Sardinia snorkelling vacations

Departure information

Arrival at any day of the week from April till October
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Vacation type

Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sardinia snorkelling vacations

We are trying to promote a different approach to the area, showcasing the natural environment of the Gulf while always keeping in mind the impact of our actions on the environment & community. We want to provide a positive example of Responsible Tourism and influence future developments.

We support the local economy by using small private apartments or “agriturismo” owned by local families. We always advise our guests to support local shops, farms and services (buying local food, restaurants etc.). We always travel in small groups in order to give people the possibility to experience Sardinia in a relaxing way, without rushing from place to place.

By traveling in a small group we are able to talk our guests about environmental concerns such as our strict 'leave no trace' policy. As a company we recycle waste, try to reduce our water, plastic and energy usage, share cars, and all our boats are no-smoking areas (avoids butts in the water, promotes good health).

In cooperation with PADI, we organize an annual 'Beach clean-up' event to awaken the local community to environmental problems, and together with DAN, we support a campaign about the security of the divers in the water.






Reviews of Sardinia snorkelling vacations

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Swimming into caves and around dramatic rock formations was otherworldly. Cinzia free diving down with my camera to take close up pictures of an octopus for me was also amazing. The fish are more subtle in their colouring than tropical fish but still beautiful. Each excursion was memorable in its own right.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


For snorkellers, wear a thin wetsuit or dive skin to protect yourself from sunburn, rock scrapes going over shallow ridges and occasional annoying jelly fish stings. Bring mosquito repellent for the evenings. Otherwise, be prepared to be amazed.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, definitely. Recycling was well set up and we were encouraged to use shops and restaurants that supported local producers. These were not necessarily the high end shops.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We loved it and hope to return some day. We were well looked after; the accommodation was clean and comfortable, adequate rather than elaborate; the excursions were fascinating and well managed with good attention to safety; the staff, especially Cinzia, were friendly, encouraging, well organised and willing to be flexible to meet our requests; the area is beautiful with dramatic vistas and we only wanted more time to explore it all.

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The snorkelling trips in the gulf of Orosei. Stunning coast line and clear blue waters. Cinzia makes a great guide - she tells you lots of information and points out stuff while you're snorkelling. You go in caves and swim or snorkel for as long as you want, getting back in time for lunch.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We found it was much better on the small boat. On the first day we went on the larger boat with Maurizio (?) and had to wait around a long time while others went diving. After this - we went on the smaller dinghy boat with Cinzia and had a much more enjoyable time - and no sea-sickness!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - great care over recycling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very highly. Suitable for families with teenagers or old enough to swim and snorkel.

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Snorkelling in azure waters amongst tiny blue fish with Eleonora Falcons flying overhead.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are bothered by heat take a portable fan. If you don’t like any noise take earplugs due to proximity of campsite.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes it was a family run business and due to the remoteness of Cala Gonone you can’t help but benefit the local economy. Yes there was recycling and numerous good environmental practices encouraged eg using cold cycles on the washing machine, discouraging removal of anything from the sea etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Friendly and fun. A well tailored experience for our family which included a 4 year old and a sixty niner.

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cala Gonone is a interesting place, with some decent restaurants. The local beaches, reached mostly by boat , were clean & very pretty. We travelled to the nearby Cartoe beach & found far more interesting snorkelling, than any of the company destinations

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be careful, if you're expecting a dedicated snorkelling vacation. We found this to be a diving company, whose sideline was snorkelling. On one trip Maurrizio informed us we would have to sit in the boat as the dive was well out to sea, at this point we decided not to do any further trips. One of the reasons for picking this vacation was the previous description of Cinzia's helpfulness, unfortunately for us she was on vacation. We were left in the hands of Maurizizo, who, frankly, never gave the slightest indication that he cared whether we snorkelled or not.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The company had a set of instructions for recycling & saving water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


We were disappointed by Maurizzio, who needs to spend more time thinking about his customers. The two Dutch staff, however were friendly, polite & very helpful.

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Snorkelling trips were varied and well organised, and allowed us to get to see areas of the coast that we would not otherwise have found. The area was unspoilt and not commercialised compared with the northern coast of the island. The accommodation was typically Italian and allowed us to stay in a local area rather than with a bunch of tourists. The weather was great!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Fly easyJet to Olbia from Gatwick. Hire a car (via easyJet) and get to the pick-up point as soon as possible as there is a long queue from your flight collecting cars.
Take own masks/fins for snorkelling from beaches (apart from organised trips).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes indeed. Even boat anchoring was well thought out to minimise impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Discovering the beautiful Golfo d'Orosei on a series of snorkelling trips.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


My two nine-year old children loved the snorkelling trips... they had never swum off a boat before and it was all a big discovery for them. If planning a beach vacation with children a car is very useful as the most beautiful sandy beaches are a drive away (or there are beaches you can reach by boat but not always very practical with small children). The apartment we rented was large, cool and comfortable.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

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