Excursion
Cala Gonone

Itinerary
Boat trip

Escursioni Cala Gonone

Itinerario
Gita in barca

Excursion Cala Gonone
The route

MINICROCIERA NEL GOLFO DI OROSEI

The Puma sets sail each day at 09.00 from the small, tourist harbour of Cala Gonone. Once aboard Captain Salvatore invites you to experience crystal blue seas, the like of which you will have seen only in post-cards or films. Salvatore’s local knowledge will provide you with an insight into the historical, archaeological and legendary culture of the island – one steeped in folklore and mythology. Once underway the first destination is Cala Luna  before the boat heads on to Goloritzé and its dramatic mountain peaks. After taking in panoramic views of the coast in its entirety we will follow the sun to the beautiful, remote beaches of Cala Gabbiani and Mariolu, before heading to Cala Biriola, where we will take a well-earned break and pause for some lunch. After lunch we will return to Cala Luna in order to better enjoy the stunning waters and scenery of this unique location. The day ends at approximately 16.30 as the Puma glides gracefully back into the harbour at Cala Gonone, leaving you free to continue your Sardinian adventure with memories to last a lifetime.

Map of the gulf

Grotta del Bue Marino

Grotta del Bue Marino

Monk Seal Cave (Bue Marino Cave) is named after the Mediterranean monk seal (or ‘Sea Ox’) that used to inhabit the area until late 1970’s. Today it is regarded as extinct. At the entrance of the grotto is a wooden bridge that leads to the 5 km-wide hole that is divided into two branches: the north one, dry and fossilized, and the south one, active thanks to a subterranean river still flowing. As soon as you enter the cave, you meet the first elements of great historic value, some graffiti that dates back to the Neolithic period. The cave has been open since the 1950’s and it extends officially for over 15 kilometres within the massif. It is possible to visit the cave with boat services departing from the harbour in Cala Gonone every hour. Our mini-cruise offers two options: either a stop in Cala Luna, or a guided tour of the Bue Marino cave in the afternoon (for which you will need to purchase a separate ticket at the entrance).

Cala Luna

Cala Luna

Cala Luna is the first beach we will encounter. We usually stop here as part of the return journey to the village, given that the sun shines through the deep gorge until late afternoon. With its imposing caves offering shelter from the hottest hours, the River Ilune separating the beach from the interior and the beautiful oleanders framing the landscape, it is with some justification considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Located a few hundred metres from the beach is a bar-restaurant which will offer visitors a place to relax and have a coffee, or an ice-cream, in the shadows of the juniper trees.

Cala Sisine

Cala Sisine

Cala Sisine is the second largest beach of the Gulf after Cala Luna. Just like Cala Luna, Cala Sisine was formed from sediments left by the torrential river flowing into the gorge “Codula di Sisine”. The landscape of the canyon is magnificent, as too is the uniquely crystal clear water. Cala Sisine will only be an optional stop of our mini-cruise, usually selected at peak periods of the season, when all the most famous beaches are full, as it is the case with Cala Luna in August. At Cala Sisine there is also a small bar-restaurant with restroom facilities. Just like Cala Luna, Cala Sisine is an optional destination that you can enjoy in the final part of the mini-cruise, as the sun will be still be shining until late afternoon, before it finally disappears behind the cliffs.

Cala Biriala

Cala Biriala

The inlet of Biriala (or Biriola) has been named after the woods overlooking it. The rays of sunshine and the peculiar seabed give an emerald appearance to the water. Biriola is ideal for snorkelling, or diving and the mini-cruise will include a stop there for at least a couple of hours for lunch and a chance to fully relax and enjoy the bay. Before that though, we will stop slightly southward along the coast, for a swim at a beautiful pool of limpid blue water called “Le Piscine di Venere” (‘Venus’s swimming pool’) a hidden gem of incomparable beauty.

Ispuligi de nie

Ispuligi de nie

The beach ‘Ispuligi de Nie’ is better known under the name ‘Cala Mariolu’ in its northern part and under the name ‘Cala dei Gabbiani’ in the south. The beach was created by two symmetrical landslides and among its unique features is the foreshore, made up of tiny white-coloured limestone cobbles smoothed by the water. The brightness of its blue colour, typical of this area up until Cala Goloritzè, is due to the presence of umpteen freshwater springs gushing up from beneath the cliff. We will be stopping here as the first break of the morning during the peak-season, or for lunch on less crowded days.

Costa di Goloritzè

Costa di Goloritzè

And here we are! We’ve reached the bay that some consider the most beautiful of the Gulf: Cala Goloritzè, an authentic gem of the Mediterranean Sea. With the massive, natural pinnacle Punta Caroddi, known as the ‘Aguglia’, it offers breath-taking landscapes both from sea and land. Its unique features are preserved by strict regulations forbidding boats from navigating within 300 meters from the shore. The only way to get to the beach is either swimming or walking (a one-hour walk, which is well worth doing). We will be stopping here for a refreshing swim at ‘Le Sorgenti’, two tiny inlets close to the northern part of the bay, characterised by peculiar white limestone caves and several freshwater springs gushing from the sea floor.

  • Grotta del Bue Marino

    Grotta del Bue Marino

    Monk Seal Cave (Bue Marino Cave) is named after the Mediterranean monk seal (or ‘Sea Ox’) that used to inhabit the area until late 1970’s. Today it is regarded as extinct. At the entrance of the grotto is a wooden bridge that leads to the 5 km-wide hole that is divided into two branches: the north one, dry and fossilized, and the south one, active thanks to a subterranean river still flowing. As soon as you enter the cave, you meet the first elements of great historic value, some graffiti that dates back to the Neolithic period. The cave has been open since the 1950’s and it extends officially for over 15 kilometres within the massif. It is possible to visit the cave with boat services departing from the harbour in Cala Gonone every hour. Our mini-cruise offers two options: either a stop in Cala Luna, or a guided tour of the Bue Marino cave in the afternoon (for which you will need to purchase a separate ticket at the entrance).

  • Cala Luna

    Cala Luna

    Cala Luna is the first beach we will encounter. We usually stop here as part of the return journey to the village, given that the sun shines through the deep gorge until late afternoon. With its imposing caves offering shelter from the hottest hours, the River Ilune separating the beach from the interior and the beautiful oleanders framing the landscape, it is with some justification considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Located a few hundred metres from the beach is a bar-restaurant which will offer visitors a place to relax and have a coffee, or an ice-cream, in the shadows of the juniper trees.

  • Cala Sisine

    Cala Sisine

    Cala Sisine is the second largest beach of the Gulf after Cala Luna. Just like Cala Luna, Cala Sisine was formed from sediments left by the torrential river flowing into the gorge “Codula di Sisine”. The landscape of the canyon is magnificent, as too is the uniquely crystal clear water. Cala Sisine will only be an optional stop of our mini-cruise, usually selected at peak periods of the season, when all the most famous beaches are full, as it is the case with Cala Luna in August. At Cala Sisine there is also a small bar-restaurant with restroom facilities. Just like Cala Luna, Cala Sisine is an optional destination that you can enjoy in the final part of the mini-cruise, as the sun will be still be shining until late afternoon, before it finally disappears behind the cliffs.

  • Cala Biriala

    Cala Biriala

    The inlet of Biriala (or Biriola) has been named after the woods overlooking it. The rays of sunshine and the peculiar seabed give an emerald appearance to the water. Biriola is ideal for snorkelling, or diving and the mini-cruise will include a stop there for at least a couple of hours for lunch and a chance to fully relax and enjoy the bay. Before that though, we will stop slightly southward along the coast, for a swim at a beautiful pool of limpid blue water called “Le Piscine di Venere” (‘Venus’s swimming pool’) a hidden gem of incomparable beauty.

  • Ispuligi de nie

    Ispuligi de nie

    The beach ‘Ispuligi de Nie’ is better known under the name ‘Cala Mariolu’ in its northern part and under the name ‘Cala dei Gabbiani’ in the south. The beach was created by two symmetrical landslides and among its unique features is the foreshore, made up of tiny white-coloured limestone cobbles smoothed by the water. The brightness of its blue colour, typical of this area up until Cala Goloritzè, is due to the presence of umpteen freshwater springs gushing up from beneath the cliff. We will be stopping here as the first break of the morning during the peak-season, or for lunch on less crowded days.

  • Costa di Goloritzè

    Costa di Goloritzè

    And here we are! We’ve reached the bay that some consider the most beautiful of the Gulf: Cala Goloritzè, an authentic gem of the Mediterranean Sea. With the massive, natural pinnacle Punta Caroddi, known as the ‘Aguglia’, it offers breath-taking landscapes both from sea and land. Its unique features are preserved by strict regulations forbidding boats from navigating within 300 meters from the shore. The only way to get to the beach is either swimming or walking (a one-hour walk, which is well worth doing). We will be stopping here for a refreshing swim at ‘Le Sorgenti’, two tiny inlets close to the northern part of the bay, characterised by peculiar white limestone caves and several freshwater springs gushing from the sea floor.

    The Puma leaves Cala Gonone harbour at 9.30 in the morning and returns around 4.30 / 5.00 in the afternoon. Having assessed sea conditions and weather for the day, we will set-off for a marvellous day in the Gulf of Orosei, carrying a maximum of 12 guests. We will reach the southern part of the coast first, in order to enjoy bays that will be in shade after a few hours, and will journey towards the northern part of the coast later in the afternoon. Please, show respect for this beautiful, uncontaminated setting. It is also advised you bring sun cream, a beach umbrella, a beach towel (available for rent through the Cala Luna Hotel with which we are in partnership), comfortable shoes to walk in and… what else… Just leave all your worries behind and enjoy what will certainly be a marvellous and memorable day!

    Offers
    Optional services

    • Snorkeling equipent and beach umbrella:
      complementary for the hotel costumers
    • Rent a beach towel :
      for one day euro 3
      for two days euro 4
      for three days euro 5
    • Packet lunch
      two sandwiches
      fruit and vegetables
      local chease
      a bottle of water
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    Cala Luna Charter

    Lungomare Palmasera 6
    08022 Cala Gonone, NU
    0784 93133
    333 5225043

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