The promontory of Portofino has always been considered a unique oasis in the Mediterranean, by virtue of the beauty and richness of the organisms that inhabit it; a fact chiefly attributable to the singular geography and conformation of the area.
Stretching out into the Ligurian Sea, a broad and unusually shaped coastline intercepts currents and favors ample concentration of nutrients. Marvelous coves and atypical rock conglomerates offer thousands of species an ideal environment to live and reproduce.
Few places in the Mediterranean can boast such a spectacular concentration of life forms, and to preserve these treasures the area has been designated a Marine Park.
Beginners and experienced divers alike can enjoy more than 20 diverse dive spots featuring reefs, walls and shipwrecks.
The water temperature is around 18°C at the beginning of May to reach peaks of 26°-27°C between the end of August and the beginning of September.
The visibility on the surface is very variable because it is affected by waves, currents and rains. Normally in summer the average visibility is about 15-20 meters, but it can drop to less than 10 meters in certain occasions or it can reach 25 meters in special weather conditions.
The nearest airport to Santa Margherita Ligure is Genoa (GOA) Airport which is 30 km away. Other nearby airports include Milan Linate (LIN) (125.5 km), Milan Malpensa (MXP) (149.1 km), Milan Bergamo (BGY) (152.9 km) and Bologna (BLQ) (166.8 km).