Water activity

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

4.9 / 5

69 reviews

Activity provider: Etna and Sea Excursion

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Activity provider: Etna and Sea Excursion

From US$ 69.72 per person

Enjoy a snorkeling tour from Aci Castello to the underwater volcanic region of Isola dei. Explore world under the waves and search for vibrantly colored fish and marine life like octopus.

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

Experience

Highlights
  • Snorkel above a protected volcanic underwater region
  • Discover a unforgettable underwater scenery
  • Learn from a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide
Full description

Travel aboard a comfortable 7-meter boat to discover almost 20 kilometers of volcanic coast between the La Timpa Natural Reserve and the Marine Protected Area of Isola dei Ciclopi on this tour from Aci Castello. Sip on beverages and have light refreshments along the way. 

Board the speedboat in Aci Castello and cut through the water with ease in the company of a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide. Glide over the beautiful lava 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 provide the scenery for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. Explore a old lava flows, stretches of white sand, underwater canyons, and volcanic faults. 

Have a good chance of encountering groupers, white breams, octopus, and sea sponges. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Includes
  • Use of snorkel equipment
  • Light refreshments
  • Beverages
  • Bottled water
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 69 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.7/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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A nice and courteous little crew. Before stopping at the first diving/bathing spot, we were informed about the flora and fauna of the sea/coast along our route. So which animal could be dangerous to us, although there is no real serious danger to humans. Just be careful not to touch certain animals because of their characteristics. During the snorkeling time, we were always accompanied by a very experienced swimmer, who was also good at helping the unsure participants. As a refreshment, melons and drinks were offered free of charge. The boat is big enough to be able to sunbathe on several levels. We left at around 9 a.m. (meet at 8.30 a.m. on a side street at the port) and were back in the early afternoon. There was a nature reserve and the Cyclops Island to see. You could visit them by boat or by diving/snorkeling (no shore excursions).

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August 30, 2022

The team was very helpful, communicative and friendly. You could learn a lot about the Cyclops Islands and the sea creatures, but you could also have nice conversations. Unfortunately, we only spent 50 minutes snorkeling near the beach out of 4 hours, which we thought was a pity... normally another spot for snorkeling was planned, but we only looked at it. Otherwise nice experience. Whether it's worth the price is in the eye of the beholder. Theoretically, you can also rent your own equipment and start snorkeling. However, you don't have the information and nice conversations. ;)

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August 6, 2022

Great boat trip. Snorkeling accompanied by 2 people (Jerry and Carla) who make us discover the seabed around the faraglioni (fish, starfish, jellyfish and … moray eel!!) and visit the coast with historical explanations. Very welcoming and friendly team. They speak very good English which helps in the discussion. Advice: favor a weekend outing if you can: we were only 5 "tourists" on a Sunday, which made the outing very convivial.

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July 5, 2022

Product ID: 208782