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The islands near Sardinia to discover by boat


In addition to miles of beaches of fine, clear sand and a sea of crystal clear water, Sardinia is rich in many smaller islands of rare beauty that surround its coasts. The most popular, are Asinara island and La Maddalena island. The islands near Sardinia are real pearls: most of them are uninhabited and little-known and are the perfect destination if you are looking for a relaxing holiday. The best way to explore these little corners of paradise is with boat hire in Sardinia. In fact, only a boat cruise will give you the opportunity to discover the most hidden coves and to dive and moor where the water is even more turquoise. Whatever the program of your cruise in Sardinia, you will find in this article a list of the islands near Sardinia that will help you choose which to visit. Please keep in mind that once you have explored the first island you will want to visit them all!


Starting from the north, among the islands near Sardinia that you have to include in your itinerary, you will be able to visit Tavolara, a rare pearl in the Mediterranean. You will be immediately fascinated by the wild and unspoilt nature and the unique shape of this island that overlooks the Gulf of Olbia and is part of the marine protected area Tavolara Punta Coda Cavallo. In fact Tavolara looks like a mountain in the middle of the sea with sheer cliffs up to 500 meters high. The island, that you can reach by renting a boat in Olbia, is one of the most interesting areas of Sardinia for scubadiving lovers thanks to the presence of various underwater archaeological sites.

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A few nautical miles from Tavolara you will find Molara, an island characterized by rocks and granite, which probably owes its name to the shape that resembles the one of a millstone. On the island, which is part of the Peninsula of Capo Coda Cavallo, there are the remains of a medieval village and a small church, but you won't be able to visit it because Molara is privately owned. Among the islands of Sardinia, Molara is the ideal stop for nature lovers because here rare species of birds nest. A curiosity that will arouse above all the interest of lovers of scuba diving: in the waters of the island there is the wreck of a ship torpedoed by a submarine during the Second World War.



Located in the south-eastern part of Sardinia you will Serpentara island that you can discover by hiring a boat in Villasimius. It is the perfect stop for those who are looking for peace and quietness and nature lovers as this island is part of Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area.


Cavoli island

In the same area, continuing your cruise in Capo Carbonara Marine Protected Area, you will find the Cavoli Island. Like many other islands in Sardinia, it is a small island, with jagged coastlines and wonderful inlets to discover while sailing along the coast of this small corner of paradise. Don't forget to visit the ancient lighthouse too.



Connected to Sardinia by an artificial isthmus through which you can reach the mainland by car, Sant'Antioco is the largest of the islands of Sardinia and is the fourth largest island n Italy. Easily accessible by renting a sailboat in Carloforte, Sant'Antioco offers beautiful beaches. Also, there is little traffic, despite being an inhabited island. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the homonymous citadel and the authentic fishing village of Calasetta. 

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San Pietro

It is one of the most famous islands of Sardinia and has a volcanic origin that makes its coasts particularly interesting for the ones who love geology. The inhabitants are concentrated in the only town on the island, the village of Carloforte, which is included in the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy. If you opt to hire a boat you can discover its many coves and inlets and you will be spoilt for choice regarding beaches.



A few nautical miles from San Pietro Island you will find Piana island, or isola Piana, a nature reserve where you can meet various species of birds. In the past this island was a penal colony, but also the historical seat of the tuna fishery. Today it is a well-known tourist resort where cars are not allowed. Moreover, Isola Piana is an ecological oasis because it is self-sufficient in terms of water and electricity needs and has no discharges into the sea. In fact, the water is purified and re-used to water the gardens. 

Island of Mal di Ventre

Located on the western coast of Sardinia, the Island of Mal di Ventre is under special protection. Because of the sea, which is often rough, the island has taken this name that does not invite you to visit it. However, we suggest that you do not pay attention to its name because you may miss the opportunity to visit an oasis of tranquility. If you choose to hire a catamaran in Oristano you can reach this small corner of paradise that it is unique thanks to its wild nature and its coves bathed by turquoise waters. With a length of only two kilometers and the absence of inhabitants on the island, you may be the only visitors passing through!


Sardinia is full of islands and islets to discover by renting a boat in Italy. As they are different from each other, you will have a wide choice and the everyone's tastes will be satisfied. Set sail for the islands of Sardinia and get ready to meet along your route real jewels that will leave surprise you.

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