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Things to do in Olbia

Sardinia’s coastal city offers a taste of local life, brimming with cafés, shops, and bars by the waterfront.

Our most recommended things to do in Olbia

Olbia: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Boat Tour near Figarolo

1. Olbia: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Boat Tour near Figarolo

Set sail for a dolphin watching boat trip from Moys Marina in Olbia Yacting Service, a 5-star port with ample free parking in front of the meeting point. Climb aboard a comfortable, latest-generation inflatable boat, an 8.50-meter 2Bar with a 250 horsepower Honda engine, equipped with every comfort. Enjoy an unparalleled experience with a small group of no more than 10 people. Take an adventurous excursion in the splendid emerald sea of Sardinia, near Figarolo Island and enjoy the view aboard a new small-group motorboat. Sail in search for a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat where the sighting probability is of approximately 80%. Enjoy several snorkeling stops to swim and explore the seabed rich with colorful fish. See a limestone cave and cliffs, and a world famous place where wild birds live. This excursion is fun and relaxing, suitable for everyone, and a great choice for friends and families. Savor an aperitif based on typical Sardinian products and a choice of water, tea, fruit juices or Sardinian beer. Allow our expertise in boat excursions in Sardinia and our captain with 30 years of experience at sea to guide you on this wonderful adventure.

Sardegna: Tavolara Boat Tour with Snorkeling

2. Sardegna: Tavolara Boat Tour with Snorkeling

Your tour departs at 9:30 AM from the Marina of Olbia Marina. Throughout your day, discover the "Caribbean of Europe" in a small group with a maximum of 12 people. After visiting the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia, you will visit the Ulisse Ear Cave before returning to the port at 1:30 PM. After departing from the Marina of Olbia, travel along the granite promontory of Capo Ceraso and continue towards Tavolara. Admire the different shades of blue of the crystal clear waters of the Marine Protected Area and discover 4 beaches of fine white sand, red granite cliffs, and tiny islands. You will be able to enjoy breaks to swim or snorkel in places of undisputed beauty. The boat is equipped with an awning parasol, a small refrigerator, ample sunbathing, and pillows, and there are 4 stops that can vary depending on the weather conditions to best enjoy your day.

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

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

Visit the famous islands of Santa Maria, Spargi, and La Maddalena Archipelago on a boat tour from Olbia. See the Palazzo Comunale, the Naval Museum, and more before you snorkel, and swim in the Italian waters. Enjoy a local lunch served on board before continuing to the coast of Sardegna. From the meeting point in Olbia, head to Cannigione to board a boat and explore the La Maddalena Archipelago. Travel by the picturesque islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano on your way to the island of Maddalena. Next, enjoy an hour of free time in La Maddalena. Visit the historic center, the Palazzo Comunale, the Naval Museum, or the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art before re-boarding the boat. Continue to the islands of Spargi and Santa Maria. Dock, and try swimming in the magnificent crystal clear waters, snorkeling, or relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. At lunchtime, savor tomato pasta on board served by the crew. Then, you'll continue along a scenic route past the Manto della Madonna, a stretch of sea with shallow waters before traveling back along the coast of Sardegna past local villages. Glide past Punta Sardegna, Porto Raphael, Palau, and Capo d'Orso on the way back. Take the minivan back to Olbia once you dock.

Olbia Sightseeing Tour with Tuk-Tuk

4. Olbia Sightseeing Tour with Tuk-Tuk

Explore the historic town of Olbia in a tuk-tuk. The tour includes a 15-kilometer route through the narrow streets of the historic center until you reach the Basilica of San Simplicio which overlooks the most important street of the city. Then, visit Fausto Noce park, the Roman aqueduct and the Roman cistern. Continue on board the tuk-tuk until you reach the jewel of the city, the Church of San Paolo with its spectacular multicolored dome. This tour includes five stops to visit and photograph the various monuments covered by the tourist itinerary with the support of an audio guide in six languages.

Sardinia: Food and Wine Tour by Tuk Tuk or Minivan

5. Sardinia: Food and Wine Tour by Tuk Tuk or Minivan

Meet your expert guide and set off on an adventure through the Sardinian landscape. You will stop at a wine cellar and learn the craft, the ancient instruments, and the ways the barrels ferment the wine. Head to the vineyard where you can enjoy an aperitif and a selection of three wines, accompanied by delicious local food. Your guide and the operator of the vineyard will give you all the information you need during the tasting, to discover the flavors and sensations like a master. Whilst in Sardinia, make sure you try the local wine Cannonau, famous for its antioxidant properties (in moderation, of course).

From Olbia: Costa Smeralda Minivan Tour

6. From Olbia: Costa Smeralda Minivan Tour

Start the tour with pickup from the meeting point in Olbia. Visit places of extraordinary beauty with stops at the famous Belvedere where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the entire northeastern coast. Don’t miss the renowned Porto Cervo, the city of VIPs, where you will have plenty of time for a leisurely stroll right into the center of the town. Admire the beautiful and unique architecture of the buildings and pamper yourself with a shopping trip. Visit the famous Church of Stella Maris. The next stop on your tour will be the idyllic village of Baja Sardinia. Here you’ll have time to stop and enjoy time to go shopping in the typical boutiques of the village. Spend time on the beach and admire its captivating colors or sip a drink and admire this natural paradise.

Olbia: 2-Hour City and Beach Tour by Tuk Tuk

7. Olbia: 2-Hour City and Beach Tour by Tuk Tuk

Discover the best of the city of Olbia and its beaches on this 2-hour private guided tour covering the most important places in the historic center and the beautiful beach of Pittulongu. Sit back and relax as your expert local guide zips safely around the city via tuk tuk and presents Olbia's history, neighborhoods, and attractions. Embark on a journey covering around 18 miles packed with adventure and natural beauty. Learn about the history of the city's center when you stop at the Basilica of San Simplicio, the Church of San Paolo, and the main square. Take in the charm of Corso Umberto, Olbia's main street, and enjoy the tranquility of the Fausto Noce park. Sip something refreshing during a 40-minute stop at Pittulongu Beach.

From Olbia: Sardinia Archaeological Tuk-Tuk Tour

8. From Olbia: Sardinia Archaeological Tuk-Tuk Tour

Learn more about the ancient history of Sardinia on a tuk-tuk tour. Learn more about archaeological sites with an audio guide and local driver, where you will gain a deeper understanding of the island and its various inhabitants throughout the centuries. First, visit The Basilica of San Simplicio which is an imposing Romanesque church made entirely of granite and dates back to the 11th and 12th centuries. Then, admire the remnants of a Roman aqueduct located outside Olbia. A masterpiece of engineering for its time, this site represents the significant impact the Ancient Romans had on the island. Not far from the aqueduct is the Roman Cistern, used for the conservation of rainwater. Visit the sacred well known as "Sa Testa" which dates back to the Nuragic era at the end of the Bronze Age. Continue to the Castle of Pedres perched on a small rock hill a few kilometers outside Olbia, which was an important defensive stronghold during medieval times. Finally, admire the ancient "Tombs of the Giants" common burial ground, which is the largest of its kind on Sardinia standing at 28 meters high.

Sardegna: SUP-Paddleboard Tour Sunris with Lesson and Snacks

9. Sardegna: SUP-Paddleboard Tour Sunris with Lesson and Snacks

Expereince the beauty of Sardinia in the glow and calm of the rising sun on this guided SUP paddleboard trip from Porto Istana or Porto San Paolo. Get a step-by-step SUP lesson with a qualified instructor before gliding along the shoreline in search of breathtaking views and local wildlife. Meet your guide and get set up with your paddle, board, and life jacket. Head to the beach where your guide provides you with easy-to-follow instructions on basic SUP paddling techniques. Set off on your tour as the morning glow hits the tranquil waters.  Greet the morning light as you pass by curved coves and peer down through crystal-clear waters to the sandy bottom below. Have the chance to encounter seagulls, fish, and even dolphins.  Savor some sweet snacks with coffee and juice along the way. Return to your starting point at the end of your tour. 

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What people are saying about Olbia

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 298 reviews

Very nice excursion with the friendly boatswain Antonio, who provided us with homemade pastries and drinks. Due to the weather conditions, he changed his plans at short notice and headed for a different destination. At the original location, it would have been too windy for snorkeling. Nevertheless, we found two nice spots and also saw dolphins.

Wonderful tour with an extremely friendly and competent guide. Time flew by, saw dolphins, 1a snorkeling spots and delicious snacks. Thanks Antonio Tour overall very recommendable!!!!

Top, very nice guide, we were lucky enough to see 5 dolphins - an unforgettable experience and the highlight of the tour

Had a Fantastic day. Beautiful beaches and lovely little town. Friendly staff.

The booking was moved to a different time, but we saw 6 dolphins.