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From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

1. From Palau: La Maddalena Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

Embark on an adventure to discover the stunning coastline and outlying islands of Sardinia on a boat. Cruise to the islands of Spargi, La Maddalena, and Santa Maria, and enjoy their pristine beaches, waters, and nature. Check-in between 9 AM and 10:15 AM, leave Palau at 10:30 AM, and cruise towards the wonderful island of Spargi. When the boat arrives, take your beach bags straight onto the white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara, and choose to sunbathe, snorkel, or explore some of the cove's historical features. Leave the island of Spargi and go along the coast towards the island of Budelli for a photographic stop at the famous Pink Beach "Spiaggia Rosa". Enter the natural swimming pool of Porto Della Madonna for photos, where the emerald color of the water will take your breath away. Head on to the island of Santa Maria for our next beach stop, once again you can easily get off the boat with your things to sunbathe, have a swim or go on a lovely walk to the old lighthouse on the island. The last stop varies — on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays after Santa Maria, the Island of Caprera will be visited for a fantastic swimming stop in the natural aquarium at Cala Coticcio (Tahiti). On Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, the final stop after Santa Maria is in the charming historical center of the mother island, La Maddalena, for shopping and exploring. Arrive back in Palau at around 5-5:30 PM.

From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

2. From Palau: La Maddalena Full-Day Archipelago Catamaran Tour

Set out from Palau on a full-day tour of La Maddalena Archipelago aboard a comfortable and stylish catamaran. Sail along the coast and stop at uninhabited islands along the way. Sunbathe, swim, and enjoy refreshments throughout the day. Depart from Palau harbor in the morning and set sail onto the crystal clear waters of Sardinia. Admire panoramic views of the island as you travel along the coast, watching out for Porto Raphael and its famous villas along the way. Pass by the Punta Sardinia lighthouse before arriving at the first stop of the day, the island of Spargi. As the boat pulls into the bay of the island, marvel at your tranquil and uninhabited surroundings. Enjoy some time to swim in the crystal clear waters at Cala Soraya, named by Princess Soraya in the 60s, or visit the bay just next to it, Cala Corsara. After your swim, regain some energy with a refreshing drink. Later, the captain will decide on the next island to visit, depending on the weather and the tide. Arrive at either Razzoli, Santa Maria, or La Maddalena and spend some more time cooling off in the water, or relaxing on deck.  Finally, arrive at the last stop of the day for more swimming around the islands. If you've brought your snorkeling gear, you can explore the marine wildlife of the area. Put your adrenaline to the test with a big jump from the catamaran, or stay onboard and sunbathe if you’d rather relax.

Porto Pollo: La Maddalena Islands Snorkeling Tour

3. Porto Pollo: La Maddalena Islands Snorkeling Tour

Explore a beautiful archipelago and see some of the La Maddalena islands by a rubber dinghy on this day tour. Visit stunning beaches and enjoy sightseeing while traveling between the islands. Depart from Porto Pollo to explore the most beautiful beaches in the archipelago, including the magnificent Manto Della Madonna between the islands of Razzoli, Budelli, and Santa Maria, where the tour will make a stop for snorkeling. Visit the Pink Beach of Budelli, Cala Granara, or Punta Zanotto, and make a second stop to snorkel (the site of the stop will depend on the weather and wind conditions). Enjoy another stop at Cala Corsara on the island of Spargi, and take the chance to snorkel in a third location. Feel free to ask the guide to make specific stops along the way, as some of the islands are accessible by foot.

From Santa Teresa Gallura: Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

4. From Santa Teresa Gallura: Maddalena Archipelago Boat Trip

Explore the Maddalena Archipelago on a full-day trip on a modern and comfortable motorboat and see eastern Sardinia. Stop at the most important islands such as Santa Maria and Spargi, and visit La Maddalena town center. Wander the city alleys and perhaps take the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. Enjoy an onboard lunch and see the legendary Pink Beach, from Budelli Island. To protect its very fragile ecosystem, no boats have been allowed to anchor or swim there since 1992. Stop on Santa Maria Island home to about 20 seasonal residents. Enjoy sunbathing and swimming in crystal clear waters. Visit the walkway at the Port of Our Lady, so named because it is considered a safe landing in almost any wind. Marvel at the blue of this stretch of sea, unspoiled and clear down to the shallow seabed. Stop ashore for about an hour to visit the town of La Maddalena and its historic center, and wander through its charming streets. Stop at the beach at Cala Corsara on Spargi Island, and admire the beauty of the views of the north coast of Sardinia on the return voyage, including Punta Falcone, Marmorata with its Isolotto dei Gabbiani, the forts of Batteria Ferrero, and the exciting entrance to the fjord of Santa Teresa di Gallura

From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

5. From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you and make sure you get comfortable on board. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available for purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim during the first stop at Santa Maria island, known for its turquoise waters. Stop at Budelli to lie on the sand or swim in the natural pools of Spiaggia del Cavaliere, protected from currents and perfect for a relaxing swim. Once back to the boat, admire the Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand. Visit Spargi to discover its white sandy beaches, rocky coasts, and turquoise waters. Go snorkeling in calm waters or lounge on the beach of Cala Granara. Along the way, see the Island of Santo Stefano, Caprera, and the Bear Rock of Palau from the boat. Listen to a multilingual explanation from your expert guide about the history of the archipelago. If you departed from Palau, have 1 hour of free time to shop for souvenirs or Vermentino wine in traditional Sardinian shops. Take a walk around the charming town. Admire the port of Cala Gavetta and the picturesque church of Santa Maria Maddalena before you get dropped off at Palau. If your journey started at La Maddalena, end your trip here.

From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

6. From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

Explore the beauty of North Sardinia on a full-day boat cruise of the La Maddalena archipelago. Sailing onboard the Lady Luna 2, visit the most beautiful islands of a magnificent natural park, stop to swim on sandy beaches, and more. Depart from the harbor in Palau for the short, 35-minute sail to Budelli. Marvel at the pink sand of Spiaggia Rosa, the dramatic rock formation of Roccia del Coccodrillo, and splash in the sea from Piscine Naturali. Continue to Santa Maria island and feel the warmth of the Mediterranean Sea. Make a long stop at the beach there to sunbathe and relax. After the stop, take a break for lunch, and if you wish, you can buy typical Sardinian dishes on board or bring your own food. Arrive next at Spargi island, where the beaches of Cala Corsara or Cala Granara are lapped by emerald waters and protected from the wind to create perfect conditions for sunbathing. End the tour with a stop at La Maddalena island and visit the town of La Maddalena. Wander the colorful streets to find souvenir shops or gaze at the boats in the Cala Gavetta marina. En route back to Palau, sail past Santo Stefano and Caprera islands for the last look at the high life of the seas.

Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

7. Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

Enjoy an unforgettable 7-hour boat trip to the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago. You will visit all the most beautiful islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and La Maddalena in a unique and informal setting. A restaurant bar service with typical Sardinian products is also available on board. We guarantee new boats with large spaces and the highest standards of safety and comfort. A highly qualified crew, friendly and always caring of every need to offer a top experience. Onboard you will also find a multilingual local guide (Italian, English and French). We are equipped with international quality certifications ISO 9001 and environmental ISO 14001. Daily departures from both port of Palau and La Maddalena. Discover the historic center of La Maddalena with the church of Santa Maria Maddalena and the "Caruggi", the characteristic streets of the island. Use the Elena Tour card for your purchases in the traditional shops of the island. Stop on the soft white sandy beaches of Cala Corsara on the island of Spargi for a swim in its crystal-clear waters. After skirting the east coast of Spargi, admire the Island of Budelli with its Pink Beach and swim in the natural pools from the boat and on the beach of the isle of Santa Maria. After skirting Punta Sardegna and Porto Rafael with its small square, the boat returns to the ports of Palau and La Maddalena at 5:30 pm.  

From La Maddalena: Island-Hopping Sailiing Tour with Lunch

8. From La Maddalena: Island-Hopping Sailiing Tour with Lunch

Explore the Maddalena Archipelago on a sailboat trip, and enjoy a provided lunch and drinks. Stop at the islands of Spargi, Budelli, and Santa Maria, and enjoy stops for swimming and snorkeling on this daytime sailing tour. Enjoy a journey in a comfortable yacht that departs from the Marina Cala Camiciotto. Leave the marina, and relax while the boat sails for over an hour until Isola Spargi, Isola Budelli, and Isola Santa Maria. Admire a beautiful and unique view of the coastline during the trip to the islands, before dropping anchor in Cala Santa Maria, famous for its white sands and turquoise waters. Take a free hour and take free time to swim from the deck, snorkeling, and SUP Board experience. Taste delicious flavours and enjoy an aperitif with snacks, beer, and cold fresh drinks. Move on to visit the Spiaggia Rosa on Isola Budelli and stop for two hours, where you will travel by dinghy to Isola Budeli and walk at Spiaggia Rosa. Take time to enjoy a delicious lunch with wine, beer, and cold fresh drinks. Sail to Cala Granara, Isola Spargi, and take some free time to swim from the deck, snorkeling, and Stand Up Paddle Board experience. Return to Cala Camicotto at the end of the tour.

From Palau or La Maddalena: Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip

9. From Palau or La Maddalena: Archipelago Full-Day Boat Trip

See the highlights of La Maddalena Archipelago on a boat trip accompanied by a local multilingual guide. Start your trip at Palau or La Maddalena port, where the crew will meet you. Get comfortable on the vintage motorboat before embarking on an unforgettable journey to discover La Maddalena Archipelago. Choose from a variety of drinks and food available to purchase as you enjoy the sea breeze. Take a swim from the boat in the natural pools of Budelli during the first stop. Admire the famous Spiaggia Rosa and its unique pink sand from the water. Continue to Santa Maria island to sunbathe on its white beach. Visit Spargi to admire its rock formations and the enchanting beach of Cala Corsara, known for its crystal clear waters. Then, provided the weather is good, go for another swim from the boat. Marvel at the wonders of the Archipelago as you sail back to your port of departure.

La Maddalena or Palau: Yacht Trip to Maddalena Archipelago

10. La Maddalena or Palau: Yacht Trip to Maddalena Archipelago

Depart from La Maddalena and embark on an unforgettable journey to discover the Maddalena Archipelago on a splendid 14-meter motor yacht. Visit the beautiful beaches of Spargi and Budelli Island, be enchanted by the crystal-clear waters and white sand. Take a photo at the famous Pink Beach from the boat and enjoy a tasty lunch just in front of Santa Maria Island. Finally, return back to your point of departure in the late afternoon.

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What people are saying about La Maddalena

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,608 reviews

Hi all my girlfriend and I have tried this wonderful experience. On board you will spend a day in the company of well-prepared and very nice people and in close contact with one of the most beautiful places in Sardinia. A wonderful sea with coves, natural pools, beautiful backdrops and a truly uncontaminated place where you can only get there by boat. On board you can buy a bit of everything from bar products such as coffee, snacks, drinks to mussel soutè and finally with Nutella crepes. I recommend this experience to everyone and say thank you and see you next time.

If you hesitate to do it, do it. If you don't have a snorkel, don't worry, the two stops for bathing are 10 and unless you want to see stones, a hedgehog and sand, don't go loaded. Enjoy them. Crew, animation, perfect bar service and top boat.

We love the experience, the guide was explaining everything along the way. Very helpful and attentive. All the crew were very kind. Definitely something to recomend and to repeat 100%

I highly recmmend the activity! Beatiful places, great guide and very good organisation.

Great day!! Left on time, the staff was nice and helpful and the trip was amazing!!