Cinque Terre Kayaking Trip from Monterosso

Day Trips & Excursions in Monterosso

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Experience Italy’s enchanting Cinque Terre coastline from the sea on this 5-hour (or 3 hours) kayaking trip from Monterosso. With a guide, paddle along this exquisite stretch of coast, awarded UNESCO World Heritage status for its beauty. For an evening adventure, try the sunset option with a stop in a cove for wine and snacks. Both experiences are aimed at all levels of kayakers, including beginners and experts, and includes use of the main kayaking equipment. Numbers are limited to fifteen for a small-group experience. New 2018-2019: the winter time half day tour! 
The low season, not too crowded, allows a deep connection with the surrounding landscape and its incredibile colors.
Morning Option (5 hours):Pack your own lunch snacks (own expense) and travel independently to the start point in Monterosso for your 5-hour kayaking tour. On arrival, get a safety briefing from an experienced kayak guide, put on your provided lifejacket, and run through instructions for paddling your craft. Once you’re ready, hop into your single or double kayak and set off with your guide on the crystal waters. While the route can sometimes be challenging, the trip is aimed at all levels of experience, whether you’re a first-time or seasoned kayaker. Admire the views from the sea and paddle into the Cinque Terre Protected Marine Area as you work your way around the spectacular cliffs. As you paddle along at a leisurely pace, soak up the awe-inspiring scenery, and watch for dolphins and seabirds — cormorants and gannets are frequent visitors to this stretch of coast. Round the cliffs, and drink in the gorgeous views of the terraced hills and coastal village of Vernazza. Then, continue to Guvano beach, an idyllic bay clasped between two headlands. Pull up on the pebbles and enjoy some well-deserved down time. Refuel with any snacks or drinks you’ve brought with you, top up your tan or take a dip in the turquoise seas. Afterward, return to your kayak and paddle on to another Cinque Terre gem, the pastel-colored port town of Corniglia. Then, if you and the rest of your group wish, head further south to the villages of Manarola and Riomaggiore before circling back to Monterosso. Otherwise, take a look around the immediate area in your kayak or enjoy more time ashore before making your way back to Monterosso, where your tour ends. Sunset Option (2.5 hours): On board of your kayak, depart from Monterosso and enjoy the sunset, when the sea is less crowded and everything is quieter. Paddle towards Vernazza to discover its cliffs and caves, swim in the crystalline water, and stop at a waterfall spring. Then experience a real aperitivo in a quiet cove accessible only by sea with local organic wine and focaccia from Liguria. Your tour will conclude at your original departure point. Half day option (winter tour - 3,5 hours):During the less crowded season, paddle safely with a local guide coasting amazing cliffs from Monterosso to Vernazza and Corniglia. The surprising mild temperatures between autumn and spring and the incredible variety of colors are the key to a unique experience: visit the Cinque Terre from a different perspective. A lunch break in Vernazza will be the best solution to relax facing the sea and explore this little village.

What’s included

  • Professional local guide
  • Kayak, paddle, dry bag and lifejacket

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities


  • All necessary equipment included
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Small-group tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water