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From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

1. From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you and make sure you get comfortable on board. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available for purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim during the first stop at Santa Maria island, known for its turquoise waters. Stop at Budelli to lie on the sand or swim in the natural pools of Spiaggia del Cavaliere, protected from currents and perfect for a relaxing swim. Once back to the boat, admire the Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand. Visit Spargi to discover its white sandy beaches, rocky coasts, and turquoise waters. Go snorkeling in calm waters or lounge on the beach of Cala Granara. Along the way, see the Island of Santo Stefano, Caprera, and the Bear Rock of Palau from the boat. Listen to a multilingual explanation from your expert guide about the history of the archipelago. If you departed from Palau, have 1 hour of free time to shop for souvenirs or Vermentino wine in traditional Sardinian shops. Take a walk around the charming town. Admire the port of Cala Gavetta and the picturesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena before you get dropped off at Palau. If your journey started at La Maddalena, end your trip here.

From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

2. From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

Set out from Palau on a full-day tour of La Maddalena Archipelago aboard a comfortable and stylish catamaran. Sail along the coast and stop at uninhabited islands along the way. Sunbathe, swim, and enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Depart from Palau harbor in the morning and set sail onto the crystal clear waters of Sardinia. Admire panoramic views of the island as you travel along the coast, watching out for Porto Raphael and its famous villas along the way. Pass by the Punta Sardinia lighthouse before arriving at the first stop of the day, the island of Spargi. As the boat pulls into the bay of the island, marvel at your tranquil and uninhabited surroundings. Enjoy some time to swim in the crystal clear waters at Cala Soraya, named by Princess Soraya in the 60s, or visit the bay just next to it, Cala Corsara. After your swim, regain some energy with a refreshing drink. Later, the captain will decide on the next island to visit, depending on the weather and the tide. Arrive at either Razzoli, Santa Maria, or La Maddalena and spend some more time cooling off in the water, or relaxing on deck.  Finally, arrive at the last stop of the day for more swimming around the islands. If you've brought your snorkeling gear, you can explore the marine wildlife of the area. Put your adrenaline to the test with a big jump from the catamaran, or stay onboard and sunbathe if you’d rather relax.

From Palau or La Maddalena: Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip

3. From Palau or La Maddalena: Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip

See the highlights of La Maddalena Archipelago on a boat trip accompanied by a local multilingual guide. Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you. Get comfortable on the vintage motorboat before embarking on an unforgettable journey to discover La Maddalena Archipelago. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available to purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim from the boat in the natural pools of Budelli during the first stop. Admire the famous Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand from the water. Continue to Santa Maria island to sunbathe on its white beach. Visit Spargi to admire its rock formations and the enchanting beach of Cala Corsara, known for its crystal clear waters. Then, provided the weather is good, go for another swim from the boat. Marvel at the wonders of the Archipelago as you sail back to your port of departure.

Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

4. Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy an unforgettable 7-hour boat trip to the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago. You will visit all the most beautiful islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and La Maddalena in a unique and informal setting. A restaurant bar service with typical Sardinian products is also available on board. We guarantee new boats with large spaces and the highest standards of safety and comfort. A highly qualified crew, friendly and always caring of every need to offer a top experience. Onboard you will also find a multilingual local guide (Italian, English and French). We are equipped with international quality certifications ISO 9001 and environmental ISO 14001. Daily departures from both port of Palau and La Maddalena. Discover the historic center of La Maddalena with the church of Santa Maria Maddalena and the "Caruggi", the characteristic streets of the island. Use the Elena Tour card for your purchases in the traditional shops of the island. Stop on the soft white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara on the island of Spargi for a swim in its crystal-clear waters. After skirting the east coast of Spargi, admire the Island of Budelli with the famous Pink Beach and swim in the natural pools from the boat and on the beach of the isle of Santa Maria. After skirting Punta Sardegna and Porto Rafael with its small square, the boat returns to the ports of Palau and La Maddalena at 5:30 pm.  

From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

5. From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark on an adventure to discover the stunning coastline and outlying islands of Sardinia on a boat. Cruise to the islands of Spargi, La Maddalena, and Santa Maria, and enjoy their pristine beaches, waters, and nature. Boarding at 9:45 AM, leave Palau at 10:30 AM and cruise towards the wonderful island of Spargi. When the boat arrives, take your beach bags straight onto the white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara, there you can choose to sunbathe, snorkel, or explore some of the coves historical features. Leave the island of Spargi and go along the coast towards the island of Budelli for a photographic stop at the famous Pink Beach "Spiaggia Rosa". Enter the natural swimming pool of Porto Della Madonna where the emerald color of the water will take your breath away. Head on to the island of Santa Maria for our next beach stop, once again you can easily get off the boat with your things to sunbathe, have a swim or go on a lovely walk to the old lighthouse on the island. The last stop varies — on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after Santa Maria, the Island of Caprera will be visited for a fantastic swimming stop in the natural aquarium at Cala Coticcio (Tahiti). On Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, the final stop after Santa Maria is in the charming historical center of the mother island, La Maddalena, for shopping and exploring. Arrive back in Palau at around 5-5:30 PM.

From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

6. From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Explore the beauty of North Sardinia on a full-day boat cruise of the La Maddalena archipelago. Sailing onboard the Lady Luna, visit the most beautiful islands of a magnificent natural park, stop to swim on sandy beaches, and more. Depart from the harbor in Palau for the short, 35-minute sail to Budelli. Marvel at the pink sand of Spiaggia Rosa, the dramatic rock formation of Roccia del Coccodrillo, and splash in the sea from Piscine Naturali. After the stop at the island of Budelli, you will return on board for lunch. You can buy typical Sardinian dishes on board or bring your own food. Continue to Santa Maria island to dive multiple times off Lady Luna and feel the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea. Your 3rd stop will be on Spargi island, where the beach of Cala Corsara is lapped by emerald waters and protected from the wind to create perfect conditions for sunbathing. End with a stop at La Maddalena island and visit the town of La Maddalena. Wander the colorful streets to find souvenir shops or gaze at the boats in the Cala Gavetta marina. En route back to Palau, sail past Santo Stefano and Caprera islands for the last look at the high life of the seas.

From Olbia: Full-day Boat Tour of La Maddalena Archipelago

7. From Olbia: Full-day Boat Tour of La Maddalena Archipelago

After pick-up from the meeting point in Olbia, you'll head for Cannigione where you'll board your boat to explore the La Maddalena Archipelago. You'll travel by the picturesque islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano on your way to the island of Maddalena. You can use your hour of free time in La Maddalena to visit the historic centre, the Palazzo Comunale, the Naval Museum, or the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. Back on the boat, you will continue on to the islands of Spargi and Santa Maria, where you'll also have an hour to enjoy some swimming in the magnificent crystal clear waters, snorkelling, or relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. At lunchtime, the crew will serve tomato pasta on board the boat. Then, you'll continue along a scenic route past the Manto della Madonna, a stretch of sea with shallow waters. Finally travel back along the coast of Sardegna past the villages of Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau, and Capo d'Orso. When you arrive back at the dock in Cannigione, the minivan will be waiting to take you back to Olbia.

From Porto Vecchio: Escape Excursion to Sardinia with Drinks

8. From Porto Vecchio: Escape Excursion to Sardinia with Drinks

Start this sea escape from Corsica at the Porto Vecchio and sail to Sardinia on board a high-end launch specially designed for sea excursions. Professional sailors will take you on an authentic unforgettable sea adventure lasting the whole day.The first stop will be Toro Island where you can swim while observing the underwater flora and fauna. Masks and snorkels, sea scooters, and paddles will be made available to you to discover an amazing marine environment.After having crossed the mouths of Bonifacio, you will dock in Sardinia at the island of Budelli, where you will be offered a Corsican aperitif.Off to the next stop at the beautiful island of La Maddalena, where you will have free time to stroll through the alleys, enjoy lunch or have a picnic at the edge of the water. The Santa Maria archipelago awaits for your next stop before heading for Porto Novo where we will take a last swim in its crystal clear waters.On the way back to Porto Vecchio, enjoy the view of the beautiful beaches of Santa Giulia and Palombaggia from the boat.

Madalena: UNESCO Heritage Vineyard Trail Hiking Tour

9. Madalena: UNESCO Heritage Vineyard Trail Hiking Tour

Immerse yourself in the scenic and cultural diversity of Pico Island on this guided hiking tour from Madalena. Hike through ancient walls that were built from lava rock and see some vineyards that are still producing fine wines today. Be greeted by your guide at the meeting point in Madalena. Uncover the facinating history of wine on Pico island as you hike on an emblematic trail through the 'Protected Landscape for the Vineyard Culture' area.  View old mansions from the economic boom in the 18th-19th centuries. Walk along the ocean front to discover natural pools. Breathe in the fresh salty air that influences the quality of the local wine. Marvel at vines that grow in the coastal areas in between a maze of lava stone walls. Find out how this unique landscape was created as you make your way over a 1,500-year-old lava field. Take in views of rock islets, Pico mountain, and Faial island. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,249 reviews

An unforgettable day out on the boat in the Maddalena Islands!! Being that it was October, it was hard to find tours to visit islands. I was very lucky to find the Palau Catamaran group Sport Outdoor Viaggi that still operated to some of the areas in Maddalena. Upon arrival I was greeted by the two skippers Alberto & Mauro. These two guys were top from start to finish making sure everything was perfect onboard throughout the whole experience. The food made and places visited were some of the best. The water even on a cloudy day is so blue and beautiful! We visited multiple spots and had the opportunity to swim for a great amount of time in beautiful coves. The Catamaran was huge and very comfortable. I was also accompanied by Claudio and Cristina who were just great people to spend the day with talking about different stories and enjoying each others company. Truly amazing people each one of them. I would highly recommend this tour and look forward to visiting again!

The reception was uncomplicated, the boat was in good condition, great people on board. We then sailed out relaxed, we were ahead in the nets: Totally relaxed. The first swimming and snorkeling spot was very quiet, but there was little to see under water. Lunch was pasta and wine, simple but delicious. Unfortunately, we were not able to moor at the second spot due to the wind. On the way back we were hit by a heavy thunderstorm: everyone, including the idea crew, wasn't so relaxed anymore. Lightning strikes in the immediate vicinity of the boat were blatant. I have no idea whether the bad weather was foreseeable, but with Free-Mirto the mood rose again. But all in all it was pretty adventurous.

Great activity! Our interlocutor spoke French, English and Italian, a pleasure to be able to understand everything. We stopped at several beaches it was very nice Good lunch offered on the boat bof bof but in relation to the price (5€ pasta) but it is better to bring back your picnic. Other than that everything was perfect

We have enjoyed the tour. The best part of the tour was that you could experience and explore the amazing beaches on your own. I really recommend this tour to anyone who wants a relaxing day with wonderful scenery.

The approximately 7-hour tour was really well organized and gave us a great time. The crew on board was in a great mood, the catering on the boat was varied and inexpensive.