Sardinia excursions: top 10

Sardinia, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, offers numerous options for boat excursions, allowing visitors to explore remote beaches, unspoilt coves, sea caves and picturesque islands.
Excursions in Sardinia

Sardinia excursions, the best 10 to do

Sardinia, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, offers numerous options for boat excursions, allowing visitors to explore remote beaches, unspoilt coves, sea caves and picturesque islands.

Sardinia excursions: Tavolara

Sardinia Excursions, Tavolara By Boat
Sardinia excursions, Tavolara by boat

The boat tour of theTavolara Island is an extraordinary experience combining breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear waters and a rich history. This fascinating boat tour offers visitors the opportunity to explore the impressive island of Tavolara and its surrounding waters. This is what makes this cruise unforgettable:

  • imposing cliffs and cliffs overlooking the sea
  • crystal-clear beaches with pebbles and impalpable white sand
  • island walks
  • snorkelling to discover underwater panoramas

Where do the excursions to Tavolara start from?

Boat excursions to Tavolara depart from Olbia, Golfo Aranci and Porto San Paolo. From here you can embark on comfortable dinghies and enjoy one of the most fascinating destinations in northern Sardinia.

👍 DST Sardinia departs from Olbia and Golfo Aranci: choose your location

Tavolara Island

 The island of Tavolara rises majestically from the sea, reaching aheight of over 560 metres. This partly granite, partly limestone island is the heart of the Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area, a nature reserve that is first and foremost a sanctuary for marine fauna and migratory birds. Nature lovers and snorkeling always remain fascinated by its unique flora and fauna.

Tavolara and Molara

The boat route may include the picturesque passage between Molara Island and Tavolara Island. This area is famous for its transparent waters and the Natural Pools. The panoramic view of the peaks of the two islands reflected in the sea always creates an opportunity for evocative shots.

The Kingdom of Tavolara

The island of Tavolara is rich in history and fascinating legends. Its history includes the brief period when it was declared an independent kingdom under the 'King of Tavolara'. Experienced guides often share these stories, enriching the experience with a touch of charm and mystery.

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Dolphin Sightings: Golfo Aranci and Olbia

Dolphins At Sunset
Dolphin Sightings: Golfo Aranci and Olbia

Anyone visiting Sardinia on holiday at any time of the year cannot do without a dolphin watching tour.

Where do excursions to see dolphins start?

Dinghy and boat tours to see dolphins depart from Olbia and Golfo Aranci. You can book a dolphin-watching trip online and let yourself be transported to this magical experience without any worries.

You can choose to book sightings only, in which case the starting point is Golfo Aranci.

If you wish to combine a dolphin sighting with a snorkelling experience, you can choose to leave from either Olbia or Golfo Aranci.

Whatever your preference, the advice is to book as early as possible. As these are the most popular excursions, the places available on board sell out very quickly.

👍 DST Sardinia departs from Olbia and Golfo Aranci: choose your location, places sell out fast

Sardinia Excursions: Snorkelling Capo Coda Cavallo

Snorkelling excursion Protected Marine Area Tavolara E Capo Coda Cavallo
Snorkelling excursion Protected Marine Area Tavolara and Capo Coda Cavallo

The excursion of snorkelling at Capo Coda Cavallo offers a unique opportunity to explore the crystal-clear waters of the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. This area, characterised by picturesque bays, rock formations and a variety of marine species, is a paradise for lovers of snorkelling, nature and outdoor activities.

Starting point

The excursion usually starts from the Capo Coda Cavallo area, located between San Teodoro and Olbia. The bay of Capo Coda Cavallo is famous for its crystal-clear waters and the natural beauty that surrounds it.

👍 DST Sardinia departs from Olbia and Golfo Aranci: choose your location

Snorkelling in the Tavolara Marine Protected Area

Capo Coda Cavallo is part of the larger Tavolara marine reserve, which guarantees the protection of marine species and the preservation of the ecosystem. This offers excursion participants the opportunity to observe marine life in a natural and protected environment.

Respect for the Environment
Practice the 'Leave No Trace' while exploring. Do not touch or disturb marine life and respect your surroundings.

Sardinia excursions: La Maddalena Archipelago boat tour

A tour of the La Maddalena Archipelago is an extraordinary experience that takes visitors into a world of breathtaking natural beauty. Located in the north of Sardinia, this archipelago consists mainly of the islands of La Maddalena, Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli, and Santa Maria. Here is what to expect on this fascinating cruise:

Departure from Palau
Most excursions start from Palau with some excursion from Santa Teresa Gallura. From here, embark on a comfortable motor boat or sailboat and get ready to explore the marine paradise of the La Maddalena Archipelago.

White sandy beaches and crystal clear waters
The archipelago's beaches are famous for their snow-white sand and crystal-clear waters that fade between turquoise and emerald green. Among the most popular destinations are Pink Beach in Budelli, famous for its pink sand, and Cala Corsara at Spargi, an isolated cove surrounded by granite rocks.

La Maddalena and Caprera
During the boat tour, you will have the opportunity to visit La Maddalena, the main island of the archipelago, and Caprera, famous for being the home of national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. On La Maddalena, explore the picturesque old town and admire the colourful architecture of the houses, while on Caprera visit Garibaldi's museum house and walk along scenic paths offering breathtaking views.

Marine Life and Snorkelling
The La Maddalena Archipelago is a National Park with a marine environment rich in biodiversity. During the cruise you will see colourful fish, marine fauna and lush vegetation. Excursions often include stops for snorkelling, allowing you to explore the crystal-clear waters and admire the underwater life.

Sardinia excursions: Costa Smeralda boat hire

Sardinia Excursions, Inflatable Boat Hire Costa Smeralda
Sardinia excursions, Costa Smeralda boat hire

The Costa Smeralda, located in the north-eastern part of Sardinia, is famous for its pristine beaches, luxury and spectacular landscapes. This coastal area is a world-class attraction, offering visitors a mix of elegance, unspoilt nature and an exclusive lifestyle. Here is what to expect when exploring the Costa Smeralda:

Departures Porto Rotondo, Porto Cervo

Most of the dinghy rentals along the Costa Smeralda are located in Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo. Porto Cervo, a luxury resort famous for its harbour, high-fashion shops and exclusive villas. From here, you can board elegant yachts or boats for a luxury coastal experience.

Beautiful beaches

The Costa Smeralda is renowned for its beaches of fine white sand washed by crystal-clear emerald-green waters that give the area its name. Beaches such as Liscia Ruja, Capriccioli and Romazzino are famous for their breathtaking beauty and exclusive atmosphere.

Sardinia excursions: Sant'Antioco boat trips

The Sant'Antioco Island tour offers a fascinating exploration of Sardinia's unspoilt natural landscapes, historical sites and authentic traditions. This island, located in the south-western part of the region, is characterised by a rich history that blends harmoniously with the beauty of its coastal landscapes. Here is what to expect during this evocative adventure:

Departures from Sant'Antioco, Calasetta

Your exploration of Sant'Antioco can start from either Calasetta or Sant'Antioco, the two main resorts on the island. Both offer an ideal starting point for touring the island, with Calasetta located on the north-western side and Sant'Antioco on the eastern side.


The island of Sant'Antioco boasts a number of enchanting beaches, including Maladroxia and Coaquaddus. The crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches make these locations perfect for a relaxing break and a refreshing dip.

Cape Sperone

The island tour can include a visit to Cape Speronea promontory with breathtaking views of the coastline and hinterland. This area also offers a spectacular view of the Island of San Pietro.

Sardinia Excursions: Sea Ox Caves

The excursion to the Sea Ox Caves in the Gulf of Orosei offers a unique opportunity to explore an underground world of natural wonders. This journey, often by boat tour, will take you through majestic sea caves, secret passages and breathtaking rock formations.

Departure from Cala Gonone or Orosei

Most excursions to the Sea Ox Caves start from Cala Gonone emotion Oroseitwo coastal resorts that serve as gateways to the Gulf of Orosei.

Visiting the Caves

The Sea Ox Caves owe their name to the historical presence of monk seals (sea ox), now unfortunately extinct in the area. The caves, illuminated by the sun's rays filtering through cracks in the rock, create surreal scenarios of light and shadow, giving a magical atmosphere to those who visit them.

The Cave of Ispinigoli

If caves fascinate you, choose a visit to the Grotta di Ispinigoli, one of the most famous caves in the area. The cave houses a stalactite over 38 metres high, one of the tallest in Europe. The atmosphere inside is atmospheric, with plays of light that make the experience even more fascinating.

The Canyon of Su Gorroppu

Some tours may extend to the nearby Su Gorroppu Canyon, one of the deepest canyons in Europe. This allows one to enjoy a variety of landscapes, from caves to majestic cliffs.

Snorkelling and Swimming Opportunities

Many boat excursions allow stops for snorkelling, offering the opportunity to explore the crystal-clear waters and observe the underwater marine life. Some tours may also include stops for a refreshing dip in the waters of the Gulf of Orosei.

Excursions South Sardinia, Buggerru
Excursions South Sardinia, Buggerru

Explore the Magic of Sardinia's South West Coast in an inflatable boat

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of southern Sardinia? Embark on an inflatable boat and discover the wonders of the Mines Coast and the blue sea of Buggerru. Put yourself in the capable hands of a skipper, ready to guide you through the hidden gems of this enchanting region.

Discovering Marine Wonders: Dream Caves, Faraglioni and Islets

In an inflatable boat, you will have the opportunity to explore caves inaccessible by land and admire unique rock formations such as Faraglioni, Arco de Bacithe evocative Oven Cave (Su Forru), the mysterious Sardinia Caveand the islet Sugar Loaf.

Snorkelling and Bathing in Crystal Waters: An Adventure for All Senses

The dinghy is not just a means of exploring, but becomes your platform for practising snorkeling and enjoy refreshing swims in crystal-clear waters. You will experience Sardinia from a unique perspective, between fun and relaxation.

Bathing and diving in Enchanting Places: Cala Domestica and Pan di Zucchero

Take a swim in the wonderful waters of Cala Domestica or near Sugar Loaf, immerse yourself in the turquoise waters of this corner of paradise.

Get ready for an unprecedented adventure on the south-western coast of Sardinia. Grab the opportunity to explore unique places, enjoy exciting activities and create unforgettable memories with an inflatable boat tour.

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