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“The best way to spend a day in Portofino”

Portofino Taxi Boat
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Portofino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We are operating starting mid March until the end of October. During this time you can rent our boats with or without driver, for various kinds of tours, ranging from 1 hour (minimum) to a full day. The tours can be planned according to clients' requirements, even sailing from a different place. During our tours the following services are at your disposal: mini-bar, towels, fresh water shower, snorkelling masks and much more.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

If you come to Portofino and you're not on one of the yachts in the harbor, then this is the best way to spend a day and see the surrounding towns and coast. It's not really a taxi boat - it's a private guided tour by Andrea or his father, and you couldn't be in better hands.

My family just spend the day with Andrea. We snorkeled, we swam, we stopped to see the sights, and we ate at the places he recommended. A great day together - and we can thank Andrea for it.

Thank Brent_DuBeshter
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Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I booked a trip for my husband and I to San Frutusso with Andrea after reading such amazing reviews on Trip Advisor and I can see why there are so many!

Andrea is a real gem. Friendly, kind and always trying to make your trip as special as can be. He knows so much about the area and is happy to share his knowledge with you.

The boat is beautiful, clean and comfortable and the area is stunning and great to explore by sea.

The trip was extremely reasonable too at €150 for an hour.

A must do!

2  Thank Kelly E
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

We spent the day going from Portofino to Cinque Terre and back with Andrea. His boat is in excellent condition and Andrea is a very knowledgeable captain. We can recommend Portofino Taxi Boat without any reservations.

Thank Edgar13
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I arranged for my wife and I to be taken from Santa Margherita to Portofino by Andrea's father, Lorenzo. Lorenzo picked us up promptly at 10 am at the SM pier.
We journeyed on a historic boat of Andrea's grandfather over to Portofino. While the boat is not fast, it is extremely seaworthy and very comfortable. Lorenzo pointed out the sights and mansions during our trip which took about one hour with an additional thirty minutes to go out to the point to see the lighthouse.
We ended our boat trip in Portofino. It was a lovely and romantic way to boat to Portofino. The cost for ninety minutes seemed reasonable (100 Euros), but your budget must dictate what is right for you.

Thank Marc G
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Portofino Taxi Boat is one of those rare treasures that one sometimes stumbles upon while traveling. We arrived in the beautiful seaside town of Santa Margherita on the Ligurian coast looking for some relaxation and sunshine after several days of beautiful, but exhausting, site seeing in Venice and Florence. The small sandy beaches were packed like sardines, so we decided to look into a boating adventure. A search on Trip Advisor listed Portofino Taxi Boat as the #2 attraction in Portofino ... it clearly should be #1. A simple phone call put us in touch with Andrea, the captain of the boat and the real crown jewel of this treasure. A native of Santa Margherita, his father has been a boat captain in the area for over 50 years. Andrea was relaxed, gracious, charming, and -- as my wife and teenage daughter noted -- good looking too! We spent 4 hours exploring the coast line, swimming, relaxing, and listening to Andrea share his extensive knowledge. The boat itself is wonderful - expansive and comfortable allowing our family of 5 to all stretch out on towels in the sun up front, but easily retreat to the shade in the rear of the boat. Andrea provided drinks, towels, and snorkeling equipment. He has hosted many a celebrity on his boat (Rihanna recently and on more than one occasion), but makes a point of treating all his guests as someone special. This is an experience not to be missed.

Thank Don S
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