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Tavolara: Grand Tour of Archipelago from San Teodoro

1. Tavolara: Grand Tour of Archipelago from San Teodoro

Dinghy departure will take place daily from San Teodoro - La Cinta Beach. Aboard our dinghies we will guide you to discover all the natural beauty of the Tavolara Archipelago. After a stop at Cala Brandinchi also known as the "Little Tahiti," due to its particularly exotic appearance reminiscent of Polynesian, we will skirt the promontory of Capo Coda Cavallo with a visit to the Oven Cave of Proratora Island and the bay of the same name. This will be followed by a stop at Molara Island to admire its natural pools with crystal clear turquoise waters and snorkeling opportunities. An additional snorkeling stop is planned under the limestone cliff of Tavolara Island, and then disembark on the island itself where a stop for lunch will take place. During the stop on the island, it is possible to go on a completely independent visit to a really impressive place - Cala Tramontana. We will finally continue to Cala Girgolu to admire the remains of the "Rock Turtle" where a final stop is planned. Return to the embarkation point by skirting the Spiaggia delle Vacche (Cows' Beach) and the Sassi Piatti (Flat Stones) of Punta Molara.

San Teodoro: Tavolara and Molora Islands Dinghy Excursion

2. San Teodoro: Tavolara and Molora Islands Dinghy Excursion

Mi chiamo Fabio e vengo da una famiglia di pescatori, custodi dell’Isola di Molara, il cuore segreto del parco. I miei primi passi li ho mossi fra scogli, sabbia e posidonia; è stata la mia scuola d’infanzia, bruciato dal sole e dal sale. Sono nato quando l’Area marina protetta andava a formarsi, sono quindi figlio di una stagione di grande sensibilizzazione che mi ha fatto maturare la profonda consapevolezza di vivere in un paradiso da proteggere e rispettare. Ho sviluppato fin da piccolo la percezione che il mare possa essere al tempo stesso sereno e pericoloso; per questo motivo alle battute dissacranti con i turisti alterno una costante analisi di ogni minimo movimento del vento, della barca, del novello equipaggio. Di queste acque conosco molti segreti, e quando al tramonto rientro lentamente in porto con gli ospiti condisco a dovere questi racconti come solo i marinai del Mediterraneo sanno fare: simpatici mascalzoni, eternamente bugiardi. Mi chiamo Fabio e sono figlio di queste isole.

Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling Dinghy Tour

3. Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling Dinghy Tour

Join a half-day snorkeling adventure with PADI guides in the Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area. Swim with colorful fish, explore the ruins of the Chrisso ship. Board your zodiac in Località Sos Aranzos - 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. Climb back aboard the dinghy and cruise to Molara Island. Swim among the fish in the 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 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, admire Punta Spalmatore: a strip of white sand washed by the sea on both sides, while you enjoy a glass of water or an iced tea.

Porto Taverna: Guided Kayak Tour

4. Porto Taverna: Guided Kayak Tour

Guided excursion to discover the most striking corners of the Gallurese coast. Passing through Cala Girgolu, we arrive at the Spiaggia delle Vacche (Beach of the Cows) where we will make an initial stop for swimming in warmer weather. We continue to the Sassi Piatti: particular conformations granitic formations that overlook on the turquoise waters of the Gallura coast. Passing through Cana Island you we arrive at the basins of Punta Monte Petrosu where it will be possible to disembark from the kayaks to visit them. Along the way, the Guide will explain the main islands and beaches that we can see in the Tavolara Marine Protected Area. We will arrive at Punta Molara to visit its wonderful coves.

From Porto Taverna: Guided kayak excursion to Tavolara

5. From Porto Taverna: Guided kayak excursion to Tavolara

Starting from Porto Taverna, in the beautiful setting of the Protected Marine Area of Tavolara, in northeastern Sardinia, you can take part in a guided kayak excursion, suitable for families, to discover the most beautiful corners of the Gallura coast. Accompanied by a local guide, you will visit the beaches of Porto Taverna, Cala Girgolu, Spiaggia delle Vacche and Punta Molara, passing through the Sassi Piatti where there are stops to snorkel and relax in clear and turquoise waters. A particularly suggestive tour, available in the morning or in the afternoon, suitable for beginners. The route is about 8 km. The itinerary includes: - Visit of Porto Taverna and Cala Girgolu beaches - Stop of about 20 minutes in Cala Squadrone (also called Spiaggia delle Vacche)  - Visit of Sassi Piatti with second stop to Tafoni of Punta Monte Petrosu, a few meters from the coast - Passage to Cana island - Stop of about 20 minutes at Punta Molara beaches - Reentry 

Sardinia SUP paddleboard tour sunset lesson-offered aperitif

6. Sardinia SUP paddleboard tour sunset lesson-offered aperitif

Discover the beauty of Sardinia in the glow and calm of the setting sun on this guided SUP paddleboard trip from Cala Girgolu (spiaggia delle vacche e spiaggia della tartaruga or Cala Moresca to Golfo Aranci. Take a step-by-step SUP lesson with a qualified instructor before gliding along the coast in search of stunning views and local wildlife. Meet your guide and gear up with a paddle, board, and life jacket. Head to the beach where your guide will provide easy-to-follow instruction in basic SUP paddling techniques. Embark on your tour as the glow of sunset hits the still waters. Greet the sunset light as you pass curving coves and peer across crystalline waters to the sandy seabed below. Have the chance to meet seagulls, fish and even dolphins. A savory aperitif along the way. Return to the starting point at the end of the tour.

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4.8 / 5

based on 39 reviews

Super good tour, very complete. Small group of 12 people. 3 stops to snorkel and a 4th stop to visit Tavolara Island where you can go and reach beaches where there is no one, they give you a free hour. We saw a sunken ship from the Second World War, very interesting and both the guide and the captain super nice! I recommend it 100%

Absolute recommendation. Guide and skipper were super nice and well organized. Snorkeling stops with crystal clear water were well chosen. Guide explains a lot about the biology of the sea. The highlight was without a doubt the snorkeling stop at an old shipwreck. Going ashore on Tavolara was also a nice change.

Very nice tour! Very friendly leader of the snorkeling excursions! The huge shipwreck was impressive, a real experience! Also the boating itself was a lot of fun! Excellent all round and highly recommended. We had the tour at 9am in the morning so we were alone in the bay and at the wreck.

Well organized activities, friendly staffs, great snorkeling experience. Special shoutout to Francesca who kindly explained interesting facts about the surroundings and took a great care of us during the excursion. Totally recommend!

An unforgettable day out! Excellent value for money- the guide was brilliant and the snorkelling opportunities were fabulous! We had as young as 11 and as old as 72 in our party and everyone had a great day!