A place for snorkeling

A night ferry from the Italian port Piombinio takes us to Olbia, a city on the north-eastern Sardinia. Still long before dawn we head towards the Isola de Gabbiani and Porto Pollo. It is getting bright and this is exactly the time and the place for a hearty breakfast and morning coffee. We met with Konrad and Natalia, my friends from college who at the moment live in Sardinia.

Together we are going to the hidden snorkeling spot off the coast of Costa Paradiso. It is a place with a steep, rocky shore. Clear water and the depth of around seven meters makes it easy to dive to the bottom.

Sardinia is a habitat for tortoises

The sunlight’s angle of incidence is large, so the water takes reflections. Various nooks and underwater rock elements shine colorfully. Near the shore you have to be careful to watch a number of sea urchins. Once we dive, we admire all sorts of fish, starfish, Mediterranean vegetation and lots of other underwater flora and fauna.

Sardinia is the famous for being a habitat for turtles. It is pretty easy to discern some big, medium and tiny specimens while staying on the island.

The mine ruins in the northern part of the island

We visit partly ruined complex of bunkers and fortresses, which you can easily visit on your own. Time passes quickly. We spend days at surf and kitesurf spots and in the evenings we cruise around Palau and Santa Teresa, some local towns. We set BBQ in the evening hoping for waves in the morning. One day there is a strong western wind, forming big waves on the Rena Mejore spot.

Capo Caccia – the missing cherry on the cake

The decent workplace

Capo Caccia is a charming place with a fantastic viewpoint. On one side there is a narrow ridge spreading across the broad panorama of the bay with Arab watchtowers on the horizon. On the other side there is a steep cliff with a view on the open waters of Mediterranean Sea. Powerful waves crash with a massive bang against  two hundred meter high limestone rock face. The rocks appear to be vertically cut with an unusual lack of precision and then subjected to wave erosion in the bottom part.

A mystic walk down the narrow stairs adjacent to the rocky massifs overhanging above our heads leads us to the caves Grotas de Nepollo.

Some time later we find a small bay, visited mainly by passenger ships. A short walk and a bit of rock climbing takes us to a secluded and remote place. Perfect spot for relaxation, snorkeling and updating the track of the trip. I call this place a missing cherry on the top of Sardinian cake.

September 2009