Portofino snorkeling tours

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Eco-Guided Snorkeling Tours in Portofino

The marine park and the Christ of the Abyss

Join our naturalist guides to explore the unspoiled reefs of Portofino: you will be surprised by the exceptional concentration of biodiversity and species richness. Swimming in this natural aquarium accompanied by our local guides will be an unforgettable experience. In addition, with good sea conditions, you will have the chance to see the underwater statue of the Christ of the Abyss, a Portofino icon.
- Portofino Snorkeling Team

from May through October

every Monday and Thursday. Other days available on request for a minimum of five participants.

departure time 2:30 pm

Meeting at 2:00 pm at the dive base

duration approx. 3 hours

exploring 2 unspoiled spots in the marine park

Adults € 95 / Children € 75 *

including boat ride, naturalist guide, marine park fee,
mask, snorkel and fins.
* Under 16

Tour description

Our dive boat leaves the harbour of Santa Margherita Ligure every Monday and Thursday at 2:30 pm for a guided snorkeling tour in the Portofino National Marine Park.

In calm sea conditions, the boat stops first in the enchanting San Fruttuoso bay to allow our guests to admire the famous statue of Christ of the Abyss.

After a brief look at the ancient monastery from the sea, we head for one of the many submerged reefs, reachable only by authorized boat tour operators, to observe a wide variety of flora and fauna typical of the Mediterranean Sea.

Important things to know before making a reservation
Avg. water
May 18°-20°C
June 20°-22°C
July 22°-24°C
August 24°-26°C
September 26°-24°C
October 22°-20°C

The water temperature is around 18°C at the beginning of May to reach peaks of 26°-27°C between the end of August and the beginning of September. We provide appropriate thermal protection wetsuits included in the price.

The visibility on the surface is very variable because it is affected by waves, currents and rains. Normally in summer the average visibility is about 15-20 meters, but it can drop to less than 10 meters in certain occasions or it can reach 25 meters in special weather conditions.

Sometimes the weather makes it impossible to get to the Christ of the Abyss and other outer snorkeling sites. When this happens, we head to other prime Portofino snorkeling destinations away from rough seas. We leave these decision in the Captain’s competent hands.

Rain is NOT considered a factor for tour cancellation.

To participate in our snorkeling excursions you need to know how to swim and be in good physical shape.

Our Dive Boat

We will make your Portofino snorkeling adventure comfortable, exciting, and unforgettable aboard our luxury dive boat, outfitted with a large awning to protect from sun and rain, freshwater shower and toilette. You will be able to move freely on the wide deck without worrying about falling over obstructions or stubbing your toes. The entry and exit from the water is very convenient thanks to an ergonomic and anti-slip ladder. 

We offer a family-friendly environment suitable for all ages. Join one of our snorkel tours in Portofino and discover one of  most hidden natural jewels in the Mediterranean Sea.

Check-in / What to bring

Check-in time 14:00 .
(departure 14:30)

Please make sure to be at 14:00 at the following address:

via Jacopo Ruffini, 47
Santa Margherita Ligure

What to bring:

  • Swimsuit, towel and flip-flops
  • Remedies for seasickness
Terms and Conditions


Securing a reservation with your payment means you accept the terms and conditions of our Cancellation Policy below:

  • Cancellation received with more than 14 days notice: full refund less online payment provider fee (4,5% max).
  • Cancellations made between 14 days and 2 days (48 hours) from check-in date will receive a 50% refund of the amount paid or a voucher of 100% the amount paid valid for one year from cancellation date.
  • Cancellations made less than 48 hours from the check-in time will forfeit the amount paid.
  • "No-show" will forfeit the amount paid.
  • In the unfortunate event that boat trips are cancelled due to weather conditions or other unforeseeable changes caused by Portofino Divers, we will refund 100% of the amount paid for the cancelled tours.

Portofino Snorkeling Tour

Select a date to reserve your seat on the boat

Our boat tours run every Monday and Thursday when the minimum number of participants is reached. Custom dates available upon request.

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