The coast up to Cala Luna
The trip starts from the marina of Santa Maria Navarrese. Here you can hire a motor dinghy which will be available from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm in summer and from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm in autumn. On leaving the marina, head right, towards the Isolotto d’Ogliastra (Islet of Ogliastra), opposite Tancau beach. We suggest that you visit this tiny island in the early morning as it tends to get crowded with boats in the course of the day. Drop anchor as you approach the anchorage then take your goggles, snorkel and flippers. Don’t forget the stale bread you will have expressly prepared for the countless blacktails that populate these waters: shoals of them will rush to the bread as soon as you scatter it in the water. You can then dive in and admire them from close up since they are not at all skittish. If you take a walk around the island you will soon notice signs of human activity. In the Roman period, an attempt was made to build a pier that would join two parts of the island together using materials dug out of some excavations carried out in the island itself.
santa maria navarrese, ogliastra, mare
santa maria navarrese, mare, sardegna, ogliastra
The Islet of Ogliastra, off the coast of Santa Maria Navarrese
S. Maria Navarrese
If you carry on along the coast you will then discover a number of fascinating spots, first of all the huge menhir of Sa Pedra Longa (Tall Rock). Past that, you will find a small waterfall that flows directly into the sea, but only until June, before the heat of the summer dries it out. Next to the waterfall, is the Grotta dei Colombi (Doves’ Caves) and then Porto Quao (Hidden Harbour), a small fiord impossible to see if you are sailing too far from the coast.
vacanze sardegna, mare, ogliastra
santa maria navarrese, vacanze, mare sardegna
The Grotta dei Colombi Sa Pedra Longa

Further along this stretch of coast full of picturesque corners you will then reach the famous bays of Cale Goloritzè, Degli Innamorati (Lovers’ Bay), Dei Gabbiani (Seagulls’ Bay), Mariolu otherwise known as Ispuligidenie, Biriola, Sisine, and finally Cala Luna (Moon Bay). We suggest that you don’t stop in Cala Goloritzé but carry on until after Cala degli Innamorati and drop anchor in the anchorage immediately after that. Here is where most of the boats that offer lunch on board moor. Here is also a cave worth visiting, if you have been well enough prepared by bringing an underwater torch with you…
You will have to swim a little in order to reach it, then once you’re in it you will soon touch the sea-floor. When you get to the end of it, go back towards the exit until the water comes to just a little above the waist. In that exact position, search under water for an opening on the left side of the cave. That is the entrance to another small cave. If you stretch your arm into it you will feel the wall on the other side of the rock. With your torch, enter the cave in small groups. The particular structure of the cave creates an echo of the waves. Also be careful of the air currents coming into the cave at regular intervals.

vacanze sardegna, mare, ogliastra,
mare sardegna, ogliastra
The coast a creek
After visiting the cave you then just need to choose one of the nearby beaches to spend a few hours and enjoy one of the most beautiful seas in the world. Just remember that the only way to reach Cala Goloritzé is to swim there, where as the other beaches can be approached by boat mooring along the appropriate gangways. Dinghies will have to be moored off the buoyed area, but not on the buoys themselves.
goloritzè, mare, sardegna, ogliastra
goloritzè, sardegna, ogliastra, baunei
Off Cala Goloritzè

Cala Goloritzè