Parco San Marco
Hotels & Beach Resort

Diving in Lake Lugano

Dive into the fresh lake of Lugano that washes Parco San Marco’s shores, a true paradise for those who love diving and water sports. Explore the depths of the lake and discover rocks, Porifera, zanders and lake trout and explore the lake's rocky labyrinths. Here water provides a continuous discovery, a unique wonder that will never cease to amaze you.

If you love exploring, follow one of the diving courses offered to our guests, from beginner to expert level.

You can purchase the equipment for snorkelling and diving by PADI Scuba.

You can start exploring the Lago di Lugano directly from our private beach. Benefit from our canoes, pedal and motor boats, all with the professional management of our team.

At nearby Lago di Como you can further explore the North-Italian lakes; there also is the possibility to visit places like Bellagio, Como and Lecco by air with a water plane. Dive into our offers, stay on the surface or take off - at the Lago di Lugano!

The Watersportscenter's opening hours are seasonal (mid June - end of August). Water activities are subject to an additional charge.

Water sport PADI Centre

Our Lazzurro Padi Scuba Diving School, with the best equipment on the market, can be found down at our 3,000m² private "Beach San Marco".

Our trained instructors have a wealth of experience and, with them, you will discover the fascinating world of Lake Lugano!

The school offers a wide range of other water sports: swimming, mermaiding swimming lessons, water skiing or a trip for the whole family on our pedal boat!

If you are interested in diving or snorkelling, our PADI Scuba Diving School offers a series of courses for all levels of experience.

Both teens and younger children are guaranteed to have fun at our beach so parents can finally relax and enjoy a cool drink at the "46° Parallelo: Beach Lounge & Pop Up Restaurant & Prosecco Bar".

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Pedal boat

A trip with our pedal boats is an experience for the entire family.

Escape from everyday life and get to know Lake Lugano from its best side: the shores, where the mild wind blows and where you can relax even on the warmest summer's days.

Stand Up Paddle

Enjoy an adventure on Lake Lugano with Stand Up Paddle (S.U.P.)! A popular sport, especially in the world of surfing and fitness, it is easy to learn and is attracting more and more interest amongst all age groups. The technique consists in standing on a longboard and moving it across the water with a paddle. What may seem difficult at first glance, but - given a little expert tuition - that will soon be replaced by the thrill and freedom you will feel as you strike out across our beautiful lake!

Water skiing

If you really want to experience the thrill of the speed on the water, water ski is the sport for you. This service is offered with the co-operation of Padi Scuba Diving School Lazzurro: you can inquire directly from them or ask at the reception. We kindly ask you to communicate 24 hours in advance the date and the time of your reservation.*


*exclusive service just for hotel guests.

Jet skiing

If you really want to let loose on the water, you really should give our jet skis a try. Our team will be happy to give you more information about renting and using this top piece of equipment. Please note that it is not possible to drive the water jet ski individually: an expert pilot will accompany you in the discovery of Lake Lugano to safely speed over the lake!

Motor boats

Do you feel like exploring Lake Lugano by boat?

On our private beach you can rent boats (10 or 40 PS) and discover Lake Lugano from an exclusive point of view. Why not go shopping in Lugano or test your luck at the new casino?

Please note that if you would like to bring your own motor boat, prior registration by the authorities is needed and it costs Euro 100,00. Since 2015 the documentation required to apply for a nautical license plate (originals of ID, boat insurance, ownership document and nautical driving license) is to be handed in to the authorities directly. However, we will be glad to assist you booking an appointment with the local police office where you can fill in an application form (this takes about 10 minutes and the appointment must be booked a couple of days in advance). Charges can be settled at the nearest post office and the receipt of payment needs to be brought back to the police office which will then issue the license plate the very same day.

Docking your boat to the Resorts´s jetty costs 40,00 Euro per day.


Take off with Aeroclub Como for a spectacular flight over Lago di Como.

Admire Como, Bellagio, Lecco, Menaggio, and Varenna from above... With a bit of luck, you'll be able to see Lago di Lugano and Parco San Marco from Menaggio. We'll be happy to provide you with further information!

Website Aero Club Como

Boat excursions

For the whole family, we offer boat excursions departing from the bridge at the private beach of the resort to the caves and the Swiss Customs Museum. We organize a collective and private boat excursion to the lake and a taxi boat service to the most picturesque villages of Ceresio (the Italian shores of Lake Lugano): Porlezza, Osteno, Valsolda and Gandria. Transfer available to Lugano by boat and taxi.

On Saturday, however, do not miss the boat trip to Porlezza market.

For the little ones the boat trips are tingling with adventure! Especially the Pirelli Tour in search of the hidden treasure and the Ninja Tour for the discovery of turtles.


*Prices on request