Unfortunately, the weather forecast can only give an indication as to whether the grotto will be open or closed. For a final decision, you have to wait until the skippers arrive at the cave entrance at 9 am to verify the weather and sea conditions and check that the cave can be entered safely. For updated information about whether the Blue Grotto is open or closed for the day, check this page.
The visit inside the grotto lasts about 5 minutes, but you can tip your skipper for additional time :)
No, it is both illegal and dangerous to swim in the grotto. That said, many people swim into the cave after it closes in the evening.
To avoid a long wait (which can reach up to two hours in high season), the best option is to leave for the grotto before 9 am so you are among the first to arrive in the morning. You can even arrive with the skippers on the first Motoscafisti boat from Marina Grande to the Blue Grotto in the morning. Midday is the most crowded time to visit the grotto.
The color is most intense inside the grotto at noon.
Yes, you can take the bus which departs from the center of Anacapri and stops near the entrance of the grotto. Take the stairs down toward the sea where you can take a rowboat inside the grotto.
No, you can only buy tickets for the boat transfer from Marina Grande to the Blue Grotto in advance. Tickets to enter the Blue Grotto must be purchased at the cave entrance upon arrival.
- Getting there: by shared boat from Marina Grande, or by bus (Anacapri - Grotta Azzurra line, get off at the terminus of Gradola and take the stairs that lead to the entrance of the Grotto)
- Ticket price: Euro 14 (10 for the boat service, 4 for the entrance ticket); children under six years: free; EU citizens under 18 years: Euro10 (they pay only for the boat); EU citizens between 18 and 25 years: Euro 12.
- Opening & Hours: 9 a.M. - 5 p.M.
Notes: Cash only. Closed on December 25th and January 1st. In case of wind and rough sea it is not possible to enter the Grotto, to verify that it is open we advise you to call the Motoscafisti di Capri pier at 081 8375646 from 9 a.m. . Swimming in the Grotto is forbidden.