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Genoa: Guided Cetacean Watching Excursion

Genoa: Guided Cetacean Watching Excursion

Activity provider: Consorzio Liguria Via Mare
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From US$ 40.73 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

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4.5 - 5.5 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

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

4.4 /5

based on 84 reviews

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We saw a lot of dolphins and 1 turtle! Unfortunately no whale. And I'm not sure if there are whales at all at this time of year and time of day ??! ?? The introduction was very long and incredibly fast in Italian, the translation for it very short in English and still incomprehensible because it was too quiet and not nearly as detailed as the Italian version, so I think

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July 21, 2021

You have to exchange the voucher for a ticket at the counter, for which you should plan some time. We saw the first whale relatively close to the coast and dolphins right in the harbor. It is also in English but most of what was said was only said in Italian.

June 30, 2021

De boottocht is goed verzorgd. Als je een ticket online boekt moet je die eerst laten “afdrukken” bij het kleine loket bij de boot en dan mag je aan boord. De boottocht duurt 5.5 uur wat voor kinderen wel lang is, dus neem iets van een spelletje mee! Wij hebben uiteindelijk (na 3 uur wachten!) dolfijnen gezien en dan doen ze zeker moeite om de dolfijnen goed in beeld te krijgen! De dame die informatie geeft spreekt vooral Italiaans, ze probeert het in het Engels maar is erg slecht te verstaan. Het is zeker een aanrader.

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July 6, 2022


Product ID: 398752