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From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

1. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

Spend a full day navigating the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre at a close range, with a peaceful boat trip along the coast. Meet your guide and depart from the Mirabello port of La Spezia. During the tour, visit Golfo Della Spezia, Portovenere, Palmaria island, Le Rosse, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. Take the opportunity to plunge into the refreshing waters for a swim or a snorkel. Feel free to stop as many times as you like wherever you like.  Arrive in Monterosso at lunchtime and enjoy a 1.5-hour stop to explore the town and find somewhere to eat lunch. After the break, meet your crew back at the boat and set sail back towards La Spezia. 

Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

2. Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

Ride by boat to three different islands all located in the majestic Gulf of Poets. Swim in the Ligurian Sea, and make visits to Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto, and experience untouched natures in a completely unique environment. Snorkel and discover the underwater world, and relax on the boat for a true day at sea. Meet your captain and depart from Portovenere for a day of sightseeing and relaxation. Breathe in the salt air and experience the Torre Scola, a historical ruin that begs to be photographed and discussed. Then, make a swim stop at La Maiella and explore the marine world while snorkeling. Then, head to the lighthouse of Tino Island, where you can see the Madonnina emerge from the TInetto Sea. Find yourself next in the Blue Cave, and take some time to learn about the Church of San Pietro. Notice the nature all around and feel how it calms the nerves of a busy lifestyle. Before heading back to port, discover Saint Peter's Church, said to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

3. 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.

Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

4. Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

Enjoy a relaxing time crossing the entire Gulf dei Poeti and reach the wonderful villages of Santerenzo, Lerici and Tellaro from Portovenere in a beautiful boat. The major points of interest we will come across will be Baia Blu, the village of Santerenzo, Lerici and its incredible castle, La Caletta (swim stop), the bay of Fiascherino, the village of Tellaro and Punta Corvo. Then we will take the Palmaria (swim stop), Tino and Tinetto tour, the three islands of the Arcipelago Spezzino. Near Tinetto Island you can admire also a statue of a white "Madonnina".

1-Hour Snorkeling Tour in Paraggi Bay, Portofino

5. 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.

La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

6. La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

Admire the dynamic cliffs, beaches, and towns of the Cinque Terre on this sailing tour from La Spezia. Cruise past the picturesque villages of Portovenere and Lerici and the islands Palmaria and Tino. Relax as you sip on water and wine as you sail. Meet your skipper at the dock in La Spezia. Hop aboard and feel the wind in your hair as you sail away in a modern sailboat. Cross the Gulf of Poets and see the vibrantly colored houses that hug the hills and shores of the villages of Portovenere and Lerici. Admire the rocky landscapes of the small islands of Palmaria and Tino. Make your way along the villages of the Cinque Terre with a stop in front of Vernazza where you can see the Santa Margherita di Antiochia Church from the water. Take a refreshing dip in the sea in the waters of a pristine marine protected area. If you want to learn how to captain a sailboat, your skipper can give you a sailing lesson. Return to dock in La Spezia at the end of your tour.

From Levanto: Guided Cinque Terre Boat Cruise

7. From Levanto: Guided Cinque Terre Boat Cruise

Embark on a guided boat cruise from Levanto and discover the Cinque Terre on Italy’s Ligurian coast. Pass by vibrant seaside villages, enjoy snacks and an aperitif on board, and stop at the charming town of Vernazza. Board a boat in Levanto and set out to see Italy’s beautiful Cinque Terre. Pass by the vibrant towns of  Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore, stopping to take pictures from the water. Then, disembark at Vernazza, enjoying some free time to wander around this quaint seaside village. Back on board, learn about the history and way of life in this region from your guide. Savor regional delicacies and sip on prosecco as you cruise along Italy’s rugged coastline. And, if you’re feeling up to it, take a dip in the pristine waters of the Cinque Terre National Park. 

Portovenere: Islands, Caves, and Red Cliffs Boat Tour

8. Portovenere: Islands, Caves, and Red Cliffs Boat Tour

Enjoy this relaxing experience dedicated to authenticity of the most beautiful places in the Gulf of Poets. The major points of interest in which we will come across will be Torre Scola, La Maiella (swim stop), The lighthouse of the Tino Island, The Madonnina emerging from the Tinetto sea, the Blue Cave, the Church of Saint Peter, the Byron Cave and the Red Cliffs (swim stop). In this boat trip you will admire Portovenere and his Islands from an unique point of view. If you are a sea lover, this trip is the best for you!

From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

9. From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

Relax on an amazing boat trip from Portovenere to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Swim in the clearest water of the Ligurian sea. Admire the views of the coastline of Liguria from the boat. Sail by landmarks such as St. Peter's church, the Red Cliffs, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. On the way back we will stop to swim in a beautiful cove called "Tramonti", where you can see typical Ligurian houses built on the cliffs.

Monterosso al Mare: Kayak and Snorkel Tour to Punta Mesco

10. Monterosso al Mare: Kayak and Snorkel Tour to Punta Mesco

Reconnect with nature and the outdoors on a guided kayaking and snorkeling adventure tour around the green and secluded areas of Cinque Terre National Park. Kayak from Monterroso al Mare to Punta Mesco and venture underwater with included snorkeling gear. If you are a nature lover and are looking for exclusive places, you cannot miss this tour: after meeting by the water in Monterosso al Mare, gear up with included kayak and safety gear and start your adventure by paddling in the direction of Levanto. Continue up to Punta Mesco, one of the most important marine areas of the Cinque Terre National Park, and admire the pristine coast overlooking the sea. Immerse yourself in the wild vegetation and the scene of myths of local fishermen. In the silence of this place accessible only by boats without engines, take the rare opportunity to relax in magical water with a thousand shades of blue. Explore the underwater world while scuba diving before heading back to Monterosso al Mare.

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4.6 / 5

based on 110 reviews

We had a great day. Sergio is an amazing host, he takes the time to show around and explain each place. The landscape, the color of the water and the colored houses are fantastic. PS important to know in advance if we are seasick, as the waves can be strong. There were 13 of us on the boat for the trip and only me and my wife came back for the return trip because the others were sick.

This was a magical experience seeing the stunning coastline from the water. We had an expert guide with us who talked us through all of the local nature and sea life. I highly recommend this experience especially with children

It was a wonderful experience and felt like a luxury trip on the boat with Jonathon. I would recommend to take this tour in morning as you will get to swim in crystal clear water and enjoy the sunrise at the same time.

Amazing way to see the five villages. Matteo was a great host - very friendly, funny and full of knowledge. Definitely recommend jumping in for a swim!

Excellent activated! Ideal for a day of relaxation: boating, swimming, a walk in Monterosso with enough time for a restaurant.