The second largest island in the Mediterranean has still the air of mystique. Sardinia is an autonomous region in Italy with its own president. The Sardinians are proud of their relative autonomy and their language, which sounds suspiciously like the presumed dead language of Latin.
Top spot in the Mediterranean
Our ORCA Dive Club Sardinia is closed during the winter months, starting from 15.04.2024 our team will be at your disposal again and will be happy to show you the dive sites of Sardinia and Corsica.
Sardinia has a very good reputation as a diving destination in the Mediterranean. This reputation is mainly due to to its grottos and caves but also the many wrecks around the island. An impressive topography and a lush flora and fauna considering the Mediterranean conditions contribute to this.
Base on the headland
Santa Teresa Gullara is located on the northernmost tip of Sardinia. This has an invaluable advantage. It’s only a short trip to Corsica. And there are also dive sites which are amongst the best in the world. Yet, even those who will stick to Sardinian waters will experience a lot. Divers will encounter large schools of groupers, morays and conger eels or lobsters.
Visa and currency
This question is answered quickly. The Euro is valid in Sardinia and thanks to the EU freedom of movement you don’t require a passport or Visa. However, it is a good idea to carry your identity card.
In the meantime astronomical roaming charges no longer apply when you call your mobile home quickly. Anyone who has included EU roaming in their mobile tariff can surf, text and make calls at no extra charge. If you want you can also buy a local prepaid card. The prices of the various providers vary greatly and so it may be worthwhile to obtain information on the Internet shortly before the start of the journey.
There are no special health risks in Sardinia. The health provisions are at European standard. In case of emergencies, the French city of Bonifacio on Corsica is easily accessible.
Sardinia has the typical Mediterranean climate. In summer, the thermometer will quickly climb to significantly above 30 Celsius. In winter, temperatures rarely fall below 10 Celsius. Diving in the Mediterranean is, however, a seasonal sport. Diving centres are usually closed from November to April.
Interesting and surprising facts
Wind is pretty much always a feature on Sardinia. There are eight different winds which all have their own name. Mistral and Sirocco are the most well known.
Sardinia is home of a rather rare animal. The Sardinian mountain newt can only be found in the east of Sardinia and that only in an area of about 5,000 square kilometres.
Sardinia is the second largest Italian Mediterranean island with almost 2,000 km of coastline, sandy beaches and mountainous inland areas criss-crossed by hiking trails. Thousands of Nuraghi are scattered across the craggy landscape – mysterious beehive-shaped stone ruins from the Bronze Age. One of the largest and oldest nuraghi is Su Nuraxi in Barumini, dating from around 1500 BC. Chr.