Cala Luna rises on the border between the municipalities of Baunei and Dorgali, where the “Codula de Elune” ends. Cala Luna is a small isthmus with very fine white sand, which faces east on the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Orosei, one of the most evocative stretches of the Mediterranean. To the west, instead, it is characterized by a small natural lake of fresh water, the point of arrival of the waters of the “codula de Eluna“: this lake, that changes every year, is one of the peculiarities of the beach. The other major characteristic of the cove is a beautiful series of five caves that rise to the north of the beach; it‘s still a natural shelter for fauna and for hikers who visit the beach every year: we advise you to drop by and enjoy the view towards the sea from the inside of one of the “caves”.
Cala Luna, which in Sardinian is called “Elune“, is bounded both to the south and to the north by the cliff overlooking the sea, which touches about 300 meters in this area. Some parts of the crag are bolted and attract numerous climbers every year. Typical of this area is a particular volcanic stone, called obsidian. The territory, however, remains for the most part characterized by limestone rock, typical of the Mediterranean vegetation that surrounds the beach, a common trait of the entire territory of Baunei. In the winter of 1997 a bad flood took away the oleanders, once a characteristic feature of Cala Luna; today, you can see young oleanders appearing here and there, a sign that the beach is recovering its ancient splendor. Besides the typical Mediterranean flora, Cala Luna is a point of particular interest also for the fauna; looking up at the sky it is possible to spot rare species such as the golden eagle, the peregrine falcon and the Corsican seagull. On the beach it is not unusual to meet wild boars, which from time to time visit the fragrant cooler bags of hikers and bathers.
Why precisely Cala Luna? The name derives from the one given by the shepherds of the last century, who reached the beach on foot from the small town of Baunei, passing through Cala Sisine, for a total of about eight/nine hours of walking. Hence the name of Cala Luna, it was in fact precisely “how to get to the Moon” (and in those days, on the Moon, no one had yet gone). During the mid-twentieth century, the beach was one of the most important centers for the collection of coal, produced in the furnace of the Supramonte of Baunei. In that period, in fact, they used to refer to the beach as “Portu Elune“.
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With the fleet of Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra we will take you with our motor ships to explore 40 km of the wild coast of Baunei, leaving from the port of Arbatax or from the touristic port of Santa Maria Navarrese.
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The environmental contribution
An environmental contribution of € 1.00 is asked by the Association "Costa di Baunei"; its destination is to improve quality of services the association intend to offer, such as assistance on the beaches, more and more safe moorings for tourists, the cleaning of sandy shores and their protection and conservation over time.
Travel with Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra
Why choose us to discover the incredible cost of Baunei
There are many ways to visit the coast of Baunei by sea. Here the reasons why choosing to travel with the Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra represents a guarantee for your day trip in the Gulf of Orosei.
Our motor ships, as well as safe, are comfortable. On board there are seats in the shade and in the sun, in semi-enclosed and outdoor areas. Also tables where you can consume a snack or your packed lunch. The boats are equipped with toilets. It’s our habit to try to make you feel more comfortable while traveling around the Gulf.
It is our job to offer transport service to passengers. We comply with the standards required by current regulations, our motor ships are well equipped to carry passengers. Furthermore, we provide customer assistance from before purchasing the ticket until the end of the day spent with us (and even after). We are always on time with arrival and departure from the coves.
We comply with the required safety standards and we only operates with approved motor ships for passenger transportation. Our crews are well trained and have experience in navigation. Our boats are large enough to guarantee more stability and safety than other types of boats, even in case of windy days.
♦ For everyone
Everyone can take a trip to the coves with us. We work with schools and kindergartens, with groups of seniors and high schools in occasion of sports initiatives and educational trips.
Our boats are suitable for families with small children, who are welcome on board along with their inseparable strollers. We are able to transport people with motor disability. There’s the possibility, under request, to carry passengers in a wheelchair.
We have been traveling along the coast of Baunei since the 1980s. We have behind a wide knowledge that allow us to get the best out of the Gulf every day and face every situation in the best way. We know the coast of Baunei and its history: we try to share with you as much as possible on our website and during navigation.
The Nuovo Consorzio Marittimo Ogliastra offers a stable service. Every summer, from May 1st to October 15th, our boats take you to the discovery of an incomparable Mediterranean stretch. For over 40 years!
Our confortable and safe motor ships will carry you through the discovery of one of the most suggestive slice of heaven in the whole Mediterranean. Boats capacity from 120 to 300 seats.
How to buy on-line
It is possible to buy tickets from this site, either via computer or smartphone. Our system is a simple and safe way for you to purchase your ticket.
How does the trip work?
Leaving in the morning, return in the evening. During the day an alternation of visit at the beach and boating until the next one, as planned by the line you choose. You should get your ticket at least the day before!