Bue Marino cave

Welcome to Bue Marino Cave’s website, a magical and fascinating place located in the centre of the Gulf of Orosei in Sardinia. This marine cave is now open to visitors for about 1 km, but it is part of a large complex that extends for over 70 km inland. It is named after the monk seals, which the shepherds called "Su Oe 'e Mare" (sea ox), because they used the cave as a shelter. The cave is divided into three different branches: the southern branch open to the public, the northern branch temporarily reserved for speleological visits, and the central or middle branch, intended for those who practice underwater speleology. The first tours in the cave date back to the 1950s, when shepherds and fishermen used to take researchers and curious people inside the northern branch. Bue Marino Cave became famous for the colony of seals that populated it until the 1970s when it was the most numerous in Italy. Furthermore, the cave is interesting for the presence of some petroglyphs dating back to Ozieri Culture that represent the "Dance of the Sun". The presence of fresh water inside the cave suggests that it was a sacred place for the ancient inhabitants of these lands. The meeting point between fresh water and sea water is indeed clearly visible inside the cave.

Do not miss the opportunity to visit this treasure of nature and discover its secrets and its millenarian history.