Sail Italy's Blue Wonders

Sardegna, Italy

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Why Sardinia?

20th-27th July 2024

Join us sailing in Sardinia, our favourite place in the whole world! We have traveled the globe looking for the best ocean experiences and we have found that nothing matches the vibes, the food and the atmosphere of an Italian summer. 

We are going to sail the most beautiful part of the Mediterranean, the place where we met, where we fell in love, where we learned to freedive and scubadive and where we go every single summer since we were born. 

We know the area in and out because we have explored it for more than 20 years and we are going to welcome to the place our hearts call home!

What ?

Embark on a Mediterranean summer dream with us!

Plunge into pristine waters, explore secret underwater worlds, learn to sail the winds and challenge your freediving skills among majestic islands. Savor authentic Italian flavors, share laughter over homemade pizza, and anchor each night under the stars.

Experience the ultimate freediving trip with like-minded ocean lovers, embraced by the Mediterranean.

Where ?

North-East Sardinia, Italy. 

We will sail between the magnificent islands of the Maddalena and Tavolara National parks.

We will be your skippers and we will adjust the itinerary on weather conditions to make sure we explore the best this area has to offer.

When ?

20th to 27th July 2024.

Join us for a 7 night adventure at the peak of Mediterranean summer.

July is the sunniest month of the year, with really long days, super warm temperatures and perfectly clear waters. Tourism is building up, but it isn’t yet at its peak. Average air temperatures are around 25-30°C (75-85°F) and water temperatures are around 23-25°C (73-77°F).

Who ?

We will be your skippers, your guides and your freediving instructors for the week.

We will welcome you and a very small number of people, up to a maximum of 8 guests. All will be young, like-minded ocean lovers with a passion for adventure and with whom we will have the best underwater fun.

Are you travelling solo? Do you want to join with a friend or more? Are you coming with your boyfriend or girlfriend? That’s perfect, anyone is welcome! 

What ?

Embark on a Mediterranean summer dream with us!

Plunge into pristine waters, explore secret underwater worlds, learn to sail the winds and challenge your freediving skills among majestic islands. Savor authentic Italian flavors, share laughter over homemade pizza, and anchor each night under the stars.

Experience the ultimate freediving trip with like-minded ocean lovers, embraced by the Mediterranean.

Where ?

North-East Sardinia, Italy.

We will sail between the magnificent islands of the Maddalena and Tavolara National parks.

We will be your skippers and we will adjust the itinerary on weather conditions to make sure we explore the best this area has to offer.

When ?

20th to 27th July 2024.

Join us for a 7 night adventure at the peak of Mediterranean summer.

July is the sunniest month of the year, with really long days, super warm temperatures and perfectly clear waters. Tourism is building up, but it isn’t yet at its peak. Average air temperatures are around 25-30°C (75-85°F) and water temperatures are around 23-25°C (73-77°F).

Who ?

We will be your skippers, your guides and your freediving instructors for the week.

We will welcome you and a very small number of people, up to a maximum of 8 guests. All will be young, like-minded ocean lovers with a passion for adventure and with whom we will have the best underwater fun.

Are you travelling solo? Do you want to join with a friend or more? Are you coming with your boyfriend or girlfriend? That’s perfect, anyone is welcome!

Highlights of the trip

Wildlife is in fact wild. Nature cannot be controlled. We will do our best during this trip to organise sufficient excursions to give wildlife encounters the highest possible chance of happening. But please remember that we cannot control if the animals want to see us. We will always strive for respect and simplicity first.

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What's included

7 nights on the 56ft/17m sailing yacht Nakupenda

Boat cabin with different occupancy and bathroom options

Full-board, home-cooked, freshly-made, 100% Italian meals

Transfers to and from the Olbia Airport

Sail every single day to new locations

Underwater Photography Workshops in which we will spill all our secrets

Freediving Workshops to improve your skills and become a real mermaid/man

Freedive every single day in new locations

Shipwreck freediving excursions

Freediving line and buoy available all the time for training

Learn to sail with us as we take you around the Mediterranean

Dolphin excursions to see them jump out of the water (if we’re lucky, underwater too!)

Learn to make bubble rings while you freedive

Swim-throughs and caves to explore

Fresh towels and linens provided for everyone

Accommodation

Hop aboard Nakupenda, our awesome 56-foot sailing yacht, where sleek design meets sea-faring fun.

Built in 2019 and decked out in cool teak, she’s not just a looker; she’s a dream to sail, too! Chill out on sunbeds or gather in the open spaces to live it up, boat-style.

Nakupenda rocks 6 cabins with comfy double beds—pick your vibe, front or back, or bunk up in the middle. Plus, 3 sleek bathrooms mean you’re living the luxe life even at sea. And hey, for the freedivers, we’ve got your gear covered with a special stowage spot, right next to the water.

Luxury’s in the details, and Nakupenda’s got it all. Every moment onboard is an invitation to indulge in the bliss of boat life. Get ready to sail, dive, and unwind in full comfort. This is not just a boat; it’s your gateway to the ultimate Mediterranean summer! 

Hop aboard Nakupenda, our awesome 56-foot sailing yacht, where sleek design meets sea-faring fun.

Built in 2019 and decked out in cool teak, she’s not just a looker; she’s a dream to sail, too! Chill out on sunbeds or gather in the open spaces to live it up, boat-style.

Nakupenda rocks 6 cabins with comfy double beds—pick your vibe, front or back, or bunk up in the middle. Plus, 3 sleek bathrooms mean you’re living the luxe life even at sea. And hey, for the freedivers, we’ve got your gear covered with a special stowage spot, right next to the water.

Luxury’s in the details, and Nakupenda’s got it all. Every moment onboard is an invitation to indulge in the bliss of boat life. Get ready to sail, dive, and unwind in full comfort. This is not just a boat; it’s your gateway to the ultimate Mediterranean summer!

Program

One week to fully connect with nature and explore the purest Mediterranean summer dream, above and below the sea’s surface. 

Arrive in Olbia airport and take our private transfer to the marina, where you will check-in and embark on Nakupenda. Make yourself comfortable, allocate all your stuff in your cabin and get ready to set sail. Before sunset, enjoy the first sailing experience of the week as we make way to our anchorage for the night. Dinner will be under the stars.

The next 5 days will be of pure Mediterranean magic. We will map out or itinerary based on the wind’s whisper, ensuring every moment at sea is true perfection. Our playground? The stunning islands off Sardinia’s North-Eastern coast, from the charming La Maddalena to the majestic Tavolara and beyond. Spending all of our summers here since our childhood, we know all the corners of this beautiful coast, so get ready to discover all of its secrets with us!

Imagine anchoring in secret spots where the waters invite you to free dive into their depths, where rocky cliffs dare you to leap into the azure below, and golden beaches beckon for chill sessions in the sun. We’ll swim where dolphins play, explore cool shipwrecks, and lounge in insanely beautiful natural pools that will make you question the existence of artificial pools!!

Foodies, get psyched! We’re serving up the ultimate Italian feast daily, with fresh finds and authentic flavors. 

Every night, we anchor in tranquility, away from it all. Just us, the moon, and a sky full of stars. This is living, Sardinia style. 

Make way back towards the marina to check out of the sailboat. Head back to the airport on an organised private transfer. 

Underwater photography workshop

Throughout this retreat an active underlying photography workshop will take place.

During the dives you will either be tutored on your own camera settings and skills, or you will have the opportunity to test our gear, either our professional-level Sony with underwater housing, our GoPro or our Insta360.

But the best part will be later, once back in the hotel/sailboat. During the free times before or after dinner we will be sharing our best tips on how to edit underwater photos and videos. Editing is such an essential part of underwater photography!

Discover all of our insider tips on how to make beautiful and successful underwater content. We will spill all the beans on years worth of practice and self-teaching. Don’t hesitate to ask us ANY questions, we will be excited to share everything with you.

Oh, and as an extra bonus, we will provide all of you with our Underwater Preset Pack for free to quickly edit your content on the trip.

Take home the very best memories you could ask for.

P.S. All guests will be participating in the Bonny & Gava videos on our platforms, so be ready for some fun times 😉

Throughout this retreat an active underlying photography workshop will take place.

During the dives you will either be tutored on your own camera settings and skills, or you will have the opportunity to test our gear, either our professional-level Sony with underwater housing, our GoPro or our Insta360.

But the best part will be later, once back in the sailboat. During free times before or after dinner we will be sharing our best tips on how to edit underwater photos and videos. Editing is such an essential part of underwater photography!

Discover all of our insider tips on how to make beautiful and successful underwater content. We will spill all the beans on years worth of practice and self-teaching. Don’t hesitate to ask us ANY questions, we will be excited to share everything with you.

Oh, and as an extra bonus, we will provide all of you with our Underwater Preset Pack for free to quickly edit your content on the trip.

Take home the very best memories you could ask for.

P.S. All guests will be participating in the Bonny & Gava videos on our platforms, so be ready for some fun times 😉

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Requirements

Throughout this retreat an active underlying photography workshop will take place.

During the dives you will either be tutored on your own camera settings and skills, or you will have the opportunity to test our gear, either our professional-level Sony with underwater housing, our GoPro or our Insta360.

But the best part will be later, once back in the hotel/sailboat. During the free times before or after dinner we will be sharing our best tips on how to edit underwater photos and videos. Editing is such an essential part of underwater photography!

Discover all of our insider tips on how to make beautiful and successful underwater content. We will spill all the beans on years worth of practice and self-teaching. Don’t hesitate to ask us ANY questions, we will be excited to share everything with you.

Oh, and as an extra bonus, we will provide all of you with our Underwater Preset Pack for free to quickly edit your content on the trip.

Take home the very best memories you could ask for.

P.S. All guests will be participating in the Bonny & Gava videos on our platforms, so be ready for some fun times 😉

Ocean Comfort

Free diving or scuba diving certifications are NOT necessary to participate, but a very good level of swimming and comfort in open waters is essential to enjoy the experiences. Of course, certification is welcome and training will be based on each individual’s level.

Insurance

A dive insurance is mandatory for this trip, we recommend DAN (find more info here). Travel insurance is not mandatory but recommended.

Gear

Please bring your own gear if you own it (masks, fins, snorkels, wetsuits, cameras, weight belts..etc). We will provide everyone with weights and a freediving buoy with line. If needed we can also organise to provide other missing gear, when duly noted.

Language

It is important for every participant to speak English at a basic level so that we can all have a fun time together without leaving anyone out.

Pricing

CHF 2'090 pp

ROOM ARRANGEMENTS: Twin bunk beds with share bathroom

CHF 2'190 pp

ROOM ARRANGEMENTS: Double bed with private bathroom – Double bed with shared bathroom. Rooms are allocated on first come, first serve basis.

 

We will pair up participants in the shared rooms based on sex, age and interests to make it the best experience for everyone! Single occupancy is not available. 

Our goal is to offer a closed package deal. Unless you have some particular or special requests, once you have paid for this deal, it is unlikely you will have to spend anything else during this trip (excluding international flights from your country).

CHF 2’090 pp

ROOM ARRANGEMENTS: Twin bunk beds with share bathroom.

CHF 2’190 pp

ROOM ARRANGEMENTS: Double bed with private bathroom – Double bed with shared bathroom. Rooms are allocated on first come, first serve basis.

 

We will pair up participants in the shared rooms based on sex, age and interests to make it the best experience for everyone! Single occupancy is not available.

Our goal is to offer a closed package deal. Unless you have some particular or special requests, once you have paid for this deal, it is unlikely you will have to spend anything else during this trip (excluding international flights from your country).

Keep in mind

Note 1: once we leave the harbour on the first day, we will not have other opportunities to access shops during our trip. Please make sure you have everything you need with you once you arrive. We will of course make sure all the food is onboard and we will also have an emergency kit and small pharmacy.

Note 2: charging devices on board can be complicated due to limited access to electricity and batteries. Please bring power-banks to charge your devices and speak to us directly if you need special charging options.

Packing list: the temperatures in Sardinia in summer are very warm during the day but can get pretty chilly at night, especially on the sea.
Also, the sea never gets tropical warm and we will be spending many hours in the water.

  • Layers, layers, layers. During the day it will be warm but at night it will also be chilly. Sardinia is a windy destination so make sure to cover up in the evening. Temperature is subjective, and sometimes we get heat waves, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Comfortable clothes. The sailboat is quite spacious and comfortable, but easy clothing is the best option.
  • Barefoot is good, but if you want to wear shoes onboard we require white-soled shoes to avoid ruining the deck. Also bring flip-flops or sandals for the (few) times we will be on land.
  • Bikinis, board shorts, rash guards…etc.
  • We definitely recommend bringing wetsuits if you own them. For most fun dives a shorty will be good, but for proper freediving you will need a good 3mm or 5mm suit.
  • Freediving and snorkelling gear. That means masks, snorkels, fins, long fins, weight belts (we will provide weights) and action cameras. Please let us know if you are missing something.
  • Windbreaker and/or rain jacket. It hardly ever rains in July, but you never know. Windbreakers are also great on a sailboat to handle the periods of sailing.
  • If you own a poncho, we recommend you bring it! We will provide everyone with one set of linens and towels, but a beach towel is recommended if you want one.
  • Shampoo and conditioner (absolutely eco-friendly and reef-safe!!). Please let us know if you need help finding them.
  • Sun screen, reef safe.
  • Mosquito spray (although there shouldn’t be too many while we’re at sea).
  • A waterproof bag to carry essentials whenever necessary. We will be using the small dinghy to move on land during the trip so it would be useful to have your precious items safely stowed.
  • A powerbank to charge your phone and devices.

Terms & Conditions

To secure your spot on this retreat you will have to agree to our T&Cs and pay a non-refundable deposit of EUR 200. 

Bookings will be available from January 20th.

The remainder of the payment after the deposit will be asked via invoice and payed via bank transfer. 
The total will be due 75 days before the beginning of the trip.

Once the deposit has been made, if you cancel before 90 days prior to departure, then you will not be charged anything extra, although we will keep the deposit.
If you cancel after 90 days prior to departure, then unfortunately as we are a very small business we will not be able to refund you. Should we be able to find someone else to fill your spot in time then we might be able to return the full amount (excluding the deposit of EUR 200 and any bank fees).

Very Important Note for Everyone: this retreat is subject to a minimum number of participants. We will make sure we can confirm the trip to everyone as soon as possible (at latest 75 days prior to departure) but until then we recommend to refrain from purchasing non-refundable flights to avoid useless expenses.

F.A.Q.

Still wondering if you should come with us? Here are some answers to your questions

You will have to be at the Olbia airport by 4pm of July 20th. Everyone will arrive at the Marina di Portisco to board the boat before sunset so that we may set sail as soon as possible. 

You will be back at the Marina di Portisco early in the day so that you may take the private transfer back to the airport around 9am of July 27th.

You only have to worry about getting the flight from your country/hometown to Olbia, in Sardinia, Italy. Once you arrive, you will be greeted by a member of our team. Depending upon arrival times of the whole group, we will organise private minivan transfers to the Marina di Asfodeli to board the boat. It is also possible to arrive to Sardinia by ferry. If you arrive at Olbia, you can take advantage of the included private transfer. If you arrive at other cities in Sardinia, we can help you organise the transfer to the Marina di Asfodeli but you will have to pay for the difference in price. 

If there are a sufficient number of requests, we can also organise a fun scuba diving excursion in the area at extra charge. Kitesurfing is also possible if the wind conditions allow it, although we hope for calmer conditions to best enjoy the sailing 😉

Entry requirements are based on European legislation. You can find out more here.

There should be mobile connection throughout the trip, although we cannot guarantee this. However we do not expect any empty zones of connection. Wifi will not be available. The point is to reconnect to nature? 😉 

You might want to, although credit cards will be accepted almost everywhere. There shouldn’t be any extra costs either, except maybe souvenirs or similar.

You can either sleep in the front cabins, with double beds and private bathrooms; or you can sleep in the back cabins, with double beds and a shared bathroom, or you can sleep in the smaller bunk-bed room with shared bathroom. All rooms are only available in double occupancy so either you are coming with a friend/partner or you will be sharing the room with someone else. We will carefully choose cabin partners based on sex, age and interests to make this the best experience possible for everyone.

This is a great opportunity then! The majority of our guests are young (<40 years old) solo travellers looking to make awesome ocean friends. We also get couples who are up to have some fun with other like-minded people. All in all, we’ve always had AMAZING groups and EVERYONE has made incredible friendships during our group trips.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements prior to the trip and we will do our best to fit your needs.

The full board plan includes 3 meals per day, water and soft drinks. Alcohol will be at an extra cost and upon request prior to the trip. Once we leave the Marina di Asfodeli, it will be hard to go back for some supermarket shopping.

Still not sure?

Write to us so we can clear your doubts!

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