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From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

1. 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.

Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling & Boat Tour

2. Golfo Aranci: Tavolara and Molara Snorkeling & Boat Tour

Join a half-day snorkeling adventure with PADI guides in the Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area. Swim with colorful fish, explore the ruins of the Chrisso ship. Board your zodiac in Località Sos Aranzos - Golfo Aranci and begin your snorkeling tour. Sail to Porto San Paolo and dive into the water to swim through the ruins of the ship Chrisso. Climb back aboard the boat and cruise to Molara Island. Swim among the fish in the natural pools and relax in the sun. Continue to Tavolara Island and sail past its towering cliffs before reaching the sandy beach. Explore Cala Tramontana and the tiny graveyard of the King of Tavolara. As you stroll through the island, spot the island's flora, animals, and several endemic species. As you return admire Punta Spalmatore: a strip of white sand washed by the sea on both sides, while you enjoy a glass of water or an iced tea.

Cagliari: the Devil's Saddle Kayak Tour

3. Cagliari: the Devil's Saddle Kayak Tour

Start your kayaking excursion in Marina Piccola. Get into a comfortable kayak for easy access to the Devil's Saddle. Listen as your guide tells you about how the rocks in the area were formed. Feel at ease with a life jacket and waterproof bag as professional instructors show you the basics of kayak paddling. This excursion lasts about 3 hours and includes several stops to admire beautiful caves, cliffs and wildlife in the area.

Olbia: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Boat Tour near Figarolo

4. Olbia: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Boat Tour near Figarolo

Set sail for a dolphin watching boat trip from Moys Marina in Olbia Yacting Service, a 5-star port with ample free parking in front of the meeting point. Climb aboard a comfortable, latest-generation inflatable boat, an 8.50-meter 2Bar with a 250 horsepower Honda engine, equipped with every comfort. Enjoy an unparalleled experience with a small group of no more than 10 people. Take an adventurous excursion in the splendid emerald sea of Sardinia, near Figarolo Island and enjoy the view aboard a new small-group motorboat. Sail in search for a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat where the sighting probability is of approximately 80%. Enjoy several snorkeling stops to swim and explore the seabed rich with colorful fish. See a limestone cave and cliffs, and a world famous place where wild birds live. This excursion is fun and relaxing, suitable for everyone, and a great choice for friends and families. Savor an aperitif based on typical Sardinian products and a choice of water, tea, fruit juices or Sardinian beer. Allow our expertise in boat excursions in Sardinia and our captain with 30 years of experience at sea to guide you on this wonderful adventure.

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

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

Visit the famous islands of Santa Maria, Spargi, and La Maddalena Archipelago on a boat tour from Olbia. See the Palazzo Comunale, the Naval Museum, and more before you snorkel, and swim in the Italian waters. Enjoy a local lunch served on board before continuing to the coast of Sardegna. From the meeting point in Olbia, head to Cannigione to board a boat and explore the La Maddalena Archipelago. Travel by the picturesque islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano on your way to the island of Maddalena. Next, enjoy an hour of free time in La Maddalena. Visit the historic center, the Palazzo Comunale, the Naval Museum, or the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art before re-boarding the boat. Continue to the islands of Spargi and Santa Maria. Dock, and try swimming in the magnificent crystal clear waters, snorkeling, or relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. At lunchtime, savor tomato pasta on board served by the crew. Then, you'll continue along a scenic route past the Manto della Madonna, a stretch of sea with shallow waters before traveling back along the coast of Sardegna past local villages. Glide past Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau, and Capo d'Orso on the way back. Take the minivan back to Olbia once you dock.

Alghero: Snorkeling and Capo Caccia Cliffs Tour

6. Alghero: Snorkeling and Capo Caccia Cliffs Tour

Uncover a treasure chest of marine biodiversity on this tour in the Capo Caccia Marine Protected Area. Sail aboard a dinghy from Alghero to an excellent snorkeling location. Have all the gear you need to snorkel provided for you and enhance your chance of spotting wildlife with a guide.  Meet your guide at the pier in Alghero and set off from shore aboard a comfortable dinghy. Feel the sea breeze in your hair as you cruise along the rugged coastline that is characterized by majestic cliffs.  Make your way to the pristine waters of the Capo Caccia Protected Area. Stop at the small islands of Foradada and Piana along the way. Put on the provided gear and follow your guide through schools of silver fish as you explore this area.  Keep an eye out for the playful and friendly dolphins that can sometimes be spotted in the area. Bring snacks and a packed lunch to enjoy at a picturesque setting along the way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

Dorgali: Trek to Gorropu with Panoramic Views

7. Dorgali: Trek to Gorropu with Panoramic Views

Meet your guide in Orosei or Dorgali before starting the adventure with some off-road driving to descend into the valley where the trek path begins. The hike starts with some water wading through the Flumineddu river to enter the woodland area formed of Old Oaks, Arbutus and Mediterranean shrubs. Walk along the cliffs of Monte Oddeu and arrive at the entrance to the Gorroppu gorge in less than 2 hours. Admire the incredible rocky walls which rise for more than 400 meters over the dry river bed, making this gorge one of the deepest canyons in Europe. Today the canyon is a natural border between the Italian territories of Urzulei and Orgosolo. The canyon was formed when the Flumineddu river excavated the Jurassic limestone that formed when Sardinia was covered by the sea. Learn from your guide how the marine rocks are full of fossils from ammonites, fish and algae found in the area, and hopefully catch a glimpse of such an artifact. During the trek, discover the unique micro climate of the canyon that allowed the giant growth of the trees including the Phyllirea and the Old Yew. As you continue on the hike, the path becomes harder and harder, you may have to use your hands to proceed through the boulders. When it is no longer possible to go further, it’s time to head back.

Cagliari: Bike Tour in the Flamingo Oasis

8. Cagliari: Bike Tour in the Flamingo Oasis

Depart from the Marina of Cagliari to see the Basilica of Bonaria with its amazing staircase. Pass through the new bike path that runs along the sea and river until the football stadium of Cagliari. See urban art under the bridges of the river that characterize the area. Arrive at the Natural Park of Molentargius and soak in the history of the remains of the old city of salt, which for centuries influenced the economy of the area.  Dive into a nature trail to see the beautiful flamingos and discover the old salt ponds of Cagliari. The park is an exceptional area due to the presence of fresh and saltwater basins that host plants and animals of rare beauty. The tour includes a coffè break to enjoy the sea and the pretty harbor. 

Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

9. 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.

From Porto Vecchio: Escape Excursion to Sardinia with Drinks

10. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,606 reviews

We had a wonderful time with Elizabeth and her colleague. Really enjoyed the trip and got to spend plenty of time with our underwater friends! Highly recommended.

Excellent way to see the Devils saddle .. beautiful out on the water. Daniele was an excellent guide.

Guide was very pleasant & informative. E-bikes made the hills fairly easy. Beautiful city!

Beautiful paddle in clear water beneath spectacular cliffs Well worth doing.

The booking was moved to a different time, but we saw 6 dolphins.