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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.

Ajaccio: Guided Scandola Nature Reserve Boat Tour

2. 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.

From Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

3. 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.

4x4 Agriates Desert and Beach Excursion from Calvi

4. 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 Bastia: Off-Road Agriates Desert and Beach Excursion

5. 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

6. 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.

Bastia: 4x4 Day Tour to Cap Corse and Saleccia Beach

7. Bastia: 4x4 Day Tour to Cap Corse and Saleccia Beach

Start your day bright and early to discover Bastia's neighboring region, the desert of Agriates. Enjoy the excitement of riding along the mountain tracks in the 4x4 to reach a nearby summit and marvel at one of the most visited panoramic sights of Corsica. Gaze out at the stunning sea views and take in the fresh ocean air as you listen to your local guide tell the tales of the land and reveal its secrets. Next, journey through the beautiful perched villages such as Nonza and through the heart of the only European desert, hear about your guide’s passion and love for this little island as you travel around some of its most stunning scenes. Journey on to Saleccia Beach one of the most beautiful in Corsica and hidden in the heart of the Agriates desert. Enjoy a 2-hour stop here to swim, and take a dip in the refreshing waters or relax in the shade underneath a parasol on the white sand of the coast before heading back to Bastia.

From Calvi: Agriate Guided Jeep Tour to Lotu and Saleccia

8. From Calvi: Agriate Guided Jeep Tour to Lotu and Saleccia

Time stops and immersion in "the attic of Corsica"! As rich in history as in vegetation, we set off to discover an extraordinary site combining maquis and beaches worthy of the Caribbean... The Agriates desert is a micro-region that is desert only in name! Planted with Mediterranean vegetation that is traditionally found in the maquis, such as holm oaks, olive trees or even heather and myrtles. The 13km of 4x4 track will offer us the possibility of admiring extraordinary points of view, of discovering the history of the site with the many mullers (pagliaghji) - small stone constructions with roofs covered with earth - which mark out the territory and which are the witnesses of intense past agro-pastoral activities, but also to meet the wild fauna populating the desert (cows, warblers, grass snakes, peregrine falcons etc…) At the arrival of the track, stop on the beaches of Lotu and Saleccia (protected natural areas), land of the Conservatoire de l'espace littoral, real paradises on earth... or rather maritime! Fine white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, sea bream, cuttlefish and other “inhabitants”… get your masks and snorkels on!! For those who wish, it is possible to go for a "short" hike on part of the customs path between the beaches of Lotu and Saleccia. (1h15 on average).

From Calvi: 4x4 Day Tour Mountain & Agriates' Saleccia Beach

9. From Calvi: 4x4 Day Tour Mountain & Agriates' Saleccia Beach

Start your day bright and early and head to one of the most visited panoramic sights of Corsica. Marvel at the stunning sea views and take in the fresh ocean air as you listen to your local guide tell the tales of the land and reveal its secrets. Next, drive to an altitude of 1200 m to enjoy a breathtaking 360 degree view out over the north of the island. Admire the view of Cap Corse, the Revellata Peninsula that stretches beyond Calvi, as well as the highest summit in the Balagne area, the Monte Padru which sits at 2392 m. Continue on through the centenarian rows of olive-trees in the Reginu Valley as you head to the next spot to enjoy a local lunch made with fresh regional produce. Journey on to Saleccia Beach one of the most beautiful in Corsica and hidden in the heart of the Agriates desert. Enjoy a 2-hour stop here to swim, and take a dip in the refreshing waters or relax in the shade underneath a parasol before heading back to Calvi.

From Ajaccio: Lavezzi Islands & Bonifacio Caves Boat Tour

10. From Ajaccio: Lavezzi Islands & Bonifacio Caves Boat Tour

Venture beyond Ajaccio to the Lavezzi Islands archipelago and historic Bonifacio on a full-day tour, including boat transportation and a local guide. Explore the lagoons of the Lavezzi islands, marvel at the caves and steep cliffs of Bouches de Bonifacio, and wander the beaches of Plage de Tivella. Begin your tour with a boat ride from Ajaccio to the Lavezzi Islands archipelago, a collection of granite islands known for their rugged terrain, aquamarine waters, coral reefs, and numerous lagoons. Continue your tour to the Bonifacio to explore the 9th-century city or relax with a long lunch. While in Bonifacio, visit a medieval clifftop citadel or visit the Bastion de L'Etendard museum or L’Escalier du Roi d’Aragon, a 187-step staircase carved into the cliff. Continue to Bonifacio National Park to hike, explore caves, or swim at the Plage de Tivella before heading back to Ajaccio.

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What people are saying about Corsica

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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.