A trip to Procida is not complete without a tour of the island, in order to look closely at its coasts, full of caves and inlets.
Organized tours are the ideal solution for those who have little time or are in Procida for just one day, while renting a boat, with or without a skipper, is certainly the best option for those who want to enjoy the sea calmly.
Most of the organized tours include a half-hour stop for a swim in the clear waters that surround the island and some also include a light lunch prepared by the skipper.
After being conquered by the beauty of the pastel-colored houses of the island, its cozy seaside villages, the small island of Vivara and many little wonders offered by Procida, the only thing that remains is to indulge in a boat tour.
You can choose one of these options:
But what exactly you can see in Procida by boat? Where can you stop? Here are some must-see locations you can enjoy between your dives:
The fisherman's village Marina Corricella is probably the most famous of Procida. You can easily access from the sea side. Once you get off the boat you can choose between different itineraries, each of which are unique and characteristic. Among the places to see is the Callìa viewpoint. From there you can enjoy the view on the island of Capri and the "Massimo Troisi" square in the distance.
During your boat tour in Procida you can have a stop in Chiaia beach. It is located on the eastern side of the island. Usually it's little frequented and the access is free. Many have said that it is the most beautiful beach of Procida, which opens up the view on the on the castle, the typical colored houses of Corricella and the majestic Palazzo d'Avalos.
The Scoglio del Cannone is another sight that can be easily reached by boat. It is located near Marina Grande. The rock is used by many enthusiasts as a diving board, in the past it represented an important military outpost for defending the west side of the port of Naples.
Silurenza is located north of the island of Procida. It can be reached quickly by boat quickly. We recommend to make a stop to enjoy the crystal clear sea and explore the seabed full of rich marine flora and fauna. A few meters away, on the opposite side of the coast, you will see the Pozzo Vecchio rocky beach, a plcae loved by tourists, as it was of the scenes of the famous movie "Il Postino".
The boat tour may include a visit to the Grotta del Bue Marino. Legend has it that a huge and mysterious animal once rested here. The cave is over 50 meters long; walking through it allows you to admire the incredible play of light and its biological treasures.
One last recommended stop during your boat tour of the island is of course the port of Marina Grande. You can get off and stop in one of the most popular bars of the island, for instance Bar dal Cavaliere. Here we recommend trying the excellent lemon granitas and to reachrge your batteries with a good coffee and typical local sweets. Among these is frollicella, a tasty Neapolitan lemon-flavoured pastry.
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There are 3 different types of boat rentals on the island: renting a boat for riding independently, renting it with a professional skipper, or an organized boat tour.
If the budget allows it, the best thing is to rent a boat with a skipper, who will not only take you on a tour of Procida, but will also show you all the secret coves and inlets. Some organized tours do include a stop for a swim; however, with a boat rental you have the freedom of asking the skipper to stop more often.
There are boats and RIBs that can be rented without a boat licence. However, we recommend renting to those who have minimum of experience of sailing.