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Easy Kayak Tour to Portofino with Optional Snorkeling

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

4. 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.

San Fruttuoso Bay: Half-Day Hiking Tour

5. 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.

Levanto or Monterosso: Cinque Terre and Portofino Boat Tour

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

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Portofino: Guided Mountain Hike with Ice Cream

9. Portofino: Guided Mountain Hike with Ice Cream

Head out to Portofino National Park for a day on the trails on this hiking tour. Take in spectacular coastal views, swim in the sea, and snack on some organic ice cream. Depart from Santa Margherita Ligure train station and cross the national park into the heart of the mountains. Once there, hike through valleys dotted with ancient water mills and reach the top, 610 meters above sea level. Continue along the coast to and stop at some viewing spots along the way. Enjoy panoramic views of the Ligurian coast. Then, go down towards the village of San Rocco, passing by the tiny hamlet of Mortola. This out-of-the-way place can only be reached on foot or by motorcycle. From there a stairway will take you to down the enchanting ancient seaside town of Camogli. Take an invigorating swim in the sea and try some organic ice cream.

Private Tour from Torino: Discover the Italian Riviera

10. 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

4.7 / 5

based on 40 reviews

The tour was a highlight of our vacation. We received a friendly welcome and were well instructed. The kayak tour was very nice and exciting and we were always able to ask questions. The whole family was super surprised how interesting the subsequent snorkeling was. First we received an introduction as well as interesting facts about the bay and its creatures. We saw many different fish. At the end we even got a nice aperitif. The guides were super great and friendly. Any time!

We had a great time, the guide was very nice, we were able to swim, enjoy the landscapes and the guide's explanations. We recommend.

Amazing tour with lots of information about the wildlife in the bay, led by a friendly guide!

Everything worked perfectly. We got a great introduction. Great tour with a great guide.

Leisurely excursion to Portofino - friendly staff followed by an aperitif.