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Sail with us in the wake of whales

Imperia, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Alberto Marco

4 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 7 people
Hosted in English, French, Italian

What you'll do

Live a unique experience, sailing aboard a 12 m sailing boat, fast and comfortable, in the most lively and clean sea of ​​the Mediterranean. Actively participate in the rigging of the sails and take the helm, to verify your skills as a sailor, following the skipper's instructions. Share the experience of life on board and sailing in family or between friends, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, and actively participate in the ecological action of collecting data on the presence / absence of cetaceans and the removal of plastic from the sea surface.
You will learn about the sea and its wonderful inhabitants: on board, a certified High Quality Whale Watching guide will illustrate the characteristics of this privileged sea area, the Pelagos Sanctuary, the protected area created to protect the whales and dolphins that inhabit it. You will learn to recognize cetaceans' presence's signs and the method to identify the species present. You will discover the correct behavior to adopt in their presence. You will appreciate the beauty of the open sea and the unique colors of these waters rich in life.
Battibaleno's skipper will respond to all your curiosities about the world of boating and navigation techniques, putting at your disposal over 40 years of experience, to enrich your knowledge and make you fall in love with the sea.
Other things to note
The whale watching activity will take place in full compliance with the Cetaceans' observation code of conduct, established by ACCOBAMS and Pelagos.
Experience subject to weather conditions.
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Live a unique experience, sailing aboard a 12 m sailing boat, fast and comfortable, in the most lively and clean sea of ​​the Mediterranean. Actively participate in the rigging of the sails and take the helm, to verify your skills as a sailor, following the skipper's instructions. Share the experience of life on board and sailing in family or between friends, in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, and actively participate in the ecological actio…

Alberto Marco's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    We will provide a snack on board. Participants are free to bring their favo...
  • Drinks
    A welcome glass and non-carbonated drinks.
From $99
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Alberto Marco

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 51 Reviews
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My name is Alberto, I love the sea, I love freedom, I love life.I am a photographer and skipper, founding president of the non-profit association Battibaleno, for the protection and knowledge of the Mediterranean Sea's cetaceans.
Since 1996, I have collaborated with the most important institutions for the sea, including ISPRA and IWC, on data acquisition on cetaceans' presence. I systematically carry out monitoring sea expeditions in the Pelagos Sanctuary protected area. I like to share my passion for sailing, I like to share my passion for sailing, which I have been practicing for over 40 years. I trained at the Glénans sailing school and obtained the L.N.I. boat license in 1986 and 1999 I obtained the Yacht Master Offshare qualification.
My name is Alberto, I love the sea, I love freedom, I love life.I am a photographer and skipper, founding president of the non-profit association Battibaleno, for the protection and knowledge of the Mediterranean Sea's cetaceans.
Since 1996, I have collaborated with the most important institutions for the sea, including ISPRA and IWC, on data acquisition on cetaceans' presence. I systematically carry out monitoring sea expeditions in the Pelagos Sanctuary protected area. I like to share my…
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About the organization: Associazione Battibaleno



Battibaleno is an Italo-French non profit cultural association. Battibaleno's main purpose is to protect the Mediterranean basin's marine population and in particular to expand the behavioral and biological knowledge of Balaenoptera Physalus, in order to better preserve the species and its natural environment.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Associazione Battibaleno.
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Where you'll be

Starting from Porto Maurizio in the suggestive city of Imperia, we will sail off the marvelous coasts of Western Liguria, in the heart of the Pelagos Sanctuary for marine mammals, the protected area created to protect the marine species that inhabit it. In this privileged place, very rich in plankton and characterized by very deep waters and strong underwater currents, lives in fact one of the highest concentrations of cetaceans in the world.

Rated 4.84 out of 5 from 51 reviews.

Imke Kraschinski
September 2020
Es gab zwar keine Meerestiere zu sehen und da der Wind fehlte, konnten wir auch nicht Segeln, dennoch war es ein schöner Ausflug. Auf dem Meer zu sein und die Altstadt von Porto Mauricio aus einer anderen Perspektive zu sehen, war traumhaft.
Es gab zwar keine Meerestiere zu sehen und da der Wind fehlte, konnten wir auch nicht Segeln, dennoch war es ein schöner Ausflug. Auf dem Meer zu sein und die Altstadt von Porto M…
Christoph
September 2020
Cool and relaxed day on the sea. High waves led to the fact that we didn’t see whales though the sailing was way more fun.
Daniela
September 2020
nessun avvistamento... per il resto tutto perfetto, ci siamo sentiti subito a nostro agio. Alberto una persona simpaticissima, e pur non avendo conoscenze in materia, ci ha lasciati prendere il timone. ESPERIENZA DA NON PERDERE!!! Grazie Alberto
nessun avvistamento... per il resto tutto perfetto, ci siamo sentiti subito a nostro agio. Alberto una persona simpaticissima, e pur non avendo conoscenze in materia, ci ha lasciat…
Roman
September 2020
Eine super Erfahrung mit einer super Crew. Eins Skipper der sein Handwerk versteht... Und der darüber hinaus auch noch viele tolle Geschichten erzählen kann und auch über Musik Bescheid wusste. Ebenso erfuhren wir interessante Dinge über das Leben im Meer und das Segeln an sich. Wir haben zwar weder Wale noch Delfine gesehen, hatten aber trotzdem einen super Nachmittag. Jederzeit wieder!
Eine super Erfahrung mit einer super Crew. Eins Skipper der sein Handwerk versteht... Und der darüber hinaus auch noch viele tolle Geschichten erzählen kann und auch über Musik B…
Laura
September 2020
Wonderful experience! Authentic, familial, funny.. Alberto and Mariam are professionals on the boat, but on the same time wonderful and friendly hosts. They give you the feeling of being part of the crew, let you participate and offer an unforgettable day on the sea.. Really just recommendable..!
Wonderful experience! Authentic, familial, funny.. Alberto and Mariam are professionals on the boat, but on the same time wonderful and friendly hosts. They give you the feeling of…
Alessandro
September 2020
Che dire ragazzi.. Un'ottima esperienza! L'accoglienza è stata ottima, Alberto è stato gentilissimo e simpatico con noi adulti e coi nostri bimbi (10 e 8 anni). Ci siamo divertiti tutti tantissimo e credo ricorderemo l'esperienza per sempre! Consigliatissima!
Che dire ragazzi.. Un'ottima esperienza! L'accoglienza è stata ottima, Alberto è stato gentilissimo e simpatico con noi adulti e coi nostri bimbi (10 e 8 anni). Ci siamo divertiti…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Shoes with rubber soles, camera, headgear and sunglasses.

Swimming suit, towel