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Date:7/25/2014 9:17:50 AM
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Sardinia's Golden Coast ...
...The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is surrounded by gorgeous blue waters and sandy-white beaches. And since Sardinian towns are often farther inland, many beaches have been left unspoiled and perfect for catching rays or scuba diving in amazing underwater caves.

A landscape of exceptional beaches, rocky cliffs, and numerous underwater caves makes the island perfect for rock-climbing, snorkeling, scuba diving and more. We have chosen Neptune's Grotto as our next stop today. It is one of the star tourist attractions on the whole of Island of Sardinia.

These marine caves are located to the west of the town and can be reached by two different methods each with its own merits. Boat trips last around two and a half hours of which thirty minutes is spent at sea. The scenery is well worth the effort and includes the tranquil blue bay of Porto Conte and the spectacular vertical cliffs at Capo Caccia.

The 656 steps that lead down to the Grotto are an experience in themselves. Called the Escala del Cabiol or goat’s steps, these were cut into the sheer cliff wall in 1954 and zigzag down the cliff before running horizontally along to the Grotto entrance. On days when the weather is less tranquil, the spectacle of the sea crashing into the cliffs just below is an awesome sight. It takes us fifteen minutes to make the descent to the sea-level complex which was discovered by fishermen in the eighteenth century.

When we have descended to the sea, we are just in time for the start of the hourly tour. We are led single file through the cave systems by a tour guide who provides commentaries in Italian, English and occasionally in French and German. We find a multitude of stunning stalactites and stalagmites that remind us of our time in Carlsbad Caverns earlier this year.

It is time for fun, so we don the dive gear we have rented and enter the crystal clear waters. Ah, they are warm and calm and this is the purrfect place for us to explore the sea plants and sea life below the surface and to check out the underwater caves. We are putting off climbing up those 656 steps, when someone makes us aware of the boat that can take us back. YES! Another wonderful day. We get something to eat and then grab some shuteye before tomorrow when we will head to yet another adventure.
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