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Visit of the Polignano a Mare Caves - Boat ride - skipper hire

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From US$33.15

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Polignano a Mare is famous for its picturesque sea caves that pierce the coastal cliffs. With this boat tour, admire dramatic grottoes and caverns that are only accessible by sea. Cruise by more than a dozen caves, pausing to snap photos and admire the unique coastal formations. Enjoy a brief stop to swim and a prosecco toast on board.
  • A scenic boat cruise to admire Polignano a Mare's famed grottoes by sea
  • See the Grotta della Rondinella, Grotta Palazzese, and other dazzling caves
  • Dive into the turquoise coastal waters directly from the boat
  • Relax on board with prosecco and light snacks
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What's Included

  • Snacks
  • Soda/Pop

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Gite In Barca Polignano a Mare - Polignano in mare Escursioni
      Via S. Vito, 70044 Polignano a Mare BA, Italy

      Departure and arrival at the port of San Vito (Abbey San Vito), all participants will be gathered by one of our operators directly on the pier in front of the abbey. Possibility of parking nearby (100m-150m)

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    Pickup details

    Optional pick-up

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for travelers suffering from seasickness
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    296 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travellers.
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    Charlynn_S, Aug 2022
    DONOT hire!!!! They took my money and canceled on me - they did NOT issue me a refund. I am out $391, almost $400.
    Response from Host, Aug 2022
    Hello Dear Customer, Firstly, we are very upset that you couldn't do your experience. Unfortunately, the sea was rough and was not safe to sail. For us, the safety is the most important thing. However, we have refunded you the same day of your experience. It's not our fault if VIATOR didn't refund you yet. For our side, the refund is done.
    Disappointed Sailor 😔
    Cecilia_K, Aug 2022
    The rating is because it was something I had really looked forward to, but it was cancelled. The weather was blamed, but it was still disappointing. There was not sufficient warning given to facilitate booking something else.
    Polignano sea caves
    Jeremy_K, Jul 2022
    Excellent experience thank you. Efficiently run service with friendly & informative guides. Special thanks for being flexible regards to my booking which I kept changing without charging me. Big thumbs up from us 😁
    Great Experience
    Glen_Q, Jul 2022
    Great experience! Great Skipper! Great Value!!! The boat ride gave us the opportunity to see the caves, and jump in the water!!!
    Bring a hat and sun screen!
    Ingrid_R, Jun 2022
    Very well organized, small boat and group of people, we had a great Skipper that brought the boat in the caves. It was great and we enjoyed the entire boat ride.
    Don’t go if you don’t have insurance
    Idun_M, Jun 2022
    Do not go on this tour if you have ANY pre-existing health conditions - or if you just generally value health and safety. No lifesaving vests and the “skipper” was obviously driving the boat without any concern for the well-being of his passengers, especially those of the female variety whom he was obviously trying to impress by getting them as beat up as possible. My back, neck and tailbone are still reeling from this experience. Reckless and liability are my two main words describing this.
    Response from Host, Jul 2022
    Dear Customer, Firstly, the livesaving vests are mandatory and we have 10 livesaving vests for adults and 10 livesaving vests for kids. It's not mandatory to wear the vest during the tour, but if you ask to our team the will provide you for sure.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Family trip for nonna
    Marc_T, Jun 2022
    We truly enjoyed our boat ride! We were a few minutes late and they were very understanding and waited for us. The skipper and guide were wonderful. We will come back again. Thank you for the great experience.
    8 friends at sea!
    RitaMarie_A, Jun 2022
    The captain, Franco was absolutely awesome!! We were 8 on the tour and we were very comfortable. He took his time and explained what we were viewing and took us into so many caves. The campaign toast was the best as were the snacks. We had a fabulous time. I highly recommend this tour.
    Wow, definitely recommend
    Natalie_G, Jun 2022
    What an experience! Cristian and Nicola my guides were amazing, so accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable about the beautiful Puglia. I highly recommend doing this! Definitely won’t forget this 😍
    Excellent experience. Highly recommend.
    Bari_D, Jun 2022
    Fantastic excursion. Lots of people and boats so book early. The meeting spot shows up on Google maps. Really nice little town with a few restaurants, hotel, and mostly private rentals.
    Polignano Coastline tour
    Guy_D, Jun 2022
    Impressive skipper Nicola navigating in and around the caves. Enjoyed stopping in one of the caves for a quick dip in the chilly sea. Nice way to sea Polignano coast.
    A MUST!
    Dejanee_B, Jun 2022
    YOU HAVE TO DO THIS! This was absolutely amazing! It's roughly a two hour tour — the guides are incredibly friendly, absolutely hilarious, and honestly made our entire trip! We were visiting from America and this excursion was one of the best choices we made. Don't think twice!
    bellissime grotte
    Claudia_D, May 2022
    Amazing time ! From start to finish the crew was amazing - Christian and Nico the skipper were so sweet and attentive. We truly saw the beauty of the caves in an exciting speedboat - where Nico explained and taught us the history of the caves and the surroundings. It was truly a wonderful time. I would do it again and again - bacio Nico e Christian
    it was nice and relaxing,...
    Gina_P, May 2022
    it was nice and relaxing, the caves were beautiful, they were very accomodating with picking us up and bringing us the drop off point and back to our hotel
    Keep Looking
    Terri_J, May 2022
    The grottoes were incredible and well worth visiting, but it felt like we were strangers on a private birthday cruise for two young women. Nicola gave them his full attention. A not so great experience for the other guests. Go see the grottoes but maybe choose another tour.
    good boat tour overall!
    Sara_H, May 2022
    we walked to the meeting point from polignano (~40min) but I think there was a car transfer option available that I wasn't aware of. the tour started on time as one of the tour guides checked us in in front of the abbey. good boat tour overall, visited many caves, drink+snack stop at one of the caves. there wasn't much input from the tour guide but he did point out things from time to time. the tour was a good length and we appreciated the good sights. we didn't stop for a swim - this might have been weather dependent.
    Daniel_O, Apr 2022
    Amazing experience! The skipper was great!! Definitely recommend. You get to see the full coast, wonderful caves and pirate stairs! Glass of Prosecco in the cave was wonderful.
    We had an awesome time...
    Tom_T, Apr 2022
    We had an awesome time touring the caves with our captain Pepe. His expert piloting into tight caves and fun attitude made the day very enjoyable. There were only a few other couples on the boat, plenty of room. Highly recommended, ask for Pepe if possible.
    It is perfect experience...
    Berj_I, Apr 2022
    It is perfect experience for your trip to polignagno a mare. Just be sure to have good weather conditions and smooth sea.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Amazing boat trip
    Miriam_S, Apr 2022
    Well organized tour, the skipper was very friendly and funny. You have the chance to see a lot of different caves around Polignano. I can just recommend this experience to everyone!


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