Portofino Marine Park (Portofino), whose name translates as “dolphin port”, was established in 1999. It includes the cities of Santa Margherita Ligure, Portofino, Camogli, and their coastal waters. The underwater landscape is shaped by reefs, walls, caverns, and rock formations. Caves with unique landscapes offer encounters with rare fish and molluscs. Sunlight does not penetrate here and only with a flashlight will you see whimsical stalactites, stalagmites, passages, tunnels, and halls. This is a protected site, therefore, the abundance and variety of underwater dwellers are absolutely stunning. Portofino is a perfect place for underwater photographers and videographers.
From here, you can get to San Fruttuoso bay with a submerged (17 meters deep) statue "Christ of the Abyss" (ital. Cristo degli Abissi).
You can get to the Portofino Marine Park by car or by sea. The nearest international airport is in Genoa. Here, you can take a ferry, taxi, or rent a car. The overland distance from Portofino to Genoa is around 47 km. The trip takes an hour.
Portofino has a mild, Mediterranean climate that makes diving possible all year round. Autumn and winter are rainy and stormy but divers won't have any difficulties in picking a suitable time. In summer, the air temperature stays at +27 ˚С, and the water warms up to +23 ˚C.
There are over 20 dive sites here with depths ranging from 5 to 40 meters, allowing any diver to find a suitable location. Those who enjoy cave diving will be interested in Colombara — a dive site with caves containing stalactites, coral, and marine creatures. Abundant marine life can be observed in Targa Gonzatti — a spot with pomfrets, moray eels, and octopuses. On its walls, coral covered by sea slugs grows.