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Take a guided snorkeling tour of Niasca and Paraggi bay in Portofino and enjoy its crystal clear blue waters! Famous for its Posidonia (neptune seagrass) meadows, the bay's seabed is extremely rich in marine flora and fauna. Jump in the water with a mask, a snorkel and your Tour Guide for an absolutely unique experience in this "natural aquarium"!
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 getting settled in the outdoor sports center and supplied with the necessary snorkeling equipment (all sizes available) your local guide will provide you with some basic marine and environmental notions. Comfortably sitting on a terrace, you will be briefed with pictures on the great variety of fish species and marine plants you will come across during the snorkeling tour. After a quick explanation on how to use this equipment, you will be ready to dive!
Your local 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 of the area which together with the near cliff, hosts many species such as tube-worms, starfish, pinna nobilis, sponges and mollusks. Leaving Niasca’s bay to our shoulders, we get into the second part of our journey swimming towards Portofino in a coast section rich 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 meadows and sandy seabeds, housing many different species.
This bay is closed to boat traffic and is therefor completely safe for swimming and snorkeling.
This Tour lasts approximately 1 hour.
Participants must be able to swim comfortably. This activity is not recommended to persons with back pain or injuries.
Please note that a minimum number of 4 participants is required for the Tour to run at the published price. The tour can be arranged for 1, 2 or 3 participants, but other rates may apply. Your booking will be confirmed within 48 hours, subject to availability. If the Tour does not run due to minimum participant threshold, you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund, at your convenience.
Each group has a maximum of 15 participants.
Please also note that this activity is subject to sea & weather conditions. If the Tour does not run due to bad conditions, you will be offered an alternative date or a refund, at your convenience.
The price includes:
Please make sure that you bring: water, bathing suit, sun screen and a beach towel.
Meeting point & time: Via Duca degli Abruzzi 62, località Niasca, Portofino (Genoa) at 3.45 pm. (the tour starts at 4.00 pm). The beach of Niasca is located in the bay of Paraggi between Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino.
Private tours are offered with an additional surcharge of €50.
You must be able to swim to participate in the tour.