At the marina, there are several boats lined up ready to take passengers to the nearby beaches and islands. The boat that I took went to 3 different beaches. As the boat glided through the water, the sun rays danced on the sea; and the different shades of blues and blue-greens of the water were spectacular.
We stopped at the first beach and had lunch - shrimp pasta - yum! We stayed there for a while, then the wistle blew and we all loaded back on the boat. Off the the next island!
We stopped at two more islands and had time to swim and hunt for sea shells. Then on the way back to Isola Maddalena, the boat stopped quite a distance from any land and the motor shut off. At this location, the water was probably 25 - 30 feet deep, and you could see all the way to the bottom! The captain announced that anyone who cared to swim could do so. Then everyone began to dive from the boat. Of course, I took a few turns to dive. We stayed in this area for maybe 15 or 20 minutes, then headed back to port. On our way back, a lady made fresh crepes with chocolate Nutella. I think they were 1 or 1.50 Euro. It was good! It was a very enjoyable day, and I would definitely recommend this trip. The cost of my trip was 25 Euros and that included lunch.
Be sure to bring a couple bottles of water, and any beach gear that you need such as a mat, umbrella, towels, snorkel and mask, and sunblock.
La Maddalena is a quaint little town located on Isola Maddalena . The streets are narrow and there are lots of shops, cafes and gelatarias. There are shops where you can buy clothes and shoes. You can get souvenirs and post cards. On Via Ammiraglio Mirrabello - the main street when you come off the ferry - there are a couple camera shops where you can get film developed and photos burned on to a disk. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual. No one is a big hurry to get anywhere. Grab a gelato, prop your feet up and relax.
There is a blue bus that picks you up in front of the dock. This bus takes you to 3 beaches all witin a 20 minutes ride. Each beach is apparently prettier than the last, only one problem, the fist beach is the only beach with facilities. There are no restaurants or bathrooms at tthe 2 last beaches, so you better come prepared.
Walk around the port and town. Some nice shops and restaurants. The town looks like it's seen better days, but it's still quiant and interesting.