How do visits inside the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) work?
Boats for the Blue Grotto leave from Marina Grande. You can opt for a boat tour of the island that includes a stop at the grotto or sail directly to the Blue Grotto. Boats stop outside the entrance to the Blue Grotto and passengers must transfer onto the small rowboat that are the only crafts that can enter the grotto. Tickets must be purchased directly at the cave entrance in cash via the floating ticket office. The wait to enter the grotto can be long at times, up to two hours. In high season, we recommend arriving at the grotto in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid a long queue.
How much do boat tours cost?
There is a wide range of boat tour prices depending upon the specific type of boat, tour, and departure port. Average prices include:
- EUR 18/person for a shared 2-hour boat tour around Capri, departing from Capri.
- EUR 90/person for a small-group tour via a gozzo boat (up to 12 passengers) from Sorrento or Positano to Capri.
- EUR 160 for a private 2-hour tour.
- EUR 400 for a full-day boat rental.
What is the difference between a private and small-group boat tour?
A private boat tour gives you the freedom of having a boat all to yourself, while a small-group boat tour means you reserve a spot on a shared boat with other passengers. On Capri, the number of passengers on small-group boat tours varies and depends on how many people are visiting the island on any given day. Passenger numbers begin at around 10 to 15 and can be as many as 80 to 90 passengers on board.
Should I book my Capri boat tour in advance?
Tickets for group boat tours can be purchased directly at the port shortly before departure, though you can save a few euros by booking in advance online. Private boat tours must be booked in advance, especially in the high-season months of July and August when they are in high demand. Reserve your boat tour as soon as you know your travel dates.