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Nice: Speedboat Day Trip with Snorkeling in Villefranche Bay

1. Nice: Speedboat Day Trip with Snorkeling in Villefranche Bay

Explore the sea life of the Mediterranean Sea in the Villefranche-sur-Mer Bay on a snorkeling trip by speedboat from Nice. Take in colorful coastal views from the boat before snorkeling with included gear and guidance from a certified diving instructor. Starting at a diving center at the Port of Nice, receive your included fins, a mask, a snorkel, and a wetsuit. Learn how to use your gear and adjust it properly during a briefing with the snorkeling instructor before taking a 10-15 minute speedboat ride to the bay. During the cruise, enjoy views of the Cape of Nice and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat from the sea. Once at the dive site (varies depending on conditions), the instructor will explain how to get the most out of your snorkeling adventure.

From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

2. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery expedition of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and its typical Mediterranean scenery. Join a boat trip departing from Cannes and enjoy the chance to swim in crystal-clear waters. Take in views of striking waterfront panoramas and tranquil bays. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat. Embark at the meeting point in Cannes and set sail toward the Esterel. Sit back and relax as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning beaches and secret coves, accessible only by boats. Uncover the mysteries of the Corniche d'Or coastline with our local skipper.

Marseille: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

3. Marseille: Calanques Sailing Day Trip with Lunch and Wine

Experience a boat trip from Marseille to the local treasure that is the Calanques National Park. Stop to swim and snorkel while exploring the French Riviera on an elegant and authentic sailing yacht called the Le Don du Vent (The Gift of the Wind). Unwind with a chef-prepared lunch and wine. Hop on board and venture to the most secret corners of the Calanques of Sormiou, Morgiou, or Sugiton. Start your day with a welcome coffee and navettes (local biscuits from Marseille). In between stopping to swim and snorkel in the turquoise sea, enjoy a fresh lunch made by the onboard chef paired with organic white wine and rosé. Spend an unforgettable time in paradise and enjoy a day of pure bliss with your friends or family.

Cannes: Boat and Snorkeling Tour

4. Cannes: Boat and Snorkeling Tour

Upon your arrival at the meeting point you will receive all the necessary equipment for snorkeling including fins, mask, suit, and a small inflatable raft. After a briefing by expert instructor who will explain your route, what you will see, and where you will swim. They also will brief you thoroughly on the necessary safety and security precautions.  Then you board a comfortable boat for the trip to a site in the Islands of Lérins, in front of Cannes or along the Estérel in the direction of Saint Raphael where beautiful rock formations are found. The boat will be stop on a rocky bottom where you will be able to see and swim amongst the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean sea. Spend about 2 hours either swimming, enjoying the sun from the boat or in the shade before returning to the meeting point at around 6:00 PM. The boat is well stocked with drinking water and you may bring personal belongings to enjoy during the trip.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

5. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

Nice: Monaco & Mala Caves Boat Trip w/ Breakfast on the Sea

6. Nice: Monaco & Mala Caves Boat Trip w/ Breakfast on the Sea

1st step: Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Principality of Monaco has two ports that are worth a visit. Very large luxury yachts stop there, a real spectacle. 2nd step: Visit the Mala caves, a magical cove in Eze. 3rd step: Visit the creeks of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, discover protected turquoise waters, a real jewel of nature. 4th Step: Take a delicious breakfast and a glass of juice, a cup of coffee on board Accompanied by good music (of your choice!) 5th Step: Swimming under turquoise waters Enjoy, live, one of the most beautiful representations of nature. 6th Step: Return to the port of Nice.

Fréjus: Diving Experience in Port-Fréjus with an Instructor

7. Fréjus: Diving Experience in Port-Fréjus with an Instructor

Discover the fauna and flora of the underwater world along the French Riviera on this diving excursion. A diving instructor will provide an orientation and then escort you to a select spot on the Estérel coast. Enjoy the beauty of the aquatic surroundings. Begin your diving tour with an initial orientation with your diving instructor. You'll receive your equipment and information on what to expect during the dive as you sail on the beautiful waters from Port-Fréjus. Once you arrive at the diving spot, prepare to jump in. Under the surface of the water, gaze in wonder at the aquatic riches all around you. Encounter arrays of fish and enjoy the sensation of being part of an underwater world.

Nice: Mala Caves, Stop at Villefranche& Snorkeling Boat Tour

8. Nice: Mala Caves, Stop at Villefranche& Snorkeling Boat Tour

Embark on an adventure from Nice as you step aboard a comfortable semi-rigid boat. Safety is paramount, and your experienced captain will ensure your well-being as he takes you to some of the most enchanting places along the coast. Sail to the Mala Cave, nestled in the tranquil creek of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat. This natural gem, set in the heart of the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, offers an unspoiled and authentic environment. Stop for a dip in the crystal clear waters and enjoy a refreshing swim. When you reach Villefranche, disembark for a 45-minute exploration. Explore the charming village of a thousand bright colors, the historic citadel, and the enchanting old town. Stop for refreshments, savor the local flavors, and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the village.

Nice: Perfume Workshop for Children

9. Nice: Perfume Workshop for Children

Organize a fun and unique experience for your children during your stay to Nice. Perfect for kids aged 4 to 8, visit a family business that has been passed down through five generations. A fragrance creation expert will help your child interpret the scents that appeal to them most, and help them compose the perfect symphony of smells. This is a fun and enriching experience for children, as they learn about smells, imagination, and creativity. After they’ve made their perfume, your child can decorate their bottle to their own personal taste, and then take it home as a memento of the day.

Boat tour mixed group, swimming snorkeling Nice Villefranche

10. Boat tour mixed group, swimming snorkeling Nice Villefranche

Our boat is based in the beautiful port of St jean Cap Ferrat, 8 km from Nice port (easy by bus or Uber). We'll start from here. Enjoy our experience with some attractions on board: cruise, view on the landscape, swimming, snorkeling, find your starfish, feed birds and fishs, enjoy a drink in water, aperitif, foot jacuzzi party, relaxation, jump from the rocks, seabob. Always great and friendly meeting with the mixed group. During our 4 hours trip mixed group, we'll cruise in Beaulieu bay, to discover Eze, Cap d'Ail, along the peninsula of Cap Ferrat with the gorgeous villas overlooking the sea. The landscape in our area is one of the most beautiful on the French Riviera. First stop for swimming & snorkeling in an amazing cove called "les Fossettes" only known by local people, between maritime pines, cicadas and turquoise waters. Then, we'll ride to the amazing Villefranche bay with view on the beautiful seaside old town and 2nd stop for swimming. A french aperitif, snacks and drinks (water, soft, rosé wine, beers) will be served. Full day, for lunch we could drop you off on beach restaurant or Villefranche seafront with table on the water. Our boat is very clean. Its layout is perfect to enjoy the sea and the sun, with several distinct outdoor spaces with sunbeds: foredeck, flybridge, rear deck, large platform for diving, outside warm shower, snorkeling gear, bluetooth sound system. Come and experience the Seabob! The Seabob is a luxury toy, very simple to use it and safe for everyone. You will feel as a dolphin, and swim above and under the water. We have just advertised our boat on this website, but all of our reviews on other sites are 5 stars. Good Time boat tour saint-jean-cap-ferrat TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Mixed group: 6/7 guests max. 4 guests minimum, if your party is less than 4 guests please contact us, we'll organize a mixed group. Private group: up to 10 guests, please check our other product on Get your Guide. Operating costs not included in booking price: Gas&Skipper 40€ per person/trip. Optional Seabob experience: 290€ (operatting time 70mn).

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Fantastic trip with the speedboat! Much cooler than with a normal boat. This is also better for people who quickly get seasick, the boat sails much faster than a normal boat, so you feel the waves less. Sometimes the speedboat also stays in place for a while or less this speed, then you will of course feel the waves. We have seen very nice beaches, rocks and snorkelling spots! We also stopped twice to snorkel and it was nice to see the many small fish swimming in groups. Now if you've ever snorkeled in Egypt, for example, this won't mean anything, but it's still beautiful and fun to do! Definitely recommended for everyone, best not too small children for this activity. What to bring Snorkeling goggles and SUNSCREEN CREAM, we had forgotten those and we are both a lobster after this great trip unfortunately… Have fun!!!

Great value for the price! Our group was so fun. Only thing I was was that there was fresh water or a snack that came with it as the sun and swimming is tiring. Other than that the staff was incrediebly kind and patient. Would recommend to all!! Thanks Team!

An excellent moment with a top guide who made us discover Nice, Villefranche sur Mer, Monaco with our hair in the wind. We were all delighted including the girls (13 years old) and our son (soon to be 7 years old). See you next year

Good organization of the right spaces to be able to be in company on a boat. Stop for a wonderful swim with a snack at the end of the stop. To redo. Thank you

Incredible little ride, beautiful landscapes and little stories! A little thought for the guide Bruno who was great. I recommend