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Touring the Isle of Capri by Private Boat
If you are thinking of visiting the Isle of Capri, and can't decide how best to see the island, then I have the answer for you. Whether you are staying on the island or making a day trip from either Naples or Sorrento, you will not want to pass up the opportunity to take a private boat tour around the island. We stumbled onto Capri Whales, a locally owned and operated tour company prior to our visit to the Amalfi Coast area. With only one day to spend on Capri, we struggled to decide how to best spend our time there. Well, I'm pleased to tell you that this story has a very happy ending. Of all the things we did during this two week trip to Italy, this was the absolute highlight.
Prior to leaving for Italy, we arranged with Wendy, the owner of Capri Whales, for a tour sometime during our stay in Sorrento. What was great about Capri Whales and Wendy, in particular, was that she remained very flexible with us and was aware that our schedule for traveling to Capri was highly dependent on the weather. She gave us her phone number and told us, "when you arrive in Sorrento give me a call and we will see what the weather will be like and we can plan a day and time". Now how much easier could she make it for us? Here we are worrying about whether they'll be booked up and we'll miss out and she just took all of the stress and anxiety right out of it.
So when we arrived in Sorrento we called, picked a day, and decided to take a morning tour of the island. Again, Wendy was great in telling us not to worry if the ferry was running late and to simply come by when we arrived. So our day was set, private boat tour in the morning, then spend the rest of the day in Anacapri and Capri.
- Capri Travel Guide - The Mount Solaro Chair Lift
No visit to the Isle of Capri is complete without a trip to the top of Mount Solaro. For the best views of the island take the ride on the Mount Solaro chair lift to the top of Capri.
After checking in with Wendy, off we went to meet Stefano who would be our captain for the day. For the next couple of hours, Stefano entertained and educated us with his knowledge of the island and took us to places that were beyond description. We navigated around the entire island, went right through the Faraglioni Rocks, stopping at secluded beaches where we swam and toured some of the not as famous but just as beautiful Grottos. Did you know that there is a Green and White Grotto on Capri?
Capri Whales stocks all of their boats with everything you will need to make your day enjoyable; bottled water, towels, floats for the water, snorkel mask, etc. You even have the option to end your tour at the location of the Blue Grotto should you still want to see it. For us, the thought of waiting for two hours to spend two minutes inside the Blue Grotto was very unappealing so we had Stefano drop us off and we spent the time touring Anacapri.
When our day ended and we were heading back to the Marina to catch the ferry back to Sorrento we stopped in to see Wendy and Stefano to thank them for a truly memorable experience. We took a bunch of pictures and met Wendy's mom Cindy and her daughter, Nicole. Wendy presented us with a very thoughtful gift, and off we went with a lot of great memories of our visit to Capri.
- Capri Travel Guide - How to Get There
Heading to the Island of Capri? Check out our guide for an easy and stress free trip to one of the most beautiful islands in the world.
Perhaps you are wondering where the name “Capri Whales” came from? If you look closely at the pictures of Stefano in the boat you will notice that he is wearing a Hartford Whalers cap. Hmmm, we wondered if there was a connection. Being from nearby Massachusetts and being familiar with the old NHL Hartford Whalers Hockey team we just had to ask. Well, apparently Wendy, the owner of Capri Whales, grew up in Connecticut, and no, she is not a devout hockey fan of the Hartford Whalers. The name “Whales” comes simply from the many whale watching trips that her family would take from Cape Cod when she was a child. These trips inspired her love of whales and Wendy has incorporated this theme into the name of her business.
If your travel plans have you heading to the beautiful Isle of Capri, give “Capri Whales” and Wendy a call and set up a private boat tour of the island. Hopefully, it will be the highlight of your trip to Italy as it was for us.
Ciao for now.
- Capri Travel Guide - The Gardens of Augustus
Whether you're visiting Capri for a day or a week, you'll want to visit the Gardens of Augustus. Located just a few minutes outside of Capri, the Gardens offer some of the best views on the island.
Our Captain, Stefano
© 2012 Bill De Giulio