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Genoa: Guided Cetacean Watching Excursion

Genoa: Guided Cetacean Watching Excursion

Activity provider: Consorzio Liguria Via Mare

From US$ 38.76 per person

Embark on a cetacean-watching excursion in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Spot a variety of cetaceans with expert marine biologist guides, and learn more about their behavior and feeding habits.

About this activity

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Italian
Wheelchair accessible


  • Spend an exciting day in the open sea searching for aquatic mammals with marine biologist guides
  • Take incredible pictures native cetacean species
  • Learn more about the conservation efforts of the Pelagos Sanctuary
Full description

Upon arrival on the boat receive an introductory briefing about the Pelagos Sanctuary from your expert marine biologist guide. Learn more about its history and conservation programs. Learn about the species that populate it, including fin whales, sperm whales, Cuvier’s beaked whales, bottlenose dolphins, and many more. Set sail on the open sea and reach some of the most favorable locations to spot various species of marine mammals in their natural habitat. Wait in anticipation of spotting a distant breach, or a jump that announces the arrival of a pod of dolphins. In full compliance with the directives aimed at not causing disturbance to the inhabitants, approach the aquatic mammals by boat and catch amazing sights of them frolicking in their natural habitat. Learn more about the curiosities of the species with your expert guide. Appreciate the sights of these beautiful creatures while the biologists explain more about the diet and behavior of the observed species. After admiring the jumps or breaches, go in search of other marine species within the sanctuary. Feel free to ask the guides plenty of questions and learn about the important work being undertaken to protect native marine life.

  • 4.5 or 5.5-hour marine mammal watching experience (depending on which option is selected)
  • Expert marine biologist guide
  • Insurance
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Merchandise
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Arrive at the local partner's ticket office located at the beginning of the "Aquarium Pier", Ponte Spinola

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • The excursion may be canceled one day before in case of bad weather or sea conditions
  • As this excursion takes place in a natural habitat sightings of whale species cannot be guaranteed. The experience of the crew and scientific staff allows a chance of seeing whales statistically equal to 95%
  • In the case of no sightings, it is possible to take part in a new excursion in the same season, taking advantage of a 50% discount
  • Bar service is available onboard
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 142 reviews

Review summary

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We have seen a few different groups of dolphins and couple of young whales. The was a presentation on the lower deck which i missed as is didn't know it was happening. I struggled to understand the English commentary with the strong Italian accent until i got more used to it. I thought from the pictures that binoculars would be provided but they weren't, this said, most of the animals were possible to see without binoculars. There are toilets on board (not great though).

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August 9, 2022

It was great. Well organized. Nice people. The crew was very motivated and we saw around 40 to 50 dolphins in total. We also saw 2 whales about 8m from the ship. We were also on the road for at least 6 hours. There was a certificate for the children, which I thought was a great idea. All in all an unforgettable day. Many Thanks.

August 3, 2022

Living the sea, sailing and seeing cetaceans in their natural environment is a unique and exciting experience. The explanations of the guide give scientific, curious, interesting information on the seabed and on the fish species present as well as wandering around the magical world of cetaceans. EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED

July 28, 2022

Product ID: 398752