Bird watching

Bird watching

Bird watching

The Pelagos Sanctuary is not only home to cetaceans, but is also inhabited by many species of seabirds, which you can observe and learn to recognize both during our whale watching trips and, especially, during the tours and excursions organized specifically for bird watching lovers. The species we have encountered over the years are ninety-three! Below you will find a description of the activities, the schedule, the rates and the links to make your reservations.

A photo gallery with some of the pictures taken on board can be seen by clicking here while clicking here you will find the complete check list of the birds that, over the years, have been spotted on board our motorboat.

The place of departure is in GENOA PORTO ANTICO, at the beginning of Spinola Pier, where is set the Aquarium of Genoa.

Look at the map

The reservation is always required (preferably at least ten days before the chosen date).

Please arrive 40 minutes before the departure.


All passengers are required to wear a protective mask and to use a special hand sanitizing gel when boarding. A pre-boarding temperature check is mandatory: as per protocol, access is not allowed in the event of temperatures above 37.5 °C. The maximum passenger capacity has been reduced to ensure social distancing, but relatives are allowed to sit close together. The boats are regularly and carefully sanitized after each service, using specific products. We ask passengers to arrive at the boarding point in advance in order to complete all the safety procedures necessary to fully enjoy our excursions.

The Seaport Ornithological Tour (Birdtour of the port of Genoa) scheduled on Saturday has a duration of about 2 hours: 1 hour and 15 minutes of frontal lesson of bird watching, held on board by biologist and nature guide Gabriella Motta, and 45 minutes of port navigation to immediately put into practice everything you have learned (how to use binoculars, how to recognize seabirds, how to photograph them... and much more!).

The excursion Bird Watching by sea on Sunday lasts about 4 and a half hours, entirely spent at sea together with the scientific staff of the Liguria Via Mare Consortium (find out who we are by clicking here).

You can park your car in the paid parking lots:

  •  "Acquario/Porto Antico"
  •  "Centro Congressi"


Departure dates:

Saturday 24, Seaport Ornithological Tour "Flying and swimming: the incredible adaptations to the aquatic life of seabirds"
Sunday 25, Bird Watching by sea, reservation up to 9/10 reserved for EBN members

Saturday 7, Seaport Ornithological Tour "Never say seagull: are you sure you can recognize it?"
Sunday 8, Bird Watching by sea  

Saturday 5, Seaport Ornithological Tour "Herons, ducks and cormorants of the port of Genoa"
Sunday 6, Bird Watching by sea

departure times:

Bird Watching by sea Sunday at 10.00

Seaport Ornithological Tour Saturday at 15.00

tickets prices
(duration 4,5 hours):

  • Adults: € 40,00 (it includes genoese flatbread and hot drinks)
  • Children 5-14 years: € 20,00 (it includes genoese flatbread and hot drinks)
  • Infant 0-4 years: Free (it includes genoese flatbread and hot drinks)

Seaport Ornithological Tour
(duration 2 hours

  • Adults: € 15,00
  • Children 5-14 years: € 10,00
  • Infant 0-4 years: Free


Write to or call us at  0039010265712 for further information.

Extra departure on request for groups and schools (minimum 50 paying passengers).