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Isola Bella

Isola Bella, Taormina, Sicily

The Basics

You can walk out to Isola Bella when the strip of beach connecting it to the mainland is not covered by water, but it’s best to visit this "beautiful island" by sea. Boat tours exploring the coastline of Taormina typically include a sail along Capo Taormina and a stop at the Grotta Azzurra sea cave. The craggy coast is a popular destination for snorkeling and diving tours, and full-day tours sometimes include lunch at a seaside restaurant featuring fresh fish and local wine. Other popular day trips or shore excursions that can be combined with a boat trip include a walk through the hilltop village of Castelmola above Taormina; a hike on Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Italy; or a trip to the popular resort town of Giardini Naxos.

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Small-group Taormina Coastline and Isola Bella Boat Tour
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Small-group Taormina Coastline and Isola Bella Boat Tour
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$94.43 per adult
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Ulgen
We had 2 tours with Viator. We’ve enjoyed every moment of it. Our guides Salvatore in Etna food and wine tasting tour and Lizar in Isola Bella boat tour were excellent.
recep663, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Taormina

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Far better than expected
Corinna_S, Sep 2021
Snorkeling tour coast to coast Taormina & Isola Bella
The team was super friendly, helpful and competent. The equipment was of good quality, snorkeling itself amazing. Great to see the colorful water world id Isola Bella and the area around it.
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Amazing!! Definitely recommend
Gemma_C, Sep 2021
boat trips Giardini Naxos Taormina, Isola Bella, Blue Grotto
Amazing trip! Such good value! Definitely recommend. We got to travel around on the boat for two hours, we did a swim stop off and also had Prosecco! Great tour guide! Very friendly! Absolutely beautiful sites
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Snorkeling Isola Bella
SANDRA_B, Aug 2021
Snorkeling tour coast to coast Taormina & Isola Bella
The water and the scenery were beautiful. Snorkeling was good with a variety of fish in both spots we stopped at. The crew was very friendly and helpful.
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Perfect!
Claire_D, Aug 2021
Taormina coastline boat tour with swim & snorkel at Isola Bella
A wonderful moment! Graziella and Saro are very professional and thoughtful, their boat is in pristine condition. The view on the Taormina coast seen from the sea is beautiful, and Graziella knows how to give interesting insights on its history. Lovely swim, delicious appetizers, home-grown fruit and prosecco, during sunset. A highlight of our Taormina stay!
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Great experience!
Nicholas_N, Jun 2021
Snorkeling tour coast to coast Taormina & Isola Bella
We had an amazing time snorkeling in Taromina and Isola Bella. The tour is led by the sweetest family! They went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time!
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Beautify Taormina
mac8913, Aug 2018
Taormina and Isola Bella Day Tour Including Boat Tour
Sara was a wonderful guide, we had a beautiful day! Sara was knowledgeable and informative. We had a nice boat ride and had some time to swim. Bus was clean, comfortable and air conditioned transporting us from place to place. We spent a few hours walking around Taormina on our own and it was absolutely beautiful. Sara gave us suggestions for the best rice ball, canolli and granita in Taorimina.
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Magnificent!!!
adrimiele, Aug 2019
Taormina and Isola Bella Day Tour Including Boat Tour
Cecilia was our tour guide and we were so lucky to have her! She was very knowledgeable and informative plus adorable and so much fun to be with! She catered to all our needs as were were a family of 5 with and 8 year old and two teenagers. I highly recommend taking this tour with her if you want to have an extremely fun and memorable experience of a lifetime! We hope you visit us in Canada Cecilia! ❣️🥖🍷
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Taormina Boat Tour
A9694YQjons, Jun 2019
Small-group Taormina Coastline and Isola Bella Boat Tour
We had a great time with our tour guide! Thanks again, it was a great experience! Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting the area!
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Fantastic Tour!
lfulmer2018, Jul 2018
Small-group Taormina Coastline and Isola Bella Boat Tour
This tour was memorable from beginning to end! Dario greeted us at the meeting location and was very gracious. We were then driven to coastline where we boarded boats and our adventure began. The coastline and views are amazing. We then anchored off shore, swam and enjoyed the company of the other tour participants. After a few hours we docked and had an incredible lunch. This was a highlight of our trip to Sicily!
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Highly recommended!!
Sebastiano, Aug 2021
Snorkeling tour coast to coast Taormina & Isola Bella
The crew very friendly, the trip and experience amazing! Easy to book and access the boat. Good for children.
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Our Tour to Taormina and Isola...
Nancy A G, Sep 2017
Taormina and Isola Bella Day Tour Including Boat Tour
Our Tour to Taormina and Isola Bella was so much fun! I highly recommend the boat trip because the volcanic caves were a sight not to miss! We were treated to fresh fruit on the boat and also some proseco. Then on to Taormina a great little village and shopping center. Cecilla was a great tour guide and entertained us with some italian songs on the ride home.
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well done
rzrz, Jul 2019
Taormina and Isola Bella Day Tour Including Boat Tour
great day trip boat was lots of fun and swim too Taormina is fantastic to walk around and food there is excellent good value trip highly recommended

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bring your swimsuit if taking a boat tour or simply exploring the island by foot, as the beaches are prime for sunbathing and taking a dip.

  • Don't forget a hat, sunblock, and plenty of water to stave off the heat if hiking on the island.

  • Passengers must be agile enough to board and disembark on boat tours, so travelers with limited mobility should confirm accessibility before booking.

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How to Get to There

Isola Bella is located along the Taormina coast halfway between the cities of Messina and Catania, and can be reached on foot from the mainland at certain times of day, or by boat from any city along the Sicilian coast.

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When to Get There

Sicily is most crowded in summer, when Italians flock to its beaches to escape the heat. Late spring and early fall have days that are warm enough to take a swim in the crystalline waters off Isola Bella without the hassle of the summer crowds.

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Taormina's Famous Sights

Most excursions to Isola Bella depart from Taormina, so be sure to see some of this beautiful city's most remarkable monuments, including the Ancient Theatre of Taormina, the Cattedrale di Taormina, the Villa Comunale gardens, Corso Umberto, and Piazza IX Aprile.

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