Sardinia Nature & adventure

Our most recommended Sardinia Nature & adventure

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 9:00 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.

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

2. 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: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling Boat Tour near Figarolo

3. 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.

Cagliari: Old town E-Bike Tour

4. Cagliari: Old town E-Bike Tour

Your eBike tour will start by visiting the historic districts of Cagliari, going up and down the city hills without fatigue, thanks to pedal assistance. You will discover the districts of Stampace, Castello, Villanova and Marina and you will stop in the most fascinating monuments that tell a thousand-year history, and in the panoramic points where the view leaves you breathless. Throughout the tour you will be accompanied by an expert guide, graduated in Cultural tourism and Tourist Guide since 2008 for Cagliari and the whole province, to discover the breathtaking scenery and the fascinating narrow streets that this city hides. I will make you live a unique experience that will allow you to bring home a bit of this magical region.

Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

5. Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

Live a memorable day while having fun and enjoying nature on a quad adventure under the guidance of an expert tour-escort. Cross pristine beaches and dirt paths, and admire breathtaking views onboard your quad. Upon arrival, you'll be given full instruction on handling the quad and all safety equipment will be provided. First, take a short trip to establish your confidence and then go on an amazing journey. Enjoy an authentic, exciting, and dynamic off-road experience on the powerful quads for 2 or 3 hours, depending on the option you choose. Drive through nature's twists and turns, among the vegetation and rocks modeled by time, and discover rare species and unique itineraries. Your local guide is happy to make the tour as personal as possible. He will assist you with his expertise and share interesting anecdotes for you before returning you back to the base camp.

Cagliari: the Devil's Saddle Kayak Tour

6. Cagliari: the Devil's Saddle Kayak Tour

Start your kayaking excursion in Marina Piccola. Get into a comfortable kayak for easy access to the Devil's Saddle. Listen as your guide tells you about how the rocks in the area were formed. Feel at ease with a life jacket and waterproof bag as professional instructors show you the basics of kayak paddling. This excursion lasts about 3 hours and includes several stops to admire beautiful caves, cliffs and wildlife in the area.

Cagliari: Bike Tour in the Flamingo Oasis

7. Cagliari: Bike Tour in the Flamingo Oasis

Depart from the Marina of Cagliari to see the Basilica of Bonaria with its amazing staircase. Pass through the new bike path that runs along the sea and river until the football stadium of Cagliari. See urban art under the bridges of the river that characterize the area. Arrive at the Natural Park of Molentargius and soak in the history of the remains of the old city of salt, which for centuries influenced the economy of the area.  Dive into a nature trail to see the beautiful flamingos and discover the old salt ponds of Cagliari. The park is an exceptional area due to the presence of fresh and saltwater basins that host plants and animals of rare beauty. The tour includes a coffè break to enjoy the sea and the pretty harbor. 

From Olbia: Costa Smeralda Minivan Tour

8. 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.

Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

9. Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Experience one of Sardinia's most pristine locations with a marine biologist as your guide. Tour the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara on the southern tip of Villasimius to learn about the efforts to conserve the wildlife that now thrives on the islands of Cavoli and Serpentara. Reach the islands by boat and learn the meaning of Sites of Community Interest, or SCIs, that are crucial for the repopulation of maritime flora and fauna. Keep an eye out for the endangered Corsican seagull whose population has been recovering in this region. Next, don your snorkeling gear and take the opportunity to observe native species like octopuses, sponges, algae, and more. Learn from your guide about how the creatures are cared for here and see their fascinating behavior in their natural habitat.

Cala Gonone Aquarium

10. Cala Gonone Aquarium

The modern structure of the Aquarium of Cala Gonone, set in a park of splendid Mediterranean scrub, awaits you between the pristine mountains of Supramonte and the fascinating scenery of the Gulf of Orosei to make you appreciate what happens when the mountain of Sardinia meets the sea! You will discover the marine habitats of the Mediterranean Sea, its most typical inhabitants and their curious adaptations to life! The Aquarium of Cala Gonone, inaugurated on 10 July 2010, aims to combine the educational and didactic aspect with entertainment and fun. The property is located in the seaside village of Cala Gonone and overlooks the Gulf of Orosei, surrounded by a large park of splendid Mediterranean scrub. The twenty-four exhibition tanks host animal and plant species typical of the Mediterranean Sea, the route ends with tanks dedicated to corals and colorful tropical species. Attached to the structure there is an outdoor play area dedicated to the world of sea turtles and a large parking area for buses and cars.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,606 reviews

Very nice trip to connect with nature and discover parts of Cagliari from a new perspective, while being active; the rowing was not too difficult and the kayak appeared stable (for me as a beginner); our guide was very nice and provided throughout the tour some background about the region and history.

We had a wonderful time with Elizabeth and her colleague. Really enjoyed the trip and got to spend plenty of time with our underwater friends! Highly recommended.

Great captain! Great experience. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable. One of the highlights of our trip

Excellent way to see the Devils saddle .. beautiful out on the water. Daniele was an excellent guide.

Beautiful paddle in clear water beneath spectacular cliffs Well worth doing.