Excursion to Tavolara Island: how to get there and what to see

getting to Tavolara

It is one of the most beautiful Sardinian islands. And it is one of the most recommended excursions. You want to visit it because you like to, even just for a day, see a pristine place far away from modernity. That’ why you want to know how to get to Tavolara Island.


Getting to the island

To reach Tavolara, you have to take a ferry from one of these three towns:

  • Porto San Paolo
  • Olbia
  • Golfo Aranci

From Porto San Paolo, the journey by ferry takes about 15-20 minutes. From Olbia and Golfo Aranci, the journey by ferry takes, respectively, one hour and one hour and thirty minutes.


What to do on Tavolara Island

There are, at least, four main reasons to visit Tavolara Island while you’re spending a holiday along Sardinian north-eastern coast:

  1. The island is a real paradise for diving. Punta Filasca, cala Corsi and the so-called Frana dei mufloni are some of the most renowned dive sites. The wreck of the Thalassa, at a depth of about fifty meters, is only for experienced divers. Teddja Liscia is full of colours and marine life.
  2. Tavolara is divided into two parts. The northern coast, military zone, is off limits. The other part of the island, called Spalmatore di Terra, is the tourist area. Here you will find pristine beaches, a marina and some small restaurants.
  3. The hiking path towards the peak of the island is one of the best things to do. The first part is simple but becomes more difficult as you go up. Since the island is protected in Area marina protetta Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo (a marine protected area), you have to be accompanied by a guide.
  4. Near Tavolara there are two other small islands to see: Molara and Molarotto.


Further information

For further information about getting to Tavolara Island and what to see, you can visit the official website of Area marina protetta Tavolara – Punta Coda Cavallo, Amptavolara.com.


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