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Corsica: Day Cruise to Scandola, Girolata & Calanques Piana

1. 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 Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

2. 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 Ajaccio: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour with Girolata Visit

3. From Ajaccio: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour with Girolata Visit

Discover the most beautiful landscapes of western Corsica: Calanques de Piana, Capo Rosso, Girolata, and to finish in style: the visit of the sublime Scandola Nature Reserve. On this almost inaccessible peninsula, the rocks forged by water and wind have taken on intriguing, almost supernatural shapes, reinforced by the red tone of the cliffs. Your sea trip begins in Ajaccio accompanied by your captain. Well settled in your boat, enjoy the sumptuous landscapes during this boat tour punctuated by the comments of your captain. History of the region, anecdotes, legends and other explanations on the surrounding flora and fauna as well as on the geology. Discover the highlights of western Corsica by going first to the famous Calanques de Piana, a place listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site The Scandola Nature Reserve is home to many species of protected plants and birds such as golden eagles, peregrine falcons and the iconic osprey. It's hard to resist the urge to discover this wild and unspoiled nature, aspiring to rock structures in the caldera, a remnant of very old volcanic eruptions or undulating under pure, crystalline water. The Scandola reserve is a natural marvel both maritime and land listed, of course, in the heritage of Unesco. Here, nature has dictated its law, giving the rocks their specific shape and letting the flora flourish freely. The fauna is not left out in the Scandola reserve. As ospreys spread their wings in search of their next prey, gulls squirm and squawk. At sea, groupers, red mullets, and other moray eels form an incessant ballet, an intriguing and captivating spectacle that your skipper will be delighted to introduce you to. Your sea trip to visit the Scandola Reserve by boat and the must-see places in western Corsica Embark on board and head to Scandola for a magical ride. Your Captain will share with you his love for Corsica and the nature reserve of Scandola, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Guided tour: Capo Rosso, Calanche di Piana, Porto Scandola

4. Guided tour: Capo Rosso, Calanche di Piana, Porto Scandola

Departing from Sagone or Cargèse, you will discover the Scandola Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its caves in their entirety. Then enjoy a thirty-minute stopover in the small village of Girolata, accessible only by sea. After crossing the Gulf of Porto, swimming stops in the heart of Calanche Di Piana then at Capo Rosso to cool off in these sublime natural settings. Enjoy 12-passenger Narwhal-type semi-rigid vessel Used by the army and the police but also by narco-traffickers for its speed and above all its robustness, this vessel with a V-hull specially designed for all kinds of weather is a real 4X4 of the seas!!! It will delight thrill seekers and reassure the more cautious thanks to its extraordinary passage at sea and its incredible comfort. Its 12 m size will also allow you to slip where larger boats will not be able to pass.

Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

5. 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.

4x4 Agriates Desert and Beach Excursion from Calvi

6. 4x4 Agriates Desert and Beach Excursion from Calvi

Discover the Agriates desert on this 4x4 excursion. See the area's unique fauna and flora, as well as some unusual spots like caves, troglodyte shelters, abandoned villages, and sheep sheds. After pickup from Calvi, head for the desert in an air-conditioned vehicle. Hear interesting facts and stories about the island from your guides as you explore. In the desert, admire the diverse natural landscapes, lush vegetation and keep an eye out for the many species of birds, butterflies, and rare plants. Stop for 4 hours at one of the most beautiful and wildest beaches in Corsica: Ghignu. Swim in the clear turquoise water or relax on the pure shores of the coast.

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.

From Bastia: Off-Road Agriates Desert and Beach Excursion

8. From Bastia: Off-Road Agriates Desert and Beach Excursion

Take a full day to discover the Agriates desert on this 4x4 off-road excursion and experience Corsica like you've never seen it before. After being picked up at 9:00 AM from Bastia, explore the desert in a comfortable, high-end and air-conditioned vehicle, no better way to get an up-close view of this beautiful place. Although technically a desert, there is a huge variety of natural landscapes and lush vegetation to see; as a protected area, the desert is full of many species of birds, butterflies, and rare plants. Enjoy sightings of this area's varied and unique fauna and flora, as well as some unusual places like caves, troglodyte shelters, abandoned villages and sheep sheds. You'll also take a 4-hour stop at one of the most beautiful and wildest beaches of Corsica: Ghignu. Here, you can go swimming in the clear turquoise water and relax in the sun on the white sand. Your guides will share their passion and love for the island, and unveil its secrets for an unforgettable tour.

Calvi: Asco Valley 4x4 Day Tour with Guide

9. Calvi: Asco Valley 4x4 Day Tour with Guide

Enjoy a day of 4×4 fun as you travel around the slopes of Monte Cinto to explore the Asco Valley and its river. With its high peaks and plunging gorges cut out of granite, the Valley is a hub of rich flora and fauna growing in unusual little places waiting to be discovered. Admire the amazing landscapes between mountain and river and marvel at the shades of blue all around you from the sky to the water. Then, take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear water of the river and enjoy a 2-hour stop to relax and hang out. Chill under the sun, or cool down in the shade under a parasol provided by your guide. Learn all about the island from your passionate local guide, and listen to the secrets of the land on this unforgettable tour.

Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Isles Sunset Boat Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Corsica

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4.6 / 5

based on 672 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.

The guide Capucine was really nice and her colleague Damien too. A real pleasure to share this moment with them. The journey itself is rather calm, there is little off-roading. Several stops allow you to punctuate the journey and take photos. The stop in the natural swimming pool is magnificent! We highly recommend

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

Great scenery, opportunity to swim in a beautiful bay. The tour was really fun.