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Maddalena Archipelago (Arcipelago della Maddalena)
Maddalena Archipelago (Arcipelago della Maddalena)

Maddalena Archipelago (Arcipelago della Maddalena)

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Via Giulio Cesare 7, La Maddalena, Sardinia, 07024

The Basics

For decades, the Maddalena Archipelago was spared from the ravages of intensive tourism, because its largest island was a NATO base. When the base closed in 2008, Sardinia’s “yachterati” began visiting the islands, but their national park status has protected the ecosystem from unchecked development. Today, the islands retain an almost undiscovered feel, and many of the beaches are accessible only by boat. Most of the archipelago’s residents live in La Maddalena on the main island, but venture out of town a few minutes by land or sea, and you’ll feel like you have the islands to yourself.

A popular destination for divers and beach enthusiasts, the Maddalena Archipelago can only be reached from Sardinia by ferry or private boat. Join a boat tour to skip the crowded port town, and explore the coastlines and beaches farther afield. Or, opt for a scuba or snorkeling excursion.

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Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau

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Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
$53.90 per adult
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It was a unique experience! Weather was nice and the tour guide was really good. We enjoyed a lot 👌
Elham_S, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Sardinia

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Worth it
Yolanda_C, Jul 2021
Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
We saw beautiful beaches and had at least 1,5 hour to stay there. I wish we could have stayed longer at La Maddalena 😁
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Unique experience
Marko_K, Jul 2021
Sailboat daily cruise in Sardinia: Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda
It was an absolute amazing trip!! Antonello and Alberto were just awesome!! Highly recommend this special experience, don’t miss it!!!
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Súper great experience
Paula_S, Jul 2021
Sailboat daily cruise in Sardinia: Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda
It was a great trip Luca and his friend were so great with us. Thé food was amazing!!! We will gladly go again for another ride :)
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spectacular sightseeing
Titiana_1, Jul 2021
Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
the tour with explanation was interesting. And we enjoyed the relaxing day with the calm and serenity of the staff.
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Amazing tour - recommendations!!
Karin_B, Jun 2021
Catamaran tour to the Maddalena Archipelago from Cannigione
Nice crew. Picture perfect spots. Amazing tour. Great food. It was a a pleasure for us to be part of the tour and we had a lot of fun during the tour. We would always book this tour again. We can highly recommend this tour.
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Excellent day trip
MRV, Jun 2021
4-stop boat excursion to La Maddalena Archipelago
The trip was very well organized! The crew was very friendly and always available in case you needed something. The lunch meal was also amazing! I would certainly do it again.
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La magdalena boat Tour enjoyed this boat tour visited some beautiful beaches for stop offs
GlobeTrotting563200, Aug 2019
Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
Had fun enjoyed the boat trip lovely places to see lunch of pasta included Lovely swim stop off shopping stop off
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The beauty of the La Maddalena Islands is spectacular
Kate_H, Sep 2020
Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
Well organised tour with good communication beforehand so we knew exactly where we needed to meet the boat and where to park. A beautiful day. The islands are truly stunning. Beautiful sandy beaches and crystal clear water. Swim stop at the Bay of Madonna was fun. Friendly staff on board. Commentary in 3 languages. Adequate time spent at each spot. We did itinerary 1. We got lunch on board. We are vegan so were pleased there was a veg cous cous option which was lovely. The crew kept reinforcing the rules re using masks when not able to socially distance. Most passengers paid attention to this.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark from a boat—confirm accessibility if you have limited mobility.

  • The main port town of La Maddalena has several eateries, and there are a few waterfront restaurants scattered along the coastline that are accessible only by boat.

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How to Get There

The Maddalena Archipelago lies in the Strait of Bonifacio between Sardinia and Corsica, about 20 minutes from Sardinia’s port city of Palau. You can get to the islands by ferry or via a private boat tour from a number of ports along the Sardinian coast.

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When to Get There

The archipelago is most crowded in summer, when Italians head for its relatively remote beaches. Go in late spring or early fall for fewer people and warm temperatures perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

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The Seven Islands of the Maddalena Archipelago

The largest island—and the archipelago’s main port and town—is La Maddalena, with a permanent population of just under 10,000 people. The nearby islands of Caprera and Santo Stefano are also inhabited, though there are no towns or ports on these largely wild expanses of coast and countryside. Spargi, Santa Maria, Budelli, and Razzoli are smaller, deserted islands, known for their pristine coastlines and rich marine life.

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