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From Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Boat Tour

1. 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.

Sardinia: La Maddalena Archipelago Full-Day Trip by Boat

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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 9:00 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. Go along the coast towards the island of Budelli for a photographic stop at the famous Pink Beach, the 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 to the island of Santa Maria for the next beach stop. Sunbathe, swim, or go on a walk to the old lighthouse. Depending on what day you visit, end the tour at a swimming stop in the natural aquarium at Cala Coticcio or the charming historical center of La Maddalena for shopping and exploring.

La Maddalena: Island-Hopping Sailiing Tour with Lunch

5. 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.

La Maddalena: Archipelago Boat Tour

6. La Maddalena: Archipelago Boat Tour

Visit the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago on a boat tour. See the islands of Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria, and visit the charming historic center of La Maddalena. Choose from four different departure points: Cannigione, Baja Sardinia, Palau, or La Maddalena. Meet your tour at the pickup point and discover the northeastern coast of Sardinia. Sailing between the islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano. Once in La Maddalena, the first stop includes an hour of shopping and strolling through the old town, full of characteristic craft stores, typical Sardinian products, and bars. Set off again, skirting the island of La Maddalena on the south side, where you can admire the quaint little harbor of Cala Gavetta. Check out the majestic Villa Weber where Benito Mussolini spent a month and a half of his life in "exile." Leave La Maddalena and pass through Punta Sardegna, arriving on the island of Spargi. You'll have the chance to stop for about an hour to relax on the beach or go swimming. After about 20 minutes of sailing along the famous Bocche di Bonifacio, arrive on the island of Budelli to admire the prestigious Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach). Take a short photo stop and then head to Porto della Madonna for a short swim from the boat. Make your last stop at Santa Maria Island, the only island with residential housing. Explore for an hour and 15 minutes before returning to your pickup point.

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

7. 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.

La Maddalena Archipelago: Boat Tour of Budelli & Santa Maria

8. La Maddalena Archipelago: Boat Tour of Budelli & Santa Maria

The tour departs at 10:00 a.m. from La Maddalena. Shortly before the first stop, the boat makes a close passage to the island of Budelli to allow photographs of the fantastic Pink Beach. Next, the boat stops at the Porto Madonna known as Piscine Naturali: here, passengers can dive off the boat and easily climb up the side ladder. The second scheduled stop is on Santa Maria Island where passengers will be able to disembark at the Cala Santa Maria beach for the duration of an hour and a half. Afterwards, you will re-board and lunch will be served. In the afternoon, we sail south in the direction of Spargi Island where we will make the third stop on the beach at Cala Corsara lasting two hours. The return is scheduled for 17:00 to the port of Palau and 17:30 to La Maddalena.

From Palau: 7 Islands of the Archipelago Guided Day Trip

9. From Palau: 7 Islands of the Archipelago Guided Day Trip

Completely tour of the Arcipelago on a 11mt rubber boat with a skipper. 12 passenger maximum, from 11am until 6pm. The tour involves 7 stops in the 7 islands, in the most suggestive places of the Arcipelago della Maddalena: S. Stefano, Caprera, La Maddalena, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria islands, with a longer stop at lunch time in La Maddalena town so you can get out of the boat and have lunch in town or bring your packed lunch. In each stop you have the possibility to take a swim, listening to music, take pictures, dive in the crystal clear waters and do some snorkeling; we also have scuba masks and snorkels at your disposal.

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What people are saying about Palau

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 4,577 reviews

The most fantastic trip. super nice trip with the best guides and lovely people, we were sailed around to 4 bathing spots where there was the most beautiful water and beaches. the whole boat was just in high spirits, can definitely give this trip all the stars it can get, but remember you also have to do something yourself to have such a great experience as we had. big thanks to the 2 captains.

Great day spent on a boat. Both our tourguide and wheelsman were perfect. Unfortunately we had a not so good weather (cloudy all day), but the experience was worth it anyway.

It was an wonderful day to enjoy the beautiful beaches and sailing under the sun. I would say it is the best way to explore the gems of Sardinia!

The tour was great. We have enough time to enjoy in most attractive locations in Maddalena archipelago.

The trip was extremely organized and well staffed. I highly recommend this company!