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From Catania: SailBoat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

1. From Catania: SailBoat Tour with Snorkeling and Aperitif

Discover the Ionian Sea on a sailing trip from Catania. Sail past the Castle of Aci Castello, marvel at the centuries-old lava flow rocks, and go for a dip in the refreshing water. After meeting the skipper at the port of Catania, board your sailboat and head towards Aci Trezza. As you sail, learn about the terrain and history of the area from your guide. Cruise by rocks created by ancient lava flowing into the sea and spot the plants hardy enough to grow there. Continue past the Castle of Aci Castello, jutting into the sea on a teetering cliff. Once you reach Aci Trezza, dive into the water for a refreshing swim. Use the snorkeling gear on board to spot tropical fish, or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding. After returning to the boat, enjoy a glass of sparkling prosecco and some local snacks before sailing back to Catania Port.

Catania: Full-Day Boat Trip to Acitrezza with Lunch

2. 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.

Giardini Naxos: Half-Day Boat Trip to Taormina

3. 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.

Catania, Isole Ciclopi: Snorkeling Trip

4. 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.

Catania: Cyclops Islands & Timpa Nature Reserve Boat Tour

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

Travel aboard a comfortable 7-meter boat to discover almost 20 kilometers of volcanic coast between the La Timpa Natural Reserve and the Marine Protected Area of Isola dei Ciclopi on this tour from Aci Castello. Sip on beverages and have light refreshments along the way.  Board the speedboat in Aci Castello and cut through the water with ease in the company of a marine biologist and underwater environmental guide. Glide over the beautiful lava 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 provide the scenery for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. Explore a old lava flows, stretches of white sand, underwater canyons, and volcanic faults.  Have a good chance of encountering groupers, white breams, octopus, and sea sponges. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

6. From Catania: Aci Castello Sailing Boat Trip with Aperitif

Departing from the port of Catania, you will sail to the coast of Aci Castello to admire its Castle, of Norman origin, built on a cliff overlooking the sea. Sailing on the crystal clear waters of the Catania coast, you'll head to the small seaside village of Aci Trezza. Here, you will admire a unique panorama, volcanic and marine at the same time: you will find yourself surrounded by the famous farglioni of lava origin that characterize the Isole Ciclopi and L'isola Lachea. Surrounded by a breathtaking panorama, the location of the very famous novel "I Malavoglia" by Giovanni Verga, you can dive to enjoy a swim stop, to relax and have fun snorkeling among the beautiful seabed of the marine protected area. And to end your experience in the best possible way, you can sip on an alcoholic aperitif offered on board during the return voyage.

Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

7. Catania: Etna and Snorkeling Tour by Jeep

After meeting with your guide in Catania, you will embark on your 8-hour guided tour which will inform you of the biology, geology and volcanology of the Etna volcano. You will have the opportunity to walk in paths immersed in nature, away from the tourist areas on several dormant craters. The fauna and flora of Etna will be your traveling companions, as you learn of the history of this unique territory in terms of endemicity. You will later enjoy a fantastic tasting of wines, liqueurs, honey, and much more, which will help you discover the flavors of this volcanic region. In the company of a marine biologist and an underwater environmental guide, you will later take the road to the marvelous lava beds of "Isola deiCiclopi" (Aci Castello), which is a Marine Protected Area. There you will discover underwater columnar basalt, lava cords, lava cushions, and colorful marine life and plants. This scene will be the unique setting for an unforgettable snorkeling excursion. At the conclusion of your 8-hour experience, you will return to the tour meeting point in Catania.

Etna & Sea with Snorkeling from Catania

8. Etna & Sea with Snorkeling from Catania

The guide will pick you up from your hotel and, on the way up to Rifugio Sapienza (1920 mamsl), you will stop at certain view points. You will receive all the information you need about the history and the territory of the volcano and visit the sites of the last eruptions and the old Silvestri Craters. From Rifugio Sapienza you will be able to choose if you wish to continue by doing some trekking in one of the nature paths of “Parco dell’Etna”, up to 2000 m, or if you wish to do the Etna high altitude option. If you choose this option you will take the cable car and then a special 4x4 minibuses to arrive at Torre del Filosofo (2900 meters).  After that you will also explore a lava cave with helmets and torches. Before heading towards Aci Castello, you will stop at a famous organic farm, in Zafferana, for a delicious sampling of honey, wine, oil, and other typical products. In Aci Castello (Marine Protected Area of “Isola dei Ciclopi”) you will visit the beautiful lava sea beds where you will have the possibility to do some snorkelling and admire the first eruptions of the ancient volcanic complex of Etna, where nowadays the typical flora and fauna dwell. Lava ropes, columnar basalts, and pillow lavas will be the unique scenery for an unforgettable excursion.

Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

9. Catania: Sailing Tour with Lunch

Sail along the route of Ulysses and discover the beauty of the bay of the Cyclops and sea cliffs in Acitrezza. See dolphins, various marine life, go fishing, snorkelling and/or learn the fundamentals of sailing. This tour is a unique opportunity to see Catania from the sea and visit one of the most captivating landscapes of the Sicilian coast as you cruise through the Ulysses' Grotte and the Castle of Aci Castello. Throughout your tour, you will also have the chance to enjoy a fantastic diving/snorkelling session at the Natural Reserve of Cyclops, departing from the small village of Acitrezza. Whilst you snorkel, behold spectacular landscapes in crystal clear blue waters. Your informative and friendly guides will accompany you throughout your experience and will be there to assist you with anything you may need.

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What people are saying about Catania

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 12 reviews

A nice and courteous little crew. Before stopping at the first diving/bathing spot, we were informed about the flora and fauna of the sea/coast along our route. So which animal could be dangerous to us, although there is no real serious danger to humans. Just be careful not to touch certain animals because of their characteristics. During the snorkeling time, we were always accompanied by a very experienced swimmer, who was also good at helping the unsure participants. As a refreshment, melons and drinks were offered free of charge. The boat is big enough to be able to sunbathe on several levels. We left at around 9 a.m. (meet at 8.30 a.m. on a side street at the port) and were back in the early afternoon. There was a nature reserve and the Cyclops Island to see. You could visit them by boat or by diving/snorkeling (no shore excursions).

Very nice experience to see the coastline under Taormina, have a glimpse of sailing and also a tasty apero. The guide, Gregorio, is very well prepared and gave us many interesting information on sailing and the city of Taormina. We were able to do some snorkeling and swim a lot, enjoying some refreshment on that very hot day! The boat was very comfortable but we had not enough money to buy it.

Our morning on the boat was one of our highlights of the holiday. Davide was the most welcoming, calm and insightful skipper. Everything felt easy and smooth because of him. We had plenty of time to snorkel, swim and relax on the boat taking in the scenery. He let us play some music while we enjoyed the snacks and wine provided. Couldn’t recommend this trip with Davide more!

Very friendly staff, who told us about the history of Sicily. We went to one snorkeling spot and saw some lava caves from the boat. It was a fairly small group (about ten). The equipment was included and water and some fruit was available. Definitely recommend!

The skipper, Pepe and Alberto were fantastic, great information about Catania and made the trip very special.