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From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

1. 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 Porto-Vecchio: Lavezzi Archipelago Sightseeing Cruise

2. 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.

Porto Vecchio: Cerbicale and Lavezzi Islands Boat Day Trip

3. 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.

Ajaccio: Day Trip Boat Tour to Bonifacio

4. Ajaccio: Day Trip Boat Tour to Bonifacio

Explore the best of Bonifacio from the sea and land on this boat tour from Ajaccio or Porticcio. Swim in the sea and experience the Lavezzi islands and cliffs of Bonifacio. Board the boat in Ajaccio or Porticcio and head to your first stop, the emblematic Lion of Roccapina, a superb natural sculpture of a lion formed in the rocks. Here, take a dip in the warm and crystal-clear waters of the beach. Once back on board, sit down to a charcuterie tasting board and sip a glass of local rosé wine. Continue to the Lavezzi Islands and cool down with a dip in the sea before heading to the Piantarella Lagoon, Corsica's largest natural swimming pool. Next, head to Bonifacio and enjoy some free time for lunch at a local restaurant or explore the town on foot. Finally, make your way back to Ajaccio. Stop for a swim at one of the picturesque beaches along the way or dive into the sea at Anse de Cacao.  

Porto-Vecchio: South Corsica Cruise and Snorkeling Day Trip

5. Porto-Vecchio: South Corsica Cruise and Snorkeling Day Trip

Uncover incredible underwater worlds in southern Corsica with high-quality snorkeling equipment and a sea scooter on this boating day trip from Porto-Vecchio. Explore areas like the bay of Murtoli, Paragan Bay, and Fazio lagoon on a semi-rigid boat. Hop aboard the boat at the beach of Santa Gulia and begin heading south on your sea adventure. Stop at the paradisiacal site of Piantarella to enjoy its crystal-clear water and small rocky outcrops. Have a tasty snack before heading to Bonifacio to admire its caves and cliffs. Follow the coast o the magnificent bay of Roccaspina where you will have the chance to swim under the gaze of the guardian lion of the Genoese tower. Sip on a mouth-watering Corsican aperitif that is served in the water. Make your way to the small fishing port of Tizzano. Spend some free time strolling along the alleys of this lively fishing port for 1.5 hours. Have the chance purchase lunch at local restaurant or bring your own picnic to have at the water's edge. Continue on to the Moines Islands and the turquoise waters of the bay of Murtoli and Paragan Bay. Savor a second snack at the Fazio lagoon. Take in views of long stretches of beach on the way back to the beach of Santa Giulia.

From Ajaccio: Lavezzi Islands & Bonifacio Caves Boat Tour

6. From Ajaccio: Lavezzi Islands & Bonifacio Caves Boat Tour

Venture beyond Ajaccio to the Lavezzi Islands archipelago and historic Bonifacio on a full-day tour, including boat transportation and a local guide. Explore the lagoons of the Lavezzi islands, marvel at the caves and steep cliffs of Bouches de Bonifacio, and wander the beaches of Plage de Tivella. Begin your tour with a boat ride from Ajaccio to the Lavezzi Islands archipelago, a collection of granite islands known for their rugged terrain, aquamarine waters, coral reefs, and numerous lagoons. Continue your tour to the Bonifacio to explore the 9th-century city or relax with a long lunch. While in Bonifacio, visit a medieval clifftop citadel or visit the Bastion de L'Etendard museum or L’Escalier du Roi d’Aragon, a 187-step staircase carved into the cliff. Continue to Bonifacio National Park to hike, explore caves, or swim at the Plage de Tivella before heading back to Ajaccio.

From Porticcio/Ajaccio: Gulf of Valinco Cruise w/Snorkeling

7. From Porticcio/Ajaccio: Gulf of Valinco Cruise w/Snorkeling

Sail along the coast from Porticcio or Ajaccio to Anse de Cacao with this boat cruise. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling at beaches and coves along the way. Have an aperitif, charcuterie, and rosé wine on your trip. Hop aboard the speed boat and see the Lion of Roccapina, a natural rock formation which appears to watch over the Genoese tower next to it. Swim in the inviting water here. Once you are back onboard, have a nustrale aperitif, a tasting of charcuterie, and local rosé wine. Head to the Tradicettu beach on the Gulf of Murtoli before taking a dip in the emerald sea at Silver Beach. Disembark at Tizzano for 2 hours of free time where you can go get lunch or hit the beach. Continue to coves of Cala Longa, Tivella, and Anse de Cacao for more swimming. Marvel at the mythical Senetosa lighthouse. Return to Porticcio.

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What people are saying about Bonifacio

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 247 reviews

The best experience and a wonderful memory that I will never forget. Alex our guide was just amazing. I recommend 100% we discovered beautiful places, we were able to swim in crystal clear water in breathtaking coves. Two hours of ride in Bonifacio was more than enough. thanks again

the processing at the ticket counter was totally unproblematic. Would work well even without knowledge of French. The trip was great, the crew was really nice and up for a joke. We saw dolphins. we didn't regret taking the ship instead of driving.

Travel with nave goes to the top! Round trip a bit long but there are many explanations by the guide. The landscapes are just magnificent and Bonifacio breathtaking! It's worth the detour

I think it will stay in my heart all my life. Beautiful excursion, very good driver, beautiful bathrooms, beautiful places. I would say everything perfect.

A peine 3h30 sur Bonifacio. Un peu court mais pour une 1ere ça donne envie de revenir !