Palau, Sardinia

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WorldMediterraneanItalySardiniaPalau, Sardinia
41°10.862'N, 009°23.243'E Chart icon.png
lat=41.18104 | lon=9.38739 | zoom=15 | y

Palau is a small harbour on the NE coast of Sardinia, some five miles NNW of Cannigione and immediately opposite the Maddalena group, for which it is the main ferry port.

The harbour contain a secure marina, Porto Turistico, with around 400 berths for yachts of up to 18.0 metres. It is a good base for planning a visit to the national park of the Maddalena Islands and for exploring some of the impressive Nuraghic remains around Arzachena.


British Admiralty 1992 - 1:300,000 Portovecchio to Arbatax including Bonifacio Strait

1213 - 1:50.000 Bonifacio Strait

Imray M8 - 1:255,000 North Sardegna


See Sardinia - weather.


See Mediterranean.


The main islands of the Maddalena group, Isola Caprera, Isola Santo Stefano and Isola La Maddalena, lie under a mile to the NE.


Ufficio Locale Marittimo di Palau

Phone: +39 (78) 9709419
Email: [email protected]
Address: Porto Commerciale - Stazione Marittima - 07020 Palau (OT)
Working hours: Mo-Fr 9:00-12:00, Tu Th 14:30-16:30


The entrance to the harbour is to the S of a large ferry quay, which is also used by naval vessels, and will not be seen until almost past the harbour if approaching from N. The entrance is approached from SE when the mast of yachts on the marina pontoons will be visible.

Note: Beware of ferries arriving and departing at speed.


The harbour offers good all-round shelter from all directions except NE, from which direction it is partly protected by the Maddalena Islands. Gusts are possible from any direction in the approaches in view of the high land to either side.

See also Maddalena archipelago for a selection of berthing options.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs

  • Porto Turistico - Yachts berth at the municipal marina, which provides 400 berths for yachts of up to 18.0 metres and draft of up to 3.5 metres. See the separate page for details.

West of Palau

Marina Di Porto Rafael

Marina Di Porto Rafael/wiki/Palau,_Sardinia#Marina_Di_Porto_Rafael
Marina icon Marina Di Porto Rafael [[Palau, Sardinia#Marina Di Porto Rafael|Marina Di Porto Rafael]] (Yacht Club Porto Rafael) 41°11.752'N, 009°21.950'E

Pontoons of the yacht club are located at the W shore of the Punta Sardegna, at the NW of Palau. 70 berths (5 in transit); LOA <40 m; draft 3-6 m. Tel: +39 0789 700302, mob: +39 338 5921318.

Warning: There is no protection from N-SE.

[email protected]; Tel: +39 (789) 700 302; Fax: +39 (789) 700 291; Mob: +39 (338) 5921318; VHF channel XX
Address: Casela Postale n 13, Localita Punta Stropello, 07020 Palau (OT), Sardinia, Italy

East of Palau

Marina di Cala Capra

Marina di Cala Capra/wiki/Palau,_Sardinia#Marina_di_Cala_Capra
Berth icon Marina di Cala Capra [[Palau, Sardinia#Marina di Cala Capra|Marina di Cala Capra]] 41°10.057'N, 009°25.334'E
This small private marina is located at the Cala Capra at the E shore of the Capo d'Orso. The marina belongs to a hotel complex and it doesn't seem to be cheap.


Palau buoy field

Palau buoy field/wiki/Palau,_Sardinia#Palau_buoy_field
Buoy icon Palau buoy field [[Palau, Sardinia#Palau buoy field|Palau buoy field]] 41°10.803'N, 009°23.286'E

Just SE entrance to the marina. When the marina is full the yachts are sent to moor there. Note: anchorage in the bay is not allowed.

The buoy field is operated by the marina. A dinghy doc is located at the port side of the entrance to the marina.

Rada di Mezzo Schifo

Rada di Mezzo Schifo/wiki/Palau,_Sardinia#Rada_di_Mezzo_Schifo
Anchorage icon Rada di Mezzo Schifo [[Palau, Sardinia#Rada di Mezzo Schifo|Rada di Mezzo Schifo]] 41°11.1′N, 9°22.32′E
The nearest anchorage is in the wide bay of Rada di Mezzo Schifo just W of Punta Palau and around a mile WNW of the harbour. The bay is exposed with anything N in the wind. Anchor in the bay in sand in 5.0 - 10.0 metres. Alternatively it is possible to anchor in the harbour approaches, clear of the fairway, where it is sheltered from winds from NW round to E.


Water In the marina
Electricity In marina
Toilets In the marina
Showers In the marina
Laundry In the marina
Garbage In the marina
Fuel Fuel station/wiki/Palau,_Sardinia#Fuel_stationFuel icon Fuel station [[Palau, Sardinia#Fuel station|Fuel station]] 41°10.811'N, 009°23.183'E on the quay (0700 - 2000)
Bottled gas ?
Chandlers ?
Repairs Yard with full range of engine and electrical repairs. Travel lift (60T). Diver available.
Internet ?
Mobile connectivity ?
Vehicle rentals Car and motorbike rentals in the town.


Some grocery shops in town.

Eating out

There are some restaurants in town.



Palau is a secure spot to leave your yacht for a tour of some of the interesting Nuraghic remains for which the Arzachena area is renowned, especially the fortified dwelling of Nuraghe Malchittu, with its unusual passage construction; the ‘giants’ tombs’ of Coddu Ecchiu and Li Lolghi and the necropolis of I’Muri (which features Neolithic box tombs with concentric circles and stelae). Other locations worth visiting include the village of Luogosanto, nestling on top of a mountain, and the impressively sited village of Aggius, wedged between huge piles of solid granite. From there, one can continue through the Valle della Luna, an amazing gorge flanked by massive pillars of solid granite.

I’Muri necropolis
Coddu Ecchiu ‘giant’s tomb’
Valle della Luna


Contact details of "Cruiser's Friends" that can be contacted for local information or assistance.


List links to discussion threads on partnering forums. (see link for requirements)



See Italy.


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  • February 2016 Compiled from web research; please update if you visit --Atheneoflymington
  • September 2012 --Vadim

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