Sailing Holidays

Yacht Charter in Sardinia

Charter from Portisco on Sardinia's Costa Smerelda, "the Emerald Coast", famous for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear water and jet set lifestyle.

Start your yacht charter in Sardinia from Portisco, situated mid-way between Porto Rotondo and Porto Cervo, stylish yacht marinas of the chic Costa Smeralda ("Emerald Coast"), an area buzzing with designer shopping, piazzas and stunning views.

Sail north into the Maddelena archipelago, a marine park scattered with islands and sandy beaches, including the famous pink beach "spiaggia rosa" on Budelli. The seven main islands offer peaceful anchorages, although there is a small overnighting charge for the mooring buoys provided by the park authority. La Maddelana has a delightful harbour.

Combine the flavours of Italy and France on this sailing holiday. Bonifacio on the French island of Corsica is within easy reach and the dramatic entrance through the narrow opening in the cliff, the “Bocche di Bonifacio”, is not be missed.

Start your yacht charter in Sardinia from Portisco. From here you have easy access to the Maddelena islands, some 20 miles to the north. Once among the islands you could stop every 500 metres to enjoy beautiful bays, small beaches, clear water, so drop anchor only in the best places! Preserved as a marine park, the snorkelling and diving is superb. 

In 2 weeks you can explore more of the Corsican coastline or discover the northern coast of Sardinia as far as the beautiful and untouched island of Asinara and the eastern coast as far south as the gulf of Osorei, which is the natural habitat of the monk seal.

Sardinia enjoys typical Mediterranean weather, which makes the conditions for sailing ideal from May through to October. Winds from the north-north-west average Force 4. Stronger mistral winds can blow in August, lasting 1-2 days. 

Experience level 2.


DAY 1 : Embark at Portisco on the jet set Costa Smeralda ("Emerald Coast"), an area buzzing with designer shopping, piazzas and stunning views.
DAY 2 : Cannigione (15nm). A sheltered harbour with good seafood restaurants.bIf you keep going along the Caprera coast, the very deep bay of Porto Palma offers the best sheltered free mooring in the area. Here you can safely stay the night whatever the wind.
DAY 3 : Visit  a couple of small bays in S.Stefano and on the mainland, then sail to La Maddalena harbour on the main island of the Archipelago. La Maddelena (6nm) is a traditional fishing harbour, picturesque and bustling, but sometimes in peak season the small harbour is very crowded, so you may have to overnight in Palau on the mainland.
DAY 4 : Lavezzi (15nm) is a marine park with fabulous snorkelling and diving.
DAY 5 : Bonifacio (21nm) is on the south coast of Corsica. A dramatic entrance through the cliffs opens into a beautiful bay with anchorages and moorings on the town quay.
DAY 6 : Porto Massimo (16nm) A small harbour on the north eastern coast of La Maddelena.
DAY 7 : Return to Portisco (18nm).

Yachts in Sardinia are based at Portisco, just 20 minutes from Olbia airport. Charters start and finish on Saturdays.

15% OFF Stunning Sardinia

15% OFF Stunning Sardinia

Sail in Sardinia this summer. Book any Kiriacoulis yacht from Portisco and get
15% OFF  + extra 5% OFF for 2 weeks.


15% OFF May in Sardinia

15% OFF May in Sardinia

Book these yachts in May from Portisco with 15% OFF
eg Oceanis 37 (2013) between 3 & 17 May JUST £1114/week
Sun Odyssey 439 (2013) 24-31 May NOW £2155/week
3-cabin yachts perfect for friends!


Sardinia with 15% OFF May Half Term

Sardinia with 15% OFF May Half Term

Get away sailing for the May Half Term with 15% OFF:
eg Dufour 405 (2013) from Portisco 24-31 May NOW £1925


Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

easyJet operate flights from Gatwck and Bristol to Olbia. Jet2 have flights from Leeds-Bradford and Edinburgh. Transfer time to Portisco 20 mins.

Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Malta

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: Sardinia, Sicily & Tuscany

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3:  

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper.


To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Croatia, Mallorca, Tenerife and Malta.

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  



Glitzy Porto Cervo is the millionaire’s playground on the Costa Smeralda, where the jet-set love to be seen. Burn out your credit card in the designer shops hidden among the alleyways. Sip a cocktail overlooking the megayachts and watch the Gucci-clad glitterati glide by. Rather than pay the exorbitant fees to moor up here we suggest a trip by taxi from Portisco on your last night!

Budelli is famous for its pink coral sand and is a highly protected island. The best mooring places are the almost deserted little beach of Cala d'Arena (south-eastern point) and th Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach). The transparency of the sea and the multitude of fish and crustaceans hiding in the countless granite ravines make the snorkelling superb - take your underwater camera.

Bonifacio is a star attraction in Corsica, with the Old Town precariously teetering on the edge of the imposing limestone cliffs. With a labyrinth of narrow streets and medieval buildings fully encircled by the citadel walls, the Old Town is definitely worth the climb up from the harbour. The view from the cliff top across the Maddelena islands is stunning. 

"Many thanks for finding the yacht to my requirements and budget. The yacht was in good condition, the local staff were helpful. We enjoyed mooring up at Port Cros and Cap Tallat"
South of France 2010 - W.A.


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