I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT EXCURSIONS

Click a question below to view the answer.

Who can take part

Our excursions are suitable for every age range, with a minimum age limit of 3 years old. We ask you to inform us about motor disabilities (with some assistance we already had persons in a wheelchair for example) or cardiovascular diseases at the time of booking.

About children, we really really love to offer fabulous family adventures! We strongly believe that a respectful experience with wild dolphins in their own environment and underwater life when snorkeling, may positively influence your child’s future attitude and choices toward wildlife and natural resources.

You have to know that there are always risks involved in being on a boat, and those risks can be higher with a younger child. There's a minimum age limit of 3 years old because in case of boat accident a child of 3 can understand the directions of its parents and probably it can have some swimming experience. As parents, we trust that you know and are competent to decide what is appropriate for your child, and are able to provide for their safety. The little child will need to be within arm’s reach of the parent at all times, including in the water.

Also, consider the temperament of your child and that if the little one is happy and content, then so will you be. However, if unhappy, so will you (and everyone else onboard) be! Only you will know if this will be a good experience for yours.

 

It depends on the term of pregnancy. We have had many pregnant women on board with us in the past without incident! If you are in the last trimester of your pregnancy, we usually suggest checking with your doctor prior to come on board just to be safe.

Seasickness can manifest itself differently in different individuals and therefore depends on a case by case.

Ask for advice when booking and, based on the weather forecast, we could give you some useful information in choosing whether to participate or not.

For those suffering seasickness, three prevention tips on all before boarding:

- AVOID alcohol the night before getting on the boat. At breakfast time, AVOID milk, juice, oranges, coffee and sweet foods (say goodbye to croissants, cream donuts and jams). Have a “salty and dry” breakfast an hour before the tour is starting: saltine crackers, rusks, toasts, sandwiches without sauces;

- bring a warm garment: taking wind and cold does not help;

- there are drugs to be taken half an hour before leaving or natural remedies such as ginger root or gums and ginger candies.

Remember that you will be neither the first nor the last to be sick on our boat. Do not be ashamed and tell us immediately when you start to feel seasick: we could be of more help.

What to bring on board

Of course it depends on the season.

In summer, bring with you beach towel, swimsuit, sun protection (at least SPF 15), hat, sunglasses, windproof jacket or warm garment (there’s always wind in Sardinia).

In winter wear warm, waterproof and windproof clothing.

Under the seats there’s a space for a small backpack.

Yes, it is allowed, but since most cameras and smartphones don’t like water, we advise to bring a camera/smartphone case (better if waterproof) to protect them against hits and sea spray.

On board are allowed sandwich, snacks, fruits and beverages. No alcoholic beverages are permitted aboard.

After snorkeling, we will offer an aperitif with fresh and semi-seasoned pecorino cheese, Sardinian sausage, Sardinian carasau bread, Vermentino white wine, juices and water.

Dolphin Watching

The local bottlenose dolphins live here year-round. As we interact with dolphins in their wild state, encounters are not 100% certain. Thanks to our experience and scientific knowledge developed with the research activities of MareTerra Onlus, the chance of spotting dolphins is over 80%. Because the behavior of dolphins is complex, each sighting is an experience always unique.

In terms of chances of spotting dolphins, there are no differences between morning and afternoon.

The bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), a species inhabiting coastal waters.

During our tours, it is not allowed to go into the water in the presence of dolphins. The only reaction we would obtain is their immediate estrangement, disturbing them. Our aim is to observe their natural behavior minimizing the disturbance due to the presence of our boat (find out how at this page). During the sighting, the researchers of MareTerra NGO on board will collect scientific data useful to protect the dolphins in Sardinian waters.

Snorkelling

Snorkeling means observing the underwater life swimming on the surface with fins, mask and snorkel. Guided, it means that you will swim together with our guide.

Yes, of course! You can stay on board and enjoy the sun and the seascape. Or you can swim while staying close to our boat.

For safety reasons and in compliance with the navigation code, the boat must be at a distance from the coast where the water depth is 4/5 meters. During the snorkelling, we will approach the coast in water 2 meters deep.

Our activities are also suitable for those who do not have much experience with snorkelling. Instructions on how to use the equipment and safety advice are provided on board. Do not feel embarrassed to say that you have no experience or that you do not know swim well. It's about your safety!!!

Normally 40 minutes, but also depends on the water temperature that can range from 20 ° C to 26 ° C (more details on this page).

Almost all of our guests go in the water without a wetsuit (brave people who love adventure!) But if you have a shorty wetsuit and space in your baggage, we suggest you bring it to have a better comfort in the water. Anyone who feels cold or wants to return first on board can do it under the control of our guides.

We’re sorry, but if you do not have any swimming skills, for your personal safety and the safety of the group in the water, you can't participate to our guided snorkeling.

Yes, we supply life vests and a lot of patience (both with children and adults)! If you are non confident swimmers life vests are mandatory. Ask for them to our guide.