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Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day Boat Tour

1. Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day 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.

Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

2. Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

Discover the Scandola Nature Reserve and visit the charming village of Girolata as you embark on a boat tour off Porto on the coast of Corsica. Sail in silence on the waters of the reserve on an eco-friendly hybrid boat and enjoy access to prime seating thanks to priority boarding. Meet the ship’s friendly crew who will assist you with the boarding process and then set off to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Nature Reserve, which is only accessible by sea and subject to strict protection. See coastal caves and observe diverse marine life and seabirds, such as ospreys and peregrine falcons, from a respectable distance so as not to disturb the natural environment. Learn about the reserve’s ecology through live French commentary throughout the tour. Stop for 30 minutes in the remote and quaint coastal village of Girolata, surrounded by the sea and only accessible by boat. Walk around the village or cool off with a swim and be on the lookout for the resident wild cows that roam the streets, cafés, and beach of Girolata. Upgrade and extend your experience with an optional trip to the stunning Calanche de Piana rock formation. Admire a beautiful pink granite geological landscape, which has been uniquely created from centuries of strong winds and sea spray.

Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

3. Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

Let yourself be carried away by the magic of the beach and mountain landscapes in Porto Orta. Embark on a hybrid sightseeing boat specially designed to protect flora and fauna. The electric propulsion allows it to navigate in protected areas without polluting emissions or noise pollution.  Choose to take an excursion in the turquoise waters of Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso and their impressive panoramas, or opt to sail to the Scandola nature reserve and its paradisiacal village of Girolata where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.  Or select the complete tour of the Gulf of Portowhere you'll discover the most beautiful wild and protected areas of the Isle of Beauty.

Porto: Scandola, Girolata, and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

4. Porto: Scandola, Girolata, and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

Discover the Gulf of Porto by boat and see why this extraordinary natural area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your boat trip by sailing to the Scandola Reserve, home to beautiful cliffs and a sea bed. Located in the north of the Gulf of Porto, the Scandola Reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1975 and contains majestic cliffs with more than 30 plant species. Afterward, stopover in Girolata, a small village on the edge of a scenic bay. This picturesque village is only accessible by sea or by a small path. Then visit the Calanche de Piana creeks, a dream-like place filled with magnificent colors. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll sail back to your tour starting point.

Corsica: Scandola and Calanche de Piana Boat Tour from Porto

5. Corsica: Scandola and Calanche de Piana Boat Tour from Porto

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 12-seater, semi-rigid boat. Stop in the remote coastal village of Girolata and marvel at its stunning setting surrounded by the sea. 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. Then, 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. Jump into the crystal blue waters for a cooling swim in a natural pool!

From Porto: Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

6. From Porto: Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

Depart Porto and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Calanche de Piana in the Gulf of Porto by silent hybrid boat to respect the environment. Located halfway between Ajaccio and Calvi, close to the village of Piana, the Calanche de Piana is part of a volcanic complex that towers up to 300 meters above sea level at its highest altitude. Marvel at the pink granite rocks shaped over centuries by changes in the temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Discover a series of fantastic rock formations sculpted into spectacular shapes and surrounded by crystal blue waters. Rich with marine life and seabirds, the area also demonstrates a tremendous diversity of rocks in locations that give a particular aspect to the surroundings.

From Porto, Corsica: Piana Creeks Cruise

7. From Porto, Corsica: Piana Creeks Cruise

Visit one of the best sites of Corsica on boat routes designed to provide a unique and beautiful experience. Get to know Porto's magical gulf, and see Piana's beautiful creeks. Embark on small boats that can enter caves, navigate to the sea bank and allow for a closer look at the natural landscape of Piana, with its rock masses, cliffs, peaks, and mineral Enjoy this outing at sea, with an expert guide, and observe dolphins or other aquatic mammals that might cross the path of the boat.

Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

8. Ajaccio: Full-Day Corsica West Coast Guided Boat Tour

Discover the West Coast of Corsica's natural highlights on this full-day tour from Ajaccio. Visit the Scandola Nature Reserve and Calanques de Piana, as well as some of the area's small islands and villages like Girolata and Ficajola, before admiring the sunset with some charcuterie and rosé wine. Set sail from the convenient meeting point with your guide. Head to Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit the island of Gargalo through to the cathedral fault and learn about the local wildlife. Then visit Girolata, a small fishing village built around an 18th century fort accessible only by sea. Here you can enjoy some free time to meet the wild cows that live in the village. Stop at the cove of Ficajola, then at the Calanques de Piana, a natural rock formation and UNESCO World Heritage site. Swim at Cala di Pala cove and dive from the cliffs. Dock at the Sanguinaires Islands and swim or visit the lighthouse, then enjoy an aperitif of local charcuterie and rosé wine whilst admiring the sunset.

From Tiuccia : Boat Tour on the Gulf of Porto Tasting Sunset

9. From Tiuccia : Boat Tour on the Gulf of Porto Tasting Sunset

Board your vessel for a trip including a visit to the village of Girolata. Take a swimming break in the coves, explore the creeks of Piana and the nature reserve of Scandola, and listen to informative commentary as you go. Board your vessel knowing it's equipped with individual chairs and a toilet on board. Kick back on the deck and sip on an aperitif as you sail on the coast of Corsica. Enjoy a stop at the Capo Rosso, and admire its rock arch and natural swimming pool. Marvel as the boat pulls into the village of Girolata, a settlement not accessible by road. Dive in for a swimming stop at this picturesque place. Admire the Scandola nature reserve, and stop off at the caves and faults of the Calanques de Piana. Listen to commentary from your captain as your trip continues. Feast on delicious food and drink on the deck. Play some music on the stereo, dive into the sea with the underwater vision camera, or just relax in the sunbathing area. On the return journey, take in the spectacular sight of the sun setting over the ocean.

From Porticcio: Cruise toScandola Reserve and Porto village

10. From Porticcio: Cruise toScandola Reserve and Porto village

Step aboard a speed boat piloted by qualified captains and set sail to the Scandola Nature Reserve on this tour from Porticcio. Visit the island of Gargalo and stop for two hours of free time in the charming village of Porto.  Embark from Porticcio to the Scandola Nature Reserve to view the exceptional maritime and terrestrial flora and fauna. Head to the island of Gargalo to see the Cathedral Rift. Stop at the reserve for a swimming break in turquoise waters. Savor a 'nustrale' aperitif, a sampling of cold meats, and wine when you get back onboard. Arrive at Girolata at 11:30 am. Stroll around this small fishing village built around an 18th century fort for 20 minutes. Meet the wild cows in the village. Journey to Porto which is overlooked by at Genoese tower. Explore Porto for two hours where you can go get lunch, walk through the old-fashioned streets, or hit the beach. Disembark at 2:00 pm and sail towards the Gulf of Porto. Take another swim at Anse Ficaghjola. Move to the cliffs and caves of Calanques de Piana and dive in the natural swimming pool of Capo Rosso. Go for one last swim in Cala di Pala cove where you can jump from natural diving boards.

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What people are saying about Gulf of Porto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,136 reviews

An unforgettable boat trip in breathtaking coves. We were like explorers in the discovery of unknown lands or like privateers looking for a hideout to hide his nest egg Getyourguide was very nice to change our departure schedule even though we were within 24 hours so it was impossible to changes, thank you getyourguide !! The captain of our boat is very nice, funny and gives just enough explanations. I highly recommend this trip, it's well worth 30 € !!! Good continuation and see you soon ! Avignon family

Très bonne expérience. À cause d’un temps, notre sortie a été décalée d’un jour, mais nous ne l’avons pas regretté. Les paysages sont vraiment fantastiques et les commentaires diffusés tout au long du parcours sont très judicieux et plein d’humour.

Boarding was smooth snd quick. Our guide was very informative about the places (geological and historical) but you need to understand French The scenes was very nice and the boat was also nice regarding size and capacity.

Very warm welcome, a lot of humor, and great information on the places visited and the origin of this magnificent land of Corsica. We had a great day. Thank you so much !

It was a nice trip. We liked our skipper also. Highly recommended.