Sinis and Isola mal di Ventre sailing area are undoubtedly one of the most attracting and significant areas in the west coast of Sardinia. It is a must to be ‘explored’ by all sorts of visitors: experts, beginners or school groups. You may also venture out guideless and easily take a short trip, all year-round. A wide range of itineraries is available, therefore, all running along the coastal belt of the Marine Protected Area, going through Cabras and the adjacent wetlands, Tharros and its archaeological sites. But you may also choose among numerous underwater or food-and-wine itineraries, which will lead you to the discovery of this territory’s thousand facets. Of course one of the best way to visit the area is a sailing yacht charter, to enjoy totally the sea, the bays and inlets, which here are really amazing. The outline delimiting the Marine Protected Area Penisola del Sinis - Isola di Mal di Ventre is characterized, towards the inland, by a coast with valuable, and sometimes unique, landscape and environmental features. In the low stretches of this coast, beaches made of sand and quartz granules of rare beauty have settled; in the upper stretches, imposing cliffs overhanging the sea represent viewpoints over the opposite Island of Mal di Ventre, in the North, and Catalano cliff, in the South.
The uniqueness of this stretch of Sardinia is provided by the extraordinary sensation of continuity between land and sea. Sinis of Cabras is an extraordinary summary of human history and one of the most evocative nature résumés. Marine areas comprised between the Sinis peninsula and the Mal di Ventre isle are characterised by a variety of sea bottoms and a thriving wildlife. The sea is home to every sort of fish, molluscs and crustaceous; its bottoms unveil an explosion of corals, madrepores, sponges and spyrographs. Schools of barracudas dwell in the waters of the Secca di Mezzo; dolphins can often be spotted swirling in the clear waters, or escorting fishermen’s boats; you may even follow loggerhead turtles’ swimming. Snorkeling, or sea watching, is an easy, funny and low-cost sport. It does not put any age limits and can be enjoyed everywhere. You just swim on the surface and let yourself be fascinated by the undewater universe, colourful and full of wonders. In the Marine Protected Area Penisola del Sinis-Isola di Mal di Ventre, the stretches of sea where snorkeling is practicable and exciting are numberless. We strongly suggest this area for those who really want to enjoy the hidden side of Sardinia. Come and discover this side of Sardinia, maybe less famous than Maddalena Archipelago or Emerald coast but definitely not less beautiful.