LA MINERVA - Boat trips
Trips in private boat with professional sailor (duration from 2 hours to full day)
Capri's typical "gozzo" boats are used for various types of private tour around the island. Far from the bustling crowds, in complete comfort and safety, and with the assistance of an experienced sailor, visitors sail around the island, past Capri's secluded bays and legendary sea caves like the Grotta Azzurra and the Grotta Verde.
During the tour, stops are made so that passengers can take a swim in the crystal clear waters and climb the steps leading up to the Grotta Bianca, in which fascinating rock formations can be seen. For lunch, a light meal of tasty tomato and mozzarella sandwiches and fresh fruit is served on board or, alternatively, passengers sail to one of Capris excellent coastal restaurants to enjoy some of the islands superb fish cuisine. After lunch, guests bathe in the sun or snooze beneath the awnings, lulled by the movement of the waves and the gentle sea breeze.
Gozzo boats are comfortable craft (up to 10 meters in length and 3 meters in width), equipped with cushioned sundeck, large awning, and a soft water shower for those wishing to rinse off after a swim.
Boat trips - Main points of interest
Port of Capri
The busy and picturesque port of Marina Grande is framed by groups of colorful little houses. Boat trips usually commence here.
The Grotta Bianca is easily visible from the sea, but to best appreciate its beauty passengers will need to disembark and climb up the steps in the rocks which lead inside the cave via a small tunnel dug out of the stone. Only in this way will they be able to see the white stalactites and stalagmites and enjoy the view of the sea from above, through the mouth of the cave.
Baia di Matermania
One of the most beautiful and sheltered of the islands bays. The level of the sea is quite low and the colors of the sea incredibly varied. On dry land, a pathway through the wood of holm oaks, past the Natural Arch and Casa Malaparte makes for a stunning walk. Opposite the bay, on the other side of the water, the Amalfi Coast and the islands of Galli can be seen. A swim in the bay is an unmissable and unique experience!
From the sea, the famous Casa Malaparte, residence of the eponymous writer, Curzio, can be seen in all its avant-garde splendor. Dominating Punta Massullo, the outcrop on which the edifice was built, Casa Malaparte starkly contrasts with, and yet also seems part of, the beautiful natural environment which surrounds it. Unfortunately, at the present time, the building is not open to the general public.
The Monacone sea stack rises up behind the Faraglioni as if to cordon off the small bay where the much-loved Da Luigi bathing establishment and restaurant are located.
These imposing rocks are the best known symbol of Capri, and populated by blue lizards and seagulls. At their feet, the Fontelina bathing establishment, with its sea edge platforms and restaurant, should not be missed. The view which extends from the Faraglioni across the whole of Marina Piccola and beyond is quite exceptional. The cuisine is deliciously simple. The service is impeccable. The Fontelina is famous throughout the world and to lunch here is a quite unforgettable experience!
A tiny sea cave with water the color of emeralds, and on either side, two small bays. Although the boat is too large to pass through the cave, passengers can chose to swim from one side to the other.
Faro di Punta Carena
Capri's lighthouse is one of the tallest in Italy and marks the point where the South and West coasts of Capri meet. The restaurant situated on the rocks directly beneath the lighthouse is excellent.
Cala del Rio
An enchanting bay, with rich natural vegetation, Cala del Rio is dominated by the Villa Rovelli and more than merits a stop, which should include time for a swim. In the distance, the island of Ischia can be seen, rising up out of the sea.
Bagni di Tiberio
Once the site of an ancient Roman villa, the ruins of which can still be seen, the Bagni di Tiberio are today home to a bathing establishment and one of the islands finest sea-edge restaurants, famous for its "Fritto Tiberio".
(The Blue Grotto can be reached from the sea but also over land by way of a 10 minute bus or taxi ride from the center of Anacapri)
Famous the whole world over, the Grotta Azzurra is a quite extraordinary sight. The light penetrating through an underwater fissure assumes an intense blue color, whilst the rest of the cave remains in the shadows. The spectacle is so impressive that great crowds of tourists gather in front of the cave and it is often necessary to wait for as much as an hour before entering the cave for a visit, which many consider far too brief. The visit to the Grotta Azzurra costs approximately 10 euro, and is made on small rowing boats sailed by expert seamen.
Despite the activity being strictly forbidden, locals and holidaymakers have been known to swim in to the Grotta Azzurra in the early hours of the morning and late afternoon, when the boats have ceased to make their way in and out of the cave. If the interior of the Grotta is quite large, the entrance is extremely narrow, making it necessary for passengers to lie down on the floor of the boats as they pass through. Entrance to the Grotta Azzurra is not permitted in poor weather conditions.
Those choosing to make their way to the Grotta Azzurra over land, should make sure to visit the Nettuno bathing establishment. Guests who book a private tour of the Island might like to take lunch at one of the two restaurants in the vicinity of the cave: the classy Riccio fish restaurant or the more modest, but equally popular, Da Giovanni a Gradola.