Water activity

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

4.9 / 5

63 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$ 66.70 per person

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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


  • 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. 

  • 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 63 reviews

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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

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

Product ID: 208782