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Ajaccio or Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

1. Ajaccio or Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

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.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

2. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the south coast of Corsica aboard a cruise boat from Ajaccio on a full-day tour to the commune of Bonifacio and its legendary rock formations. Cruise into the Valinco Gulf for breathtaking views of the coast. See the famous lion-shaped rock of Roccapina and more. Benefit from an informative commentary on the history of Corsica and its traditions along the way. Get a closer look at the rock carving of the Staircase of the King of Aragon, dug by Alfonso V's troops in a single night during the unsuccessful siege of Bonifacio in 1420, according to legend. Marvel at the sea caves in the shape of Napoleon's Hat and the sea stack of the Grain de Sable. Upon arrival in Bonifacio, get 4 hours to explore at leisure and find a nice place for lunch. Catch the mini-train from the port to the citadel in the upper town and back at your convenience. Located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, and separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, the commune is known for its idyllic beaches and towering cliffs.

From Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

3. From Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

Discover the wonders of the Corsican Coast accessible only by sea. Visit the Scandola Nature Reserve and have free time in Girolata. Board a 73-seater ship and take a half-day trip to the famous Scandola Nature Reserve, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear insightful commentary about the reserve from a local guide. Stop for 2 hours or 30 minutes, depending on the option you book, in the small village of Girolata and enjoy free time to explore. Eat lunch at a local restaurant or bring your own food for a picnic with stunning views. Soak up the sunshine on the warm sand, swim, and browse the unique shops in the village. After your stop, the boat tour will continue to Calanques de Piana before going back to Sagone and Cargèse.

Corsica: Day Cruise to Scandola, Girolata & Calanques Piana

4. Corsica: Day Cruise to Scandola, Girolata & Calanques Piana

Explore the hidden wonders of the Corsican coast that are accessible only by sea on a day trip by speedboat. Visit the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enjoy free time to wander through Girolata, and see the natural pools of Calanques de Piana. Begin your cruise in either Sagone or Cargèse, depending on the option you select. Board a 12-seater speedboat and cruise towards the famous Scandola Nature Reserve. As you sail through the Reserve, learn about the jagged cliffs and red rock formations you see from your guide. After leaving the Reserve, take a 30 minute wander through the small village of Girolata, which is only accessible from the sea. Soak up the sun on the sandy beach, go for a swim, or browse the shops. After you've finished, board the boat and continue to the Calanques de Piana. Jump into the clear water for a refreshing swim in the Calanques de Piano before cruising around the stunning caves of Capo Rosso. Return to Sagone or Cargèse past the red cliffs of Corsica.

From Porto: Piana Creeks, Scandola & Girolata on Speedboat

5. From Porto: Piana Creeks, Scandola & Girolata on Speedboat

Departing from Porto, you can admire the Calanches de Piana by sailing along the coast towards Capo Rosso with its caves and natural pools, a magical place listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. You will then set sail for the Scandola nature reserve. On the way back, you can discover the small hamlet of Girolata, only accessible by sea or on foot. A 30-minute stop is planned there. During this excursion you will enjoy a swimming break, snorkeling (masks provided) depending on weather conditions. Perhaps you will have the chance to observe dolphins or other cetaceans that might cross your path. Duration of the tour about 3h15

Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

6. Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

Be one with nature on this guided boat tour of the Scandola and Capo Rosso reserves. Swim in blue waters and discover natural caves and majestic cliffs. Head to the island of Cargalo with your guide and continue through the cathedral fault. Swim in turquoise waters while your appetizer of cold meats and rosé wine from Corsica is prepared. At noon, arrive at Girolata, a fishing village built around an 18th-century fortress accessible only by sea. The boat will sail again at 2 pm towards the Gulf of Porto for another swimming break at Anse Ficaghjola, a village overlooking a beach. Then, proceed to the Calanques of Piana, a geological jewel with cliffs and caves. Upon reaching the natural pool of Capo Rosso, dive in its crystal clear waters. Enjoy a final swim at the Cala di Pala Cove where you can also jump off diving boards of different heights. You will continue with your memorable boat ride until your return, leaving you with unforgettable memories.

Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

7. Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

The rugged coastline of the Sanguinaires Islands will come alive as you explore it with a local guide. Learn the history of the area as your guide points out lighthouses, semaphores, and Genoese towers in the distance. Learn some history about maritime navigation and fishing and hear stories of the 16th-century merchants who knew this area as the Sagonares Isolae. The Gulf of Ajaccio is home to 100 islands and you will explore the four islets that make up the Sanguinaire archipelago: Mezzu Mare, Arghja, Oca and Islet di Porri. Discover a protected area and see how nature has retaken its shores. At the end of the tour, watch the sun dip below the horizon before returning to the port in the comfort of a 1050 horsepower speedboat.

From Porto-Vecchio: Lavezzi Archipelago Sightseeing Cruise

8. From Porto-Vecchio: Lavezzi Archipelago Sightseeing Cruise

Leave the coast of Corsica behind on a sightseeing cruise departing from Porto-Vecchio and Santa Giulia Beach. Observe cormorants in flight at the Iles Cerbicales and admire the private island of Cavallo from the sea. Swim in the Lavezzi Archipelago and stop in the bay of Piantarella. Make your way down to Santa Giulia Beach or the port to meet your friendly captain and group for the day. Be welcomed aboard the semi-rigid boat and fly over the waves as you set out to sea. Reach your first stop at the Iles Cerbicales, a stunning natural paradise. Watch from the boat as different species of bird like cormorants, gray shearwaters, gulls, and pale swifts dive between the sky and the sea. Cruise by the island of Cavallo full of luxurious villas and enter the nature reserve of the Lavezzi Archipelago. Look out for incredible marine life and take the chance to swim and snorkle in the crystalline waters. Climb back into the boat and view the steep cliffs and mysterious caves of Saint-Antoine on your way to the serene bay of Piantarella. Feel at peace on the calm water and indulge in some snacks served at sea. Leave Piantarella and cruise back towards Porto-Vecchio. Experience picturesque views of the coastline on your return journey and see the Isles Cerbicales and Lavezzi Archipelago in another light.

Calvi: Introduction to Diving Dive with an Instructor

9. Calvi: Introduction to Diving Dive with an Instructor

Enjoy an introductory dive that requires no previous dive experience on this speedboat cruise from Calvi. Dive into the Gulf of Calvi and get used to the equipment, the extraordinary environment, and the feeling of weightlessness.  Meet your guide and hop aboard a comfortable speedboat and cut through the water on the way to your dive spot. Learn about the high-quality dive equipment you will use to ensure that you are confident in the water.  Put on your well-maintained mask, fins, wetsuit, and respirator. Immerse yourself in the water with your instructor and go down slowly to ensure that you are able to equalize. Experience the thrill of breathing easily underwater while looking at the world around you.  Get a certificate marking your dive experience at the end of your tour that you can keep as a souvenir to remember your trip by. Return to your meeting point Calvi at the end of your tour. 

Porto Vecchio: Cerbicale and Lavezzi Islands Boat Day Trip

10. Porto Vecchio: Cerbicale and Lavezzi Islands Boat Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Corsica from the sea on this day trip from Porto Vecchio. Sail to the Cerbicale island and the archipelago of Lavezzi. Uncover underwater worlds with the included snorkeling gear at locations like the bay of Pientarella. Reach the town of Bonifacio on the cliffs.  Hop aboard the comfortable ship at the port of Porto Vecchio and embark on your sailing adventure. Head for the Cerbicale Island, a paradise for seabirds where you can observe various species or go snorkeling in the turquoise waters. Continue past the island of Cavallo which is known as the island of the billionaires and visit San Bainso island and its Roman quarry. Make your way to the archipelago of Lavezzi. Enjoy their beautiful, pristine, and unique environment that is free of any buildings in the heart of a nature reserve. Swim through schools of shinning fish. Take a dip in the azure bay of Pientarella, where a sandbank in the open sea awaits you. Sip on a Corsican aperitif while in the water. Sail along the Gulf of Sperone where you can admire the beaches of the Grand and Petit Sperone. Go by Pointe Saint Antoine which is the extreme southern tip of Corsica. Have free time to explore the cliffs, caves, port, and history of Bonifacio, or go and purchase a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Board the boat and jet off to the magnificent bay of Rondinara for a swim and a relaxing break. On the way back to Porto Vecchio, take time to gaze out at the stunning beaches along the coast of Santa Giulia, Palombaggia, and Carrataghiu.

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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.

It was an amazing experience. Right from pick up to dune bashing belly dancing and almost everything else in the activity. Good job by the entire team. Keep it up.

This walk by the sea makes us discover other facets of Corsica as prodigious as each other. Our eyes are dazzled by so much beauty

very good off road driver. Comfortable 4x4 car. Driver was also a guide and gave a tour more personal touch.

Excursion so perfect a lot of fun and well organized