On the trail of the monk seal
They are named after the name the local people gave to the monk seal, because of its similarity to the more common bovine. Today the seal has disappeared in these parts, on the verge of extinction, yet the beauty of these natural wonders, one of the major attractions of the Gulf of Orosei, remains intact.
We are talking about the Grotte del Bue Marino (Sea Ox Caves), along the coast of Dorgali. Characterised by a majestic two-arched entrance overlooking the sea, the caves wind their way along more than ten kilometres. Of the two main branches, it is the southern one that awaits you for an exciting visit, thanks to an equipped route with floodlights through stalactites and stalagmites, beams of light that penetrate the interior offering a unique chromatic spectacle, freshwater lakes and underground rivers.
There is also no shortage of rock engravings dating back to the Neolithic period, testifying to a human presence dating back more than a thousand years. In the summer, you can attend a spectacular concert as part of the Cala Gonone Jazz festival.
To reach this wonder of nature, all you have to do is board the numerous boats departing from the ports of Arbatax, Cala Gonone, Orosei and Santa Maria Navarrese.