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From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

1. From Genoa: Roundtrip Boat Tour to Portofino

Spend the afternoon exploring Portofino, just a short trip down the coast from Genoa. Check out the amazing scenery along the way and explore the charming and unique village for the afternoon. Depart from Genoa's Porto Antico Calata Mandraccio and head to Portofino. As you travel along the coast, admire the beautiful cliffs and coastal scenery. Camogli, the San Fruttuoso Bay, the Portofino Promontory, and the white lighthouse on the cliff await you. The natural beauty of the area is sure to amaze. In Portofino, visit the square, the famous boutiques, and admire the unique views in front of the church of San Giorgio. Maybe treat yourself to gelato before returning to Genoa at approximately 6:30 PM.

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 Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

4. From Genova: Portofino Return Transfer by Open-Top Bus

Join us on this tour dedicated to the discovery of Genoa, its coast and the enchanting resort of Portofino. This experience will make you admire the beauties of Liguria, discovering a coast full of unique and breathtaking views, the tour will start from Genoa reaching Portofino along the Riviera di Levante, crossing typical places such as Camogli, Santa Margherita Ligure and Rapallo. Our one-storey panoramic open-top bus will take you in an hour from Genoa to Portofino, the onboard staff will be happy to provide information about the coast and curiosities of Liguria. Once in Portofino you will have free time to discover this renowned Ligurian resort. Prepare your camera and come and discover with us the Italian Riviera!

Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

5. 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

6. 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.

San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour

7. San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour

Explore the Liguria region on a half-day hiking trip through the stunning Portofino Park. 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 1,5 hours hiking through the Mediterranean forest, reach the first stop, where you can have a rest and admire an outstanding view. Continue to hike 2h through the beautiful Portofino Natural Park you'll reach San Fruttuoso Bay and relax on one of the most beautiful beaches in Liguria. Here you can have a lunch in the local restaurant or bar. Your guide will show you how to get back with the local ferry, you can choose to enjoy this amazing beach as long as you like and back with one of the several ferries running daily back to Camogli. Return to Camogli by ferry and admire views of the natural park from the sea.

From Recco: Camogli to Portofino Park E-Bike Tour with Lunch

8. From Recco: Camogli to Portofino Park E-Bike Tour with Lunch

Ride along scenic roads offering views of the ocean on a guided e-bike trip from the town of Camogli to the world-famous Portofino. Discover incredible panoramic viewpoints of the gulf from the hills and explore picturesque villages with colorful homes, with a stop for lunch. Start your journey in Recco and head over to the neighboring Camogli, one of the most beautiful villages of the riviera. Walk through its characteristic narrow alleyways, then visit the beautiful Baroque church and the charming Castel Dragone for a cultural experience. Ride up along the road that links Camogli with the surrounding hills. From the churchyard, you'll admire striking views of the gulf below. Enter Portofino Park and keep riding uphill before stopping for a well-deserved lunch in a typical restaurant. After lunch, ride through small paths carved in the rocks, completely surrounded by nature, to fully immerse yourself in the Ligurian landscape. At the end of the path, reach the elegant resort of Portofino, where you'll climb up to the Church of St George. On the way back, follow the coastal road to Santa Margherita Ligure to visit the town. Depending on your schedule and energy by the end of the tour, you can opt to head back to Recco by train, or ride back into town.

Levanto or Monterosso: Cinque Terre and Portofino Boat Tour

9. Levanto or Monterosso: Cinque Terre and Portofino Boat Tour

Soak up the atmosphere of the Italian Riviera on this guided boating day trip from Levanto or Monterosso. Glide into in the bays of Bonassola, Framura and Sestri Levante where you can go for a dip in the sea. Sip prosecco and snack on some traditional Ligurian dishes as you sail. Choose from a tour that departs at the activity provider's office in Levanto or Monterosso and hop aboard a comfortable ship that has a restroom onboard. Cruise past 5 vibrant seaside towns and several bays and stop to take pictures. Swim or snorkel in the crystal-clear bays of Bonassola, Framura and Sestri Levante. Listen while your guide explains the history and way of life in the area. Savor an aperitif of regional delicacies paired with sparkling, white wine. Make a stop in the breathtaking village of Portofino, where you can the narrow streets, cafes, and boutique shops for a while before boarding your boat to return to Levanto or Monterosso.

From La Spezia: Private Portofino Cruise w/ Lunch and Drinks

10. From La Spezia: Private Portofino Cruise w/ Lunch and Drinks

Embark on a relaxing adventure along the Ligurian coast and admire its charming towns from the water. Take a private cruise departing from La Spezia, then head over to Portofino, Porto Venere, and San Fruttoso. Take a dip in the ocean, go snorkeling, and enjoy lunch and drinks on board. Board your luxurious boat in La Spezia and set sail toward Portofino, a staple of Italy's elegant lifestyle. Take in its Mediterranean vibes before navigating toward Porto Venere and San Fruttoso. Visit the Grotta di Lord Byron and seize the opportunity to go swimming and snorkeling. Sit back and sip on a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink as you travel along the coastline. Taste a delicious lunch of local products on board at one of your stops.

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What people are saying about Portofino

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 536 reviews

Aldo was an amazing guide with a genuine love for nature and the Liguria region. Always helpfull and charming he made an beautiful hike into a really interesting experience. The woods were fresh and relaxing and the viewpoints pretty and the destination, well just look at the pictures of San Fruttuoso.

It’s 5 stars purely for Portofino which is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately after one and half hour on boat you only get one hour and 10 minutes there so it feels rushed. Could have done with another hour.

Great would definitely recommend it Bring water, soft drinks on the boat as there is nothing on board Also time in portofino is too short but that’s the only downside

Wonderful if you can only go to see Portofino for about an hour and enjoy the boat ride there and back. We really liked it and highly recommend it!

Excellent! Nice trip on the boat and to see Portofino!