Hiring a boat is the ideal way to explore Sardinia, sitting just off the coast of Italy. Sardinia has a dramatic coastline with secluded coves and a number of fantastic dive spots you cannot miss without a private yacht charter. You can easily find the ideal catamaran, motor yacht, sailboat, or speedboat of your choice from any marina or port in Sardinia. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license, and enjoy a one-day cruise to La Maddalena and Bonifacio. You also have the option to rent a motorboat, their fast-cruising speed will allow you to tour various beaches in Sardinia with ease. If you book a catamaran, you will have plenty of space to throw a birthday party or celebrate a wedding anniversary. Finally, you can hire a luxury yacht or sailboat and enjoy a week-long cruise around Sardinia and Corsica.
With 24,000 square meters and nearly 2 million inhabitants, Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean, after Sicily. Sardinia is famous for classy residential areas, stunning buildings, jaw-dropping scenery, and delicious meals. Nature lovers admire the island because it has a 25% protected and environmentally preserved area. With fascinating white albino donkeys, three National Parks, and ten regional parks, there is a lot to explore on Sardinia, which is why tourists set out for a week-long tour of Italy's beautiful location. There are many ways to tour Sardinia, but sailing along the island's coastline is arguably the most enjoyable way to tour the beautiful region.
Rent a sailing boat in Sardinia and begin your journey through the La Maddelena Archipelago, Bonifacio, and other sites that await you.
Begin your trip from Marina di Portisco where you can get a Sardinia yacht charter at the base. You can spend the night sailing alongside other tours and superyachts, including celebrities and famous people who tour the island. In the morning, depart Portisco and sail northwards towards The Prince's beaches. These beaches are said to be favorites of Prince Karim Aga Khan's favorite. Considering the gorgeous stretches of golden sand in the picture-perfect scenery, it would be anyone's favorite. If you plan to spend the night, or a long time on the beach, purchase sufficient food and drinks before leaving the bay, as you won't find many options at the beach.
From the Prince's Beach, head towards Cannigione
You can spend an entire day taking in the Prince's beach and even spend a night there. You can enjoy a two-day cruise with a motor yacht in Cannigione. Here you can make a stop at Pevero Beach and enjoy its turquoise waters. Continue from Pevero Beach and sail slowly to Cannigione, where you’ll be greeted by several marinas. You can explore and restock food, drinks, and other supplies here before continuing on your tour.
Sail to La Maddalena from Cannigione
The islands of La Maddalena, as well as the national park, offer you some exciting opportunities to take the time off the sea and do some real sightseeing. You can choose between the Museo Diocesano La Maddalena where you can observe 16th to 18th-century artifacts, or the Maddalena archipelago which is a perfect snorkeling and diving site, and home to unique flora and fauna species.
A perfect starting point when you stop at the Maddalena Islands is Spiaggi Island, which is a part of the Maddalena National Park and houses tons of species of protected birds.
Sail north from there to Spalmatore and moor up at the small port here. You will find the beautiful beach surrounded by pink rocks. It is a beauty to behold, and a great place to take photographs on board your catamaran.
Keep heading north from Spalmatore to Spiaggia Rosa, another amazing beach you have probably read about. Its sands are mixed with seashells and coral, giving them a pink look that is surreal. Admire the beauty of this beach from your boat and stop by for a tour or continue sailing northwards.
You will reach Santa Maria, which is a part of Baunei Island once you continue heading north, and you can spend time touring the land. The town is home to tons of megalithic tombs, ancient ruins, and other discoveries that take you back in time to the Stone Age.
Sail from La Maddalena to Santa Teresa Galura
Santa Teresa Gallura sits about 10 nautical miles west of La Maddalena, right on the Strait of Bonifacio. On Santa Teresa Gallura, you can do some sightseeing on the beaches of Capo Testa, which is a great destination for swimmers and was once a granite mining spot of the Romans. If you have time, visit Cala Spinosa; a perfect destination for fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Although the tiny beach and its light sands are not easy to reach, you can walk the steep slope to find it, if you're up for an adventure.
From Santa Teresa Gallura, you can see the southern coast of Corsica island. If you stop at the Spagnolo Tower, you can restock your supplies and get a better view of Corsica before sailing towards it.
Head from Santa Teresa to Corsica
With Corsica already a visible distance away, it's a great idea to sail towards the French Island and explore the towns near it. Porto Vecchio is a charming town near Corsica boats beautiful cafés, restaurants, and gelato shops. You can eat, shop, and watch people as you relax in this town. You are also close to the Lavezzi archipelago and Bonifacio, where you can explore if you have the time.
Head Back to Portisco from Corsica
The journey to Portisco from Corsica is not just a return journey, because there are many sights to see on your way. During the trip back, you can visit some towns northwards of Sardinia, such as Baja Sardinia and Palau. You can also make stops at other islands around Maddalena Island that you missed at the beginning of the trip. When you return to Portisco, you can spend one more night enjoying the marina and a delicious Italian meal before returning home.
Best time to embark on a Sardinia Boat trip
The best time to sail through Sardinia is between May and September. It is more pleasant to swim in the sea late in summer because the waters have absorbed the heat, making it a more comfortable experience. At this time, Sardinia has a Mediterranean climate, which is a combination of hot, dry summers, alongside the cooling sea breeze. Find out if heavy winds are expected before sailing, and avoid sailing in prohibited areas. Rent a sailing boat in Sardinia, and the tour would be one of the best you have experienced!
Below you will find some useful information for your boat hire in Sardinia.
Marina di Porto Cervo: The marina can berth up to 700 vessels at a max length of 120 m. There are also 100 megayacht berths and a max draft of 8 m. The marina has professional service, repair, maintenance, and total renovations for vessels.
The distance between Porto Cervo and Olbia Airport is 26 km.
Porto Marina di Olbia: Located in the natural Gulf of Olbia and is open all year round. Offers a total of 270 berths and a draft of 5 meters. This marina is one of the safest in all the Mediterranean. A shuttle bus runs from the marina and the shopping center, town, airport, and ferry terminal.
The marina is 2.6 km from Olbia Airport.
Marina di Portisco: Offers a total of 589 berths with 24-hour surveillance for all vessels. All vessels have water, electricity, and safe mooring.
The marina is 15 km away from Olbia Airport.
Marina di Porto Rotondo: Has a total of 652 berths and a max draft of 5 meters. All vessels have access to water and electricity. There is ample parking within the marina zone, as well as a restaurant and supermarket nearby.
The marina is roughly 24 km away from Olbia Airport.
Porto Marina Ottiolu: Has a total of 405 berths and a max draft of 3 meters. All vessels have access to water and electricity. The marina has nautical supplies available and handles the nautical waste.
Marina di Capitana: Offers a total of 480 berths. The marina works the whole year and occupies a total area of 85000 sq meters. 1/4 of the space is used for parking areas or for crafts on cradles. Near the marina, you will find a 4-star hotel with a spa.
The marina is roughly 30 km away from Cagliari Airport in Sardinia.
Marina Consorzio Porto di Alghero: Offers a total of 380 berths. There is 24-hour security for all vessels. The marina also offers sails repairs, engine repairs, fuel, and electricity for all yachts.
The marina is roughly 10 km away from Alghero Airport.
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