Our most recommended things to do in South Sardinia

Villasimius: Capo Carbonara Boat and Snorkeling Tour

1. 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.

From Chia: Boat Ride to Cala Zafferano with Snorkeling

2. From Chia: Boat Ride to Cala Zafferano with Snorkeling

The guided excursion aboard our boats is one of the best ways to experience the sea and discover fairy-tale landscapes that cannot be reached by land. The standard itinerary includes the departure from the beach of Chia Sa Colonia and a navigation towards Cala Zafferano which is our last stop. Then we’ll turn back to Chia Sa Colonia. During the excursion several stops are foreseen. We’ll swim into the sparkling waters of Su Giudeu, Perdalonga – Tuerredda, Porto Scudo, Capo Malfatano and Cala Zafferano. We’ll admire the long white shores and the village of Teulada from a different perspective, by the sea! This is the itinerary of the beautiful places we’ll see and which, in case of adverse weather conditions, may change*: Departure from Chia Sa Colonia Cala del morto Campana Su Giudeu Cala Cipolla Capo Spartivento Perdalonga – Tuerredda Capo Malfatano Piscinnì Isola Rossa Porto Scudo Cala Zafferano The seabed in this area of Sardinia is a true paradise for snorkelers. With a little luck, it is also possible to witness the spectacular dances of the dolphins, observe colonies of seagulls and cormorants, sea turtles that lay their eggs in the most hidden beaches, elegant pink flamingos and many beautifully colored fish. *We’ve planned several alternative itineraries we choose depending on the type of excursion and the weather conditions, to ensure passengers security

Buggerru: Half-Day Dinghy Tour of the Sardinian South Coast

3. Buggerru: Half-Day Dinghy Tour of the Sardinian South Coast

Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience in the deep south of Sardinia, discovering the blue sea of Buggerru and the Mines Coast! With an 8 meter rubber-boat you will visit the hidden pearls of the south west coast of the island with the company of an expert skipper who will guide you and tell you about the area.  You will be able to access all the caves and coves that can be visited only by sea, such as Faraglioni, Arco de Baci, Grotta del Forno (Su Forru), Grotta Sardegna and the splendid and unique Pan di Zucchero islet. Much more is waiting for you, with the possibility of practicing snorkeling and bathing in crystal clear waters, for a short but intense tour that will make you fill up with fun and relax! Swim stops are generally 2, of about 10 minutes each; one near Cala Domestica and one near Pan di Zucchero.  However, the itinerary may be modified according to sea or wind conditions and the skipper's decisions.

From La Caletta or Orosei: Gulf of Orosei Cruise

4. From La Caletta or Orosei: Gulf of Orosei Cruise

Discover the coves, caves, and beaches of the Gulf of Orosei on this boating day trip. Choose a departure from La Caletta or Orosei. Take in the views all the way up the coast until you reach Cala Goloritzè. Purchase drinks and tasty snacks onboard the comfortable boat Imperatrice.  Hop aboard a ship with plenty of deck space in the sun and a shaded and enclosed deck. Set sail from the port of La Caletta or Orosei and make your way into the turquoise waters of the Gulf.  Stop to soak up some sun and take a dip at the evocative beaches of Cala Mariolu and Cala Sisine. Have the chance to extend your trip with a visit the Grotta del Fico. Buy a ticket to enter this cave with colorful stalactites, stalagmites, and Neolithic wall carvings. Return to your starting point at the end of your cruise. 

Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

5. Polignano a Mare: Tuk-Tuk Tour Along the Coast

We will take you across coves, cliffs, beaches, and Saracen towers, landmarks of this area, where the waves seem to get lost over the clouds and the wind gives way to the horizon, opening to infinity. The colors and scents are unique: the ones of eternity, of the Mediterranean. Learn about all the curiosities of the coves, the creeks and the most evocative marinas of our territory. A hidden gem by the sea. The town, birthplace of “Mr. Volare ”offers a unique sight due to various terraces overlooking the sea, where the blue sky meets the blinding white houses. You can caress and breathe the Mediterranean soul through the typical alleys of the old town among flowers, poems, churches, squares, and historical buildings.

Cagliari: Quad Adventure Experience from Chia

6. 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.

Villasimius: Snorkeling Tour in Capo Carbonara

7. Villasimius: Snorkeling Tour in Capo Carbonara

With an experienced guide and our comfortable dinghy, explore two snorkeling spots in the beautiful Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area, where you will discover Mediterranean fauna and flora in the transparent waters. Between the two tours, enjoy a break on board with some snacks. Snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, and snorkel) is included in the activity, but if you prefer you can bring your own equipment.

Guided Kayak Tour at Villasimius in the Marine Reserve

8. Guided Kayak Tour at Villasimius in the Marine Reserve

Explore the beauty of the Capo Carbonara marine protected area on this guided double kayak tour from Villasimius. Paddle along the coast and uncover hidden coves and beaches with the help of your kayaking guide. Discover the coast on a tour that is suitable for all levels. Meet your guide at the activity provider's shop at the port in Villasimius and set off on your kayaking adventure. Get fitted with your life jacket and use your high-quality paddle and kayak to glide over the crystal-clear water. Gaze out at soft sandy beaches and stunning granite rock formations as you make your way along the shores of the Capo Carbonara marine protected area. Keep an eye out for local birdlife from above and sliver fish from below. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour. 

Villasimius: Capo Carbonara First Time Dive with Instructor

9. Villasimius: Capo Carbonara First Time Dive with Instructor

Search for colorful fish on this dive in the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara. Dive without a license with this experience that only goes to a depth of 5 meters. Be introduced to this exciting sport by a diving instructor that will show you some of the highlights of the reserve.  Head to the activity provider's dive shop and meet your diving instructor. Transfer to the dive area in the Capo Carbonara park around the islands of Cavoli and Serpentara. Look for sightings of the Corsican seagull on the way. Get help with setting up your equipment before going into the water. Reach a depth of 5 meters slowly with your guide who is with you every step of the way. Breathe easily with the cylinders full of air. Look for marine species such as octopus, sponges, algae, and shimmering fish as you explore the depths. Transfer back to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

From Cagliari: Chia and Tuerredda Full-Day Guided Beach Tour

10. From Cagliari: Chia and Tuerredda Full-Day Guided Beach Tour

Discover Sardinia’s natural beauty on a day trip with your guide. See the beaches of Chia and Tuerredda. Then, travel by car to see Cagliari before ending your tour. First, see the golden beach of Su Giudeu in Chia surrounded by the characteristic dunes, junipers and crystal clear waters. In the adjacent wetland, to admire pink flamingos and other particular avian species. Then, continue in the famous Bay of Tuerredda, one of the most famous beaches of the island. See breathtaking landscapes, white sands and crystal clear waters for a day of nature, relaxation and an unforgettable sea. Finally, see the pink flamingos in the pond of Santa Gilla and in the backdunal pond of Chia before heading to Cagliari and concluding your tour.

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The dive was enchantingly beautiful. As a beginner you only have to paddle with your feet and you will be guided by the dive guide. This allows you to fully immerse yourself in the beautiful underwater world. It was teeming with fish. The round trip was a bit bumpy as it was very windy. Absolute recommendation.

Franco was an excellent guide. Very knowledgeable of the area. He went above and beyond to assist us with questions about the area even after our tour. Very conscientious of our time. Did not have us wait in long lines but knew how to take advantage of the site to use our time wisely. Highly recommend.

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.

This trip was an excellent visit to two beaches with time to relax aswell as hearing some history of the area.

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