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Ajaccio or Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Activity provider: Nave va

Ajaccio or Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Activity provider: Nave va

From US$ 70.65 per person

Climb aboard for a full-day boat tour of the stunning Scandola Nature Reserve and remarkable rock formations of the Calanche de Piana. Enjoy a 2-hour stopover in the secluded coastal village of Girolata for lunch.

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24 hours
  • Ajaccio

  • Porticcio

  • Scandola Nature Reserve (sightseeing)

  • Gulf of Porto (sightseeing)

  • Girolata (free time)

  • Calanques de Piana (sightseeing)

  • Ajaccio

  • Porticcio

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End point
  • Explore the Scandola Nature Reserve by boat
  • Stop for lunch in the remote village of Girolata, only accessible from the sea
  • Discover the rock formations of the Calanche de Piana and the historic Capo Rosso Tower
Full description

Set sail from Ajaccio or Porticcio on a full-day boat tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Porto. Experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife. Stop in the coastal village of Girolata and explore the secluded village for 2 hours. Find a nice restaurant for lunch or enjoy a picnic on the beach. In the winter, the village becomes a virtual backwater with only about 15 residents.

Then, venture into the Calanche de Piana to discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity and unique location of the rocks that give a particular aspect to the area.

  • Boat tour
  • Tour guide
  • Free time in Girolata
  • Food and drinks

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  •  Please make sure you bring food for lunch as restaurants in Girolata are closed in low season
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 479 reviews

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The tour was very nice. But unfortunately the boat was too full. There were 3 people on the left and right of the stairs to the upper deck and they blocked our view a bit. Unfortunately the crew didn't take care of that. I think there would have been enough seats downstairs... but the sights are really impressive. Overall we enjoyed the tour.

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October 5, 2022

A day trip at sea during which we approached the protected and magnificent sites of Scandola and the creeks of Piana, with a 2-hour stopover in Girolata where we ate very well (the gourmet coffee kept its promise) at the restaurant "Le Good Hope" (reservation recommended). The boat staff is friendly and humorous when commenting. We wholeheartedly recommend this excursion taken in Sept 2022. However, the return trip may seem a bit long for those with motion sickness. Although the weather was very nice (27°), a "wind break" is appreciable at the start in the morning.

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September 26, 2022

Wonderful day ! A wonderful view of the coast from the boat. Friendly and available staff. You can treat yourself to a coffee or something else on board. Toilets are available. Plan hat and small wool (the sea air). One downside (the French must groan…): with the noise of the engines, you can’t hear the guide’s comments correctly…too bad! And…after asking me about being able to eat in a restaurant in Girolata, I was told No, but in fact we could have. Phone the restaurant first. However, it is expensive…. In summary: enjoy a great day.

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September 24, 2022

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