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Capo Coda Cavallo is a protected area located between Olbia and San Teodoro, on the northeast coast of Sardinia. Along the beach, which ends in a rocky point, snorkelers can discover a rich underwater life in crystal-clear water. While you will spot in the rocks octopus, wrasse, red mullet and combers, also take a look at the sandy bottoms, in which flounders and starfish hide.

Snorkeling Capo Coda Cavallo
A Mediterranean rainbow wrasse spotted in the rocky areas.

How to get to Capo Coda Cavallo snorkeling spot?

Capo Coda Cavallo is a granite peninsula located south of the Gulf of Olbia, on the northeast coast of Sardinia. You can easily get there by car. A parking lot has been set up near the beach, but it fills up quickly during the day and it may get hard to find a slot. Driving time is approximately 35 minutes from Olbia and 20 minutes from San Teodoro. It is also possible to get there by boat.

Carte snorkeling au Capo Coda Cavallo snorkeling map, San Teodoro

Water entrance for snorkeling Capo Coda Cavallo

We recommend that you enter the water near the rocky areas, at the northern end of the beach. If you enter or exit on the rocks, watch out for the purple sea urchins.

Capo Coda Cavallo snorkeling exploration tips

You can snorkel all along the horseshoe-shaped beach, which is nearly 500m long, but we advise you to focus on the rocky areas near the rocky point (see map). The most experienced snorkelers (and equipped with a dive flag) can consider snorkeling to Isola di Proratora, located less than 200m from the rocky point.

Octopus at Capo Coda Cavallo
In the rocks, you may spot common octopuses.

North of the beach, you’ll explore shallow rocky beds with varied profiles, sometimes covered with algae or interspersed with Posidonia meadows. Many fish can be seen here, such as the rainbow wrasse, the ornate wrasse, the painted comber, the striped red mullet and several species of seabream.

With a bit of luck, you might also spot a common dentex darting over the seabed. In the screes, look for small octopus, quite common in the bay.

Flounder at Capo Coda Cavallo
In the sandy areas, you may spot wide-eyed flounders perfectly camouflaging in the sand.

If the sandy areas are home to fewer species, you can still find nice sightings there, such as wide-eyed flounder and sand sea stars buried in the substrate.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There is no bar or restaurant on the beach, which is in a natural setting. You’ll find many tourist residences on the peninsula.


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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.