Water activity

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Activity provider: ortigia island excursion
Water activity

Siracusa: Ortigia Boat Tour with Marine Grotto

Activity provider: ortigia island excursion

From US$ 37.96 per person

Admire the natural beauty and old-world wonders of Ortigia Island from the water on this boat tour from Siracusa. See a heart shaped sea cave and the Arethusa fountain.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible


  • See the ancient buildings on Ortigia Island from the water
  • View the legendary Arethusa Spring
  • Take pictures at the Cave of Love
  • Spend time snorkeling
Full description

Embark on a boat tour of Ortigia with this tour from Siracusa. View the historic center of Siracusa from the water. Travel along the coast to admire Maniace castle and several sea caves.

Push off from Siracusa and pass under the Umbertino bridge. Take in sweeping views of the entire port. Go by the luxurious yachts at Foro Italico, and catch a glimpse of a cathedral dome. Observe the legendary Arethusa fountain.

Exit the port and see the immense Maniace castle. Head out to the northern coast of Syracuse. Have some fresh fruit and juice as you travel to a spot where you can get out and have a 10 minute swim.

Enter Capuchin cave, Coral cave, a stalactite cave, and the heart-shaped Cave of Love. Snap souvenir photos with the heart behind you.

  • Boat tour
  • Prosecco, juice, and seasonal fruit
  • Skipper
  • Snorkeling time
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Please arrive 15 minutes before the departure time. Please look for the Ortigia Island excursion office. To find the boat, please look for the Ortigia Island boat.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The roof may not be accessible in bad weather
  • You can request the photos that are taken on board at the end of the tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 181 reviews

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Thank you for the great trip. Steven was a great skipper, showed us beautiful parts of the coast and the caves. He even brought fresh fruit from his own garden for all the guests. We had some nice opportunities to go for a swim and go snorkeling. Highly recommended!

March 29, 2023

Very pleasant trip. The captain was very jovial but it was a shame his English was limited because he couldn't explain all the sights to us very clearly. Drinks were a bit limited, and I was a bit concerned about the failure to indicate the presence of any life jackets for safety - the sea got quite rough at times.

March 29, 2023

Our skipper, believe it was Giovanni, didn't know my English but all of the translations were understood. It was a really great trip seeing All of those caves and hearing about them. We got to swim 2 times which was wonderful in the warm water. The fruit and drink was very refreshing

March 29, 2023

Product ID: 407395