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Our most recommended Sardinia Day Trips

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

1. 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. Check-in between 9 AM and 10:15 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, and choose to sunbathe, snorkel, or explore some of the cove's 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 for photos, 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 Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

2. 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

3. 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 Santa Teresa Gallura: La Maddalena Catamaran Tour

4. From Santa Teresa Gallura: La Maddalena Catamaran Tour

Create unforgettable memories as you spend a full day sailing among the wonders of La Maddalena Archipelago on a trip from Santa Teresa Gallura. Visit 3 unique islands and enjoy the opportunity to swim, snorkel, explore, and enjoy a delicious aperitif, lunch, and wine. Depart from Santa Teresa and make 3 stops along the way at different islands within the archipelago, depending on tidal and weather conditions. Take in the unbelievable ocean views as you sail along and relax while you bask in the sun on your way to each destination. Visit the wonderful natural pools of Budelli to admire the characteristic turquoise water. Explore hidden bays, viewpoints, and even reefs suitable for snorkeling, then take a break to taste a typical Sardinian aperitif, lunch, and white wine.

Santa Maria Navarrese: Cala Goloritze Boat Tour

5. Santa Maria Navarrese: Cala Goloritze 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 big boats can't reach. Discover secret bays, historic shipwrecks and caves used by pirates in days gone by, and accessible only by boat. Spend 2 hours at 3 different beaches to experience all that of the natural park's delights.

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 2, 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. Continue to Santa Maria island and feel the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea. Make a long stop at the beach there to sunbathe and relax. After the stop, take a break for lunch, and if you wish, you can buy typical Sardinian dishes on board or bring your own food. Arrive next at Spargi island, where the beaches of Cala Corsara or Cala Granara are lapped by emerald waters and protected from the wind to create perfect conditions for sunbathing. End the tour 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 Palau: Caprera Island and La Maddalena Speedboat Tour

7. From Palau: Caprera Island and La Maddalena Speedboat Tour

Are you dreaming of discovering the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena, in north-eastern Sardinia, and snorkeling in the unmissable crystal clear waters of Cala Coticcio? We are the only shipping company that dedicates an entire day (a 7-hour tour) to the islands of Caprera and La Maddalena and its splendid beaches, departing from the port of Palau or the port of La Maddalena; Then book this day trip aboard a modern speedboat! Departing from the port of Palau, you will make three stops including two directly from the boat. The first will be in the fantastic Tahiti, which needs no introduction, while the second will be in another beautiful cove between Cala Napoletana, Cala Serena or Candeo, which our expert skipper will choose for you based on the wind of the day and to ensure a unrepeatable experience. Another stop could be on the beach in Cala Garibaldi, where you can relax, swim and take lots of photos with your friends! After the visit to the island of Caprera, a stop for swimming is also planned on the island of La Maddalena, we could stop in front of the beaches of: Cala Lunga in Porto Massimo, Giardinelli or Cala Spalmatore, sheltered from the mistral wind. An aperitif based on typical Sardinian products will be served on board and the location will be truly unique. Book now your unforgettable summer day full of lots of diving and fun! This excursion is aimed at a dynamic clientele and it is essential to know how to swim well. Swimming and snorkeling equipment will be provided (mask and rigid board, not snorkel for hygienic reasons) ITINERARY The itinerary includes three stops: Stop in Tahiti - Cala Coticcio (swim stop from the boat, you can reach the beach by swimming from the boat and with the equipment provided, swimming board and swimming goggles) Stop in a second cove which could be Cala Napoletana, Cala Serena or Candeo according to the best marine weather conditions (swim stop from the boat) It is possible to stop at Cala Garibaldi where there is a dock to go directly to the beach. In addition, a stop for a swim is also planned on the island of La Maddalena in the places described in the itinerary, anyway, during the navigation the captain will take you to visit the town of La Maddalena from the sea, for a panoramic tour (no descent to the center of the island) APERITIF The aperitif served on board is based on: typical Sardinian cold cuts, pecorino cheese, olives, Carasau bread (typical Sardinian bread), wine and water BOAT The "Ribelle Extreme" speedboat is a modern, fast and spacious boatup Length: 9 mL Width: 3 m Maximum capacity: 13 passengers 2 Yamaha 250 hp engines Cruising speed up to 25 knots.

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

8. 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

9. 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 its 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.  

Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

10. Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Experience one of Sardinia's most pristine locations with a marine biologist as your guide. Tour the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara on the southern tip of Villasimius to learn about the efforts to conserve the wildlife that now thrives on the islands of Cavoli and Serpentara. Reach the islands by boat and learn the meaning of Sites of Community Interest, or SCIs, that are crucial for the repopulation of maritime flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the endangered Corsican seagull whose population has been recovering in this region. Next, don your snorkeling gear and take the opportunity to observe native species like octopuses, sponges, algae, and more. Learn from your guide about how the creatures are cared for here and see their fascinating behavior in their natural habitat.

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What people are saying about Sardinia

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,815 reviews

We had an amazing experience with Simone! We went in the summer and were a little concerned with the heat, and while it was a bit hot this time of year, Simone made it very comfortable by stopping in shaded areas and giving us some history of the area and information about the flora and fauna. Super interesting! The rocks down in the canyon are slick in some areas, so if you need that extra ankle support, a good hiking shoe/boot is recommended. The trail was about 5 miles long, and up and down, although mainly uphill on the way in and downhill coming back. You go into the canyon as far as you can before the boulders get so big you can’t go any further without some rope. There is a stream down in the canyon which is great after an hour or two of hiking. Pack a lunch to eat at the bottom and plenty (2 liters) of water. The road down to the trailhead is REALLY bumpy and even with the 4x4, we bounced around quite a bit! However, this made the experience even more fun, in my opinion.

Great tour! The boat is a little smaller than some other tours we have done, which allowed for a smaller group-not like those overcrowded tours that aren’t very intimate. They cooked us some tasty pasta for lunch and fed us plums, bread, cured meat, and cheese for snacks. Of course, wine was included. The water is beautiful and clear but we got stung by a few jellyfish, a problem I think may be exacerbated by the warm water temperature (we went in summer). Overall, would recommend!

We spent half a day with Antonio, a very attentive and professional skipper! A great time!

I highly recmmend the activity! Beatiful places, great guide and very good organisation.

Great day!! Left on time, the staff was nice and helpful and the trip was amazing!!