Water activity

Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

Activity provider: Nave va

Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

Activity provider: Nave va

From US$ 40.70 per person

Join a boat tour from Porto aboard an eco-hybrid vessel and explore the stunning Scandola Nature Reserve in tranquility. Discover diverse wildlife and visit the secluded coastal village of Girolata.

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Duration 3 - 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
French

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Corsica’s Scandola Nature Reserve on an eco-friendly hybrid boat
  • Stop in the remote village of Girolata, which is only accessible from the sea
  • See endemic fauna, including birdlife such as sea eagles and peregrine falcons
  • Learn about the local ecosystem from the onboard commentary
  • Upgrade your booking to see the stunning rock formations of the Calanche de Piana
Full description

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.

Includes
  • 3-Hour Boat Tour on an eco-friendly, hybrid boat
  • Live commentary in French
  • 30-minute stop in the village of Girolata
  • 1.5-Hour Boat Tour to the Calanche de Piana rock formation (if option selected)
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Look for the Nave Va kiosk, where you will collect your tickets before boarding the boat.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  •  If you have added the Calanche de Piana tour option, you will return to the harbor in the middle of the tour to drop off and collect customers, before heading out on the second part of your cruise
  •  For every morning departure, there is a 30 or 60-minute stop-over in Porto
  •  Guests can bring their own food and drinks
  •  Swimming is possible on the beach while visiting the village of Girolata
  •  Non-electric wheelchairs are allowed on the boat however, electric wheelchairs are not permitted onboard due to their heavy weight
  •  The boat goes into electric, silent mode only when in the Scandola Reserve
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 628 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5

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The location in the boat is important. We were inside and the sound of the guide was almost inaudible and the view not great. It is preferable to sit outside upstairs but places are "expensive". On the way back, the boat comes in full throttle and we come out wet because of the waves and the wind.

August 24, 2022

The tour to the Scandola nature reserve is very pleasant and humorous thanks to the guide. However, the rest of the trip to the creeks of Piana was a plus that we could have done without because it would be more pleasant to go there with a small boat in order to swim there. It is true that we only see "rocks" according to the words of the guide, but he makes us imagine and dream, and that is why he makes the trip more pleasant, it is poetic, soothing and full of humor, which makes the charm of this activity.

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August 16, 2022

The Scandola reserve is magnificent. The boat approaches the rocks at a good distance to respect the local fauna. We discovered many blue fish. The creeks of Piana are also visible by canoe if you are sporty, otherwise the boat is a great alternative with a visit commented by the pilot.

August 10, 2022

Product ID: 398053