Cala 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.
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.
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.
- .Catch a plane to Sardinia, flying to the nearest airport (Olbia).
- .Rent a car, they are usually quite cheap. But make sure to photograph the car thoroughly and pay for extra insurance.
- .Drive along the SS131 and then the SP38 down to Dorgali and from there to Cala Gonone. It’s about 107 km, 1h26m driving
- .Launch from the central beach of Cala Gonone is on the right side, just out of the Marina.
- .Go south along the coast, and be sure to check the wind forecast before you leave. It’s an easy ride, with many places to stop if needed, but be sure you can make at least 1 to 1,5 kms without stopping, as some of the spots are that distance apart.
- .Cala Luna is easy to spot, due to the big limestone cliff in the end of the beach entering the sea.
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.
Eat, Sleep, SUP
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.
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.
Things to know
- Conditions here vary throughout the year, and you should always check the weather. Strong winds will always be a no no, so check the conditions before you leave. Apart from that, just be sure to stay clear of the limestone cliffs if you feel some light wind or superficial current might throw you against the rocks.
- This is an ideal route for intermediate ability but if you are a river paddler, beware for some choppy water.