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From Ota: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

1. From Ota: 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: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

2. From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

Discover the most beautiful sites in Corsica on a boat tour from Ajaccio or Porticcio. Board a semi-rigid speed boat with a qualified captain. Watch the sunset over the Sanguinaires Islands archipelago, enjoy a swimming break, and enjoy some wine and an aperitif on board. Depart Ajaccio and reach the Sanguinaires Islands in 30 minutes. Dock for about 1 hour at Grande Sanguinaire. Visit the lighthouse on foot and take in 360 degree views from the top. Then, take a swimming break in the crystal clear waters. When you return, enjoy a charcuterie tasting and rosé wine prepared by your captain. Listen to the sounds of Corsican polyphonies as you take in the Mediterranean scenery surrounding you. Spend some more time relaxing in the warm, crystalline waters and then return to Ajaccio or Porticcio.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

3. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

Visit the bay of Ajaccio with a stopover on the main island of Iles Sanguinaires Mezzu Mare. Enjoy a tasting of Corsican wine and charcuterie at sunset with commentary from the captain on the legends of the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Meet your captain and board a unique vessel favored not only by the army and the police, but also narco-traffickers. Known for its speed and overall robustness, discover an adventure aboard a boat designed to take on all kinds of weather and conditions. Hear the tales of woe and extraordinaire from your captain as you ride the 4X4 of the seas toward the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Take in the gorgeous natural scenery and get into the adventure.

Sagone/Cargèse: Scandola Reserve & Girolata Boating Day Trip

4. Sagone/Cargèse: Scandola Reserve & Girolata Boating Day Trip

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 Bonifacio: Bonifacio National Park Boating Day Trip

5. From Bonifacio: Bonifacio National Park Boating Day Trip

Explore the Bonifacio National Park on this speedboat tour from Bonifacio. Soak up views of the Genoese tower of Capicciolu, the Lavezzi islands, and the bay of Fazzio. Go for a dip in crystal-clear waters and explore the seabed of a secret beach with the provided snorkeling gear.  Meet your guide at the activity supplier's shop in Bonifacio. Hop aboard a 10-meter, semi-rigid boat that specially designed for sea excursions. Depart from Santa Manza and feel the sea breeze on your way past the Genoese tower of Capicciolu and the magnificent beaches of Cala Longa. Admire the Lavezzi islands, the lagoon of Piantarella and the tip of Sperone on the extreme southern tip of Corsica. Pass by the cliffs of Bonifacio and feel like a pirate as you enter the marine caves in the bay of Fazzio. Cool down as you observe the sea beds at a hidden beach with high-quality snorkeling gear. Return to your starting point at the end of your excursion. 

From Porto: Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

6. 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.

Cargèse: Scandola, Girolata, and Piana Afternoon Boat Tour

7. Cargèse: Scandola, Girolata, and Piana Afternoon Boat Tour

Discover the west coast of Corsica between Cargese and Scandola from a comfortable passenger boat. Enjoy the intense colors of the afternoon on the red rocks, the blue water and the green maquis. From the port of Cargese, start for an incredible journey. As soon as you leave the port, admire the Omigna tower, entirely renovated a few years ago. Then head to Arone and its long sandy beach . Start by discover the tiny cave located at the very start of the Capo Rosso, when the rock change of color. Along the coast, the water is so clear that you can appreciate the seabed by transparency. Enter the bay of monk seal, also called the "swimming pool" because of its so blue and clear water. Admire the huge nests of the fish-eagle, a protected specie. Go trough the Arch of Capo Rosso and continue to the Reserve of Scandola, by the Gulf of Porto. Enter the Reserve of Scandola and go into the faults in the very heart of the rock. Admire the landscape made of volcanic rock. Listen to the comments of the captain about the geological formations and the history of the site and let your imagination run wild in front of the strange shape of the stone. Navigate into the waters of the Reserve and discover the island of Gargalo, the extreme west point of Corsica. Reach the Gulf of Elbo and try to see the grouper that is often encountered in the faults, as the oblades and many others species. Enjoy the shimmering glint of the sun on the sea at the feet of the cliffs. Make a 40-minute break on land in the surprising village Girolata. Take benefits of a walk towards the old fort or just rest on the sand of the beach. Girolata is really small and authentic because it is only accessible by boat or by a footpath. Take the way back and enjoy the magnificent colors of the end afternoon, the best time of day for pictures. Have a look to Capo Senino on the return and experience the discovery of the red rock of the Calanques de Piana with the colors of the sunset. Enjoy the arrival at Cargese, illuminated at nightfall.

E-Bike Self-Guided Tour Loop Ajaccio Along Turquoise Waters

8. E-Bike Self-Guided Tour Loop Ajaccio Along Turquoise Waters

From the APPEBIKE SHOP in the Charles Ornano Port, collect your high-end e-bike, equipped with a Bosch engine. With the help of the e-bike you can visit the Napoleonic sites, the old town, the Sanguinaires Islands, and the wonderful bay of Capo di Feno. In just three and a half hours you can discover many sites on the island, including Bonaparte’s house where Napoleon was born and spent his youth. Beyond the downtown area, you can visit the Parata Genoese tower for a great panoramic view on the Sanguinaires Islands and then continue on to the beautiful beaches of Grand Capo and Petit Capo. Minimum height for cyclists : 1M55 (5,1 feet)

Ajaccio: Napoleon's Cave Experience with Corsican Meal

9. Ajaccio: Napoleon's Cave Experience with Corsican Meal

The Napoleon’s cave offers you, exclusively, the life of Napoleon Bonaparte from his childhood in Ajaccio to his peak. Come live this unique experience in an atypical setting in an 18th century atmosphere. a multilingual discovery. You have two options: The discovery formula with a drink of your choice - Single price €15 per person - free up to 7 years old The complete formula with Corsican meal and drinks included - Prices per person: adult €45 - children from 8 to 12 years old €28 - free up to 7 years old (see attached details): Around a Corsican meal (drinks included). An authentic taste experience The spuntinu traditionally represents the meal of the Corsicans and this for centuries, a convivial moment of sharing. Our Corsican meal: Welcome aperitif Onions and chard donuts Corsican charcuterie (ham, sausage, coppa, lonzu) assortment of Corsican cheeses and fig marmalade walnut salad traditional country bread seasonal dessert 20 cl of wine or 25 cl of beer (adult) or 33 cl of soda water dish coffee Children (up to 12 years old): same light menu seasonal dessert 33 cl of soda Possibility of adapting the snack (religions, allergies, vegetarians, etc.). Air conditionned room. Come and discover the Napoleon cave in the heart of the old town of Ajaccio near the museum the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte - 4 rue saint Charles - 20000 Ajaccio

From Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

10. 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.

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4.6 / 5

based on 672 reviews

Fantastic experience. The guy who guided us explained a lot of interesting things about the history of Corsica and the wonderful landscapes that we had the opportunity to see. The guide was in both French and English and partly in Italian. Unfortunately, due to a storm in the previous days, Girolata was inaccessible but was perfectly compensated by two very long snorkeling breaks in the surroundings of the Piana creeks. Very funny and super recommended !!

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 really nice! We couldn't understand the French guide very well, but it was easy, great view, well organized and not too long. Perfect for the price!

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

Interesting experience! A different point of view than usual. Excellent the captain and his collaborators.