Concierge - Boat trips
A guide to planning your day at sea along the coastline of Capri
on board a traditional gozzo fishing boat.
Private boat trips
Trips in private boat with professional sailor (duration from 2 hours to full day)
Capri's traditional "gozzo" boats are used for various types of private tours 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 Blue Grotto 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 Capri's 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.
Main points of interest
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.
Bay of 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 (Lighthouse)
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.
La Grotta Azzurra - The Blue Grotto
The Blue Grotto (can be reached by sea or by land with a 10 minute bus or taxi ride from the center of Anacapri)
Famous across the globe, the Blue Grotto is an extraordinary sight. The light from outside filters in through an underwater opening and tints the water an intensely glowing blue while the rest of the sea cave remains in almost complete darkness. One of the most beautiful natural sights in the world, it can get crowded with visitors in high season and the wait to enter can be long while your time inside the cave is just a few minutes. It costs EUR 14 to enter the Blue Grotto on board small row boats with expert skippers who often sing traditional island ballads which echo inside the grotto for a truly magical experience.
Another way to visit the Blue Grotto is to swim in by yourself, though this is strictly forbidden, when the tourist boats are gone, meaning either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Though the grotto is quite large inside, the entrance is very small. You have to be careful when entering the cave, but the row boat skippers take care of this problem by having passengers lie back in the boat when passing through the cave mouth. When weather and sea conditions are rough, it is not possible to enter the grotto. On the coastline near the Blue Grotto, the famous restaurant Beach Club Il Riccio can be reached by land or sea. This spot specializes in fresh fish and seafood, and is unforgettable for its design and atmosphere.