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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.

Porto Pollo: La Maddalena Islands Snorkeling Tour

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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: La Maddalena Archipelago Sailing Trip with Lunch

8. From Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Sailing Trip with Lunch

Spend a day at sea discovering the coastal waters and beaches of La Maddalena Archipelago on a vintage sailboat. Stop at such islands as Budelli, Spargi, and the Natural Pools, and enjoy lunch onboard the boat. Choose from a private or shared excursion, and depart on the “Isla Bonita” sailing ship from the Port of Palau. The day’s itinerary is at the discretion of the captain who will propose the best route and stops based on the weather and sea conditions. Admire the rocks and Mediterranean scrub interspersed with numerous coves. Savor a local lunch onboard with traditional Sardinian flavors, and stop at several islands for fun excursions. At each stop, enjoy time to explore the area, dive, and swim. At least two locations have a direct descent to the beach. A small dinghy is available that you can take to the other island beaches.

La Maddalena or Palau: Yacht Trip to Maddalena Archipelago

9. 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.

From Olbia: Full-day Boat Tour of La Maddalena Archipelago

10. From Olbia: Full-day Boat Tour of La Maddalena Archipelago

After pick-up from the meeting point in Olbia, you'll head for Cannigione where you'll board your boat to explore the La Maddalena Archipelago. You'll travel by the picturesque islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano on your way to the island of Maddalena. You can use your hour of free time in La Maddalena to visit the historic centre, the Palazzo Comunale, the Naval Museum, or the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. Back on the boat, you will continue on to the islands of Spargi and Santa Maria, where you'll also have an hour to enjoy some swimming in the magnificent crystal clear waters, snorkelling, or relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. At lunchtime, the crew will serve tomato pasta on board the boat. Then, you'll continue along a scenic route past the Manto della Madonna, a stretch of sea with shallow waters. Finally travel back along the coast of Sardegna past the villages of Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau, and Capo d'Orso. When you arrive back at the dock in Cannigione, the minivan will be waiting to take you back to Olbia.

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What people are saying about Santa Maria, Maddalena Archipelago

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 3,212 reviews

This is definitely recommended. Beautiful beaches and clear water. Nice atmosphere on the boat. The only downside is that it becomes an expensive trip when you have a large family, and that for a 7-hour trip.

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.

Very pleasant day, well organized and well paced. Crew at the top and very friendly.

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