Blue Grotto, Sicily

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Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

1. 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

2. 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.

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What people are saying about Blue Grotto, Sicily

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 48 reviews

It was the highlight of our stay in Sicily. We received a very warm welcome. The sailboat was clean and there was enough space for everyone. We stopped at two bays around the beautiful city of Taormina. At each stop we were served delicious local dishes, white wine from the region and fruit. The highlight of our tour came at the end when a group of dolphins accompanied us for a bit. All in all a wonderful trip that we can only recommend to everyone. The crew was very friendly and professional. They told us a lot about the history of the country. We'd love to come back!!!

Emilio was an excellent host skipper, although most of his clients onboard were Italian, we were never left out of his detailed bilingual explanations. Nobody is in charge of the weather and sadly we had very light winds on the day, but still had a great afternoon. Next time I hope we Get some more wind!

It was a very nice afternoon. Everything was fine, but unfortunately the Grotto Azurro was closed. If we come again and we will for sure, we will do the tour again when the grotto is open.

Great experience. Boat captain was friendly ans very informative. The food was yummy. Probably need more water on boat but otherwise great day.

We had a great time beautiful experience that I definitely recommend to everyone