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  1. France
  2. Corsica
  3. Porto, France
  4. Scandola Nature Reserve

Corsica: Scandola and Girolata Boat Cruise from Porto

Product ID: 113206
Climb aboard a silent hybrid boat and explore the stunning Scandola Nature Reserve on a 3-hour boat tour from Porto. Stop for 30 minutes in the secluded coastal village of Girolata and more.
About this activity
Duration: 3 - 4.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
French
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the Scandola Nature Reserve by silent hybrid boat
  • Stop in the remote village of Girolata, only accessible from the sea
  • Look for endemic fauna, including birdlife such as sea eagles and peregrine falcons
  • Take an optional tour of the stunning rock formations of the Calanche de Piana
Full description
Depart Porto and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve to experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife such as ospreys and peregrine falcons. Created in 1975, the nature reserve is only accessible by sea and subject to strict protection.

Cruise through the reserve, rich with marine life and seabirds, on board a silent hybrid boat to respect the environment. Stop in the remote coastal village of Girolata and marvel at its stunning setting surrounded by the sea. You can even swim in the sea off the coast here. During the winter, the village becomes a secluded backwater with only about 15 residents. It was nearly abandoned at the end of the war, but tourism has restored its fortunes.

Add on the option to venture into the Calanche de Piana, and discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in the temperature, strong winds and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity of the rocks and originality of their locations that give a particular aspect to the area.
Includes
  • Guided boat tour
  • 30-minute stop in the village of Girolata
  • Information leaflet available in French, English, and Italian
What’s Not Included
  • Swimming in the middle of the sea

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Nave Va Promenades, Place de la Marine, Porto.

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 237 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.2 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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amazing places to visit

The cruise was very good, and the places we saw were really beautiful!!! Two cons: The explanations were given unfortunately only in French, and since we do not speak these language, we believe that we missed some important details about those amazing places we visited. We booked the whole 4.5 hours cruise, but no one told us that after the first part, we will go back to the harbor to pick up the people who booked only the second part. It is, in our opinion, a waist of time, which can be spent on the other sites.

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October 9, 2019

Wonderful discovery

Great site, very enjoyable atmosphere on the boat, and a great guide who provides you info not only re the reserve, its purpose and time of creation but on the history of Corsica, info on Scandola’s biodiversity, scientific explorations, underwater landscape, the meaning of shapes of the rocks, etc. and - what is very important - does not forget to include a joke or two in his narrative! Awesome experience, a great sea trip in a hot summer day! ;-)

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August 21, 2019

We were told from the advert we would receive a leaflet/booklet in English to accompany the french speaking only tour guide. It was only when we were on the boat that were informed that they don’t supply one!! Also we were advised it would take about 3 to 4 hours. It was more like 4.5 hours. Whilst I wouldn’t normally complain about getting a longer trip it did mean we were late leaving to get a ferry at Bastia, which we only just caught!

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June 20, 2019

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Product ID: 113206