Boat Day, Sicily

My favourite day of every trip is always the boat day.

We all pile onto a ferry, a catamaran, a dingy, a rib, or even a row boat. I don’t care what sort of vessel we commandeer, just that we’ll be out riding the waves all day.

And all boat days need a good picnic.

So we stopped on the way at a likely looking place to pick one up.

Which, as with most things on holiday, turned into an adventure of its very own!

Shirt dress

White shirt // Embroidered shorts


Sicilians love their fresh fruit and veg and the shopping in every single little town reflects this.

You wont find a village without a fruit stall, Sicilians swarming around it like bees on honey.

I most certainly picked a keeper.

We settled up and carried our lot to the boat.

With just a little teamwork!

Hopping aboard and chugging out of the pretty little harbour of Castellammare del Golfo.

Keen to get away from the stifling heat of the town and its searingly hot streets.

We set off along the coast, with the cabin boy keeping look out.

Past looming rocks and caves that disappeared into the island, leaving a glow of blue water behind.

We sped past the house, giving it a wave as we went.

Onto Tonnara di Scopello.

And the beautiful yacht in its bay.

And into Lo Zingaro Nature Reserve, a protected peninsula where over 650 different species thrive.

We found a quiet little stretch of ocean and made it our own.

Leaping into the deep blue.

Much of the day was spent swimming too and from the boat, jumping from it, trying to reach the sea floor and coming up giggling, spluttering for air and grinning from ear to ear.

If you’ve lost touch with your inner child, a boat day is the way to reconnect.

Not that we needed much help in that department…

Even M had a good go!

Come lunch time we tucked into the spoils of that morning’s hunt.


Sicilian fast food takes some beating!

And some snoozing off.

Straw hat // Straw hat

Bandana bikiniSwimsuit version

After another dip or two, we set off to see more of the Nature Reserve.

Grateful for a misspent youth messing around in boats, I like to think I made a terrifying but fair captain.

If you’re not happy driving or messing around with anchors, you can very easily hire a boat with a skipper in the same little port.

Or just get to the nature reserve via a 2hr hike, in 30 degree heat, then sit here…

…or here…

… totally upto you!

A little rib is 100 euros for the day, plus fuel.

After a long day racing up and down the coast, bouncing through waves and other people’s wakes, we spent a grand total of 18euros on gas.

Making the best day of the trip a total bargain, and one I thoroughly recommend should you visit Sicily.

Very brown, very salty and a little sleepy, we made our way back to port. Helped, again, by the cabin boy.

Into the technicolour town, where we tossed the rope to the boat’s owner and made our way to Cafe Vogue.

For a round of my specialities.

Half a glass of lemon granita topped with fresh orange juice.

Drink of the gods and something I learned about on Favignana last year. The Vogue team where a little perplexed but nailed it in the end. Now I’ve done the hard work, all you need to do is pop in and order one for yourself!

Orange you lucky?!

(Couldn’t resist that one!)

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  • I so cannot relate; even though I love living by the seaside (as I did for years!), I detest boats with burning passion. My sea sickness may have something to do with it 🙂

  • Wow, there are so many umbrellas packed into that little spot of beach! Getting around by boat sounds much more appealing than a 2 hour hike in that heat! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • How big is that watermelon!!?!? Looks like an amazing trip!

  • Such a perfect day! I miss bobbing around on boats growing up on the Isle of Wight, especially with a picnic as good looking as yours ooft! Those skewers look DREAMY. Immy x

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Looks like an awesome way to spend a day!!


  • Rach

    Oh my it looks incredible there!

  • Ellen Rooms

    These posts are the highlight of my day 🙂

  • Completely agree that a day on the water makes you feel as carefree as a child! These photos make me want to plan a boat day ASAP!

    XO, Emily
    Epicurean Emily

  • Okay, this looks like a dream come true! I’ve never come close to boating, mainly because I grew up in a landlocked area and have no idea what I’m doing, but that seems like a really reasonable price. I may have to give it a go before the summer is out, I am always so envious of the people on the water in boats!

    I’ve never had a granita before but your concoction looks so delicious that I already looked up the recipe. Might be my go-to drink the next time the sun is out.

    Also, I ordered the boater hat off ASOS after I saw your Instagram pic and couldn’t get it out of my head. A word to those who are thinking of doing the same, I just received it today and it’s different than pictured. Instead of a colourful thin band, it has a wide one in pink. That might actually make it easier to match to outfits, though I did like the whimsy of the block colours. Just thought I’d advise!

  • Looks like such a fun day! Hope you also drank some water and not just wine 😉

  • Lucy

    Who is M I don’t think we’ve seen her before, she’s not even been featured on this trip so far!

  • Sepideh

    This looks like such a fun day!! I love a good boat day, with the sun warming you up every time you come out of the water, a yummy simple picnic.. it’s the best!

  • Ulla Solveig

    Oh we did the same when we went there last summer. I loved the region with all the good restaurants in Scopello too . lovely memories, thanks for bringing them back 🙂

  • Elisabeth Moolenaar

    Zingaro is one of my favorite places in Sicily! I actually did do the hike in the heat and it was totally worth it because it is just so beautiful there!

  • Looks like such a fun day and all of that fresh food looks amazing! I wish we had such a good array of fresh fruit here x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

  • Wow, this looks incredible!

    Adventures With A |

  • Vendula Rahman

    What a stunning trip, I love following your travels and tips “where to” or “what to” and your photos are perfect. I’m going to Sicily next week, hurrah, would you take the time and share where from did you rent the boat. We so need to do a boar trip. I’ve read one does t need be a licence holder. However do you think an amateur is good to give it a go and return alive 😉 thank you x

  • Ah it looks amazing! X

  • so jelous, love this post 🙂
    Miki xx

  • Andy Delario

    nice trip

  • Looks like an utterly perfect day, one in a melon you might say! x

  • Italy is a splendid country of Europe. I quite enjoyed Venice, and have never been to Sicily, but now it’s on my bucket list!

  • Exactly the kind of post I needed to help me plan my Italian Adventure soon.

  • We are leaving for Sicily tomorrow morning, cant wait!! We are sailing from Palermo to the Sicilian archipelago, Salina, Lipari, Panarea, it will be 2 weeks of pure bliss!!

  • Reading your blog to cheer up after getting rejected from yet another job. And the sunshine and fresh food and swimmunh

  • Reading your blog to cheer up. And the sunshine, and blue skies and fresh food has worked it’s wonders!

  • A boat trip day out sounds perfect, and the fresh fruit all looks delicious – probably my favourite part of a trip!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Cruelty-Free/Vegan Beauty • Lifestyle • Photography

  • mario impellizzeri

    Sicily forever……everybody you are wecolme!!!!