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Snorkelling in Sardinia is one of the must-do experiences. Find out which are the most beautiful spots, how to get there and the map of points on the interactive map.
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Snorkelling in Sardinia

Between its white sandy beaches and wild coves nestled at the foot of sheer cliffs, Sardinia knows how to play with its many facets. The second largest island in the Mediterranean, it offers experiences for everyone. In its crystal-clear waters, where visibility is often excellent, one can observe through the mask crowns, soles, sardines, starfish, sea urchins and many other marine species.

A wild and rocky island, where the is possible almost everywhere. With almost 1,850 km of mostly rocky coastline and dozens of islands and islets, Sardinia is home to hundreds of places for the . It is impossible to list them all, but in this article we want to highlight the most beautiful and popular snorkelling spots, from north to south Sardinia.

Snorkelling North Sardinia

Snorkelling Archipelago

The most attractive places for snorkelling in the Archipelago of include the National Park, established in 1994, which encompasses seven islands and numerous islets and granite cliffs. This is considered thesnorkelling hotspots in Sardinia thanks to its protected seabed, where fishing is prohibited. On the main island, La Maddalena, one can explore fascinating places such as Punta Tegge, Cala Spalmatore and Cala Francese, all easily accessible from the shore. A little further north, between the islands of Budelli and Santa Maria, lies the famous Passo Cecca di Morto, a kind of 'lagoon' with shallow turquoise waters, considered the most famous and popular snorkelling spot in the archipelago, accessible only by sea.

Snorkelling Santa Teresa

set in the beautiful setting of Santa Teresa is a true paradise for snorkelling enthusiasts. It is easy to spot many fish such as bream, groupers and trigger fish. In addition, the posidonia meadows offer shelter to numerous marine invertebrates, creating an ecosystem rich in biodiversity. The nearby Cala Spinosa, with its wind-carved rocks and crystal-clear waters, is another unmissable spot for snorkellers.

For those who prefer to explore deeper waters, the towards the offer the opportunity to discover the Madonna del Naufrago, a submerged monumental sculpture that adds an artistic element to the natural beauty of the area.

Snorkelling

Exploring the region of is like entering an underwater paradise for snorkelling enthusiasts. Along the coast between Olbia and rocky coves are hidden, inviting one to an underwater adventure. But the most extraordinary experience is certainly the Island of , accessible in a few minutes by boat from Porto San Paolo or about twenty minutes from Olbia. Here, dive into the turquoise waters that bathe Punta Spalmatore, and backdrops full of life is like entering an enchanted world.

A little further south, direction two snorkelling gems await you. with its nickname 'Little Tahiti', promises breathtaking beauty around the rocks north of the beach. E a small granite peninsula that will amaze you with its wonders and offer a truly unique perspective on Tavolara.

Finally, also e are great places for snorkelling. You can dive in the crystal-clear waters of Cala of the French and Porto directly from the shore, or take a boat to explore the enigmatic Pedrami Rocks.

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Snorkelling

If you are a snorkelling enthusiast and are looking for underwater adventures in the Sassari region, you are in the right place! This north-western part of the island offers a myriad of fantastic places to explore the underwater world.

We start around where I recommend you discover one of the enchanting inlets of the Coral Riviera, famous for its abundance of red coral. Although the coral mainly grows at depths of over 30 metres, the rocky inlets are inhabited by a variety of fish and invertebrates, making the snorkelling experience an exciting adventure.

Directly opposite Alghero, the Regional Natural Park of becomes an underwater paradise. I highly recommend exploring Cala del Bollo, although difficult to access from the shore, and Cala d'Inferno, accessible only by boat. Following the coast northwards, a series of coves awaits you, each with its own unique charm. Lampianu Beach, Rena Majore Beach and Nura Beach offer rocky and chaotic backdrops, perfect for snorkelling

On the tip of Capo Flacone, at La Pelosa, you cannot miss the Spiaggia della Pelosetta. Here you can explore the shallow rocky seabed at the foot of a historic Genoese tower, giving you an unforgettable underwater experience. So, if you are ready for a unique underwater adventure, the Sassari region is your perfect playground.

Snorkelling South Sardinia

Snorkelling Villasimius

About 50 km east of Cagliari, you will find the unmissable places for this unique experience: Villasimius and the Marine Protected Area of Capo Carbonara. Here, the snorkelling from the shore is exceptional, especially at Cala Porto Giunco and Simius Beach, famous for the rare grey triggerfish. And if you want to explore even further, several companies in Villasimius offer exciting boat tours in the area, essential to reach the majestic Madonna del Naufrago, a monumental sculpture nestled near the.

If you are in Cagliari, even the offers a decent snorkelling spot, accessible directly from the shore. But for a real adventure, I recommend booking a boat or kayak tour to explore the nearby Cala Figuera or the waters surrounding the picturesque Grotta dei Colombi.

In the south-western part of the island, you will discover some excellent spots along the Teulada coast, such as Tuerredda Beach, Piscinnì Beach and Cala Cipolla. Another outstanding option is the Island of San Pietro, which can be reached by boat from Portovesme. These different areas are famous for their snorkelling, but there are literally hundreds of other locations where you can dive, almost everywhere you will find crystal-clear water, calm sea and mostly rocky seabed.

Snorkelling Sardinia fish

What can you see while snorkelling?

The coasts of Sardinia are famous for the diversity of underwater life, especially in the Protected Marine Areas. Saragus, mullet, ornate fish and rainbow fish are common in most locations. Small Mediterranean moray eels can be found among the rocks, while wide-eyed flounder can sometimes be seen in the sand.

It is here, where fishing is prohibited, that you are most likely to spot some of the emblematic Mediterranean species, such as the common dentex, sea bream, amberjack or grouper. If you are fond of invertebrates, in Sardinia you can easily spot red starfish, sea urchins, sea anemones and sea cucumbers, even at very shallow depths.

It is impossible to list all the places where we recommend snorkelling because there are hundreds of coves in Sardinia. We hope with this guide to have given you an idea anyway and if you have places to add, write it in the comments

Map of snorkelling spots

Cala Coater
Budelli
Punta Tegge
French Cove
Cala Spinosa
Poltu Sinu
Cala of Bol
Cala of Hell
Nuraghe Beach
La Pelosetta
Isola dei Cavoli
Cala Lunga
Cala Onion
Tuerredda
Campionna
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Cala Coater
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Budelli
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Punta Tegge
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French Cove
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Cala Spinosa
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Poltu Sinu
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Doctor's Beach
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Cala Brandinchi
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Cala of Bol
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Cala of Hell
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Nuraghe Beach
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La Pelosetta
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Punta Molentis
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Isola dei Cavoli
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Cala Lunga
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Cala Onion
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Tuerredda
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Campionna
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Frequently asked questions

quick answers ⚡

July and August are the months with the highest number of tourists in Sardinia and one can expect crowding in some parts of the island.

The water temperature varies between 24 and 26 degrees from July to September and around 20 degrees in June and October.

Outside these months, snorkelling is limited by the lower water temperatures, unless you have a suitable wetsuit. Even during the summer, we recommend wearing a rashguard, which will protect your back and shoulders from the strong UV rays present in the Mediterranean.

In September and October, when the water temperature is around 25 degrees on the surface. Most tourists have already left the island and this is probably the ideal time to visit.

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