Water activity

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

4.9 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: Etna and Sea Excursion

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Activity provider: Etna and Sea Excursion
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From US$ 69.43 per person

Join a 4-hour snorkeling tour over the region of Isola dei Ciclopi, an underwater volcanic region. Explore the diverse underwater environment and you may even have a chance encounter with some of the local marine life.

About this activity

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Audio guide included
French, Spanish


  • Snorkel above a protected volcanic underwater region
  • Discover a unforgettable underwater scenery
  • Learn from a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide
Full description
On a 7-meter boat, discover about 20 kilometers of volcanic coast between the La Timpa Natural Reserve and the Marine Protected Area of Isola dei Ciclopi. In the company of a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide, you will follow a path over the beautiful lavic seabed of Isola dei Ciclopi (Aci Castello), a marine protected area. Discover underwater basalt pillars, lava ropes, lava pillows, and colorful sea life and plants which will all provide the scenery for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. Experience a unique underwater adventure, as you explore a world of silence between old lava flows, stretches of white sand, underwater canyons, and volcanic faults. Whilst snorkeling, you will have a good chance of encountering groupers, white breams, octopus, sea sponges, and much more.
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Light refreshments
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Personal expenses
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 3 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors

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4.9 /5

based on 39 reviews

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It was a great trip. The boat was a little on the smaller size for how many people were on it. The 1st water spot was amazing and full of fish and coral the second spot was just rock and water not a lot of fish. They did not provide life jackets so if you aren’t an amazing swimmer or have low energy it would be hard.

September 7, 2021

The guide Andrea is a fantastic man! He takes the time to explain a lot about the region and the volcano, which is very nice. In addition, you can also ask him other things about the rest of your stay, here you will get good tips. The snorkeling itself is great fun too! The guide tells a lot about the underwater world and shows different animals. We could stay in the water as long as we wanted.

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August 30, 2021

This spontaneous boat trip on the last day of vacation in Catania was an absolute crowning glory. Thanks to the whole team and especially to Jerry our snorkel coach. A total of 8 guests were on board. A really good group size. Since everyone else went diving and was looked after separately, Jerry was solely responsible for me and my partner snorkeling. It was excellent care. Gladly again! As snorkeling beginners, we were well looked after and felt absolutely safe! There were enough drinks on board and also cake and refreshing honeydew melon was on board! Full points. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Top value for money. Gladly again

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August 1, 2021

Product ID: 208782