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Portovenere: Isola Palmaria, Tino, and Tinetto Boat Tour

1. 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

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 La Spezia: Cinque Terre Full-Day Boat Tour

4. 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. 

Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

5. Cinque Terre Sunset Boat Tour

Departing from Monterosso, enjoy a welcome drink as you sail across the Cinque Terre, all the way to Riomaggiore and Punta Montenero on the south-east side of the National Park. Take a swimming break in a secluded bay, diving into the clear waters of the Ligurian sea. Once you're all back on the boat, navigate towards Punta Mesco, across the most north-western point of Cinque Terre National Park. Admire the fascinating landscape of lights and colors, and if you are lucky, spot some dolphins breaching the sea surface. In a unique atmosphere that only this picturesque bay at sunset can offer, enjoy a savory, rich Italian "aperitivo" made with fresh, regional ingredients.

From La Spezia: Sail Boat Tour with Local Snacks and Drink

6. From La Spezia: Sail Boat Tour with Local Snacks and Drink

Discover the beauty of the Italian Riviera on this guided boat tour from La Spezia. Explore the charming streets of Porto Venere, visit a fishing village, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters, and savor light snacks with a glass of wine. Leave from the port of La Spezia, Lerici, or Portovenere, onboard a typical boat that mussel farmers usually use, adapted to Italian comfort, and elegance. Head towards the Porto Venere where you can also go down to visit the small narrow streets created by the small colored houses and the fantastic church of San Pietro directly on the sea. Then, take your first dive in the blue waters to the red, so-called wine-colored cliff. Afterward, skirt all three islands and stop for a snorkeling session in the crystal-clear blue waters. Visit Tellaro, a typical fishing village, and skirt the entire coast of Lerici to make a new stop in a beautiful cove with Roman remains at the bottom of the sea. End the experience with some typical local products and a glass of local wine offered by your guide.

La Spezia: Full-Day Cinque Terre Sailing Tour

7. 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 Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

8. From Porto Venere: Cinque Terre Villages Boat Tour

Relax yourself in an amazing boat trip from Portovenere to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Swim in the clearest water of Ligurian sea. In this experience you will visit from the sea a lot of the most beautiful places in Liguria: 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. Snorkeling kit is included.

Portovenere: Santerenzo, Lerici, & Tellaro Guided Boat Tour

9. 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".

From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Yacht Tour w/Lunch and Drinks

10. From La Spezia: Cinque Terre Yacht Tour w/Lunch and Drinks

Starting at Porto Mirabello in La Spezia at 10am we make our way through the historical Golfo Dei Poeti towards the Portovenere Regional Natural Park and the islands of Palmaria and Tino and Tinetto . Stop for a light lunch and drinks in this stunning location. Visit pristine secret swimming areas and teaming with colorful fish . The yacht travels through a stunning landscape on the way to the Cinque Terre. Once Inside the 5 Terre enjoy the view of dramatic colorful houses and ancient vineyards which cling to the steep terraces. See all of the five villages, Riomaggiore , Manarola, Corneglia, Vernazza and Monterosso from the unique perspective from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Return to Porto Mirabello at around 5pm.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 110 reviews

We had a fantastic and unforgettable full day boat trip from La Spezia to Cinque Terre. The weather was fantastic and we were only 7 people plus our English-speaking skipper, Andrea, on the boat. Everyone spoke English – US and Australia, so the discussions and conversation went happily. Andrea sailed close to all the towns so we could capture the moments with our camera. We anchored at "Monterosso Al Mare", where we went swimming with the fish. Andrea served a light lunch consisting of sardines, Italian sausage, cheese, tomatoes, focaccia bread and wine. There was beer and water ad libitum during the entire sailing trip. On the way back to La Spezia there was time for sunbathing and an extra swim on the approach to La Spezia - it was wonderful. We can only give this full-day boat trip our best recommendations.

The boat ride was incredible! The views they give you was more than enough but then you get the wonderful host who lives there to tell you the history, finds the best spot to go snorkeling, and then the captain makes you fresh food on the grill off the side of the boat. Then with wine in your hand you can enjoy the ride back while watching the sunset. It was amazing!

It was an amazing trip with Sergio skipper. He was nice and solid. We had twice swimming times, children loved jumping from the boat. You’d should take proper sun creme and hat as the shadow is limited on the boat.

Captain and assistant were fabulous. What an incredible experience. Beautiful views a great swim and great food. Exceeded expectations

Eat before you go, there wasn't a lot of food, and mostly seafood. But overall the experience was wonderful.