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Sardinia diving holidays, Italy

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From 322 - 630 (7 days) excluding flights
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Diving prices include: 6 dives (with tanks and weights), self-catering accommodation (1-2-3 bedrooms apartment with bathroom, kitchen and terrace). Wreck and cavern dives: 10 (9) extra per dive. Dive equipment: 15 (13) per person per day. (Prices for 4 Pax are from 322). Non diver prices include: S/c accommodation, 3 snorkelling excursions with equipment (fins and mask) Please note: Reduced rates available in a shared self catering apartment. Please contact us for details.
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Dates:
We are open Easter - end of October & available outside this period on request (min 5 people)
Reviews:
15 reviews4 star rating
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Sardinia diving holidays, Italy


Description from the holiday company

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

Sardinia diving holidays, Italy: the story of this holiday company

'Cinzia was born in Cala Gonone and spent all summers of her life there. During her University years (Art subject) she took several courses of scuba diving and boat licence. After tasting the 'pleasure of diving' it was easy to take the decision to work in the nature field. Maurizio, her business partner has a degree in Economy, is from Nuoro and spends all summers also in Cala Gonone with his family and uses his free time pursuing outdoor activities like free-climbing, absailing, sailing, speleology, diving, trekking & exploring. Due to this it was a 'natural' decision to work in the nature field. The idea, both for Maurizio and Cinzia was to enjoy their work with an activity that both loved deeply and share it with like minded travellers '.

Responsible tourism: Sardinia diving holidays, Italy

Our Diving Centre opened its doors in 1995 out of a love for the outdoors & a desire to do something positive and different for our native land. Since then we have shared this passion with our guests encouraging them to behave responsibly and help preserve the environment.

Our economic policy is based on rules of common sense. We direct travellers to apartments, "agriturismi" and hotels owned by local people and always advise our guests to use local shops, farm shops & restaurants. In cooperation with PADI, we organize an annual "Beach clean-up". We are also working with DAN (Diver's Alert Network), a non-profit medical and research organization associated with Duke University Medical Center on their campaign about the security of the divers in the water.

Our environmental policy covers our action both on land and in the water. We recycle waste (organic, paper, plastic, glass and iron, aluminium, battery, medicine), are conscious of our water & energy usage (we have solar panels in our apartments), re-use paper, reduce plastic usage (e.g. water bottles) and share cars. In the water, we put all our efforts in to minimizing the negative impact of scuba diving using low emission engines, anchoring in the sand, using the equipment as long as possible (despite the temptation to buy the latest gear!), and by encouraging our guests to take courses in buoyancy.

All our boats are non smoking (avoiding cigarette butts in the water, promoting good health) and we ask the staff not to smoke with our guests. Furthermore we ask our staff and clients to sign a Conduct Code which covers responsible diving ("look but don't touch", buoyancy control & equipment techniques to avoid damage to the sea bed & corals, "practice skills over sand and not the sensitive reef", "don't throw litter or exhale bubbles under rocks"). We also include not buying souvenirs/gifts from corals, shells or hard woods, recycling, water conservation, car sharing, reducing plastic & energy use and reusing paper.

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Sardinia diving holidays, Italy

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.


5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 05 Aug 2014 by Mark Rhodes4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Probably the whole experience in terms of my three children diving, my wife and I snorkelling, staying above the dive centre and Roberta the very helpful host who helped booking additional trips, recommended places to eat and things to go and see and drinking home made wine with her father.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you know all the full costs up front. I thought the price included wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire but it was extra. Don't go on the pescatourismo trip in the town if you are a bit squeamish as the fish get pulled out alive and are then prepared for lunch. Was the final straw which turned one of my daughter veggie! Kill cord were not used on the inflatable which is a bit disappointing given the tragedy in Padstow recently. There is no AC in the apartment so it was pretty warm at night.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The apartment and dive centre were both owned by local families and were in walking distance of local bakeries and small supermarkets. The dive centre was very careful to avoid harming the local ecology and were very helpful in explaining the history and the local wildlife etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


There were five of us and my three children are aged 16, 18 and 20 and we all had a great time. The beaches are fabulous, much quieter than we thought they would be, locals were very friendly and proud to be Sardinian. Food and wine prices were reasonable. Easy to get a boat out to the beaches and the beaches in town were just a short walk away. Nice overall feel to Cala Gonone, not many brits and English isn't spoken everywhere.

Reviewed 29 Sep 2013 by Meta Rotenberg4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The actual scuba diving course was both challenging and a lot of fun - the staff were great - very generous with their time and encouragement and the island of Sardinia provided the perfect backdrop

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


all the logistics went very smoothly - all you have to do is make sure all the loose ends are tied up and follow up that all is in place

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The Holiday was very environmentally friendly - Cala Genone recycles everything and tourists are asked to do so as well - it is very friendly little town that lives on tourism.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent

Reviewed 04 Oct 2012 by Leanne Marshall5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Definitely the diving as recommended by Responsible Travel, I'm hoping to go back
next year.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I loved the Cala Luna Hotel where I stayed and was a reasonable cost and right in
front of the sea. If you're going by coach it will take 2 hours and the last two
times are 15:30 and 17:30. There are other times but I can't remember these and
would be useful if someone else does, though the information area in the airport
are very helpful.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so as I was eating out and walked everywhere instead of taking a car.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really really good.

Reviewed 18 Jul 2011 by Catherine Baart4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing a sting ray on our first snorkel and a moray eel on Max's second dive.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Try the walk from Cala Fuelti to Cala Gonone (and back again). Take lots of water if you do it in the heat of the day!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes definitely. We stayed in an apartment in Cala Gonone owned by the dive centre, in walking distance of shops, sea, restaurants, beaches, port. We walked everywhere and ate local food, and got to grips with the comprehensive recycling collections!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really enjoyable. Cinzia and all the people at the dive centre are friendly, good fun and understanding instructors and the apartment is a nice place to stay. Good choice of restaurants in the town.

Reviewed 23 Aug 2010 by AW4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Going by boat and snorkelling along the dramatic East coast of Sardinia was just wonderful. So much to see, warm, and always felt safe - even to a not very confident swimmer like me. We also loved the apartment: the terrace all round it meant that there was always somewhere comfortable to sit with a book and a glass of wine, with views of the mountains in one direction and the sea (through trees) in the other direction.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


It is easy to get to Cala Gonone by bus from Olbia, though the bus ran a bit late - it apparently waits for all the planes to arrive before it leaves Olbia. We took a half-day 'archaeological tour' with a local guide which was fascinating - Sardinia has a unique history, and some very ancient tombs and remains of settlements. We got to some other towns on local buses, but it would have been difficult to see the archaeology without a car or a tour. There's not much night life in Cala Gonone, its a relaxing place rather than an exciting place.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


I think it did. The operator was set up and is run by Sardinian people. Great care was taken not to do damage to the marine environment on the boat excursions - and the operator tries to encourage other boat operators to work responsibly too. Notices in the apartment explained how the recycling system worked and encouraged us to buy from local people, and the operator could give suggestions - restaurants, bakery, organic vegetable box scheme etc.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good - the operator staff were really knowledgeable and helpful (eg: offering to go to the GP with us if there was a language problem); the snorkelling was wonderful; the apartment, food and weather were great. It was a really relaxing holiday.

Reviewed 26 Jul 2010 by Guillaume Marchais4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cavern diving near Cala luna

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Avoid August when it's too hot and crowded. May-June are best for wildlife, trekking and climbing. September too. 7 days holiday is good enough to do most of the activities in Cala Gonone.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Half of the staff including the manager are from the area. Most of the guides for the 'excursioni' are local. Waste is sorted for recycling.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


4 stars.

Reviewed 18 May 2010 by Tony Gibson4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful wild flowers everywhere were absolutely brilliant as was being able to pick wild herbs for your supper table.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If arriving on a Sunday as we did, ask the company to get you in a small essential food supply as all the shops will be closed when you get there. Don't buy food at the tourist supermarket go out of town a little and but it at a local supermarket as it is normally cheaper.

Eating out is expensive (possibly the most expensive in Europe) but restaurants are used to tourists ordering a starter only and won't be offended if this is all you have.

If you do buy a main course and it is fish, get them to show you the fish or at least tell you how large it is as they charge per 100g and if you don't say anything they will serve you the largest fish they have. My wife ended up paying 20 Euros for a Sea Bass and she didn't even order any accompaniments.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good but would have been Excellent if we'd not arrived on the coldest week they had seen in 2 years and if everything had cost a lot less.

Reviewed 29 Aug 2008 by Tom Finch4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Diving the KT12. A well preserved wreck in good viz, warm water and plenty of sea life. First class dive team at the centre who look after you but also allow an appropriate level of independence. Sardinia is not a primary diving destination, so you do not feel that you are on a conveyor belt and the dive sites are not crowded, but the quality is good.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


You really need to be AOW or qualified to dive to 30m to get the best from the diving. My daughter had some training with the tour operator and I was impressed by the standard; should be a good place to do referrals or more advanced courses. A car is useful as there is much else to see on the island

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Difficult to comment, not really my area.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. Cala Gonone is a beautiful place with plenty of bars and restaurants. The diving was completed by 1 - 1.30 so leaving plenty of time to do other things; very useful if you have any non divers holidaying with you.

Reviewed 23 Jul 2008 by Jan Topley4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beautiful coastal village which was alive and yet peaceful. The Sardinians I met. The Jazz Festival which was on that week.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go for the diving which is quite uninspiring. Very little marine life.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes insofar as tourism is a major earner for Sardinia.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good but disappointing for diving.

Reviewed 10 Jul 2008 by Richard Evans4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Diving on the wrecks in the bay, pleasant evenings spent with a glass of wine overlooking the water and our great hosts Cinzia and Maurizio.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Hire a car as you can get out and see more beautiful spots around the island. Cinzia gave us some great tips.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, the apartment is close enough to town that the walk is easy yet it is lovely and peaceful. Also a great local shop around the corner selling local specialty cheeses and meats.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed 19 Nov 2007 by Andrea Stevenson4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


When the diver teacher showed my son into a very special cave. The light and clarity of the sea, the friendly team who made every effort to make our holiday special.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take a car if you want to explore Sardinia.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. There was no waste as far as we could see and the hotel we stayed in was actually designed by the architect owner and very special.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really lovely and friendly.

Reviewed 13 Nov 2007 by Paul Kelly4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Learning to dive; going under water each day and seeing a new world.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make a better effort than I did to explore a bit further than the town centre!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable. Cala Gonone is beautiful, and the sea around it even more so. The people at the dive centre were extremely friendly and helpful, and the weather was fabulous.

Reviewed 12 Nov 2007 by Matthew Hodges4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being surrounded by blue fins while diving a WWII wreck.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Get in touch with the centre first as they offer some really cool things not on the site.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent.

Reviewed 08 Sep 2007 by Sharon Peake4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all great! The diving was very good - warm, clear waters, with small dive groups, and experienced friendly dive crew. The weather was warm and the town small and friendly.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not much nightlife in Cala Gonone, but a nice clean beach (not sand, but tiny pebbles, so pretty close!). Accommodation basic, no air conditioning, but a great balcony and but wonderfully friendly hosts.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A great, relaxing holiday, with very friendly hosts. Cinzia and Maurizio were so friendly and helpful with everything we needed and helped make our stay memorable.

Reviewed 06 Sep 2007 by Arthur Smith4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The amazing Sardinian landscape and history, plus driving the hairpin roads down the mountainside

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The scuba diving is well-organised and very professionally taught, and some of our group completely
loved it, but it was more physically demanding than I expected and I found it really hard work - but the
apartment was glorious, the weather great and the people really friendly, with lots of time to do other
things as well.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes I think so - the apartment had more sophisticated re-cycling than we have at home, and the local
produce was great

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable, especially the apartment which was lovely
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