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Santa Maria Navarrese

Our most recommended things to do in Santa Maria Navarrese

From Cala Goloritzè: Cala Mariolu and Cala Luna Boat Tour

1. From Cala Goloritzè: Cala Mariolu and Cala Luna Boat Tour

Spend a relaxing day on the coast of Baunei and visit the coves of Cala Goloritzè, Cala Mariolu, Cala Biriala, Cala Gabbiani and Piscine di Venere to swim in the turquoise water. Snorkel with the amazing marine life of the Mediterranean Sea, including colorful fish, octopus and dolphins. See the most important sights of the "Caribbean" of Sardinia and access locations that can only be reached by boat. Discover secret bays, historic shipwrecks and caves used by pirates in days gone by. Spend almost 5 hours at 3 different beaches to experience all that of the natural park's delights. Enjoy a fully complete deluxe service on a comfortable boat with bar and restaurant inside, restrooms, solarium, sightseeing deck, and small music events onboard.

Santa Maria Navarrese: Goloritzè, Mariolu, & Biriala Cruise

2. Santa Maria Navarrese: Goloritzè, Mariolu, & Biriala Cruise

Baunei is considered among Sardinia's most spectacular stretches of coastline, but many of its tiny coves and caves are only accessible by sea. Explore the coastal highlights with this full-day cruise, stopping to swim and snorkel in hidden bays and isolated beaches inhabited by colorful fish and sometimes dolphins. Visit the Grotta del Fico, one of the island's most famous caves, and dive into the turquoise waters at Piscine di Venere. See the most important sights of the "Caribbean" of Sardinia and access locations that can only be reached by boat. Discover secret bays, historic shipwrecks and caves used by pirates in days gone by. Spend almost 5 hours at 3 different beaches to experience all that of the natural park's delights.

Santa Maria Navarrese: Grotta del Fico and Beaches Boat Trip

3. Santa Maria Navarrese: Grotta del Fico and Beaches Boat Trip

Start early and beat the crowds on a morning boat tour from Santa Maria Navarrese straight to Cala Mariolu to enjoy this nature wonder during the quiet hours. Cruise along the Baunei coast to highlights like the Grotta del Fico, Cala Goloritzè, and the Pool of Venus. Make stops to swim and explore. Arrive in Cala Mariolu and take a walk on the white sand. Swim with thousands of fish and admire all the shades of the turquoise waters. Visit the beach's small snack bar where you can find cold drinks (costs not included). After approximately 1.5 hours, your skipper will return and take you to the second stop, a swimming spot very close to Cala Mariolu and Cala dei Gabbiani. Discover a gorgeous sea bottom, one of the clearest you'll see during the trip. Next, visit the Grotta del Fico with included entry tickets. Join a 45-minute guided tour inside the cave. Discover the unbelievably huge chambers, rock formations, underground rivers, and the sea waves coming inside the cave. Cool off for a little with inside temperatures of 20° Celsius. An afternoon at Cala Biriala is waiting for you next. Discover wild scenery, thick woods, and an arch of rock closing the bay on the south side. Hop in the water for another refreshing swim. Between the stops, your skipper will find the best moments to stop and swim in the most beautiful spots where the sea colors are even more beautiful. Cala Goloritzè, Piscine di Venere, Baus, and the Grotta della Contessa are just some of the places you might visit. When the trip comes to a close, unwind on a slow ride along the coast back to the port. Spot hidden gems like fjords, sea caves, high cliffs, and rock monuments.

From Santa Maria Navarrese: Maxi dinghy tour in Orosei Gulf

4. From Santa Maria Navarrese: Maxi dinghy tour in Orosei Gulf

Explore the marvelous Gulf of Orosei aboard a maxi dinghy departing from Santa Maria Navarrese. You will sail through crystal clear waters, paradisiacal coves of rare beauty and wild natural landscapes that will leave you breathless. Among the many nooks and crannies the coast has to offer, during the navigation you will admire the imposing Pedralonga spire, the Baus waterfalls, the Cave of the Pigeons and Cala Goloritzè. You will discover the wonderful beaches of Cala Luna, Cala Mariolu and Cala Biriala, visit the Fig Cave and dive into the water of the azure Orosei coast. During the excursion you will enjoy a delicious aperitif made with genuine local products. It will be a day you will remember forever! The aperitif consists of local products such as: ham, bacon, cheese, jam, wine and homemade bread. Accommodations for allergies, intolerances, and vegetarian and vegan alternatives are available with prior notification to the number on the reservation voucher at least two days before the experience. The itinerary may vary at the discretion of the skipper due to sea weather conditions. 3 beach stops will be made: - 1:30 h Cala Luna - 1:30 h Cala Mariolu - 1:30 h Cala Biriala During the tour it is also possible to visit the Fig Cave. You can buy the ticket directly at the entrance of the cave at a price of 10€ for adults and 5€ for children. Those who do not make the visit will extend the stop in Cala Biriala. Before returning to port, a passage will be made in the fjords between the walls of Capo Monte Santo, inside Portu Cuau and Portu Pedrosu. Bsc Dinghy: Length: 7.80 m Width: 3 m Maximum capacity: 12 participants Climbing ladder Awning Large and comfortable lounge

Guided hike to Cala Mariolu

5. Guided hike to Cala Mariolu

Jeep transfer to trailhead, guided hike and boat return back to town! Meeting at our office in the Marina of S. Maria Navarrese then hop on our jeep for a 30 min ride up to the plateau of Golgo, where the trail starts. Enjoy a 3 hours hike for experienced hikers (1 hour uphill, 2 hours steep downhill), on a mountain trail that will take you to some ancient shepherd's huts, juniper ladders and amazing panoramas over the Coast of Baunei. No hurry with our local guides who will show you the way and tell lots of stories about shepherds' life, history and culture. After the hike, stop at the beach for relax time: swimming in the turquoise waters of Cala Mariolu is your deserved prize! You surely won't worry about going back up to the plataeu: our boat will come and pick you up directly from the beach, to take you back to the Marina, slowly sailing along the coast, to enjoy all secrets of the coast of Baunei.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria Navarrese

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 485 reviews

A dream… everything perfect, enchanting place. We saw everything there was to see, in some cases I would have liked to stay longer in some pools or coves but I understand that time is limited and there are many places to see. Added value is Captain Davide, super competent and very nice.

We liked it very much! A unique view of wonderful beaches, the Booz opens up a different perspective. The guide listened to the group's wishes, was deeply relaxed and ensured that we had one of the most beautiful days of our vacation.

It was really a very nice tour with a nice guide who knows the area very well. The bays on the tour are beautiful and the water is unique. Due to the low season, we were lucky enough to be able to go on a smaller boat.

It was really great to go along the coast by boat and see the great beaches. It was very windy that day but the trip still took place.

As I didn't go to the cave, the guide and pilot made an extra stop at a beach that wasn't on the itinerary. It was amazing!