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Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

1. Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

Meet your guide in Aci castello. Here you will find various diving spots suitable for snorkeling and easily accessible directly from the coast or by boat. Equip yourself with snorkeling gear that suits your needs in order to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Begin your underwater adventure and marvel at incredible volcanic formations including columnar basalts, flush lavas, and submarine cushion lava beds. Marvel at the colorful flora and marine fauna, learning about the incredible wildlife from your expert marine biologist guide.

Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

2. Taormina: Coastline Boat Tour and Swimming at Isola Bella

Relax on this 2-hour boat tour of the Taormina coastline. The tour will depart from the Giardini Naxos port before taking you out into the expansive turquoise sea, sailing past many beautiful sights along the way. The tour includes visits to some stunning places around Taormina, such as Cape Schisò, Cape Taormina, Cross Rock, Prickly Pears Rock. See the Cave of the Mermaids, Grotta Azzurra, the Coral Cave, the Ziu Innaru Rock and the Bay of Mazzaro. You have the chance to stop at the breathtaking Isola Bella bay and plunge yourself into the crystal clear waters for some swimming or snorkeling. You will enjoy a snack and a drink at the bay before returning back to the port. This is a truly unmissable way to see the natural beauty of Taormina from the sea. 

From Trapani: Favignana and Levanzo Boat Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

4. Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

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. Set sail to Ulysses’ Caves. Be amazed by the gorgeous underwater scenery of vibrant blues and greens as you sail past these breathtaking lava-formed caves. Next, sail toward Acitrezza, and pass under the medieval castle of Acicastello. Enjoy a spectacular view of the castle by the sea. Marvel at the characteristic pillow lavas found under the castle due to the rapid cooling of submarine eruptions.   Once you reach Acitrezza, see a marine reserve dubbed "The Cyclopean Isles,” which is only accessible by pedal boat. If you wish, for an extra charge, reserve a pedal boat and visit The Cyclopean Isles.  If the boat isn't available or you prefer not to use it, visit the charming little village of Acitrezza for one hour. When you arrive back on board, eat a delicious traditional lunch including an appetizer, pasta with mussels, fruit, water, and local white wine. Finally, during your return trip, take a short stop for another quick swim before arriving back in Catania at around 6:00 PM.

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

5. Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

On a 7-meter boat, discover about 20 kilometers of volcanic coast between the La Timpa Natural Reserve and the Marine Protected Area of Isola dei Ciclopi. In the company of a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide, you will follow a path over the beautiful lavic seabed of Isola dei Ciclopi (Aci Castello), a marine protected area. Discover underwater basalt pillars, lava ropes, lava pillows, and colorful sea life and plants which will all provide the scenery for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. Experience a unique underwater adventure, as you explore a world of silence between old lava flows, stretches of white sand, underwater canyons, and volcanic faults. Whilst snorkeling, you will have a good chance of encountering groupers, white breams, octopus, sea sponges, and much more.

From Trapani: Aegadian Islands Favignana & Levanzo Cruise

6. From Trapani: Aegadian 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.

From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

7. From Taormina: Isola Bella Mini Cruise

Be enchanted by the beauty of Sicily on a cruise from Giardini Naxos to Isola Bella. Discover the “Mediterranean Pearl” that the German Baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden introduced to the world. Given to the mayor of Taormina by King Ferdinand II of Bourbon in 1806, the tiny island of Isola Bella was purchased by the British philanthropist Florence Trevelyan and has been a World Wildlife Fund for Nature natural reserve since 1998.  Relax and swim at this wonderful spot, and look for the many different birds and marine species it attracts. Get a great view of Taormina and the mighty Mount Etna in the background. Drop anchor at the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) and nearby Grotta del Giorno, where the water is clear blue and provides ideal conditions for snorkeling.  Cherish this day to just relax and be cradled by the waves and summer breeze.

Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

8. Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

Your tour will begin when you meet your captain and board your boat at the Port of Giardini Naxos before setting sail on an unforgettable adventure. Your first stop will be at the Bay of Spisone, where you’ll have the chance to take your first swim of the day and to snorkel independently. You’ll marvel at the stunning stone islets that emerge from the waters and the Atlantis Bay hotel built in Gaudi style. Next, you’ll set sail to Mazzarò Bay, widely considered one of the true treasures of the Sicilian and Taormina coasts. You’ll then stop off at Isola Bella, a historical pearl of Taormina, where you’ll have the chance to explore the Blue Grotto and to discover its gorgeous reflections of light. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Taormina, you'll then be served a tasty selection of local cold cuts, cheeses, and seasonal fruit, all washed down with a fine local white wine. Finally, you’ll have the chance to take another swim before beginning your journey back to the Port of Naxos Gardens.

Taormina: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and a Glass of Wine

9. Taormina: Sunset Cruise with Aperitif and a Glass of Wine

Your experience will start at the port of Giardini Naxos, where you will meet the skipper who will welcome you on board of the sailboat. Once on board, you will sail toward the bay of Villagonia where you will stop for the aperitif (it will take approximately 30 minutes); during the sail the skipper will tell you about the beauties and wonders of the Sicilian coast. Depending on the effective weather and sea conditions, navigation will be either sail or engine powered. During the stop at the bay of Villagonia you will be offered a delicious aperitif with local products paired with a glass of wine; if you feel like it, you can also have a swim or practice a brief self-guided snorkeling. You will then return at the port of Giardini, while still admiring the sun setting over Taormina and the majestic Mount Etna.

Ortygia: Sailing Tour to Plemmirio with Aperitif

10. Ortygia: Sailing Tour to Plemmirio with Aperitif

Cruise on the crystal clear waters of the protected marine area of Plemmirio on this sailboat tour from Ortygia. Travel around the island of Ortygia and see sights like the Venetian Palace. Stop to take a swim in the pristine Plemmirio nature reserve.  Board the sailboat in Ortygia and set off around Ortygia and the south coast of Syracuse. Capture pictures attractions like the Venetian Palace, Maniace Castle, the Aretusa spring, the Cathedral, the Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia, and the promenade. Drink an authentic Italian aperitif. Delight your senses with a tasting of regional delicacies and wines produced by local farmers. Hear facinating stories about this ancient Greek port as you sail. Continue to the marine area of Plemmirio where you can dive into the water and look for local marine life. Returning to your starting point in Ortygia at the end of your tour.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Wow! The best boat tour we have done so far. The tour is perfectly organized and we had enough time at each bay and island to enjoy the sea and the sun. The various guides and the skipper are incredibly nice and always have exciting facts in store, but there was never too much talking so we could just enjoy the excursion. There was almost all you can drink on the boat and we were spoiled with fruit and chips. There was also a great restaurant tip with a discount for the participants during the lunch break on the island. The highlight was the adventurous return trip where we glided over the waves to the sound of ACDC. We can only recommend this tour to everyone who likes adventure, soak up the sun and spend time with nice people. Thank you for this experience!

Perfect ambience! The hosts adapt fantastically to their guests. And if you wish, you can get great information on everything because they both have extensive specialist knowledge. The tastings that are served are all from regional providers and taste excellent. Era un pomeriggio meraviglioso!! Grace mille!

Nunsio our guide and boat captain was fantastic. He made the day very fun and we learned a lot about the coastal region on the ride to snorkeling.

Sailing in beautiful bay. Far superior to motor boat tours. Well travelled host expertly managed tour party. Highly recommend.

Great experience! Top price-performance ratio. Grace Andrea!