This was a awful and expensive experience. All the negative reviews are right. Don’t be tempted!
Boat is OVERCROWDED TO THE MAX very poor outside space. Lots of people didn’t have a seat and spent ages wondering around the boat aimlessly. It was really uncomfortable. People are really rude and barge and push to struggle to get a glimpse of the volcano. Getting on at the ports is unorganised and so much rude pushing and shoving. Not a nice experience.
Very little information given about the islands on the tour. It’s just an overpriced ferry really, that lingers around the volcano for about an hour.
The islands you are taken to (Panea and Stromboli) themselves are quite boring with not much to do apart from eat or drink in the time you have.
To top it off the volcano did one thing (I know you can’t expect nature to perform) and the boat was turned to the other side so we couldn’t see! (Due to the boat design only half of the boat can see the volcano at any one time). The boat left the volcano when it was around 9-9.30, it still wasn’t very dark. Don’t expect those amazing lava shots on the advertising pictures. More of a gentle smoke puffing.
If you must do this tour, GO WITH NAVSAL - cheaper, lots of outside space (the whole top deck), so the boat doesn’t need to turn. They also appeared to be much less crowded!!
A HORRENDOUS WASTE OF ONE OF OUR FEW PRECIOUS DAYS IN SICILY!
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