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Cinque Terre Half Day Kayak Trip from Monterosso

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  • Offered in: English


Explore the waters of the Italian Riviera on this 3-hour kayaking trip along the Cinque Terre coastline. Departing from Monterosso, paddle alongside an expert guide, passing hidden coves, rugged cliffs and the bright, pastel hues of the five villages. Pause to stretch out on the beach or cool off with a swim before continuing on your journey. For an evening adventure, choose the sunset option with a stop in a cove for wine and snacks. Numbers are limited to twelve, with all skill levels welcome.
  • 3-hour kayaking trip along the spectacular Cinque Terre coast from Monterosso
  • Absorb stunning views of the UNESCO-listed coastline from the water
  • Paddle by rugged cliffs, secret bays and beautiful Cinque Terre villages
  • Take a rest on a beautiful beach, with time to swim or sunbathe
  • Watch for dolphins and seabirds, including cormorants and gannets
  • 2.5-hour sunset option with a stop in a cove for wine and snacks
  • Small-group tour with one guide or two guides, ensuring personalized attention.
  • 3-hour kayaking trip available during winter time

What's Included

  • Professional local guide
  • Kayak, paddle and lifejacket
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Fegina, 11
    Via Fegina, 11, 19016 Monterosso al Mare SP, Italy

    The meeting point will be 30 min earlier at Bagni Fegina in Monterosso. Leaving the train station of Monterosso, turn right and walk for approx 5 min The beach Bagni Fegina is on your left, after the car park and the soccer field. The guide is waiting inside

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide in Monterosso to begin your kayaking adventure. Pack your own lunch snacks for the ride and get comfortable on your kayak with a brief safety overview before heading out.

Slip on your life jacket, settle into your single or double kayak and set off with your guide on the beautiful blue waters. All skill levels can be accommodated, regardless of whether you’re a first-timer or paddling pro.

Glide into the Cinque Terre Protected Marine Area, admiring views of the surrounding cliffs. As you paddle at a relaxed pace, keep your eyes out for seabirds and dolphins.

Pass the terraced hills of Vernazza, the village celebrated for its wine production, before pulling into Guvano beach. Spread out with your snacks and take in some sun or recharge with a dip.

After some down time, hop back in your kayak and head toward the colorful town of Corniglia. Enjoy more time ashore or, if you wish, continue kayaking south toward Manarola and Riomaggiore.

After five hours of seaside exploration, your tour will conclude at your original departure point.

Sunset Option (2.5 hours):

Depart from Monterosso at 4,30pm aboard your kayak. Take in the sunset and enjoy the sea at an hour when the crowds are gone and everything is quieter. Paddle toward Vernazza to discover its cliffs and caves, stop at a waterfall spring, and take a dip in the water.

Then pull into a quiet cove accessible only by sea for an Italian aperitivo. Enjoy local organic wine and focaccia from Liguria before heading back to your original departure point.

Vernazza (Pass By)

Paddle from Monterosso to Vernazza or Corniglia exploring caves and grottos

Corniglia (Pass By)

Paddle from Monterosso to Vernazza or Corniglia exploring caves and grottos

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Being able to swim is a fundamental pre-requisite, otherwise you will not be allowed to join the tour.
  • Minimum numbers of 3 apply (2 for the Half day winter tour). There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Comfortable shoes (sneakers) or neoprene boots are recommended
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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I would definately recommend this, especially if you love the outdoors and being active.
87 reviews
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Good Kayaking
Wade_K, Oct 2022
The guide was great. Good kayaking, even through the water was choppy. The view of the coastline was beautiful. Highly Recommend.
Sarah was an amazing...
Kimberly_M, Oct 2022
Sarah was an amazing guide!! Out of our family of 4, 3 of us had never kayaked before. She was a great teacher and taught us quickly. She is a marine biologist and was so knowledgeable about the wildlife and rock formations. Our 13 year old daughter didnt think she would like kayaking and yet it she did, she couldn't stop talking about how much fun it was! Sarah made is so easy and fun. We definitely would highly recommend Sarah as a guide.
The small trip in the...
Stefanie_U, Aug 2022
The small trip in the cave was very memorable. Could have skipped the pause in Vernazza for more swimming, paddling - some place you couldn‘t reach easily with a train …
Best way to see from the sea
Riitta_K, Jul 2022
Great experience! If you like to kayak, this was informational and active way to see the villages from the sea. The best part was the stop at the swimming spot for wine, focaccia and swimming! It was a very hot day so best option was on the water. Marco was a kind and knowledgeable guide.
Easy paddle and tons of fun to beat the heat
Heather_P, Jul 2022
Great time on a hot day. We paddled to a cave then a cove to swim and snack. Lots of fun and made some friends.
Worth the trip and experience
Duane_E, Jul 2022
This was a great trip along the coast towards Vernazza. Marco told us some of the history of the town and the whole Cinque Terre region. He is very personable and had a lot of local knowledge to share. The apertivo was a nice touch as we swam at the beach on the ocean.
Fantastic Adventure in the Riviera!
Lynn_V, Jul 2022
A must do adventure for anyone wanting to get away from summer crowds and experience the natural beauty of the coast between Monterosso and Vernazza. This really is a tour for all ages and ability levels. Our guide (thank you, Marco!) kept a kind watchful eye on the less experienced paddlers and provided wonderful information about the history of the area. Meeting information was clear, logistics and booking queations answered promptly and responsively. It was a wonderful evening!!
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks for your kind feedback!
NO Snorkeling
Charlotte_R, Jul 2022
Our guide was nice. The kayaks were uncomfortable and we all shared one dry bag. The kayak seats were rigid plastic with no back inserts, we did the other kayak trip in Cinque Terre and the kayaks were much better. There was NO SNORKELING and I was disappointed. The ad said snorkeling!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hi, thanks for your review. The ad doesn't say "snorkelling", may be you read different ads before choosing our tour. We have offered snorkelling in the past but now we are more focused on kayak activity. Thank you!
Sarah is the best tour guide
lori_F, Jul 2022
Sara was absolutely fantastic her knowledge of the area and her excellent English was so awesome! This kayak excursion is a great way to cool off on a hot summer Italian day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
So glad we did this!!
Tracy_S, Jul 2022
This exceeded our expectations. We booked, a week ahead of time, the evening time slot. Our guide. Eduardo, was fantastic! As a marine biologist he was very knowledgeable of the fauna and geology of the area, and also the WWII history of area around Monteresso! The stops at the caves and secluded inlets were beautiful. The foccacia and beverages were an added bonus! My only recommendation would be to pack a small dry bag from home. These were flat top double kayaks with no means to store anything, so bringing a cell phone or non-waterproof camera was not an option. A dry bag with a string to secure around your neck work out perfectly if you wanted to take photos (all personal belongings are locked up in a locker before you leave for the beach, which we felt was completely safe).
Definitely a must do!
Robin_L, Jun 2022
This kayaking experience exceeded our expectations - the guide (Andreas)was outstanding, informative and helpful! We had so much fun swimming in grottos and checking out the beautiful Cinque terra coast!
Fun afternoon on th me water.
Lauri_K, Jun 2022
Our guide was great. He gave us some brief histories of the area. We stopped for sober and snacks and swam for a while.
Julie_P, Jun 2022
Andrea was a wonderful guide. Very knowledgeable. Also warm and friendly. It was just the perfect amount of time. Loved the swimming spot too!
Marco was attentive and...
KaiZhuang_S, Jun 2022
Marco was attentive and professional - we had a great time kayaking around Cinque Terre. Definitely recommend.
Amazing experience with Manuel
Carly_C, Jun 2022
Manuel grande! Very knowledgeable about kayaking and always made sure everyone was engaged and safe. We did sunset tour. Cool dude and down to earth, took us to a very beautiful cove for an aperitif, gave us focaccia with amazing pesto, plus local wine from a vineyard we kayaked by. The view of Vernazza from the sea was gorgeous. At the cove we saw bright red sea anemones, barnacles and little fish. Highly recommend this tour!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Carly, thanks for your kind feedback! Hope to see you in Cinque Terre again!
Wonderful way to see the sunset!
Merry_O, May 2022
Manuel was our guide and he did a fantastic job! Very knowledgeable and fun personality. It was so great to see the beauty of the towns from the water and experience some of the coastal ecosystems.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Merry, we are glad that you enjoyed this tour. Thanks for your feedback!
Great host and lovely views
Tegan_K, May 2022
I am travelling solo and do this sunset kayak. It was a great way to view the coastline and meet people. The host was attentive, informative and entertaining. I would highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Tegan, thanks for your feedback! We really appreciate.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Everything about this experience was grand
ErinMarie_H, May 2022
We all had a great time, from start to finish. Our guide, Manuel, was delightful and made the experience wonderful for everyone. The wine and focaccia break midway back was perfect. I highly recommend this for anyone that is up for a semi- workout and likes being on the water.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi, thanks a lot for your kind feedback.
Cinque Terre paradise kayak
Paula_J, Oct 2021
wonderful kayak tour along coast from Monterosso - Vernazza. Super guides, kind, informative, funny!
1 traveler found this review helpful
What a nice day in the sun
Daniel, Sep 2021
This was just so much fun. The weather and sea was perfect for this trip. Afterwards we even shared lunch with the group and enjoyed each other company.


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