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Explore the waters of the Italian Riviera on this 5-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. Numbers are limited to eight to keep the experience as intimate as possible, with all skill levels welcome.

Highlights

  • 5-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
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people, ensuring personalized attention from the guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Cinque Terre is famed for its beauty, so why not appreciate it close up, from the sea? A nimble kayak lets you see its cliffs, villages and bays from a whole new angle, and watch for dolphins, sea birds and other wildlife along the way.

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What You Can Expect

Cinque Terre Kayaking Trip from Monterosso

Paddle by the pretty villages of the Cinque Terre on a kayak trip

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.

Customer Reviews

Jade C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The absolute best way to enjoy Monterosso! Our guide Frederico was fantastic and we are so glad we took this tour. Our group was the minimum size in order to go 3 guide, so it was very intimate and we got to do a few bonus things that weren't on the description! We stopped a couple of times for snorkeling along the coast and even went into a couple of caves. Frederico definitely made the trip much more memorable with those value added moments.
We felt save the entire time as well. The water was calm and easy to navigate. Frederico stayed close and we would stop periodically to learn the history of the region and take a breather. Once we arrived in Vernazza, you are set free for about an hour to get lunch and explore the very small town. Afterwards, we got in our kayaks and went back, a total distance of approx. 8km. We were definitely a bit tired, but it was nothing brutal.
We even got to sit down afterwards for drinks with Frederico and it really put a solid conclusion to the day. Frederico, if you're reading this: we know you missed your train and we hope things went well with you know who.
One very small gripe about this tour though that I feel should be mentioned. When we first booked it weeks in advance, we received a booking confirmation with a note saying that they hadn't reached the minimum number of participants yet, but would contact us to confirm later. Well, it was less than 24 hours before our tour, I remembered that little note and so I called them to confirm that we were still on. Thankfully, someone else had signed up to the tour, and they informed us that we were still good to go. It would have been nice if this was communicated earlier so that we could have booked something else instead if it didn't work out. Other than that, their customer service was excellent and we were very happy with the overall experience!

Jacquelyn K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My favorite activity in Cinque Terre! The tour goes from Monterosso to Vernazza with a stop at a beautiful waterfall in between. Our guide brought snorkeling gear, which wasn't mentioned in the summary but we was such a great surprise. The stop in Vernazza was plenty of time to see the town, lay out on one of the two beaches and grab lunch. I highly recommend climbing to the top of the castle to get amazing pictures. First time kayakers shouldn't have a problem, the water was very calm and safe. I would recommend this trip to everyone headed to Cinque Terre!

Jeffrey T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic way to see Monterosso and Vernazza, learn some history and science in the process, and explore rocky coves and a swimming spot off the beaten path. Our guide Frederico was well informed and personable. Highly recommend.

Tony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Weather was an issue, but that did not tarnish ours and our guides enthusiasm for the trek. We had 5 ft swells affter several days of rainy weather, but safety was not an issue and the guides were very attentive and always right there. Would reccomend this tour to anyone.

Carolyn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a fabulous trip. Our guide Luca was the best! He was informative, knowledgeable and tailored the trip to meet the group needs. Highly recommend it. If I go there again, I'd book this trip in a heartbeat. Great way to see the Cinque Terre, and very flexible and accommodating. Great day, highlight of our trip to Cinque Terre!

nalavergne

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Although the directions were a bit confusing to locate guide, we had a personal tour of the islands. The views were amazing and the adventure was peaceful being out on the water.

Eleanor O

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

This was a god tour for beginners. The instructor was very friendly and made the experience very stress free. If you want to get away from the crowds this is an experience highly recommended. My sons first time in a kayak and managed perfectly.

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