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Whale watching is an activity that consists of observing dolphins, whales and other cetaceans in their natural environment.

The Ligurian Sea is the ideal place to practice whale watching as it is home to the Pelagos Cetacean Sanctuary, a protected marine area, established in 1991, that covers 100,000 km² in the portion of sea between Toulon, on the Côte d’Azur, northern Sardinia, and Tuscany.

Liguria, therefore, lies right in the middle of this large protected area.

The oceanographic and climatic conditions of this stretch of sea have allowed the establishment of a favourable food chain, guaranteeing the survival of eight species of cetaceans including fin whales, sperm whales and dolphins.

Let’s discover together the guided whale watching excursions organised in Genoa that lead to a closer look at these marvellous marine mammals.

In the article, you will also find some useful information on how to organise the cetacean watching activity as the best time, what to bring and how to dress, and how to buy tickets at the best price.

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Tour information

Whale watching excursions are conducted by specialised tour operators who take Genoese and tourists out to the open sea with the aim of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine mammals in their natural habitat.

The operators employ expert marine biologists who can provide information on the animals, their behaviour, marine ecology and conservation.

This activity also aims to raise awareness of issues related to the conservation of marine habitats and the protection of endangered species.

Where the tours depart

Whale watching tours in Genoa start from the Porto Antico and, more precisely, from the Spinola bridge, near the Aquarium.

How the tours take place

The excursions have a total duration of about 4/5 hours.

Once you have set off, after half an hour of navigation, you arrive at a depth of 1000/1500 metres, and the real sighting begins.

As mentioned, the excursion is led by a marine biologist who involves all participants by telling them the details of the life of these animals.

It might be interesting to know that these tours are wheelchair accessible.

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When to see whales in Genoa

The best time for whale watching in the Ligurian Sea is from spring to autumn (April-October), when several whale species migrate through the area.

How much does whale watching cost in Genoa

Whale watching in Genoa costs €42.00 per adult, €25.00 per child 5-14 years, free 0-4.

The tour is subject to weather conditions and, if the latter are not favourable, it may be cancelled or postponed.

In the event of a missed sighting, you will be given a 50% voucher to use on a subsequent excursion.

How to buy a ticket for whale watching in Genoa

There are several tour companies offering whale watching tours in Liguria.

The most popular are Golfo Paradiso, Consorzio Liguria Via Mare, and Whalewatch Liguria and, for the same type of tour, the cost of tickets is equal.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the tour company’s office.

Booking is always compulsory and it is necessary to arrive 40 minutes before departure.

▶ You can buy your ticket HERE.

How to dress and what to bring on the cetacean watching cruise

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During the cetacean sighting cruise in Genoa, the advice is to wear a windbreaker with a hood to protect yourself from the wind, and sunglasses.

Sun cream and a good supply of water are essential (although there is a small bar on the boat).

It might be useful to bring your camera and a pair of binoculars so you can observe marine animals in a little more detail!

The use of a drone, however, is not permitted.

▶ Buy your ticket with free cancellation for whale watching in GenoaClick here.


The whale watching tour in Genoa allows you to spend a slightly different day at sea and offers a unique thrill for both adults and children.

It should be borne in mind, however, that sightings are not guaranteed as they depend on several factors, including sea conditions and the movement of the animals themselves.

It may take several hours of sailing before you manage to spot the cetaceans, but the wait will surely be repaid by the spectacle offered by the appearance of these magnificent creatures!

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Read on:

1. Aquarium of Genoa

2. Complete guide to Genoa

3. Porto Antico

4. Historic Centre of Genoa

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