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The sandy beaches, coastal cliffs, and sea caves of the Porto Cesareo Marine Protected Area lie along Puglia’s west coast. Let's discover it together, from the sea point of view, with this boat trip that you will hardly forget.

3 hours


Small Group
Max 20 people

Meeting Point
Nazario Sauro Square

Start time
9:30am or 2:30pm

On this tour of 3 hours, admire stunning landscapes from the water as you cruise from Porto Cesareo to Punta Prosciutto, stop along the way to swim in the Mediterranean, enjoy snorkeling in the most crystalline sea, guided by an expert skipper and an environmental guide that will assist you all along the tour. The best way to discover the amazing Salento.

Program of the Puglia west coast boat tour – Salento:

  • Meeting point in Nazario Sauro Square, in front of the Restaurant Lu Cannizzu.
  • Start of the boat tour with stops for swimming and snorkeling in Punta Prosciutto, a corner of paradise in the heart of Salento, with its turquoise sea and wild and unspoiled beach: the Telegraph listed it among the 10 most beautiful little-known beaches in the world.
  • Continue the tour stopping for swimming and snorkeling at Torre Castiglione, a stretch of coastline that not only is known for its karst areas but also for its extremely clear sea, that locals like to define as “Caribbean”.
  • The third stop will be in Torre Chianca, overlooking one of the most ancient underwater archaeological site in Italy: at only 4 meters deep, and 80 meters from the coast, five monolithic columns from the Roman era in the 2nd century AD can be found on the sandy seabed.
  • Before the end of the tour, stop at the Rabbit Island for a walk: it is a true natural oasis, completely uninhabited and without accommodations, bars or any recreational structures. The island is surrounded by beautiful seabed, perfect for diving lovers.

The price includes: Professional skipper – Environmental guide – Snacks – Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages – Masks and jackets for snorkeling.

The price does not include: Hotel pick-up and drop-off.

Do not forget: Swimsuit – Beach towel – Sunscreen – Sun hat – Camera.

Maximum: 20 people on board.

To know more about your boat trip...

It is a pristine beach with crystal clear water and for this reason it is one of the most popular destination for tourists. One of the most particular feature of this stretch of sea is the so-called spunnulate: term used to identify the tiny little ponds surrounded by wild vegetation typical of the Mediterranean marquis, that make this coast one of the most beautiful spot of Salento. Curiosity: The bizarre name of Punta Prosciutto (“ham” in English) comes from the local dialect “Li Prisuti”, expression with which locals used to call the beach. But Punta Prosciutto is also called in other ways: for example Palude del Conte (“marsh of the count” in English), a name taken from the homonymous Regional Park, where this coastline is located.


Punta Prosciutto is not immediately accessible by public transport. The only two valid alternatives to reach this heavenly stretch of Apulian coastline are the car and the boat. It is important to point out that the beaches of Punta Prosciutto, mostly public beaches, have become a popular destination for tourists and locals, especially in the summer months. For this reason, if you do not like chaos and stress, booking a boat tour to Punta Prosciutto becomes the best way to enjoy the crystal clear waters and the charming morphology of this unique place.

Puglia west coast boat tour: Punta Prosciutto, Rabbit Island and Underwater Greek Roman Columns from Porto Cesareo – Salento

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      • Departure from Porto Cesareo
      • Guaranteed on fixed day, twice a day
      • Small groups of maximum 20 people
      • Professional skipper and environmental guide
      • Appetizers and drinks included

      € 45 Adults

      €23 Kids

      Free cancellation within 24 hours
      Duration: 3 hours
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      Ionian Coast Splendor by Boat

      John M.
      The boat tour along the Ionian Coast was a breathtaking journey. From the crystal-clear waters of Punta Prosciutto to the charming Rabbit Island and the mysterious submerged columns, every moment was enchanting. The guide was knowledgeable, adding depth to our adventure.

      Unforgettable Day Exploring the Ionian Sea

      Sarah L.
      Exploring the Ionian Coast by boat offered us a unique glimpse into the area's natural and historical beauty. The serene Rabbit Island and the vibrant Punta Prosciutto, coupled with the intrigue of ancient columns beneath the sea, made for a memorable day.

      Journey into the Heart of the Ionian

      Alex P.
      This boat tour was a deep dive into the Ionian's treasures. Each stop, from the serene Rabbit Island to the historic submerged columns, was a revelation. The pristine beauty and rich history of these sites left us in awe.

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