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

Maddalena Archipelago (Arcipelago della Maddalena)

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
Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
$51.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
La magdalena boat Tour enjoyed this boat tour visited some beautiful beaches for stop offs
Had fun enjoyed the boat trip lovely places to see lunch of pasta included Lovely swim stop off shopping stop off
GlobeTrotting563200, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Sardinia

star-5
Hospitable captain & crew and delicious Sardinian snacks & wine!
Fangi_L, Oct 2021
Sailboat daily cruise in Sardinia: Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda
Captain and crew were very attentive to our needs and safety during the trip. They kept a close eye on us when we were swimming in the water and served us lots of local food including sausage, cheese, wine (white, sweet red, prosecco, etc.), Sardinian cheesecake. Recommend this experience for anyone who visits here the first time!
star-5
Perfect sailboat tour
hugginstijuana, Sep 2021
Sailboat daily cruise in Sardinia: Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda
Wonderful experience, clean and well kept sailboat with beautiful guides and guests. Karen really made a wonderful day for me and my friend.
star-5
Must DO in north Sardinia
Christian_S, Oct 2021
Catamaran tour to the Maddalena Archipelago from Cannigione
Thank you for this fanstastic trip! Organisation, Information and boat crew where very helpful and supportive. We travel with a 8 month old baby and we felt very comfortable on the boat and the company. Provided lunch and dinner was very good and I guess typical for Sardinia. Only room for improvement is to offer some drinks beside lunch and dinner. Other than that we would book this tour 100% again and the catamaran tenere! Thanks
star-5
Beautiful scenery, education, and fun
Olga_D, Oct 2021
Small Group Tour by MINIVAN La Maddalena & Caprera Island - SARDINIA - ITALY
Absolutely amazing experience! Ivana was informative, friendly, and a lot of fun! I’d highly recommend this tour to anyone who visits Sardinia.
star-5
Let’s go!
Carlota_P, Sep 2021
Catamaran tour to the Maddalena Archipelago from Cannigione
All the islands are very beautiful and the crew are very nice and helpful. Thank you for the trip guys! See you soon
star-5
Fantastic excursion
Gerrit_D, Aug 2021
Afternoon excursion (15: 00/19: 00) by rubber boat in the archipelago of La Maddalena.
This tour was the best part of our holiday. The amazing blue colors of the Archipel together with the professional guidance of Stefano made it a fantastic excursion
star-5
Great experience.
Sander_D, Aug 2021
Private Sailboat Tour in the Maddalena Archipelago
We had a great time on the boat. Inna and Youri worked hard to give everybody a great time on board of the boat. Nice lunch, enough drinks and appetizers. They know the best places to visit and to swim. Youri and a Inna are sailors with lots of experience so even with tough wind they know what to do. Thank you Inna and Youri.
star-4
Very nice boottrip
Katrien_D, Oct 2021
Sailboat daily cruise in Sardinia: Maddalena Archipelago and Costa Smeralda
The trip was very good! Despite the windy weather, very nice boat trip and beautiful places to swim. The hosts also prepared an excellent lunch! Definitely a must to do.
star-5
Complete Maddalena tour
Matteo_C, Aug 2021
Private Sailboat Tour in the Maddalena Archipelago
Excellent experience with a friendly crew, good wine and a pleasant group. You’ll see the best spots and beaches in Maddalena Island.
star-4
Fun and relaxing experience
Robert_O, Aug 2021
Boat Tour La Maddalena Archipelago from Palau
Overall nice experience. The boat is big enough to handle several people but can get a bit crowded sometimes (regarding the Covid period). We boarded at around 9 - 9:30 and the boat left at 10:30 from the port. We had the 2nd itinerary so the last stop was in a very beautiful golf with fishes where we swam. The beaches are wonderful, and the time spent on them is enough to enjoy each stop, around 1 hour - 2 hours on each beach, 15 - 30 minutes for the boat stops. Don't buy the sandwich, it's one of the worst things i eat, 2 old slices of bread, 1 ham 1 cheese and that's it. It costs 5 euros and it just breaks the experience. You are better of removing it from the offer entirely. On the other hand, the pancakes are good. Other minus is the bad quality of the sound on the boat, I didn't understand anything the guide said because the sound was coming only from the front of the boat and there was a lot of noise.
star-4
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 😁
star-5
Absolutely perfect. Totally worth it.
Coralie, Sep 2021
Catamaran tour to the Maddalena Archipelago from Cannigione
Do not hesitate. We had an amazing day, the crew was super friendly, the food was good and the waters were breathtaking.

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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