Boat trips La Maddalena Archipelago

Sergio Atzori
Sergio Atzori
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Boat trips La Maddalena Archipelago

  • The boat excursion to the La Maddalena Archipelago is a must for anyone visiting Sardinia book in advance
  • The trip lasts all day, so bring a long-sleeved shirt for the return trip.
  • Wear a swimming costume and bring your beach towel, sunscreen and hat.
  • Bars, restaurants and other services can be found near the embarkation points.

Escursioni in barca La Maddalena: Tariffe

  • Adult tickets: from € 40 to € 60
  • Children's tickets: from € 20 to € 30
  • Infant tickets: free

I prezzi solitamente si alzano durante i mesi di alta stagione –  Luglio e Agosto – e ritornano più bassi a Settembre.

Il prezzo dell’escursione con la  motonave, tipo Petagus, Consorzio Bocche, Lady, Lune e gli altri è comunque sempre più economico rispetto alle escursioni private in barca a vela o il noleggio gommoni con skipper.

La tariffa inoltre può variare da alcuni servizi: ad esempio il prezzo dell’escursione con il pranzo a bordo ha un costo maggiore.

Prices are indicative and not binding. Select the motorboat you prefer to find out the official ticket price.

Usually departures are from 9 to 10 a.m. and return from 5 to 6 p.m. It depends on the place of departure and the individual boat operating the excursion.

It is necessary to arrive early - at least 30 minutes and 45 minutes in August - in order to be able to carry out all boarding check-in operations correctly.

30 to 150 people.
It depends on the individual motorboats and the passenger reduction determined by the Covid-19 regulations. In general, all boats have reduced the carrying capacity of the 30% in order to provide more space for each passenger.

Trip information

Yes, the captain or an audio guide will describe the itinerary and points of interest you will encounter during the excursion. This service is usually multilingual.

Parking spaces differ depending on which port you choose for your departure. However, we recommend that you arrive at your port of departure early enough to park your car in a suitable place and avoid any unpleasant penalties.

There are pay car parks with columns near the embarkation point, so bring coins for the parking meter.

In front of the harbour you can find a square with paid parking spaces.

Santa teresa Gallura
There are not many parking spaces, so we recommend that you arrive early enough to find a parking space and check in without rushing.

Baja Sardinia

You can find free and paid parking spaces a few hundred metres from the port, in the pine forest.

Always check each activity's card for up-to-date location information.

Yes, the upper deck usually has large awnings that the crew opens to cover the passengers from the sun during the hottest hours. 

Take with you:

  • swimming costume
  • beach towel
  • sunscreen
  • sunglasses

Some motor vessels provide free of charge:

  • snorkelling mask
  • parasol

Check whether the ticket you are buying includes these services or not.

We recommend that you also bring a long-sleeved T-shirt because after a sunny day, you may suffer from the temperature difference on the way back. In general, bring whatever you think is appropriate for a day at the beach.

Of course, there is no problem.

You can easily bring your favourite food from home for lunch (in case your ticket does not include lunch) or a snack.

Yes, there is a bar on board with sandwiches, snacks, coffee and drinks.

These products are usually not included in the cost of the ticket. Some motor ships are very environmentally friendly and have abandoned the use of plastic and use only compostable and recyclable products.

Yes, there is a toilet on board.

There is usually a ladies' room and a gents' room.

This hike is suitable for everyone. It is perfect for all ages, great for families with children, groups of friends, couples, solo travellers.

You can choose your type of excursion and decide whether you want to book an exclusive boat or book a ticket and share this experience with other travellers.

We suggest you check the 'important information' section of each activity so that you can choose the trip and the provider that best suits your needs.

Of course! It would be a real shame not to go swimming in this corner of paradise! Each type of excursion includes several bathing stops - usually 3 or 4 - to allow you to relax and fully enjoy a day on a boat in the Maddalena Park.

Some motor vessels are equipped with a 'stern beach', so you can swim from the boat.

We recommend that you bring a swimming costume and a towel, for swimming during the stops in the most beautiful bays of the Archipelago. If you want to take a jumper with you, it might be useful for the return trip. Don't forget your sunglasses or hat! In short, bring everything you would bring for a day at the beach.

Yes, the itineraries always include stops at the beach.

There are usually 3-4 stops depending on the location of departure and the individual motor vessel making the excursion.

In addition, there will always be a stop for lunch

The beaches can be reached by footbridge or on a tender (a small dinghy).

Motorboats are always organised and prepared to provide maximum comfort for passengers of all ages.

Generally, yes.

For many operators, animals are welcome guests on board, as long as they are well-behaved and small in size.

However, it may happen that in August you are not allowed to bring your pet because the heat and the many people in the area may make your pet nervous.

We recommend that you check the description of the individual activity or use the filters by selecting 'pets allowed'.

The environmental contribution each person has to make to the La Maddalena National Park.

The landing fee must be paid by any individual who, in order to reach the islands of the archipelago of the Municipality of La Maddalena, uses carriers providing scheduled connections or carrying out passenger transport services for commercial purposes.

During the high season it is generally around €5.00. Please check the details of your chosen excursion to see whether this fee is already included in the price of your ticket or whether you will have to pay it when you board the boat.

May € 2.50
June € 2.50
July € 5
August € 5
September € 2.50

For infants under 2 years old, the landing fee is free of charge.

The La Maddalena Archipelago is located in the north-east of Sardinia near the Bocche di Bonifacio. It consists of a multitude of islands, islets and rocks, and is dotted with bays and white sandy beaches. These granite outcrops are surrounded by an enchanting sea, what the whole world knows as the wonderful Sardinian sea.

During a holiday in Sardinia a boat trip to the islands is a must: the tour in the La Maddalena Park is one of the must-do hikes.. The archipelago is rich in attractions, culture, history, nature and outdoor sports activities. Check out the experience descriptions and choose from our top activities to do in the La Maddalena Park. Get ready to spend an unforgettable day.

It is difficult to say which is the most beautiful beach in the La Maddalena Archipelago: each island is renowned for the incredible beauty of its sea and bays. Among the most famous beaches, we cannot fail to mention La Spiaggia rosa in Budelli, Cala Granara and Cala Corsara in Spargi, Cala Santa Maria on the island of the same name and the Our Lady's MantleCala Coticcio and La Spiaggia del Relitto in Caprera, Cala Lunga in Razzoli. Each view is truly evocative and unique. Each trip is designed and structured to allow you to appreciate all the places you visit during the day.

The Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) is located on the south-east coast of Budelli Island, in the heart of the La Maddalena Archipelago in Sardinia. It is undoubtedly one of the best-known beaches in the archipelago. Its real name is Cala Roto, later renamed Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach) because of the particular colour of the sandy shore. It is fully protected by the Park, so it is not allowed to reach the Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach), but it is possible to admire it from the nearby Spiaggia del Cavaliere.

Absolutely not, not on any beach. Taking sand away from the beach is absolutely forbidden. Not only is it uncivilised, it is also prohibited by law. If everyone took a handful of sand away, there would no longer be a foreshore to walk on and the environment would suffer enormously.

At least 24/48 hours in advance.

The trip to the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago is one of the best boat trips in Sardinia and is very popular.

Especially in the high season, there is a risk of not finding a place if you book at the last second. For this reason, we recommend that you book as early as possible.

It is generally not possible to reserve a specific place on the motorboat.

All seats on any boat have a good view and there is always something to see in the park.

If you want a more exclusive service that is closer to your needs, you can choose private tours. In this case you will have the whole boat and crew at your disposal for you and your family.

You will be refunded your ticket or asked to choose another date.

All boat trips require suitable marine weather conditions that can guarantee safe navigation.

For this reason, it is up to the captain - for the safety of his passengers and the boat - to decide whether or not to carry out the excursion.

The territory

A trip to the islands allows you to visit the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park with its 7 sisters:

  • La Maddalena, the little Paris;
  • Caprera and Garibaldi;
  • Santo Stefano and the military base;
  • Spargi (and Spargiotto) and its coves;
  • Budelli and the Pink Beach;
  • Santa Maria with the Port of Our Lady;
  • Razzoli and the lighthouse

L'La Maddalena Archipelago is located in the north-east of Sardinia in the vicinity of the Bocche di Bonifacio. It is made up of a multitude of islands, islets and rocks, and is dotted with bays and white sandy beaches. These granite outcrops are surrounded by an enchanting sea, what the whole world knows as the wonderful Sardinian sea.

Boat trips in the La Maddalena Archipelago usually depart from the port of Palau, Santa Teresa Gallura, Cannigione and Baja Sardinia. There are also tours that depart from Porto Pollo and Poltu Quato. They vary in length, generally one day, and are carried out on board motorboats, yachts, sailing boats or fast dinghies. They are suitable for everyone: families with children, couples and groups of friends on holiday. The most beautiful islands of Sardinia can be easily reached by boat in just a few minutes.

Choose the departure port of your choice and start the adventure.

Gite in barca La Maddalena: come prenotare

Ci sono due modi per prenotare la tua escursione:

Acquistare direttamente in porto

Non è sicuramente la soluzione più comoda e veloce ma è sicuramente fattibile. Vediamo quali sono i vantaggi e gli svantaggi

Le barche da vicino

Prendendo ad esempio le gite in barca che partono da Palau, potrai trovare lungo la via del porto turistico tante imbarcazioni pronte a salpare per l'Arcipelago e tra barche, mini traghetti, motonavi, gozzi, barche a vela avrai sicuramente l'imbarazzo della scelta

Pagamento in contanti

Acquistare l'escursione direttamente in porto è una soluzione se non hai la carta di credito o Paypal perché puoi pagare in contanti.

Last second

Inoltre acqusitare in porto è una buona idea se non sai bene cosa fare durante la giornata e tentare un'esperienza last second

Acquistare l'escursione online

E’ altamente consigliato prenotare online la tua escursione in barca a La Maddalena. Anzi, direi che la prenotazione online è d’obbligo per tanti motivi.

Il tuo posto è garantito

Se ti trovi in Sardegna a Maggio o nella prima metà di Giugno, questo rischio è meno frequente ma se intendi vedere l'Arcipelago nei mesi di media e alta stagione cioè da fine Giugno, Luglio e Agosto - prenotare online significa garantirti un posto a bordo.

Durante questi mesi la Sardegna ospita tantissimi turisti e per poter fare un'escursione così ambita è necessario prenotare online in anticipo

Prezzi scontati

C'è inoltre un altro vantaggio nella prenotazione online: le barche, le motonavi, spesso fanno dai prezzi scontati validi soltanto online

Ticket eco-friendly

Un altro vantaggio di prenotare online è la gestione del biglietto. Infatti comprando online riceverai il ticket via email e non sarà assolutamente necessario stamparlo. In questo modo si riduce il consumo di carta e si adotta un comportamento green

Rimborsi veloci

Può capitare che l'escursione venga annullata. In caso di maltempo, il comandante della barca annulla l' escursione per garantire l'incolumità dei passeggeri e l'integrità dell'imbarcazione.

Cosa succede quindi al tuo pagamento? Solitamente chi organizza i tour ti propone due soluzioni:

1. fare l'escursione in un'altra data
2.chiedere il rimborso

Se hai pagato online e starai in Sardegna anche nei giorni successivi, puoi concordare tranquillamente un'altra data di partenza.

Se invece hai già pianificato altri appuntamenti e chiedi il rimborso, questo ti viene effettuato direttamente nel tuo conto di pagamento (carta di credito, conto bancario, Paypal etc...)

In questo caso quindi non sarai costretto a recarti presso il botteghino a ritirare il rimborso in contanti perché riceverai l'accredito direttamente online

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