Tavolara Excursions

Tavolara Snorkelling Excursions with Guide

Departure from Golfo Aranci and Olbia

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Adults from € 70
Children from € 60

Tavolara Snorkelling Excursions

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Duration 4 hours

water and tea on board

salty snack

Masks, fins and jackets for all

ideal for adults and children

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A half-day guided snorkelling excursion to Tavolara within the Protected Marine Area of Tavolara and Punta Coda Cavallo. During the excursion, depending on weather conditions, we will visit the wreck of the ship Chrisso in Porto San Paolo swimming in the company of dozens of fish at the natural pools of the island of Molara, contemplating the sheer cliff face of the island of Tavolara.

For the excursion to Tavolara with departure from Golfo Aranci a stop with disembarkation on the island is also planned.

During the stop on the island you could see some interesting place: Cala TramontanaPunta Spalmatore and the small graveyard of the King of Tavolara undoubtedly fascinating.

During the walk you can also spot peculiar flora and fauna of the island, and some endemic species. The limestone is predominant and the pleasant smell characteristic of the mediterranean vegetation completes the visit.

The points of interest during the tour are variable in relation to the marine weather conditions. The commander will illustrate the best route for the day.


After checking in, we will board the dinghy and sail to the Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo Protected Marine Area. The excursion to Tavolara starts here

A suggestive navigation where it is possible to admire the coast and the beaches of Olbia.

Capo Ceraso

Capo Ceraso is the promontory that delimits the beginning of the Tavolara MPA to the north, and the Gulf of Olbia to the south. On the top of the promontory there is a fort overlooking the island of Tavolara.

This strip of land is characterized by wild and unspoiled nature and has small coves of very white sand. The beaches at the end of Capo Ceraso are generally uncrowded and difficult to reach from land. Among these of particular interest is the Spiaggia del Dottore, a very coveted bay with water that has breathtaking colors

The Wreck of the Chrisso

The wreck of the Chrisso is a famous point of interest in the Tavolara Marine Protected Area, a popular destination for snorkelling, freediving and photography enthusiasts. It is a cargo ship flying the Cypriot flag that ran aground during a storm in the mid-1970s in the waters off Porto San Paolo.

Today, the entirely submerged wreck offers hospitality to a multitude of animals - damselfish, salps, bream, groupers, moray eels, small nudibranchs - which can be admired in a truly unique, picturesque environment. The wreck is located in a particularly exposed area of sea, so it is not always possible to stop there.


Molara is a granite island of particular relevance from a naturalistic point of view due to the luxuriant and uncontaminated flora that covers it.

The island of Molara is entirely private and is an integral part of the Marine Protected Area. It is famous for a stretch of sea with particularly blue water and a shallow seabed of very fine sand.

The natural pools of Molara are populated by sea breams, damselfishes and white breams which are the protagonists of snorkelling at the Molara pools.

*the stop with disembarkation in Tavolara takes place exclusively for departures from Golfo Aranci

Tavolara is a parallelepiped-shaped massif with a prevalence of limestone. The island is formally divided into two parts: to the east where the military base is located, to the west where the part that can be visited is located.

On the island there are Cala Tramontana, Spalmatore di Terra and the very small inhabited center with small landing places for boats. The island is characterized by the enveloping and intoxicating scent of the Mediterranean scrub that covers it.

Location of the excursion: The Marine Protected Area of Tavolara - Punta Coda Cavallo, Olbia, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia

Embarkation in Golfo Aranci
loc. Sos Aranzos c/o Hotel Baia Aranzos - 07020 - Golfo Aranci (SS)
beach hotel

There are always 2 crew members on board our boats: 1 captain and 1 hostess/steward. The presence of 2 crew members makes this a very comfortable experience.

Our staff is experienced and knowledgeable, and during the activity they provide useful information and facts about the environment, the animals encountered and the conservation of the marine environment.

Remember to check-in to the board at least 20 minutes prior to departure

Recommended beachwear, bring a bathing suit, beach towel, sunglasses and sunscreen with you

Drinks on board includes water and iced tea

You will receive an immediate confirmation at the time of booking via email

Not wheelchair accessible

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

Not recommended in pregnancy

No heart problem or other serious illness

This experience requires good weather conditions. If it’s canceled due to bad weather, you could choose a different date or a full refund

For this experience is required a minimum number of travelers. In case of cancellation for the failure to reach the minimum number, you could choose between a different date or a full refund.

Snorkeling is suitable for children over 4 years old. The tour lasts a few hours, for the little ones it could be a bit long. Furthermore, younger children often have little confidence in the sea and do not like to wear a mask to see the fish.


Pets are not allowed to take part in this activity

To obtain a full refund of the ticket, ask for the cancellation of the reservation at least 24 hours before departure.

In case of cancellation due to bad weather, you can choose between another date or a full refund without penalty.

Departures: from Olbia and Golfo Aranci
Low seasonMay, June, September October
High season: July, August

Low season
High season
10 years+
2-9 years
0-1 years

Reviews Tavolara Snorkelling Excursions

In more than ten years, DST Sardegna has taken thousands of people to see the dolphins at Golfo Aranci, Olbia and Tavolara and many have decided to share their experience by leaving reviews on Google, Facebook, Tripadvisor and Yelp. Read the reviews!


Why choose DST Sardegna

We love the sea, Sardinia and Tavolara. Taking part in an excursion to Tavolara with our dinghies means discovering the poetry of this territory, so ancient and so wonderful. In fact, it is no coincidence that for more than twenty years, 15,000 hectares between Olbia, Loiri Porto San Paolo and San Teodoro have been part of the Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo Protected Marine Area natural park, which protects a huge variety of native species that would otherwise be lost forever 💗

The DST Sardegna team carries out snorkelling excursions in the Tavolara Protected Marine Area with its qualified operators, following an eco-friendly code of conduct that respects the sea and its inhabitants.
P.S. read reviews on excursions in Tavolara Marine Protected Area to find out advices and opinions of those who have already been with us!

Tavolara tour and snorkelling with guides

Trips to Tavolara include many stops for snorkelling in the company of our expert guides: at the wreck or the natural pools of Molara or the island of Tavolara, will be chosen depending on the daily weather conditions.

Mask, fins and floating support jacket for everyone!

the territory

The Marine Protected Area of ​​Tavolara

The Marine Protected Area of ​​Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo – located on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia – was established in 2003 and extends between the territories of the municipalities of Olbia, Loiri Porto San Paolo and San Teodoro.

The MPA was created with the aim of protecting, preserving and protecting the area. Another important intention is to publicise the ecological importance of the area. In order to preserve the area, a differentiation of zones was introduced, with different rules and the possibility of carrying out or not carrying out human activities. Excursions to Tavolara, for snorkelling and diving, are therefore regulated.

Zone A is an integral reserve area: an area that cannot be visited where protection and research activities are carried out

Zone B is a general reserve area where certain activities such as diving and snorkelling are permitted

Zone C is a general reserve area where the regulation is less restrictive and even small fishing activities are allowed for authorized fishermen

DST Sardegna is a diving center authorized to operate in a Marine Protected Area, the snorkelling activity is conducted in full compliance with the legislation.

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To obtain a full refund of the ticket, ask for the cancellation of the reservation 24 hours before departure.

If you request cancellation within 24 hours of departure, you will not receive a refund.

In case of cancellation due to bad weather, you can choose between another date or a full refund without penalty.

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