Steep mountains plunge straight down to marine canyons along this stretch of the Italian Riviera, which lays claim to some of the best diving in the Mediterranean.
Isuela - This underwater pinnacle offers nutrient rich currents which feed a profusion of marine life. Look for moray and conger eels in the many cracks and crevices. Gorgonians filter feeding in the current carpet the steep walls and big schools of snapper prowl the area.
Shrimp Cave - A vertical wall starting at about 20 metres/66 feet is home to vast numbers pale red pandalid shrimp, which shy from divers’ lights. Healthy colonies of red coral and yellow sponges cover the walls and grouper colonize the rocky shallows of this high voltage dive site.
Portofino has a mild climate with no extremes. Summers are pleasantly warm without being too hot. During winter, temperatures drop to less than 10°C/50°F and they rise to 29°C/85°F in the height of summer (July and August).
Water temperature varies from a low of 15°C/59°F to a high of 26°C/79°F. Visibility averages 20 metres/70 feet and can extend to more than 30 metres/100 feet.
The major airports is Cristoforo Colombo Airport (GOA) in Genoa.