Boat trip to La Maddalena: Which tour to choose to spend an unforgettable day

The boat Lady Luna 2 is sailing in the sea of Sardinia during a boat trip in La Maddalena
©Lady Luna 2

Dive into the deep blue waters of Sardinia, lie on the white beaches of the archipelago and enjoy a Mediterranean lunch, prepared with love by the staff. Experience the unique and unforgettable emotion of a boat trip to the archipelago of La Maddalena, in Italy.

Starting from Palau, La Maddalena or Poltu Quatu, you can visit some of the most beautiful and interesting Italian islands. The archipelago of La Maddalena is a must-see if you are on holiday in the north of Sardinia. The providers that offer boat tours in the archipelago of La Maddalena have thought of everything to offer you the best experience you can have.

Rich in pure and untouched nature, the archipelago is located off the Costa Smeralda. This place has been known for years for the clarity of its waters, which attracts thousands of tourists every year and where the rich like to show off their wealth.

This dreamy place was declared a national park in 1994 and since then, the 62 islands that make up the archipelago have been protected to keep their flora and fauna intact. During the various tours and depending on the route chosen, you can see a large number of islands, among which you can admire: La Maddalena, Caprera, Budelli, Santa Maria and Spargi.

Every island has its own particularity:

        • La Maddalena, the largest island of the archipelago, is the most densely populated . During the boat tours, you can visit the old town, take a walk through the shops and eat an ice cream.
        • Caprera, in addition to being a National Park like the other islands of the archipelago, is even more protected with further regulations that prohibit, for example, fishing, thereby making the island particularly interesting for divers and snorkelers.
        • The island of Santa Maria is the only island next to La Maddalena and Caprera to be inhabited. On this island, you can find a total of 19 houses, including one belonging to the famous director and actor Roberto Benigni.
        • Budelli is famous for its red beach, a highly protected area where it is prohibited to anchor or swim. Visitors on boat trips to the archipelago of La Maddalena can instead stop at the natural pools, where the water takes on different shades of turquoise.
        • On the island of Spargi, tourists who stop off on the beach can often admire the wild boars that roam the island.

    Group boat trips around the Archipelago of La Maddalena

    The boat Maggior Leggero is showing tourists the wonderful coast of the archipelago of La Maddalena during a group boat tour.
    ©Maggior Leggero

    Group boat trips last all day and have numerous stops. The boat departs from La Maddalena and proceeds towards Palau, both places from which you can start the excursion. Once all the guests have boarded from the two ports, the actual tour begins.

    Along the route (pink on the map), there will be 4 stops: near the island of Santa Maria, on the island of Budelli, on the island of Spargi and, finally, on La Maddalena. This last one will be a stop for those coming from Palau and the final destination for those who departed from La Maddalena in the morning.

    In the boat, you will have a bar where you can buy sandwiches, ice cream drinks and many snacks. During the breaks, guests can get off the boat and admire the beach, swim in the sea or sunbathe. Each break is different in duration, lasting from a minimum of 15 minutes to about 1 hour and a half. The boats have many amenities such as bars, toilets, shaded places and, in some cases, plugs to charge your mobile phone.

    Semi-private boat trips around the La Maddalena Archipelago

    The boat Rocca Corsa is shown from above during a semi-private boat tour in La Maddalena, the sea around it is turquoise.
    ©Rocca Corsa

    If you wish to take a group boat trip but prefer a smaller group, semi-private boat trips are for you. The number of passengers admitted on these tours varies from 30 to 45, to ensure more privacy and an even more relaxing day. In summer 2020 the new rules for social distancing led operators to halve the number of guests on the boat, making these semi-private tours even more exclusive. A real bargain!

    The route taken on semi-private tours (violet on the map) is similar to the one taken on group tours. After leaving Palau, the stops made throughout the day are at the island of Budelli, Santa Maria and Spargi.

    Semi-private tours don’t just leave from Palau. If you book with the provider Maggior Leggero, you can also depart from the island of La Maddalena. In fact, the boat will leave from La Maddalena in the morning and then continue towards Palau. Later, in the evening, passengers will first reach the port of Palau and then La Maddalena. The stops in Palau are very short and have the sole purpose of letting people go on board in the morning and off in the evening.

    Group boat tours in Caprera

    The boat of Orso Diving Club Poltu Quatu is about to drop anchor near a beach, during the boat tour of the island of Caprera.
    ©Orso Diving Club Poltu Quatu

    The tour around the island of Caprera usually takes place in the afternoon and lasts for about 3 hours. During this time, the boat will circle the entire island (red route on the map) stopping occasionally for a few breaks where you can relax in the sun or refresh yourself by swimming in the sea. The stops are made at: Cala Coticcio, Baia Cadeo and Porto Palma Bay. To get a better idea of the tour take a look at the red route on the map.

    During the tour, you are provided with fins, tube and mask, signal buoy and a short wetsuit so that you can go snorkeling. Furthermore, for total relaxation, the provider also offers a pick up service to and from the hotel in the area between Porto Cervo and Baja Sardinia.

    Tip for snorkeling lovers

    If your main purpose is not a panoramic tour of the islands with a few relaxing stops and you want a snorkeling experience instead, the provider Orso Diving Club Poltu Quatu offers a special excursion focussed on snorkeling. The tour, which takes place in the morning, will take you to visit Cala Coticcio, a place rich in fish and where the water takes on spectacular shades of blue and turquoise. Equipped with a wetsuit, a mask and fins, you can dive and explore a part of the sea where fishing is forbidden and where the underwater wildlife is flourishing.

    Private boat rides

    The boat Maggir Leggero stopped to let the participants of the private boat tour admire the panorama of the archipelago of La Maddalena.
    ©Maggior Leggero

    If you want maximum flexibility and are not afraid to spend a little more money, a private boat trip gives you the possibility to sail from wherever you want on the Costa Smeralda, to wherever you want on the archipelago of La Maddalena or even to Corsica. A private boat trip is ideal for small groups of up to 12 people, families or couples who want maximum privacy. During the excursion, the staff will take care of everything from sailing to preparing meals so you can lay back and enjoy the view.

     

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    Elisa di CheckYeti

    Born in South Tyrol, I love mountains and nature in general. Whether it’s 30 degrees or -10 degrees, my motto is “always find new challenges and new emotions in the nature”.

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