To visit the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), you need to reach the entrance of the cave by land or sea. There, all visitors must board small rowboats, the only kind of boats that are allowed inside the cave. The grotto closes in case of rough seas or high winds, so you can't book a ticket in advance to visit the cave itself but only a boat tour that includes a stop at the cave entrance. Tickets to the grotto must be purchased directly at the cave entrance (there is a floating ticket office).
More information about the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra)
At the Marina Grande port, look for the Motoscafisti and Laser Capri ticket offices. These two boat companies offer both island tours with Blue Grotto stops and transfers directly to the Blue Grotto on larger group boats. Otherwise, you can opt for a private boat tour or transfer via a traditional gozzo boat.
Choose a Capri boat tour + stop at the Blue Grotto. The boat will cruise around the island then stop outside the Blue Grotto entrance. Here passengers will be loaded onto small rowboats to enter the grotto itself.
You can also book a private tour with a gozzo boat and skipper to visit the Blue Grotto plus 'stop to swim in the coves along the coastline. These boats can fit up to 7 passengers, though there are larger boats for more passengers. A tour of about 3-4 hours costs from EUR 300.
Sorrento is an excellent base for visiting Capri since the island is only a 30-minute hydrofoil ride away (tickets cost about EUR 20/person one way). You can take the ferry on your own and then book a boat tour from the Capri port to the Blue Grotto, or book a tour that departs directly from Sorrento, either with a small group or with a private tour.
Large- and small-group tours set off directly from Sorrento and offer an excellent balance between price and service. These tours cruise around the island then stop outside the Blue Grotto entrance. Here passengers will be loaded onto small rowboats to enter the grotto itself. Afterwards, the boat returns to Sorrento.
Budget Tours from Sorrento
You can also book a private tour with a gozzo boat and skipper to visit the Blue Grotto plus stop to swim in the coves along the coastline. These boats can fit up to 7 passengers, though there are larger boats for more passengers.
Private Boat Tours from Sorrento
To visit the Blue Grotto and island of Capri, take an early morning ferry to Capri and book your group boat tour or private boat tour of Capri in advance to make the most of your time. Otherwise, reserve a private boat with skipper that departes directly from one of the towns on the Amalfi Coast, Ischia, or Naples.
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