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From Palermo: Zingaro Reserve, San Vito Lo Capo and Scopello

1. From Palermo: Zingaro Reserve, San Vito Lo Capo and Scopello

Depart from Palermo and discover the colors of the sea that cannot be missed during a trip to Sicily. Leave from the main pick-up points in Palermo and arrive in Castellammare del Golfo a bit like a small pearl of sailors from where the cruise departs. The boat leaves Catsellammare port at 9:30 AM. You will first discover the famous caves that rise right out of the sea and where the captain comes over to see them. Resuming navigation, we enter the 7km-long Zingaro Reserve where beaches and coves alternate and where you will swim in the most beautiful beach called "Cala Uzzo". Cala Uzzo is the largest bay, the most beautiful, and the place richest in fish due to the fishing bans in the reserve, therefore a perfect place for snorkeling. Continuing the navigation at 11:30 AM you will arrive in San Vito Lo Capo where you will have 4 hours of free time to visit it. San Vito is a very small town: the boat mooring, the beach, and the center are very close on foot (7 min). Here you can find the most beautiful beach in the area with white sand and Caribbean color of the sea. In the center, you can eat the typical "couscous" which will make you relive the Arab culture that characterized the town in the past. Or you can taste the typical "hot-cold" ice cream. Above all, walking through the narrow streets with their scents and colors is an experience not to be missed. Free time in San Vito Lo Capo is from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM. When you get back on board, on the way back there will be another snorkeling stop in front of the "Faraglioni di Scopello". Here you will be able to swim in crystal clear waters with a breathtaking view that will make you feel like you are in a film set in ancient Sicily. Return to the Port of Castellammare at 5.30 PM and arrive in Palermo at 6.30 PM. During the day you can choose to buy a typical light snack on board: bread, fruit, water and wine. The cost of round trip transfer from Palermo to Castellammare is € 29,00 per person. This rate will not be applied if you come by your own means.

From Taormina: Sunset Coastline Boat Tour & Dolphin Watching

2. From Taormina: Sunset Coastline Boat Tour & Dolphin Watching

Take this 2-hour boat tour to explore Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port and will give you the opportunity to explore the beautiful coast between Giardini Naxos and Taormina. During the trip you will visit also some spectacular caves: Grotta del Giorno, Grotta delle Sirene, Grotta Azzurra and Grotta del Corallo. With this tour you will admire some beautiful places, like Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Scoglio della croce, Scoglio dei fichi d’india, Isola bella, Mazzaro bay, San Nicola bay and Scoglio dello “Ziu Innaru”. Sail in search of a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat where the sighting probability is approximately 80 percent. The tour includes a stop for a dip or snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Taormina bay, followed by a refreshment of fruit, snacks and drinks.

From Trapani: Egadi Islands Favignana & Levanzo Cruise

3. From Trapani: Egadi Islands Favignana & Levanzo Cruise

Embark on a cruise around the island of Favignana from Trapani. Jump aboard a comfortable boat that guarantees safety and comfort for kids and adults. Stop at Cala Rossa, Blue Marino, Cala Azzurra, Favignana, Lovers' Cave, Levanzo, Cala Fredda, and Cala Minnola. Set sail to your first stop of Cala Rossa, an expanse of crystal clear water. Continue to Blue Marino to discover the island's ancient tuff quarry. Your third stop is Cala Azzurra, a sandy beach that takes its name from the intense color of its water. Visit the island’s village, the former tuna processing factory of Florio, or have lunch in a typical restaurant on the island. Leave the Favignana port to sail to Lovers’ Cave. With the help of your skipper and the snorkeling equipment provided, swim inside the cave and explore its 2 entrances. Head down the cave to find a small pebble beach sheltered by the roof. Coasting the majestic sea stack of Levanzo, leave for Cala Fredda, a wonderful bay with a seabed covered with marine plants and a pebble beach you can reach by swimming. Finally, go to Cala Minneola, the last stop of the tour. As the captain drops the anchor, bid farewell to the Islands.

Palermo: Vintage Yacht Tour of the Gulf with Sicilian Brunch

4. Palermo: Vintage Yacht Tour of the Gulf with Sicilian Brunch

Set sail for a five-hour tour along the Palermo coast aboard an elegant and comfortable renovated yacht from the 1960s. Get on board and discover a fascinating story, that of the sea that embraces Palermo and of the captain of the boat Pajarita V, a 14-meter, a comfortable and super elegant motor yacht that will take you to discover the Palermo coast for about 5 hours. Onboard it is offered a Sicilian brunch, during the boat tour you stop at all the most beautiful places on the coast: the Cave of the Queen Acquasanta, part of a complex of the caves thermal into which he loved to bathe Carolina of Austria, the rocky blue sea of Punta Priola all'Addaura, and the turquoise and sandy sea of Mondello. On board everything you need for snorkeling in the rich waters of the Gulf of Palermo. Dive or relax onboard and spend time chatting with Captain Francesco and discover his story focused on the sea. Years in the navy, onboard in peacekeeping missions in the Persian Gulf, during the war in Bosnia, experiences that marked his sensitivity, such as the desire to reclaim the seas from unexploded bombs that are still found in the Sicilian seabed. If you want you can organize the baptism of the sea with a professional scuba diving instructor, diving can take place in the Addaura canyon (near the Roosevelt marina), full of pottery and anchors tuna, or at Arenella, to discover an ancient wreck.

Catania: Cyclops Riviera Half-Day Cruise with Appetizer

5. Catania: Cyclops Riviera Half-Day Cruise with Appetizer

Leaving from the port of Catania you will pass and admire black volcanic rocks before making your first stop at the Cave of Ulysses, for your first swim and maybe a bit of snorkeling. Back on board you will be served a rich appetizer with typical sicilian local products: home made bread, local cheese, vegetables in oil, different cursed meats. Then you will head towards Aci Trezza and here you will have the chance to admire the amazing coast with the ancient Arab lookouts along the coast, built with volcanic rock centuries ago. You can swim into a Marine Area and you will see from up close the faraglioni of Aci Trezza, with the volcano Etna always in the background. All from a unique perspective that only the boat can give! After a few dips in the Natural Reserve you will be back to Catania port. the tour has a duration of 4 hours and you can choose between 2 times: the morning option or the sunset option. The boat is a Bavaria 46. Maximum 18 guests onboard. Departure: 09:30. Return: 13:30. Departure: 15.00. Return: 19:00.

From Favignana: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour

6. From Favignana: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour

We start from the tourist pier, with a historical and cultural explanation we approach the blue cave or cave of lovers where, if necessary, we will accompany our guests with a nice swim inside the cave. The excursion continues towards the stacks of Levanzo where there will be another swim break. In Levanzo we dock at the fishing village where guests can get off the boat and visit the village for about half an hour. Also in Levanzo we serve lunch in a quiet and suggestive cove. Lunch consists of a traditional pasta dish of our Sicilian cuisine and a taste of various bruschetta, with water and fresh typical local white wine. After lunch we sail towards Favignana making the coastal navigation of Scalo Cavallo with explanation of our wonderful quarries, stop for a swim. We then continue to Cala Rossa, Bue Marino up to Cala Azzurra: Of course, you will also have time for snorkeling and swimming to discover the suggestive coves. All our boats are comfortable and offer sun and shade areas with services on board, a comfortable cockpit for access to the sea.

San Vito Lo Capo: Full-Day Boat Trip

7. San Vito Lo Capo: Full-Day Boat Trip

Discover the colors and fragrances of the Mediterranean on a boat trip from San Vito Lo Capo. Admire the beautiful coastline, and snorkel or swim in crystal-clear waters. Fins, masks, and various swimming aids are provided. Stop to explore stunning beaches and bays, including Zingaro Reserve, Cala dell'Uzzo, Faraglioni di Scopello, and Cala Rossa. Visit the incredible Lovers’ Cave and the Blue Cave. Wander through Castellammare del Golfo, a picturesque village, and taste delicious local dishes. The boat is equipped with an awning that covers three quarters of the deck, offering shelter from the sun. On the day of the tour, your skipper will decide the best route, depending on sea and weather conditions.

From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

8. From Catania: Sailboat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

Discover the Ionian Sea on a sailing trip from Catania. Sail past the Castle of Aci Castello, marvel at the centuries-old lava flow rocks, and go for a dip in the refreshing water. After meeting the skipper at the port of Catania, board your sailboat and head towards Aci Trezza. As you sail, learn about the terrain and history of the area from your guide. Cruise by rocks created by ancient lava flowing into the sea and spot the plants hardy enough to grow there. Continue past the Castle of Aci Castello, jutting into the sea on a teetering cliff. Once you reach Aci Trezza, dive into the water for a refreshing swim. Use the snorkeling gear on board to spot tropical fish, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. After returning to the boat, enjoy a glass of sparkling prosecco and some local snacks before sailing back to Catania Port.

Syracuse: Half Day boat tour along Ortigia island

9. Syracuse: Half Day boat tour along Ortigia island

Begin your adventure by meeting your captain on board your boat, decked out with three double cabins, a bathroom with a shower, an outside shower, a kitchen, and a refrigerator. Depending on the marine weather conditions, we will sail along the southern or northern coast of Syracuse and Ortigia. If we sail to the northern coast, we will admire the magnificent Scoglio dei Due Fratelli (I du' Frati), whose name derives from an ancient legend linked to the stories of two Sicilian brothers. During navigation, you will be able to discover the main myths linked to the enchanting places in the Syracuse area that you will visit. If, on the other hand, we head towards the southern coast, we will sail along the north of the Plemmirio marine protected area. We will stop for a relaxing bath. Returned onboard, we will offer you a rich aperitif made of local products (salami, cheese, products in oil, bruchette), served with a glass of local white wine.

From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

10. From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

Set off on a yacht from Trapani for a day touring on the water with a brief stop on Favignana island. Find secluded beaches and coves among the Aegadean Islands for swimming or snorkeling. Stop in the town of Favignana for a taste of regional cuisine before boating to Levanza.  Start the tour at the Port of Trapani. Cross over the sea to the island of Favignana and cruise around the coast. Discover hidden inlets where you’ll snorkel in the clear waters of the Mediterranean or swim in a refreshing creek.  Towards lunch time, pull into port at the town of Favignana. Wander around the narrow streets and plazas to appreciate its character and charm. The Castello San Giacomo and the Palazzo Florio showcase the island’s long history. Join the activity provider for a tasting of local cuisine.  Once done on Favignana, make way over to Levanzo Island. Enjoy panoramic vistas from the boat. See if you can spot a cove to stop in for a swim. Spend the late afternoon and early evening in the water or relaxing before heading back to Trapani.

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4.8 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Francesco (who speaks French for those who will have the chance to come across him) knew how to make this day magnificent, the landscapes are superb. The fact that it is in a small group is a real plus for the atmosphere! The aperitif is nice, we recommend 100% and thanks again to Francesco ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A highlight of our time in Ortigia. The captain and guide could not have been nicer. We sailed and saw beautiful sights and even had the opportunity to go swimming. The food and wine was an excellent end to an amazing trip. We could not more highly recommend this experience.

A wonderful experience and a whole new visual experience of Catania and Mt. Etna. Davidi was our excellent guide, cook, and sailing instructor. See if he's available for your sailing.

It was a great experience with nice hosts, a good story, a lovely journey... we will repeat this next time for sure!

We enjoied very much. Nice cruise and frendly staff