Last August our son organised a boat hire in the Cinque Terre (Five Lands but really is 5 villages). I was a bit surprised but he was insistent and as he paid we didn’t argued. His idea was to show his girlfriend how beautiful the Cinque Terre is.
We had always walked or taken the large public boat from Lericci, parking in the large car park above the town.
Freddie spoke to the owner of Rayo Verde Tour (boat rental – see nearest boat) +39 342 3940692 and organised the 4hours Portovenere for our boat trip and swimming. Dario is a very charming and obliging Italian, the type of person you are happy spending time with. (He also does shorter sunset trips).
We met at Manarola harbour which is about 75-90mins drive from A Corte, has good car parking facility above the town and nice cafes to breakfast and lunch in.
The trip was amazing. The boat was great, lunch and drinks provided and you cruise around the most beautiful 15km coastline.
Our private boat trip cost about €400 but it was worth it. I think the boat takes about 6 people. You can also go on a much bigger public boat from Lerici for a small fee which stops at all the 5 points. You can also walk on the Cinque Terre which is a national park. Take your camera, goggles and flippers for when you co for a swim.