Snorkeling in Sardinia: here are the best beaches
Are you wondering about the best places for snorkeling in Sardinia? Here are 5 beaches you should visit
Snorkeling is one of the most interesting water sports to do at the beach. This is especially true in enchanting locations like Sardinia.
Snorkeling consists of diving into the water with a mask, snorkel and fins while staying at the surface of the water or at a maximum depth of 5 meters. It is often confused with diving, for which, however, you need oxygen tanks, experience and preparation. On the contrary, snorkeling is also suitable for non-divers, and Sardinia is an ideal location because it has breathtaking seabeds.
So, let’s find out the best beaches in Sardinia for snorkeling
Cala Goloritzé is a cove declared an Italian National Monument in 1995, one of the best beaches in Sardinia, and a true natural gem to be protected from mass tourism. Fortunately, the beach can be reached only by walking a not difficult trekking path, or by boat. It is located in the territory of Baunei, in the southern part of the Gulf of Orosei, in the province of Nuoro. It is perfect for long swims and close observation of the picturesque seabed.
“Mariolu” means thief, and is the term used by Sardinian fishermen to refer to the Mediterranean monk seal that used to live in the Gulf of Orosei and steal the catch from the nets. This docile pinniped mammal no longer frequents this area. However, it inspired the name of one of Sardinia’s best beaches for snorkeling: Cala Mariolu. At Cala Mariolu you find sand mixed with pink pebbles and a sea with emerald green reflections. This small beach is one of the best snorkeling destinations especially in June and September, when there are fewer tourists.
On Caprera Island, Cala Coticcio is the perfect place for snorkeling. Especially the first few meters of sea in front of the white beach. Nicknamed “Tahiti,” this cove has emerald waters, and rich marine life including sea bream, sea urchins and starfish, red gorgonian and colonies of sea daisies. It is also surrounded by pink-hued cliffs. You can reach Cala Coticcio by boat. We suggest you to book a boat trip with a guide: it is the best choice for snorkeling.
Our list also includes Alghero, a city located on the northwestern coast of Sardinia. Here you find several beaches where you can observe very interesting seabeds. In fact, in the Alghero area the red coral is very common-not surprisingly it is called Riviera del Corallo. Among the various beaches, you should visit the marine area of Capo Caccia. It is an extraordinary place where you can admire the corals and many species of fish. And you can even spot dolphins in the open sea!
Tavolara is a small island in the north of Sardinia, which name derives from the family that lived there in ancient times. Today it is a protected marine area, where you can find vast expanses of Posidonia oceanica and various species of fish, such as damselfish, salpe, damsels and Diplodus. Some coves and inlets are excellent for snorkeling. For example, Capo Ceraso and Punta d’Isuledda, south of San Teodoro.
A real wonder is the guided excursion to discover the wreck of the Chrisso ship in Porta San Paolo. Since December 31, 1974, the day it sank, the wreck has been a destination for freediving, snorkeling, diving and photography enthusiasts.
Do you want to go snorkeling in Sardinia and live a holiday full of charm and elegance? Book a stay at Palazzo Doglio in Cagliari.