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Genoa: Cetacean Watching Cruise with Marine Biologist Guide

Genoa: Cetacean Watching Cruise with Marine Biologist Guide

Activity provider: Consorzio Liguria Via Mare

From US$ 43.40 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.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Italian, English
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

Join a cetacean-watching boat tour in the Pelagos Sanctuary with a marine biologist guide. See the marine animals in their natural habitat and learn about their species, habits, behavior, and more.

Upon arrival, receive an introductory briefing about the Pelagos Sanctuary from your expert marine biologist guide. Learn more about its history, conservation programs, and 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 non-disturbance directives, approach the aquatic mammals by boat and see them frolicking in their natural habitat. Learn more about the curiosities of the species from your expert biologist guide, including their diet and mannerisms. 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.

  • Marine mammal-watching experience
  • Expert marine biologist guide
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Merchandise

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Meeting point

Arrive at the local partner's ticket office located at the beginning of the "Aquarium Pier", Ponte Spinola. Please arrive 40 minutes prior to departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • The excursion may be canceled one day before in the case of bad weather or sea conditions
  • Sightings are common but cannot be guaranteed
  • 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 154 reviews

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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