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Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

1. Marseille: Calanques 5-Hour Cruise and Lunch

Sail along the coast of the Calanques National Park, one of the most remarkable natural sites in France, aboard either a small or large catamaran. Discover the rocky coastline that stretches for 20 km along the Mediterranean Sea between La Madrague and the town of Cassis, via Les Goudes and Callelongue. Journey to the heart of this natural heritage and discover the creeks of Marseille. During the cruise admire the wonderful landscape of the Calanques National Park whilst sunbathing on the boat and swimming in heavenly coves. Enjoy lunch, comprising Spanish plancha, various side dishes, and dessert. During winter, the menu is different and may include fish and other seafood. Board at 11:00 AM and return to port is at 4:00 PM. Several itineraries are possible: National Park of the Calanques on the maxi catamaran, the Calanques of the Blue Coast, and the Friuli Archipelago on the small catamarans.

Cassis: Calanques National Park Standup Paddleboarding Tour

2. Cassis: Calanques National Park Standup Paddleboarding Tour

Departing from Cassis, we will start by crossing the calanque and the wild port of Port-Miou. Its name comes from the Latin "Portus Melhor" meaning best port. Indeed, set in the hollow of the cliffs, its waters are naturally sheltered and calm, which will allow us to start gently! We will follow the coast of the Calanques, to the calanque of Port-Pin to make a stopover there, and sail above its transparent waters. Finally, we will sail to the calanque of En-Vau, thus taking advantage of a break to possibly swim, explore the seabed and meet the marine fauna and flora. Along the way, we will discover the rich heritage offered by the Calanques National Park and its unique geology, strewn with pines clinging to the limestone rock. Come ride!

From Marseille: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

3. From Marseille: Boat Tour to a Frioul Island Calanque

Enjoy a boat trip to one of the calanques of the Frioul Islands. Admire the beautiful surroundings and take a swim in one of the unique and picturesque bays before you return to Marseille Meet in Marseille's old port near the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean and board the activity provider's boat. Then head to one of the Frioule Islands on a relaxing boat trip. Dive into the refreshing waters in the middle of one of the calanques and soak up the idyllic atmosphere of this picturesque area. After that, return to the pickup point in Marseille. On the way back, be sure to take in the beautiful views of the surroundings from the water.

From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

4. From Marseille: Calanques National Park Eco Boat Cruise

Start your boat tour from Marseille's old port. Cruise south in a quiet hybrid-electric boat across the beautiful Bay of Marseille. Learn about the city's history and its main monuments on your way to the national park. Arrive at the gates of Calanques, la Baie des Singes (Monkeys Bay). Follow the scenic passage between Maïre Island and the Croisette Cap. Start your boat trip along Calanques's 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of coastline, between the village of Les Goudes and the town of Cassis. Admire the majestic scenery, from the limestone cliffs overlooking untouched inlets to the tiny fishing ports dotted with little cabanons (traditional Provençal cabins). During the boat tour, enjoy free to swim and explore the underwater world, as well as rest and have a pleasant lunch onboard. See why Calanques got its name from the Provençal word, "calanco", for a valley carved by a river before reaching the sea and discover the park's caves. See the paleolithic Cosquer Cave, the Blue Grotto, and the Capelan Cave. Spot the numerous fossils encrusted in the limestone.  Learn about how the fossils were formed one hundred million years ago with the accumulation of sediment in the seabed and then pushed up during the Tertiary Period, when the Alps took shape. Look at how erosion has accentuated rocky rifts and given birth to the rugged landscape you see today.

Calanques National Park: Guided Kayak Tour

5. Calanques National Park: Guided Kayak Tour

Visit the Calanques National Park and spend the day kayaking. Follow your guide as you explore the national park by the water and discover its unique heritage. Your guide will take you through the creeks of La Ciotat, Cap Canaille, L'Ile-Verte, Figuerolles, and Mugel depending of the weather. As you kayak through Calanques National Park, you’ll learn about the protected environment. You’ll have the chance to see the breathtaking views of the park all while participating in a sporting activity that is suitable for all.

Cassis: Calanques National Park Sea Kayaking Tour

6. Cassis: Calanques National Park Sea Kayaking Tour

Discover the exceptional natural beauty of Calanques National Park on this sea kayaking experience from Cassis. With a guide, explore the coastal landscapes of Cassis while practicing a water sport activity suitable for all. Learn about the unique ecosystem of the national park and the history of the local area. Kayak along the coast, past Port Miou, Port Pin, En Vau and Essaïdon, with breathtaking views of the Calanques National Park in the background.

Calanques National Park Snorkel and Scuba Dive

7. Calanques National Park Snorkel and Scuba Dive

Meet at 09:00 am at the dive center in Marseille's Port de la Pointe Rouge. Get kitted out with your diving suit and select a mask, fins and snorkel for your activity.  At 09:45, board a large inflatable boat for a 20 to 30-minute ride to the snorkeling and scuba diving site. Get a briefing about safety and other information you will need. Hear about any security concerns and get explanations about the marine life you may see.  Then, enjoy a 30 to 60 minute snorkel on your own in a secure area close to one of the island's of Calanques National Park. Discover the aquatic world of Marseille from the surface at your leisure. Now that you are comfortable in the water, take a guided scuba dive with a personal instructor. Dive to a maximum of 18 feet to encounter rock fish, zebra bream, cow bream, striped mullet, rainbow wrasse, sea stars and other creatures of the sea, depending on the conditions of the day. At around 16:00 or 17:00, journey back to the dive center to rinse your diving gear and have a shower before you collect your Discover Scuba certificate!

La Ciotat: Calanques National Park Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

8. La Ciotat: Calanques National Park Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Meet your expert guide in La Ciotat and get comfortable on your stand-up paddleboard. Then set off on your paddling adventure to the coastline of Calanques National Park, located north of La Ciotat. Admire the rugged coastline and see natural landmarks of coves, cliffs, islands, and beaches. Take in the fantastic views of L'Ile-Verte, Calanque de Figuerolles, and Belvédère du Mugel.

Marseille: Calanques National Park SUP Tour

9. Marseille: Calanques National Park SUP Tour

Les Goudes, a former fishing district, acts as the “end of the world” for the people of Marseille. An unmissable place that reflects the Marseille art of living, from where we will start our paddle ride. We will stay on the coast towards the cove of Maronnaise, with its undeniable charm, where we will take advantage of the place by giving ourselves a small bathing point in its turquoise waters and discover the marine fauna and flora, very rich in the Mediterranean. We will continue by skirting the Cape Croisette, this thin strip of limestone creating a projection on the sea. Here opens another world! It is then that you will discover the majestic Ile Maire, located only a stone's throw from the coast, as well as the cove of the Croisettes! An exceptional mineral landscape, shaped over millions of years ! All in an idyllic setting, to discover the Calanques and the Marseille coast.

Calanques of La Ciotat: Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

10. Calanques of La Ciotat: Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour

Located a few hundred meters from the coast, you'll head for the Green Island, the only wooded island in the Calanques National Park. Whether you're a beginner or accustomed to the practice of stand-up paddleboarding, this trip is a unique opportunity to discover the jewels of the Ciotaden coast. Discover a unique wild site, where you can take the time to discover its coastline with coves and curiosities, as well as its history. Return via the splendid Calanque of the Mugel and its azure waters. Afterward, take a refreshing swim and observe the rich marine fauna in this little corner of paradise before making your way back to the starting point.

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What people are saying about Calanques National Park

This is a great way to see the Calanques and I would say a must do, especially if you want to jump out and go swimming. The captain was very nice and accommodating. Lunch is relatively light with one glass of rosé. It might be a good idea to bring and extra snack and some water. However, you’re going for the scenery and the water which you can’t beat.

This ride is incredibly beautiful and I really recommend it. The crew on board is super nice. There was a small breakfast and a really delicious lunch. Then there was cheese and cake. The stop to swim in the sea was incredibly beautiful. I would book the trip again at any time. Absolutely great value for money.

The boat was very nice and experience was a great value. I recommend taking the smaller tour option with 18 people. We went to 3 different swimming locations and enjoyed the great weather. Food and drinks are included.

It was a nice experience, the environment in the catamaran and also the team was very kind.

Lovely chance to see the coves in cassis! Vanina was great