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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.

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.

From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

3. From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour and take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery and the Citadel. See the Parata tower and the Sanguinaires islands, a Natura 2000 site. During the tour, enjoy commentary about Ajaccio Bay and the history of the city. Stop at Mezumare, the largest island in the Sanguinaires archipelago, accessible only by boat. The island is home to a number of rare animal species. Enjoy a 1-hour stopover for a swim, or for a walk to the Alphonse Daudet lighthouse and semaphore. You'll also see the ruins of the Lazaretto, used by coral fishermen, in quarantine after returning from Africa.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

4. 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: Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

5. 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 Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

6. 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.

From Porto-Vecchio: Lavezzi Archipelago Sightseeing Cruise

7. 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

8. 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.

From Porto Vecchio: Escape Excursion to Sardinia with Drinks

9. From Porto Vecchio: Escape Excursion to Sardinia with Drinks

Start this sea escape from Corsica at the Porto Vecchio and sail to Sardinia on board a high-end launch specially designed for sea excursions. Professional sailors will take you on an authentic unforgettable sea adventure lasting the whole day.The first stop will be Toro Island where you can swim while observing the underwater flora and fauna. Masks and snorkels, sea scooters, and paddles will be made available to you to discover an amazing marine environment.After having crossed the mouths of Bonifacio, you will dock in Sardinia at the island of Budelli, where you will be offered a Corsican aperitif.Off to the next stop at the beautiful island of La Maddalena, where you will have free time to stroll through the alleys, enjoy lunch or have a picnic at the edge of the water. The Santa Maria archipelago awaits for your next stop before heading for Porto Novo where we will take a last swim in its crystal clear waters.On the way back to Porto Vecchio, enjoy the view of the beautiful beaches of Santa Giulia and Palombaggia from the boat.

Porto-Vecchio: South Corsica Cruise and Snorkeling Day Trip

10. 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 61 reviews

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.

Little incredible boat trip, very beautiful landscapes and many explanations on the fauna and flora as well as the history of Corsica through the west coasts. A very caring captain with a most enjoyable Corsican aperitif. Thank you for this great time! Sarah

Great tour .... The only flaws are the French language only and the time available on the island is very scarce! I still recommend going up to the lighthouse, fantastic view

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.

Very nice activity! The discovery of the Gulf and the Sanguinaires by boat is magnificent!