Is there anything better than a Capri Island Boat Ride with Swimming, Sights, and Limoncello? The tour guides are gracious, the music is relaxing, and there is more than enough food and drinks to keep you sated. You can see some of the Island’s most alluring sites from the safety of a Sorrentine Boat.
The boat, on its own, makes for a calm and satisfying journey. But you can also participate in the water activities on offer, including swimming and snorkeling. The schedule might seem tight on some occasionsת but only because the Captain wants you to see as many of the sights of Capri Island as possible.
Duration: 2 hours approx
Language: English & Italian
Maximum Passengers: 12
What does a typical Capri Island Boat Ride entail? Well, in most cases, you can expect to see the following:
You’ll start at La Vela Di Schettino Agnese
There, you’ll meet with your guide and group 10 minutes before starting your boat tour at the entrance of Porto Turistico, right outside of the Bar La Vela. The exact address is Piazza Angelo Ferraro, 12, 80076 Capri NA.
1. Pass By: PTC Marina Di Capri
The journey starts at the marina where an assistant will meet you before guiding you to the dock. The marina is just as magical as the rest of the island. The waters are a deep enchanting blue hue. And you have a decent view of the dramatic craggy coast.
The marina is situated in a natural cove. The sea currents are present but they are manageable because the marina is protected from the wind by the artificial breakwaters. All the modern services and amenities you might want are within easy reach.
For people arriving at the marina, the bus terminal is just around the corner. Though, some people prefer taxi services. Either way, the marina is the perfect starting point for anyone that wants to see the island’s most famous attractions.
2. Pass By: White Grotto
The White Grotto is the first major stop. This is a cave that got its name from the white stalactites and white layers of calcareous material found in and around the cave. The White Grotto has an upper cave and a lower cave. You can’t reach the upper cave, not without great difficulty. One of the most notable aspects of the White Grotto is a stalactite that looks like the Virgin Mary.
If you’re not sure whether or not you want to take this tour, you should know that you cannot visit the White Grotto without a boat.
3. Stop: Green Grotto
While you only pass by the caves of the white grotto, you will actually enter the Green Grotto. Like the White Grotto, the Green Grotto is a natural sea cave that has a dreamy green light that filters through the water, creating a magical atmosphere.
The Green Grotto has a sinister past. Pirates from the 1500s would use it to ambush any ships that passed. It was originally called the ‘Cave of the Turks’. But by the 19th Century, it had become a popular tourist attraction. Like the White Grotto, you need a boat to visit the Green Grotto.
The cave can only support a small number of small boats. So, depending on the time of year, you might have to wait for other people to enter and then leave before exploring the Green Grotto.
4. Pas By: Natural Arch
The Natural Arch was a Grotto and it was quite deep and high. What remains isn’t as impressive as the original Grotto but it is still worth seeing. Experts believe that the arch originated in the Paleolithic Era. Today, it attracts photographers from all over the world who use it to capture amazing seascapes.
You can reach the Natural Arch by foot from the Grotta di Matermania. But the Capri Island Boat Tour offers you an equally appealing opportunity to see it.
5. Pass By: Villa Malaparte
Villa Malaparte is a vibrant picture of contemporary Italian architecture, an imposing crimson structure situated on the cliffs of Punta Massullo. With a backdrop featuring the blue waters of the sea and the Mediterranean countryside, Villa Malaparte offers one of the most gorgeous views in the region. The villa was built in 1943, though no one knows the identity of the designer.
6. Pass By: I Faraglioni
You have probably noticed that many Italian postcards feature images of these rocky spurs. The geological formations were sculpted by the water and the wind over a period of several million years. Anyone who wants a closer look at them must take a boat ride.
7. Pass By: Punta Carena Lighthouse
The lighthouse, which is situated on the Southwestern coast of the island, was built in 1866. It is still active even today. Though, it doesn’t necessarily look its age, not from a distance, because it has been repainted. The lighthouse watches over the Tyrrhenian Sea.
8. Back to the Starting Point
When the tour is over, the skipper will bring you back the the starting point at the La Vela Di Schettino Agnese
When is the Best Time to Do the Boat Tour?
During the Day: The best time is after midday but before 3 PM, especially in the summer. The sea gets rough after 3 PM. The early afternoon is also attractive because the heat gives you a great excuse to go swimming and snorkeling.
During the year: The best time to enjoy the beauty of Capri is from mid-April to the end of June and from September to mid-October. The weather is more pleasant and there are fewer crowds. July and August, the place is full of tourists and prices are higher.
What is Included
- Experience skipper
- Delicious snacks
- Snokerling gear
- Bottled water
- Non alcoholic and alcoholic bevarages
What is exluded
- Hotel Pick up and drop off
Who is the Tour For?
This tour is suitable for anyone who wants to take a leisurely approach to their adventure on the island of Capri. Whether you prefer slower, more relaxing fun or a little bit of excitement in the water, the boat tour has something to offer you.
Why You Should Do This Tour?
The tour has a flexible booking option. You can glide around the island as you study natural and manmade wonders that you couldn’t possibly explore on land. The presence of a professional skipper and guide makes the journey an educational one. You have snacks on hand, not to mention a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
- Knowledgeable guide
- Snacks and beverages (champagne, limoncello, beer, water, etc)
- Well organized
- Swim and Snorkel in the clear blue water of Capri
- Great tour for anniversaries and honeymoons.
- Wheelchairs have no access
- The Blue Grotto is not included due to the long waiting time
- If you get seasickness on a boat, you should bring some remedies such as Dramamine or wrist bands.
- Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to protect from the sun
- Put your swimsuit under your clothes so you’ll be ready to swim when you get on the water.
- Carry a dry bag to protect your belonging from the water
- Wear non-marking and slip-resistant flip flops or sandals on the boat to avoid slipping and leaving marks on the deck.
The Capri Island Boat Ride is everything you expect and more. It provides a fascinating blend of adventure and relaxation. There is no better way to tour the coast of the island than by boat. The food is delicious, there are plenty of swimming opportunities, and the guides are helpful and knowledgeable. The boat ride is worth every penny you have to spend to secure your spot.
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