Things to do in Liguria: sustainable Blue Experiences at sea

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During your holiday in Liguria, enjoy the sustainable Blue Experiences proposed by the local Cooperative Ziguele to live the sea in a different way: all activities that aim to raise awareness of biodiversity protection, invite to preservation of the environment and deepen knowledge of traditions.

Ziguela, in Ligurian dialect, is the name of a small colored fish typical of the Mediterranean seabed, commonly known as damsel fish (Coris julis). Three damsels are the founding members of the Ziguele Cooperative, whose main objective is the promotion and enhancement of traditional activities related to the sea and sustainable fishing in particular.
From the outset, the dissemination of the maritime culture and tradition of the village of Camogli has been the best scenario for achieving the association’s aims: to promote greater awareness of issues such as conscious consumption, conservation, and protection of the marine environment, which is so closely linked to the development of the territory.

This is why every activity is calibrated and modulated according to the needs of travellers, but also to the protection of the natural environment: respect and care for the ecosystem are essential elements of Ziguele’s cooperative vision.

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Things to do in Liguria: naturalistic snorkeling

Departing from the port of Santa Margherita Ligure aboard a comfortable and powerful authorized boat, with a set of fins, mask and snorkel, you will explore the Marine Protected Area of the Portofino Natural Park, considered to be one of the richest in biodiversity in the entire Mediterranean. The activity, organized in collaboration with Portofino Divers, is guided by expert marine biologists who illustrate the underwater world, its inhabitants, and its secrets.

The snorkelling excursion also includes a stop in the bay of San Fruttuoso to admire the famous underwater statue of Christ of the Abyss.

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Things to do in Liguria: excursion to the Tonnarella of Camogli

A boat excursion to discover a centuries-old fishing method: the Tonnarella di Camogli, the last in the Mediterranean to use this eco-friendly fishing system whose roots date back to the 17th century and whose tradition is still carried on today, almost unchanged, by the Cooperative of Camogli Fishermen.

At dawn, we moor near the fishing plant to observe all the stages of this fascinating ritual, while a biologist comments on and guides the various phases of the activity.

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Things to do in Liguria: boat rental with skipper

On board an exclusive 8-meter fast boat equipped with large cushions, shower and awning, you will visit the renowned villages of Portofino, San Fruttuoso, and Camogli by sea. You will swim in the Marine Protected Area of Portofino, dive with your mask to admire the Christ of the Abyss, and much more.

On board the boat you will have snorkeling equipment, a mini bar with cold drinks, and snacks with typical Ligurian focaccia.

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