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Cagliari: Full-Day Tour of Cala Luna & Sea Oxen Grottoes

Product ID: 120157
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Departing from Cagliari, drive for 3.5-hours in a minivan through the amazing Sardinian countryside towards the northeast of the island.
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Duration: 15 hours
Starting time 6:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English, French, Italian, Portuguese

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Experience

Highlights
  • Cross the island from south to north and see the amazing Sardinian landscape
  • Enjoy an amazing boat tour
  • Visit one of the most beautiful sea caves in Sardinia
  • Swim in a space of paradise
Full description
Here, once reigned “sea oxen” as the locals used to call monk seals due to their tapered shape and tame behavior like that of an ox. These magnificent mammals, now (maybe) extinct, gave their name to a marvel of nature: the Sea Oxen Grottoes (Grotte del Bue Marino), since the 50s one of the main attractions of the Gulf of Orosei, in particular Cala Gonone in Dorgali territory. Today, it is a favorite destination among nature lovers, and the ideal union between sea and mountain, as they are part of the karst system of Codula di Luna, Italy’s largest 70 kilometer of tunnels in the bowels of Gennargentu. Its majestic entrance, formed by two arches over the sea, is located 2 kilometers away from splendid Cala Luna.

The marine caves are 15 kilometers long in total and divided into two main branches. The northern branch, fossilized due to the interrupted karstic activity, is not accessible to the public. However, you will also be able to visit the southern branch thanks to illuminated causeways for about 900 meters. Speleologists are allowed to explore an additional 4 kilometers (of the overall 5 of this branch). Seawater penetrates the wide hall, and countless little ponds of sweet water from subterraneous rivers abound, separated from sandy beaches filled with concrete formations. The tourist itinerary among stalactites and stalagmites will offer an extraordinary color spectacle, thanks to the light beams penetrating it. You cannot help but gasp in awe at the long shadows projected onto the waters of a subterranean saltwater lake with more than one square kilometer of surface. 

The cave is also famous for esoteric rock paintings, dated back to the Neolithic, illustrating a circle of people around what is supposedly a representation of the sun. The walk finishes in the seal beach – these sea mammals once came here to mate and have their cubs. The visit will be led by expert guides and last about 1-hour. Leaving the Cala Gonone Harbor for an amazing boat tour until the caves. After the visit, it will be possible to stop at the Cala Luna for swimming in this little slice of paradise.
Includes
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water
  • Driver/ guide in Italian, French, English and Portuguese
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Boat tour
  • Insurance
  • Minivan with free Wi-Fi service
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch
  • Tip (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
• Please be aware that the boat tours are subject to weather conditions and may not be available at management discretion without any further notice
• Due to availability, please be aware that for groups of more than 8 participants, vehicles used in the excursions may be different from description and vary at management discretion

From US$ 451.92 per person

Organized by

Bitan Daily Tours

Product ID: 120157