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Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

1. Genova : Boat Tour to Camogli, San Fruttuoso, & Portofino

Experience a full-day boating excursion and discover three of the most charming villages in Liguria: Camogli, San Fruttuoso, and Portofino. You can choose to visit all 3 villages, or just stop and enjoy one or two of them when booking. The ferry connects the charming fishing villages of Camogli and San Fruttuoso while offering visitors a boat trip around Golfo Paradiso with stunning views and unforgettable sights. Depart from Genova in the morning aboard the motorboat Città di Camogli and enjoy panoramic coastal views on your way to the harbor of Camogli. If you choose to visit San Fruttuoso, you will find a charming fishing village located on the promontory of Portofino and the Abbey of San Fruttuoso. After leaving the dock from Camogli, passengers will catch sight of beautiful views of the tiny village. Next, you'll be able to admire the majesty of Portofino mountain, the pudding-stone landmark outcrop of Punta Chiappa. Then you'll pass the exclusive hamlet of San Fruttuoso, followed by the famous Hermit's Grotto and the Cala dell'Oro. Both of these locations are protected areas where boats are prohibited. In Portofino, you will find the awe-inspiring blue sea, the lush green vegetation at the edge of the cliffs, and the elegance of villas along the coast. Passengers often sight striped bottle-nosed dolphins and the other dolphins that live in these coastal waters.

Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

2. Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

This easy kayak tour is suitable for all levels to explore the beauties of the Park of Portofino and its Marine Protected Area. In the company of a kayak instructor and marine guide, you paddle along the coast from Paraggi to the picturesque port of Portofino and beyond to the Olivetta and the Lighthouse. Be captured by the charm of these areas rich in history and curiosity. The beauty of Portofino as seen from the sea, will make you feel as though you are in a postcard. At the feet of the lighthouse where nature gets more "wild", take a refreshing dip in front of the breathtaking landscape is an experience not to be missed. Alternatively, pick the sunset option and enjoy the unspoiled coastline of Portofino Park at dusk, the best hour when crowds leave and the landscapes turn quiet again. Explore Portofino’s unique territory and hidden gems from the sea and land. Savor an excellent apperitivo with local natural wine and food. Upgrade for a kayak and snorkel combo in the Bay of Paraggi to explore the rich underwater flora and fauna.

1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

3. 1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

Meet your guide in Niasca, a sandy beach nestled in the vegetation of the Mediterranean Sea, next to Paraggi Bay, famous for its  crystal clear blue water. After you're supplied with the necessary snorkeling equipment (all sizes available), you'll be introduced to your guide. Comfortably sitting on the terrace, you will be briefed with pictures on the great variety of fish species and marine plants you'll come across while snorkeling. After a quick explanation on how to use thew equipment, you'll be ready to dive. This bay, forbidden to boat traffic is completely safe for swimming.  Your guide will lead you underwater searching for hidden treasures in Portofino’s Marine Protected Area. During the first part of the excursion inside Niasca’s bay, you will swim above one of the most extended posidonia meadows in the area, which together with the near cliff, hosts many species, such as tube-worms, starfish, pinna nobilis, posidonia, sponges and mollusks. Then you will head to the second part of the journey, swimming towards Portofino, amidst a cross section of fish species, such as sea breams, gilt-head bream, sea bass, moray eel, damsel and many more. Crossing the bay, you’ll swim above different habitats, such as posidonia meadow and sandy seabed, housing many different species.

From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

4. From Genoa: Full-Day Tour of Genoa and Portofino

Genoa, the largest medieval town in Europe, maintains the charm of the ancient maritime republic. Your day will start in the ancient harbor, renovated in 1992 by the architect Renzo Piano. Here, your friendly and professional guide will lead you through the labyrinth of narrow alleyways of the old town to discover the many attractions of this city on an inspiring walking tour. After free time for lunch, hop-on your air-conditioned coach for a scenic ride following the Tigullio Gulf, nicknamed the Dolphins Gulf due to the large school of dolphins that are often spotted there, to reach the colorful village of Santa Margherita Ligure. Here, take the boat for a mini-cruise to the charming fishing village of Portofino, a half-moon shaped seaside village whose beauty has been narrated across the millennia by writers and poets such as Guy de Maupassant. The journey will end with a return by boat to Genoa.

San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour with Lunch

5. San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour with Lunch

Explore the Liguria region on a half-day hiking trip through the stunning Portofino Park. Taste traditional Italian cuisine during lunch with a beautiful seaside view, and be amazed by the secret beach of San Fruttuoso. Meet your guide at the train station in Camogli and start your tour through the beautiful Portofino Natural Park. After a couple of hours hiking through the Mediterranean forest, reach the lunch spot, where you can admire an outstanding view. Continue to San Fruttuoso Bay and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria. Return to Camogli by ferry and admire views of the natural park from the sea.

Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

6. Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

Together with a professional instructor, learn the basic techniques of the stand up paddle board in the bay of Paraggi which is an extremely safe area to learn in as it is closed off to nautical traffic. Enjoy a 45 minutes lesson which will teach you how to manage your board and use your paddle safely. After the course, put your new technique into practice. Explore the wonders of the promontory and protected marine area of Portofino from an unusual perspective. Thanks to the perfectly perpendicular position on the sea, you can enjoy breathtaking views, above and below the water. Paddle from Paraggi to Portofino and admire this charming little port, the Castle of Paraggi, San Giorgio's Church and Castello Brown. Get tips and local knowledge from your English-speaking guide.

Portofino: Coasteering Tour

7. Portofino: Coasteering Tour

Embark on a journey between land and sea, and follow your guides on a different adventure to discover Italy's coast. Go coasteering from Portofino to Paraggi Bay on a fun and safe sea, rock, and coastline exploration, observing the natural beauty of the coastal area along your way. After your initial briefing, don your wetsuit and start your coasteering adventure. Learn a new sport. Coasteering involves diving into the sea, and climbing up rocks as you move along a stretch of coast in the intertidal zone — the coastal area that depends on the tides.

Private Tour from Torino: Discover the Italian Riviera

8. Private Tour from Torino: Discover the Italian Riviera

Take in the extraordinary views of Portofino and Camogli, two fishing villages nestled in the heart of the Italian Rivera Portofino in this private tour from your accommodation in Torino. Drive through Camogli, a romantic little seaside town with vibrantly painted houses stacked along an emerald shore. Next, head to Portofino, famous among the rich and famous for its charming houses, shops, and piazzetta overlooking the picturesque harbor. See the sailboats and yachts dotting the harbor.

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What people are saying about Portofino

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 41 reviews

It was an exceptional experience. We were lucky to have chosen September as a period, it was just me and my boyfriend and the guides so it was dedicated only to us. Their availability and kindness was magnificent. After the canoe ride and snorkeling we were offered an aperitif with focaccia, wine and soft drink. I highly recommend trying these experiences with this group of guys.

Manuel was an excellent instructor. We had a great weather day and Portofino is gorgeous. We would highly recommend this experience to anyone comfortable in the water.

Great excursion welcome punctuality pity that the stops are not longer The boat is good value for money I recommend this crossing

We enjoyed kayak tour very much. It is not physicaly demanding our guide provided us with interesting info.

Adorei a visita nas 3 cidades, barcos pontuais e tempo necessário para fazer a visita com tranquilidade.