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Genoa: Guided Whale Watching Excursion

4.3 / 5

63 reviews

Genoa: Guided Whale Watching Excursion

From US$ 39.70 per person

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

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
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 whales with marine biologist guides
  • Take incredible pictures native whale and dolphin 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 whales 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 whales or dolphins 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-hour whale watching experience
  • Expert marine biologist guide
  • Insurance
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Merchandising
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

At the beginning of the "Aquarium Pier", Ponte Spinola, you will find the ticket office of the local partner "Consorzio Liguria Via Mare"

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Binoculars

Know before you go

  • The excursion may be canceled one day before in case of bad weather or sea conditions
  • The probability of seeing whale species is high throughout the year
  • 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
  • On Tuesdays and Wednesdays the duration may be 1 hour longer in order to pick up more passengers from a different harbor
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 63 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

I was hoping to see a whale, unfortunately it wasn't like this but the experience of seeing many striped dolphins was moving, live it's not like on TV, they leave something in the soul. We were also lucky enough to see a turtle. The explanation was interesting and professional.

August 24, 2021

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