Paddleboarding in Sardinia - Explore Cala Luna by SUP
IntroCala Luna is often referred as one of the most beautiful beaches to be found on the gorgeous island of Sardinia. Located in the Gulf of Orosei, about 5 km in a straight up from the nearest village (Cala Gonone), Cala Luna is only accessible by sea - making it a perfect spot for Paddle boarding in Sardinia. The coast of the Gulf of Orosei is geographically unique, with steep limestone cliffs, deep caves and clear turquoise waters, making it ideal for several outdoor sports, like stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling and climbling. Starting out in the central beach of Cala Gonone, just next to the marina, the route we're recommending will take you along the gentle coastline of sand and small rock formations towards Cala Fuili (approximately 3 km paddle), here you will find a gorgeous beach and the perfect place to pause for refreshments before resuming the journey.
The turquoise clear waters, the calm of the mediterranean (especially in the Summer), the amazing scenery and the safety of having several spots to stop or escape along the route, puts this paddling haven on the very 1st place of my list.
From Cala Fuili it is also possible to do a 4 km hike to Cala Luna, following the track around the limestone cliffs, but we recommend you stick with your paddle board as you wouldn't want to miss the best section of the route…the amazing caves of Bue Marino, the last island refuge of the rare monk seal.
The waters at But Marino flow inside the caves, giving you a unique perspective on the grandiosity of this rock formations, with impressive alcoves and huge dropping stalactites. From here it is just another 2km paddle towards Cala Luna, passing along impressive limestone cliffs, smaller caves and a few secluded beaches.
There is a boat connection between Cala Gonone and Cala Luna, and you can pay for the ride if you feel too tired to go back.If you like climbing, bring your gear. Cala Luna has several climbing routes, and it is a world renowned spot for cave climbing above the sea water.
This is an ideal route for intermediate ability. You'll get the most out of the waters here with a touring board such as the Sport Range.
Park close to the Marina and don't forget to put some money on the parking meter (it's a pay and display park area).
Launch form the central beach of Cala Gonone.
Places to Stay
Hotel Nuraghe Arvu - If you are looking to treat yourself this lovely high end option. Offering spacious rooms, excellent food, a nice pool and views over the mediterranean sea.
B&B Casa del Sole - On lower end price wise but still quite nice accommodation. There is a barbecue space and they kitchen offers an option of either Italian or a buffet breakfast.
Places to Eat / Drink
There is a bar in Cala Luna, but it not open year round. We recommend taking some snacks and refreshments with you in a dry bag just in case. Cala Gonone, where the route starts, has many nice places to eat and drink, perfect for an Apres SUP beer.
Things to Know
- Red recommends a touring board such as the Sport Range for this intermediate SUP experience