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“Stromboli at night mini cruise”

Tarnav Minicrociere Isole Eolie
Ranked #6 of 15 Tours in Milazzo
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Owner description: A wide choice of itineraries enable you to discover the most interesting places of the Aeolian Islands. With our modern and comfortable ships, you can visit the most fascinating places you can only reach by sea. Choose your Daily Minicruise and discover the beautiful flora and fauna of the most charming islands of the Mediterranean. Departures from the port of Milazzo.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access
Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

After reading all the negative reviews about pretty much every company that does tours to Stromboli I decided to go with the cheapest option, Tarnav. I set my expectations low and hoped for the best as I boarded the boat. There were two vessels leaving on the same tour, the bigger one was the Queen and that’s where we were. I noticed that this vessel was larger than the other boat and had a sun deck. I knew that’s where I will be watching Stromboli in the evening.
The first leg to Panarea I sat inside by the window and had a very relaxing journey 1.5 hours. I enjoyed Panarea very much. It reminds me of a small Greek island with the white houses and painted blue doors. Many houses are built right into the mountainside. It’s really beautiful to just walk around the narrow streets and get lost. It was a hot day so our walk was short and we decided to have lunch at one of the waterfront restaurants. Panarea is a beautiful island with crystal clear water. I imagine snorkeling would be great here. You get 2.5 hours here.
On to Stromboli. I suggest going to the sun deck since you will be passing by some impressive rock formations and the boat gets pretty close to them. It’s a short ride, under an hour, from Panarea to Stromboli. At the island of Stromboli you get 2.5 hours and should go straight to the black beach and swim in the super salty water, walk up and down the beach in the shallow water. In no time you will have to get back on the boat. Those who reserved dinner prior to leaving the boat for Stromboli are asked to come back at 19:30 and the rest at 19:50. Whether you reserved dinner or not, board the boat at 19;30 and go straight to the sun deck. This is definitely the place to see the volcano and sunset. No matter what side of the boat you’re on, your view will be great. Try to get a seat on the bench and if you’re too late for that, occupy a spot on the side of the boat and don’t move from there. We got incredibly lucky with a clear night and very cooperative Stromboli. It took a bit to get going but then it started erupting so many times that even though I had absolutely no intention of filming it, I took out my phone pressed start and it exploded on demand. Tarnav stayed for a good while longer than the other group boats who turned around after the first two small eruptions. Good way to know an eruption is coming is to look at the top of the crater and when you see cameras flashing at the top, start recording.
All in all it was a great day. Tarnav pleasantly surprised us. Would absolutely recommend this mini cruise to a friend.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

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!!


Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Becaman
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Having spent a week touring Sicily sites by bus this was a nice alternative on a "day off".

We were picked at hotel stops and taken to a harbour on the north coast. The Italian guide filled in facts along the route in 4 different languages (Italian, English, German, French).

Onboard the boat we were taken past some of the spectacular rock formations that can only be seen from a boat, guiding via the boat-lautspeaker system again in multiple languages. Easy to understand and a good mix of facts and myths.

On Lipari we had a couple of hours to spend on our own; enough time to go for a walk or take a taxi tour round the island (fixed price per person and the taxi had to be full; otherwise the driver would not go).

Next stop Vulcano, in size and colour very different from Lipari. You can pay to take a dip in the mud pool (stink like rotten egg but is said to be very health), or you can take a swim from the black sand shore.

Walking bare feet on the black sand in shallow water along the coast was very nice and relaxing and you have feet as soft as baby's feet after.

Being only two going together and not insisting on sitting together it was not a problem that there was a school excursion and the boat full, the kids around 12 were eager to practice English and squized tight to make room

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Mona N
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We took the Tarnav tour to Strmboli and Panarea on a beautful April day. The ship is well built for its purpose.
On Panarea I highly recommend to go to the prehistoric site. As it s a 40 min walk eac way and you have 2 hours on the island best way is to take the electric car taxi. If thete are none in the harbour, call or ask the lady in the minimarket to do it for you. They drop you in a point when you need to walk for 10 min. Part f it is stairs up hill but it is short.
They stop at some beautifl spots on the way and then you have time in Stromboli.
Just before sunset you go to the place when stromboli activty (fire and if you are lucky lava going down the mountain to the sea).
You reach Milazzo around 2200.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank mulibenzvi
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We were at the cruise to Panera and Stromboli, the stops at the harbors were to long but the end of the day was the biggest disappointment after all the people waited to see the show of the mountain after dark nothing happened and suddenly the boat start to rush back, all the rest of the ships stayed there , they told us that the mountain wouldn’t show his Magic’s but half an hour earlier they told us to look.
Shame of you!

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank yobar41
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