Cinque Terre - Boat tours

Cinque Terre boat tours

Boat tours from Manarola

When planning your Italian itinerary, make sure you have enough time in the Cinque Terre, so you can go on a boat tour. The Cinque Terre is among the most breathtaking coastlines of Italy, and the colourful fishing villages look different from the sea.

On this page I offer you four different shared tours, two starting from Manarola, the other two starting from Monterosso. These are small group tours, with maximum 12 participants. I personally love shared tour as I always enjoy meeting other travellers, but if you prefer some privacy and you'd like to share a boat only with your love, family or friends, I recommend renting a private boat in the Cinque Terre.

The following two tours with a Ligurian motorboat (gozzo) start from the little harbour of Manarola. You will admire the beautiful Cinque Terre coastline from the sea, while your skipper will be telling you some legends and stories about the five villages and the Cinque Terre National Park. There are two companies I recommend, depending on availability, both of them are amazing. Tony and Daniele both are great skippers and guides, they are really knowledgeable and funny. Going on this tour was one of the highlights of our summer in 2015. You can choose from two different tours, an afternoon tour and a sunset cruise. In the boat, there is a sun tent and a shower as well.

  • Available every day from April 1 to October 31.
  • Meeting in Manarola.
  • Minimum 1, maximum 10 participants.
  • In English, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese.

Price includes: boat trip with skipper and drinks on board.

You should bring: sunglasses, hat, swimsuit, towel, camera and pullover depending on the weather.


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Cinque Terre sunset cruise from Manarola

During this beautiful sunset cruise, you will first see the coastline of Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso, discovering caves and grottos as well. You will spend some time in Monterosso. Later you will stop at Punta Mesco, in front of Monterosso, to watch the sunset with a drink. On the way back, you will see Riomaggiore and the suggestive Via dell'Amore from the sea and then return to Manarola. During the sunset cruise you do not stop for swimming.

  • Meeting point: Manarola, late afternoon. Departure between 4.30PM and 6.30PM, depending on the time of sunset.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.
  • Price: 80 EUR/person.

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Cinque Terre afternoon boat tour from Manarola

This afternoon boat tour is dedicated to the sea, nature and snorkeling in exclusive places, accessible only from the sea. First you will see Corniglia from below. After discovering various caves and grottos, you will admire Vernazza and Monterosso from the sea. On the way back, you will also see Riomaggiore and the Via dell'Amore from the boat. In April, May and October the tour includes a stop in Monterosso. Between June and September there will be a stop for swimming and snorkeling, but no stops in the villages. The program also depends on the weather and the sea temperature.

  • Meeting point: Manarola, 2:00PM.
  • Duration: 2.5 hours.
  • Price: 80 EUR/person.

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Cinque Terre sunset cruise with dinner, from Monterosso

Sunset cruise with dinner

The sunset cruise starts late in the afternoon from Monterosso. It's a really relaxing evening tour, also perfect if you like taking photos, as lights are beautiful at this time of the day.

You will first navigate towards the hidden beach of Guvano, only accessible by boat, located in an enchanting bay between Corniglia and Vernazza. Then you will sail towards Manarola until Punta Montenero. The skipper will make a swim stop and you can dive in unspoilt and crystalline water.

An aperitivo and dinner made of seafood and typical local food will be served while watching the sunset. Prosecco, white wine, beer, soft drinks and water are available on board during the tour. At the end of the boat tour you'll return in Monterosso.

  • Available every day from April 15 to October 30.
  • Meeting point: Monterosso. Time to be confirmed, it changes during the season.
  • Duration: 3 hours.
  • Price: 120 EUR/person.
  • Minimum 4, maximum 12 participants.
  • In English or Italian.

Price includes: evening boat tour with English speaking skipper, snorkeling equipment, drinks and dinner on board.

You should bring: bathing suit, towel, sweatshirt, water, sunglasses, hat, camera.

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Cinque Terre boat tour with lunch, from Monterosso

Boat tour with lunch

You will leave at 11:00AM from Monterosso and sail along the Cinque Terre coast, looking at the villages from the water. The skipper will choose a beautiful spot where you will stop for swimming and snorkeling while the crew prepares lunch on board.

They will serve you local products like focaccia and cheese, followed by a main course of grilled fish or prawns. Water, soft drinks, beer, prosecco and wine is available during the entire duration of the tour.

After lunch you will cruise further and you will stop in another bay for more swimming and snorkeling. You will finish the boat tour in Monterosso around 3:30PM.

  • Available every day from April 15 to October 30.
  • Meeting point: Monterosso, 11:00AM.
  • Duration: 4.5 hours.
  • Price: 175 EUR/person.
  • Minimum 4, maximum 12 participants.
  • In English or Italian.

Price includes: boat tour with English speaking skipper, drinks and lunch on board, snorkeling equipment.

You should bring: bathing suit, towel, sweatshirt, water, sunglasses, hat, camera.

Check out a selection of Cinque Terre boat tours and other sea adventures on my tour page.

Reviews

Watch this video made by a friend of mine during the sunset cruise. They were lucky to see a group of dolphins.
My wife Sara and I were visiting Cinque Terre for our one year wedding anniversary, and wanted to spend one day out on the water. We met Daniel in the morning and joined the rest of the group for our boat tour. Daniel was amazing, and had plenty of interesting facts to share about the coast and each individual town. Being from Cinque Terre he was also able to recommend where to (and not to) eat/drink/shop, etc. After quite some time, my wife and I wanted to go swimming. It was May, so the water was still a little bit chilly... but Daniel took us to a "private beach" that we hopped off the boat and swam to. Before we knew it, the entire group (including Daniel) were in the water swimming. That, combined with a ride along the coast with music playing and wine in our hands...was one of the most magical parts of our trip to Italy. We spent two weeks on vacation, and our day with Cinque Terre Travel and Daniel was by far one of the most memorable. I would more than recommend this tour to anyone visiting Cinque Terre. Thank you!!!!!!
Phil
Hello, It was disappointing not to be able to paraglide but we had a fabulous time in Cinque Terre, a lot in fact due to the great sunset cruise! What was most enjoyable was the intimacy of only having 5 passengers on a small boat. We all had a great time and truly enjoyed Daniel's history of the villages and his warm and welcoming personality! Thank you for all of your help! Kind regards,
Maureen
Dear Tamara, we thought the boat trip with Daniele from Manarola was simply wonderful. He was a entertaining guide who explained the history of the Cinque Terre very well. He was also very friendly and laid back. We liked the fact that we were able to snorkel as well. We thought it all went smoothly, also thanks to your efforts. Nothing but praise, therefore.
Sebastian
We had an absolutely wonderful experience. It was truly one of the highlights of our stay on the Italian riviera. The boat was perfect, Dannielle was accommodating, informative, funny and charming, and we especially loved the swimming coves we stopped at along the way with the waterfalls and caves. I will likely be taking more of my wine clients to Cinque Terre in the future and when I do, I will certainly book this boat tour again. Thank you so much!
Rachel
Great sunset boat tour. Highly recommended.
Terry
Hi Tamara, Thank you for reaching out! We had a wonderful boat cruise!! We loved our guide. He was fun and interesting!
Alicia
The boat tour was fantastic, and Daniele was awesome!! I would recommend it to everyone!
Sean