Porto di Andora

43°57'3"N - 8°9'25"E | VHF canale 9
+39 0182 88313 | info@portodiandora.it
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Natural marine area of international interest The cetacean sanctuary

The cetacean sanctuary

Boat trips for whale watching depart from Porto di Andora and offer intense experiences for all ages.

Il santuario dei cetacei Every summer thousands of cetaceans meet in the Ligurian basin

The cetacean sanctuary is a sort of triangle of sea that encompasses three nations: Italy, France and Monaco. In 1999 it was declared a protected marine area with the aim of safeguarding a surface of about 96,000 square kilometres, including 124 French municipalities, 87 Italian municipalities and one in the Principality of Monaco.
These waters, situated between Toulon, Capo Falcone (Sardinia) and Fosso Chiarone in Tuscany, show the highest concentration of cetaceans among all the Italian seas and are one of the richest areas of the Mediterranean with regard to marine wildlife.
The cetacean sanctuary between Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany was established in 1991 as a protected marine area of international interest.
The massive concentration of marine mammals is mainly due to the abundance of food, as a particular sea current brings plankton and krill (crustaceans that form zooplankton) to the surface, which cetacean are very fond of. There are eight species found in these waters, which provide an ideal habitat: the fin whale, the sperm whale, the common dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, the striped dolphin, the pilot whale, Risso's dolphin and Cuvier's beaked whale.

This is a precious ecosystem that must be kept as it is, hence the commitment undertaken by the three Mediterranean nations to join forces and create a protected area, marking a first within Europe.
Today, in addition to the care and preservation of this marine paradise, one of the main activities is whale watching (observation of marine mammals). It consists of a boat excursion to get close to the world of large marine mammals. A strict code of conduct must be followed to protect the habitat and preserve the tranquillity of cetaceans.

 Boat trips  
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The whale watching excursions made from Porto di Andora are suitable for all ages. The conditions are ideal for looking for and observing marine mammals, as the sea is calm and there is no wind. The point of greatest concentration is located approximately 15-20 miles offshore.
On board the boats, a marine biologist will explain the various phases of the high seas, collecting important data for research and providing interesting facts about the lives of the whales sighted.

It is recommended to wear sporty clothes (a light wind jacket and sunscreen) and bring binoculars on the excursions.
Reservations are required, and in case of bad weather the trip will be postponed.

For further information:

+39 392 137 6120
+39 392 005 2191

The Port office is open every day, including Sunday morning.
Monday to Saturday: 8:30 to 12:30 / 14:30 to 17,00 | Sunday 8:30 to 12:30

If you arrive by boat

Before entering the port, contact the office to check availability of places for transit.
Once you have arrived in the port, wait at the entrance for confirmation of the place assigned to you and for the employees to assist with mooring.

VHF channel 9

Port Office

Telefono +39 0182 88313
Fax +39 0182 681707
Reperibilità +39 339 1626094
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