Looking for an adventure with friends or a romantic day out for two and explore the Amalfi Coast by boat?
In this article, you’ll find all the information you need to organize your boat trip to the Amalfi Coast, to discover its wildest, most secret and exclusive corners, accessible only by sea. You’ll be able to access the coast’s unique beaches and visit suggestive caves, all while traveling by boat and enjoying the coastal sunshine in complete relaxation.
By visiting the Amalfi Coast by boat, you can discover those magical, hidden spots that would be impossible to see from the mainland: caves, coves, secluded beaches and all those places that can only be reached by sea. What’s more, by boat you can admire the beauty of Capri’s Faraglioni up close, or stop off at Vietri sur Mer to discover its marvellous ceramics, or take an excursion to Punta Campanella, one of the coast’s protected reserves.
By boat, you can also experience feeling a little like Ulysses: in fact, opposite Positano are the three islets of Li Galli, home to the mythological Sirens who tried to charm Ulysses. You can’t disembark on these islets as they are private, but you can go around them and have a look inside the villa built on the largest island.
In short, visiting the Amalfi Coast from the privileged vantage point of a boat can certainly provide you with a wealth of emotions and allow you to get to know the beauty of the place better, not to mention that with the right itinerary and a little organization, you can make several stops on the mainland to enjoy delicious dishes in local restaurants or relax on one of the magnificent beaches.
Departing from Positano, there are several stops not to be missed if you choose a boat trip along the Amalfi Coast:
- Praiano: Cava della Gavitella and Grotta dell’Africana
- Furore: Fjord of Furore
- Conca dei Marini: Emerald Grotto
- Amalfi: Natural arch
- Minori: Marmorata waterfalls
- Maiori: Pandora Cave and Dead Horse Beach
Obviously, if you start from Salerno or Maiori, the stages will be reversed.
What are the most beautiful beaches you can reach on a boat tour of the Amalfi Coast?
Leaving the town of Maiori, the first beach is called “del Cavallo Morto” (of the dead horse).
Beyond Erchie, it’s the first beach after four kilometers of coastline that can only be reached by sea in private boats.
On the way to this beach, we recommend a stop to admire Grotta Pandora: a small natural cave just a few minutes by boat from the nearby town of Maiori.
This grotto isn’t often counted among the beauties of the Amalfi Coast, but it’s definitely worth a stop: as you enter, you’ll marvel at its limpid waters and take home the thrill of having discovered an almost secret beauty of our magnificent coastline!
If you’re traveling with your other half, it’s impossible not to recommend the Spiaggia degli Innamorati (lovers’ beach): it’s just 170 meters from Cetara and is a mere six meters long: it can accommodate a group of four or five people at most. The general rule is that, if a couple manages to occupy it, nobody (or almost nobody!) dares to disturb their privacy.
On Positano’s coast, there are the beaches of Laurito and Arienzo, which, since they can only be reached by climbing a long flight of steps, are less crowded than the town’s other beaches.
Finally, along the coast, there are countless coves, small beaches and caves to visit. To reach these magical places, you can rent a boat without a license, or rely on the experience of a local skipper and book a group boat trip on the Amalfi Coast or a private boat trip on the Amalfi Coast for greater flexibility.
Finally, along the coast there are countless coves, small beaches and caves to visit. To reach these magical places, you can rent a boat without a license, or rely on the experience of a local skipper and book a group boat trip on the Amalfi Coast or a private boat trip on the Amalfi Coast for greater flexibility.
Restaurants by the sea
A rugged, steep coastline winding between small fishing villages.
Nature is the absolute protagonist of a show that appeals to all the senses, from sight to smell, from hearing to touch, not forgetting taste.
We recommend a day trip by boat along the Amalfi Coast, with a stop at a seaside restaurant. This will give you a 360-degree view of the region, making for a day of pure sensory pleasure. The restaurants you’ll find along the coast are mostly family-run: you’ll be able to savor authentic flavors and dishes prepared with the freshest and most select ingredients.
One of the restaurants we recommend is on Duoglio beach in Amalfi, where you’ll find all the comforts you need for a rejuvenating break. Another destination for your boat trip with restaurant stop on the Amalfi Coast is the beach of Santa Croce, where you can admire a large grotto where the remains of the chapel dedicated to the Holy Cross are still visible. Another option for combining the desire for the sea and good food is Capo di Conca in Conca dei Marini.
In Positano, there’s the Da Adolfo restaurant on Laurito beach. Beyond Punta Campanella in Sorrento, you’ll find the restaurant da Maria Grazia in Nerano. This is where the famous recipe for spaghetti with zucchinis alla Nerano was invented, to be enjoyed with a glass of chilled Falanghina white wine. In any case, if you book a boat trip to the Amalfi Coast from Amalfi, whether departing from Salerno or Sorrento, the skipper will be able to give you the best advice.