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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 Budelli island, known for its turquoise waters. Stop at Santa Maria to lie on the sand or swim in the natural pools. 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 explanation (Italian, English and French). We are equipped with international certifications 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 Islands Full-Day Trip by Boat

3. 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. Travel along the coast and stop for a photo opportunity from the boat in front of the island of Budelli at the famous Pink Beach. Head to the Spiaggia Rosa for another opportunity for photos from the boat at the natural swimming pool of Porto Della Madonna, 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.

Maddalena Archipelago: Island-Hopping Sailing Tour and Lunch

4. Maddalena Archipelago: Island-Hopping Sailing Tour and 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. Then, take an aperitif with snacks, beer, and cold fresh drinks. Savor lunch on board and try pasta, bruschetta, bread, and local sausage and cheeses with a glass of wine. Next, 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, snorkel, and Stand Up Paddle Board experience. Return to Cala Camicotto at the end of the tour.

Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Comfort Boat Tour with Stops

5. Palau: La Maddalena Archipelago Comfort Boat Tour with Stops

A boat tour to the archipelago of La Maddalena: an authentic experience of contact with the beauty of the sea and nature. Choose our comfortable and never crowded ship. Are you looking for the best way to get to know the islands of La Maddalena, Spargi, Budelli, Santo Stefano and Caprera ( panoramic navigation ) and the coast in all its splendor? Book a relaxing excursion that can satisfy the desire to see with your own eyes how much the Sardinian sea shines in the most pristine and renowned places on the island. The nature will accompany you on an unforgettable boat excursion, a boat tour full of stops at the islands of La Maddalena archipelago. The itinerary is complete and full of magical moments, wonders to see and immortalize. You can dive into the most evocative waters in the world. Our boat excursion to La Maddalena depart from Palau. From here we set sail for the island of Spargi, the island of Budelli, the island of Santa Maria, and finally La Maddalena. The La Maddalena tour moves between the various islands. During the trip there are many stops: significant, unforgettable places, chosen for their rare beauty and for the importance they have at a naturalistic and historical level. The tour sails enjoying the panoramic view of the other smaller islands of the archipelago. When the sky is clear you can also see Corsica, the horizon is a breathtaking blue and it seems to touch the concrete image of an earthly paradise. It is difficult to describe, impossible to forget. We have reserved various special stops for you, to celebrate so much beauty with swimming in the best places. *The excursion First STOP - island of Spargi with the wonderful inlet of Cala Corsara, you will admire the famous rocks of the Head of the Witch, the Bulldog Dog and Italy in miniature. Second STOP - Natural pools-Island of Budelli. We will reach the Port of the Madonna, the famous natural pools known for the color, the slums and the transparency of the water: you will dive from the boat in front of the coast. Third STOP - Island of Santa Maria to the delight of young people and children, you will make a long stop for visit the omonimus beach Cala Santa Maria. Looking up, you will be able to admire the beauty of the bay. Fourth STOP - Maddalena historical center Our boat is very large, but we only carry only 80 passengers, much less passengers out of 250 of maximum capacity to make your trip unique and with the highest comforts on board, with us you will also visit this part of the archipelago, very suggestive, we will soon arrive at the center of La Maddalena. You can go down for a walk, enjoy an excellent ice cream and freely enjoy the town by shopping through the streets of the historic center and the alleys, the typical alleys of La Maddalena. *The itinerary may be subject to change without notice and according to the directives of the La Maddalena national park authority or the coast guard. The beaches are CROWDED during high season.

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 3, the most modern ship in the fleet that sails in the Maddalena archipelago, built in 2024, with the highest comfort and greater safety standards. Visit with us 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.

From La Maddalena and Palau: Tour of Budelli & Santa Maria

7. From La Maddalena and Palau: 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.

La Maddalena: Archipelago Boat Tour

8. La Maddalena: Archipelago Boat Tour

Visit the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago with a boat tour. Admire the islands of Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and visit the suggestive historic center of La Maddalena. Choose between 3 different starting points: Cannigione, Baja Sardinia or La Maddalena. First stop: shopping in the characteristic historic center of the town of La Maddalena (one hour); Second stop: 1h30m on the beach in the beautiful Island of Spargi; Third stop: photo stop at Spiaggia Rosa Beach and Piscine Naturali di Budelli for a short swim from the boat (30m); Fourth stop: 1h on the beach in Cala Santa Maria. Throughout the tour, everything we are going to see closely will be explained in Italian and English with anecdotes and curiosities! We will go with our boats to see places such as La Madonnetta, Cava Francese, La Roccia dell'Orso, the bridge that connects La Maddalena with Caprera, the Base NATO and the Caprera Sailing Center.

La Maddalena: Caprera,Spargi,Budelli & Santa Maria Boat Tour

9. La Maddalena: Caprera,Spargi,Budelli & Santa Maria Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day boat tour of the whole La Maddalena archipelago to visit the islands of Caprera, Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria, and La Maddalena. Make numerous stops at beaches and for swimming, and reach places larger boats cannot reach in a dinghy. Meet your skipper for the day at the port before setting off on your tour. Stop for your first swim at Cala Brigantino, and enjoy this totally wild and unspoilt deserted beach on Caprera. Then, continue to Cala Coticcio to immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters away from boats. Our navigation speed allows us to move from one island to another without wasting time. Unlike other boats, the dinghy does not suffer from rolling and pitching. Guided by an expert skipper you can spend an amazing and unforgettable day. Our excursion to La Maddalena starts from the port of Cannigione and lasts a full day. New full optional dinghies, in the name of safety and comfort! With our excursions we would like to imprint in the mind of our guests the images of a memory that will remain an unforgettable holiday. The standard tour starts from the private port of the Arzachena nautical club, 1 km north of the port of Cannigione, when you can park your car for free. (h10.00) 10.20 am Arrival in Caprera. It's time for the first swim of the day and our destination is Cala Brigantino. An anchor swim on a totally wild and unspoilt deserted beach, where we will be alone! Skirt Caprera on a northerly route, visiting all the spectacular ravines of the island, until you reach Budelli. Anchor in front of Cavaliere Beach to enjoy the natural pools. Savor an aperitif based on typical Sardinian products offered by the captain. Next, it's time to go down to the beach for the longest stop at lunchtime. Relax on Cala Santa Maria and buy some lunch before heading on to Rosa Beach. Take photos of this beautiful, inaccessible beach. Continue toward the island of Spargi ,where you'll find the beautiful beaches of Cala Granara and Cala Soraya. Take a magical dip in the water a few meters from shore, then move on to Cala Corsara to spend time on the beach. Afterward, begin the return to Cannigione. On the way, admire the western side of the island of La Maddalena and the island of Santo Stefano, as well as the symbol of the city of Palau, the famous bear rock. The tour concludes at the original starting point.

Maddalena Archipelago: Full-Day Sailboat Tour with Lunch

10. Maddalena Archipelago: Full-Day Sailboat Tour with Lunch

Start your unforgettable activity either from Palau or La Maddalena Piers. Meet your captain and board our comfortable sailboat to start your full day tour. First, head over to meet one of the most important celebrity in the La Maddalena Archipelago: Mady: The granite rock, dog shaped. He's been looking after Spargi island for centuries. In Spargi, you will be able to enjoy the day's first swim by jumping off into turquoise waters. Then, cruise along the east coast of Spargi and enjoy the panorama. You will pass by extraordinary beaches like Soraya Bay and Granara Bay. Your captain will ask which site you like the most and can stop for 2nd swim and some free time. Then, head to Budelli and pass by the Pink Beach. Although stopping at the beach is not allowed, you can view it from the boat and take some stunning pictures. From here, head to Porto della Madonna. The site is best known for its Natural Pools and is one of the most magnificent and mind boggling sites ever seen. The water is a different color of blue, emerald, green, the beaches are white sand. You will be in for a WOW moment. Here, you will have the option of taking a swim directly from the boat. Your last visit is to Santa Maria Bay. This is the largest, white coloured beach in the Archipelago. Your captain can take you ashore with the tender so that you can relax on the beautiful beach.

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What people are saying about Cala Santa Maria

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4.5 / 5

based on 4,236 reviews

Before choosing the tour, I read all (almost) the reviews. expectations were fully met! Advise !

The staff was great, responsive, attentive, we had a pleasant time thanks to them!

Very nice trip with a nice crew and a good boat. We didn't try the food.

We had a lovely boat tour around maddalenas islands. Great trip

guide in Spanish, please. second most spoken language