Capri- Boat Tour and The Famous Blue Grotto

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Capri’s craggy coast, turquoise waters, abundant sea caves and beautiful views of the Gulf of Naples make it a popular spot for day-trippers coming from Sorrento and Naples.

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The Faraglioni-Rock Stacks

In the summer time, the island welcomes up to 5,000 visitors a day. This popularity means that Capri is heavily geared for tourism- shops overflowing with tacky souvenirs and inflated prices for food.

Not one for shopping (or for paying ridiculous prices), I decided to spend my time in Capri, well actually not in Capri at all. Instead, I took a wonderful boat tour around the island and enjoyed the beauty of Capri from afar.

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Off we go!

Capri Boat Tour

The boat tour I went on was over an hour long and included many of Capri’s major sites, such as the Lover’s Arch and the spectacular Blue Grotto. The boat’s captain even stopped to let us go for a swim. It was such a hot day and the water looked so blue and refreshing, but I couldn’t bring myself to go in because there were so many jellyfish floating around (I am scared of sea creatures!)

The first notable thing we saw on our cruise was a little green man, perched up high on a rock, welcoming visitors to Capri.

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Welcome to Capri!

Then our captain took us up close to some grottos.  Not the famous one just yet…

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Grottos along the Isle of Capri.

Then we set sail towards the Lover’s Arch. When you pass underneath you are supposed to kiss someone to make sure your love lasts forever.

Around the bend we saw some gorgeous houses up on the cliffs. Must be nice to wake up to such a great view every morning!

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Finally, we arrived at the famed Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), the most stunning and spectacular of all of Capri’s sea caves. There was a long line up of boats to get inside, probably a half hour wait. After waiting a little while, someone on the boat suggested we just forget it and instead head back to the island. I was appalled!

Going inside the Blue Grotto was the only thing about Capri I was looking forward to. As far as I was concerned, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. How could this person suggest not going inside? I am really shy, but I had to speak up and voice my opinion, otherwise I would have regretted it. I persuaded the other passengers to wait it out and a few short minutes later we were in!

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See the tiny opening? We had to lay down on the bottom of the row boat to get inside. Due to waves, sometimes the cave is inaccessible.

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The refraction of sunlight off the sides of the cave create this brilliant blue colour. The glow comes from a second cave opening directly under the entrance to the cavern. Light reflects off the white sand bottom, making the water shimmer and sparkle.

Even though we were only in the cave a few short minutes, I thought it was totally worth the wait. A nice touch was how all the rowboat “captains” were singing in the cave. It was so surreal and romantic. Afterwards, the rest of the people on the boat thanked me for talking them into waiting because they loved it!

After this wonderful boat tour of Capri, I had a bite to eat in Capri town and then headed back to Sorrento, where an already great day was capped off with the most beautiful sunset I saw on my trip to Italy.

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Sorrento sunset- a perfect end to a great day!

Tips for Visiting Capri

  • At only five kilometres from the mainland, Capri is easily accessible by a short, 25 minute ferry ride from Sorrento.
  • Ferries dock at Marina Grande at Capri Town.
  • The Blue Grotto is open from 9:00 am-5:00 pm, sea conditions permitting, and there is an admission fee. Entrance to the grotto was included in the cost of our boat tour around the island.
  • You can get to the Blue Grotto by bus from Anacapri or by boat from Marina Grande.

 

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  • Andrew Emmons - Hi Rhonda! My wife and I are going to be in Rome in a couple weeks and I was thinking about taking a day trip to Capri. This boat tour sounds really neat, and like something we would like to do. What is the name of the tour operator that operates this tour? Where are they located at? Thanks!June 27, 2014 – 5:15 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - When I went to Capri, it was part of a coach tour I was on. The boat trip was arranged by that company, so I can’t help you with the name. That was before I started a blog, so I didn’t think to keep track of stuff like that! As far as I remember, there were a lot of boats right there at the dock. I’m not sure if you could hire one right on the spot, or would need to book in advance. Make sure you hire a company that takes you into the Blue Grotto, because that was my favourite part! Sorry I can’t be of more help. It was a great boat trip though and I’m sure you would enjoy it!June 28, 2014 – 10:12 amReplyCancel

  • Andrew - Thanks for the reply! I’m sure we’ll be able to find one.June 28, 2014 – 10:28 amReplyCancel

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