelli with its Pink Beach and swim in the natural pools from the boat and on the beach of the isle of Santa Maria. After skirting Punta Sardegna and Porto Rafael with its small square, the boat returns to the ports of Palau and La Maddalena at 5:30 pm.  

Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling & Boat Tour

5. Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling & Boat Tour

Join a half-day snorkeling adventure with PADI guides in the Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Areas. Swim with colorful fish, explore the ruins of the Chrisso ship, and sunbathe on Cala Girgolu. Board your speedboat in Golfo Aranci and begin your snorkeling tour. Sail to Porto San Paolo and dive into the water to swim through the ruins of the ship Chrisso. Head to the Cala Girgolu and explore the fascinating rocks at the beach. Climb back aboard the boat and cruise to Molara Island. Swim among the fish in the many natural pools and relax in the sun. Continue to Tavolara Island and sail past its towering cliffs before reaching the sandy beach. Explore Cala Tramontana, Punta Spalmatore, and the tiny graveyard of the King of Tavolara. As you stroll through the island, spot the island's flora, animals, and several endemic species. As you return to Golfo Aranci, enjoy a glass of water or an iced tea.

From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

6. From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

Set out from Palau on a full-day tour of La Maddalena Archipelago aboard a comfortable and stylish catamaran. Sail along the coast and stop at uninhabited islands along the way. Sunbathe, swim, and enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Depart from Palau harbor in the morning and set sail onto the crystal clear waters of Sardinia. Admire panoramic views of the island as you travel along the coast, watching out for Porto Raphael and its famous villas along the way. Pass by the Punta Sardinia lighthouse before arriving at the first stop of the day, the island of Spargi. As the boat pulls into the bay of the island, marvel at your tranquil and uninhabited surroundings. Enjoy some time to swim in the crystal clear waters at Cala Soraya, named by Princess Soraya in the 60s, or visit the bay just next to it, Cala Corsara. After your swim, regain some energy with a refreshing drink. Later, the captain will decide on the next island to visit, depending on the weather and the tide. Arrive at either Razzoli, Santa Maria, or La Maddalena and spend some more time cooling off in the water, or relaxing on deck.  Finally, arrive at the last stop of the day for more swimming around the islands. If you've brought your snorkeling gear, you can explore the marine wildlife of the area. Put your adrenaline to the test with a big jump from the catamaran, or stay onboard and sunbathe if you’d rather relax.

From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

7. From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Explore the beauty of North Sardinia on a full-day boat cruise of the La Maddalena archipelago. Sailing onboard the Lady Luna 2, visit the most beautiful islands of a magnificent natural park, stop to swim on sandy beaches, and more. Depart from the harbor in Palau for the short, 35-minute sail to Budelli. Marvel at the pink sand of Spiaggia Rosa, the dramatic rock formation of Roccia del Coccodrillo, and splash in the sea from Piscine Naturali. Continue to Santa Maria island and feel the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea. Make a long stop at the beach there to sunbathe and relax. After the stop, take a break for lunch, and if you wish, you can buy typical Sardinian dishes on board or bring your own food. Arrive next at Spargi island, where the beaches of Cala Corsara or Cala Granara are lapped by emerald waters and protected from the wind to create perfect conditions for sunbathing. End the tour with a stop at La Maddalena island and visit the town of La Maddalena. Wander the colorful streets to find souvenir shops or gaze at the boats in the Cala Gavetta marina. En route back to Palau, sail past Santo Stefano and Caprera islands for the last look at the high life of the seas.

From Santa Teresa Gallura: La Maddalena Catamaran Day Tour

8. From Santa Teresa Gallura: La Maddalena Catamaran Day Tour

Live with us an unforgettable day sailing among the wonders of the Maddalena Archipelago. On board of our catamarans you can feel the thrill of sailing in comfort in the wide spaces typical of catamarans. Max 12 passengers. We will reach the wonderful natural pools of Budelli to be able to admire the typical turquoise color that distinguishes them. The excursion includes three stops among the wildest islands of the archipelago near small bays, viewpoints or reefs suitable for snorkeling. During the excursion we will be happy to offer you a typical Sardinian aperitif with local white wine and lunch. Water included all day.

Santa Maria Navarrese: Cala Goloritze Boat Tour

9. Santa Maria Navarrese: Cala Goloritze Boat Tour

Spend a relaxing day on the coast of Baunei and visit the coves of Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriala, Cala Gabbiani and Piscine di Venere to swim in the turquoise water. Snorkel with the amazing marine life of the Mediterranean Sea, including colorful fish, octopus and dolphins. See the most important sights of the "Caribbean" of Sardinia and access locations that big boats can't reach. Discover secret bays, historic shipwrecks and caves used by pirates in days gone by, and accessible only by boat. Spend 2 hours at 3 different beaches to experience all that of the natural park's delights.

Alghero: Snorkeling and Capo Caccia Cliffs Tour

10. Alghero: Snorkeling and Capo Caccia Cliffs Tour

The Capo Caccia Marine Protected Area is a great treasure chest of biodiversity waiting to be discovered. This activity will be your ticket to go exploring the underwater life of this area. Even before you put your face down you will surely be amazed by the beauty of the rugged coastline characterized by majestic cliffs that characterize the surroundings of Alghero. Among the must-see stops on this itinerary we specify Isola Foradada and Isola Piana, and among the surprises that might occur during the excursion, there might be the visit of playful and friendly dolphins while sailing.

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What people are saying about Sardinia

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From beginning until the end everyting was perfect. We highly recommend the cooking course with Irene. She was a great Teacher and host.Besides the delicious dinner we have met great people frim all over the world.

Brilliant and informative way to see the incredibly beautiful islands. The host was very impressive being able to speak very informatively in multiple languages. A must do!! Thank you

We had a great guide with so much knowledge about the city and its history. I really enjoyed it! The time went by so fast during the tour and we even had time for a gelato.

Amazing experience. Antonio was the best tour guide. He was friendly and made the trip super fun for us. Would highly recommend!

Greatly enjoyed but in a particularly hot day so we sagged a little Excellent guiding and very interesting underground site