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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.

Portofino Stand Up Paddleboard Experience

3. 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 with Lunch

4. 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.

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What people are saying about Portofino

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.

Beautiful experience, the guys at the sports center very kind and easy-going, our guide Edoardo told us the curiosities of Portofino and its surroundings while we paddled, we also did a stretch in the open sea but always with safety. Fun and highly recommended! Seeing the sea canoe room is an experience to do !!

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.

We were there on March 11, the guide is very friendly. the excursion was unforgettable and we were not cold thanks to the suits provided. Activity to do!!

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