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 an option 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 of all the things we did during this two week trip to Italy, this was without a doubt the highlight of our visit.
If you are considering a boat tour of Capri I would suggest that you make your inquiries prior to leaving for Italy. This is a fairly popular way to see the island and there are no guarantees that you will be able to simply walk up and secure a tour without a reservation.
Prior to leaving for Italy, we did some research and found a local tour company called Capri Whales. The owner, Wendy, took our information and travel dates and told us to contact her when we arrived in Sorrento and we would arrange a day and time. What we liked 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. I'm not sure if this is the standard operating procedure for other tour operators on Capri, but we found this approach a pleasant surprise. No deposit was required, yet we were assured of a boat tour of the island if the weather cooperated.
Upon arriving in Sorrento we called Capri Whales and spoke directly with Wendy, picked a day, and decided to take a morning tour of the island. Again, Wendy was great and told us not to worry if the ferry was running late and to simply come by when we arrived. Our day was set, private boat tour in the morning, then spend the rest of the day in Anacapri and 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.
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. 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.
Our Captain, Stefano
© 2012 Bill De Giulio