Sardinia is often described as containing the best diving in Italy and perhaps the best throughout the Mediterranean. Technical divers love the area’s caves, history-lovers are fascinated by the wrecks and beginners can ease into the water on a variety of shore dives.
Among the sandy seabeds, maze-like caves and fascinating rock formations, divers have the opportunity to find eagle rays, tuna, groupers, barracudas, the elusive sun fish (March-June), dolphins, octopus, slipper lobsters, the Mediterranean bamboo shark, pipefish, breams, squid, crabs, scorpion fish and moray eels.
Sponges, sea fans and red corals are also visible. Nudibranchs, sea horses, Pinna nobilis fan mussels and other macro life can be spotted year round.
Sardinia experiences a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and humid winters. During the summer months, water temperatures climb to 82°F (26°C), but there is often a thermocline at approximately 40 feet (12 meters) where the temperature drops to about 59°F (15°C).
During the winter months, water temperatures tend to hover around 54°F (12°C) and most marine life disappears. In the right season, Sardinia is a diver’s paradise with crystal clear water and fascinating dive sites to explore.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
There are three airports on Sardinia, Cagliari-Elmas Airport, Olbia Airport, and Alghero-Fertilia Airport. All three welcome both domestic flights and flights originating throughout Western Europe.
It is also possible to travel by ferry from the Italian mainland, Sicily, Corsica, and Barcelona to Sardinia’s ports of Cagliari, Porto Torres, Olbia, Golfo Aranci, Arbatax, and Santa Teresa di Gallura.
Once you have arrived in Sardinia, options for travel around the island include taxi, private car, bus, train, bicycle and boat charter.