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“Perfect day touring La Maddalena islands”
Review of Athena Sail

Athena Sail
Ranked #2 of 38 Tours in Palau
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Daily and weekly excursions in the archipelago of la Maddalena island and south Corsica . Sunset excursion.Personalized tours.
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Everything about this boat trip was great. Sean and Lucia were wonderful skippers. We visited beautiful islands with drop-offs to crystal clear beaches. The boat is meticulously kept and roomy enough for 10. The lunch including some home made items was delicious. Highly recommend.

Thank PhyllisG715
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"homemade limoncello"
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"beautiful boat"
in 5 reviews
"perfect hosts"
in 4 reviews
"friendly hosts"
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"day trip"
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"other guests"
in 3 reviews
"mass tourism"
in 2 reviews
"home made"
in 2 reviews
"an unforgettable experience"
in 2 reviews
"perfect weather"
in 2 reviews
"costa smeralda"
in 2 reviews
"amazing trip"
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in 4 reviews
"great lunch"
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"local wine"
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"these guys"
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"made us feel"
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

As a nervous sailor, I was a little hesitant about taking a trip in a real sailing boat, but having talked to Sean the night before when we were booking, my fears were alleviated. We had a wonderful time from start to finish; it was one of those experiences I shall remember forever. Having only 11 guests was perfect and proved good fun especially over lunch, which proved to be a gastronomic delight with the lovely Lucia preparing and cooking typical Sardinia treats and homemade too! So different from other trips but then you get what you pay for! The beaches we stopped at were stunning - turquoise water and white sand and some only accessible by boat. We loved jumping off the boat and snorkelling around before lunch was served. For those not so keen on swimming, Sean took them to shore in a small dingy. This trip is not to be missed! Thank you to Sean and Lucia for such an enjoyable and informative day around these beautiful islands.

Thank tchobson
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Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

We met these guys one evening walking along the promenade and just liked them, after a chat about options we found out the boat was free for private hire in a few days time so decided to do that. It meant we could chose where to stop which meant we could avoid places with too many boats. As a private hire they could cater for food preferences and we had a quick chat about options. To be honest we expected a bowl of pasta.

The weather was beautiful the day we went out with Shaun and Lucia and they are really wonderful, professional and friendly hosts. Having the boat to ourselves meant we could move around - stay in shade etc. We sailed out and looked at a few coves - Shaun asked were we’d like to stop and we agreed to keep going to find a peaceful place. I prefer sailing to motor boats - it’s very relaxing and Athena is a really wonderful boat.

We stopped in a quiet cove and husband loved the swimming. Then came lunch... Lucia had prepared two types of tuna tartare, mussels and then squid pasta - plus all sorts of nibbles. It was beyond expectations and delicious. They had also chilled sparkling wine and Shaun brought out his homemade limoncello.

The 8 hours melted away, it was a truly memorable trip and something we hope to repeat one day. Oh and Lucia even took some photos (which we really like) and sent them to us afterwards!

Thank CJ220975
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Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

We had the luxury to private hire Athena, as a couple.

It’s hard to explain how perfect our day was but without doubt, this perfection was made by the very well maintained and kept 40ft sail boat that Athena is and the effortless attention to detail and customer focus, shown by Lucia and Shaun.

Their ability to sail and their local knowledge can not be bettered, due to the countless years of combined sailing experience and local knowledge (Shawn is Sardinian).

Being blessed enough to private hire was a very special experience and we defiantly made the right choice (there are many choices) - my mind keeps drifting back to that day, a very special memory was made.

I imagine that a standard hire would have been good but for the private hire, the team obviously further increased the standard of food and drink, which was exceptional, so fresh and without compromise or quantity (not even sure how it was possible, in a galley kitchen, apparently it was by magic!).

I strongly recommend that if anyone wants to sail out of Palau, then Athena and team are the right choice.

If you are blessed enough to private hire, you won’t be disappointed and it’s value for money, when you consider how priceless memories are!

Thank K2158ZM
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

Very nice boat, great hosts, beuatifull weather, fantastic small beaches, super lunch.
If you only go sailing once when you are on Sardinia, this is the one you should do .
Well worth the price !

Thank Joern59
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