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Calanques de Piana: Our most recommended tours and activities

Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Guided Boat Tour

1. Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Guided Boat Tour

Set sail from Ajaccio or Porticcio on a full-day boat tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve and the Gulf of Porto. Experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife. Stop in the coastal village of Girolata and explore the secluded village for 2 hours. Find a nice restaurant for lunch or enjoy a picnic on the beach. In the winter, the village becomes a virtual backwater with only about 15 residents. Then, venture into the Calanche de Piana to discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity and unique location of the rocks that give a particular aspect to the area.

From Ota: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

2. 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.

Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

3. Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

Let yourself be carried away by the magic of the beach and mountain landscapes in Porto Orta. Embark on a hybrid sightseeing boat specially designed to protect flora and fauna. The electric propulsion allows it to navigate in protected areas without polluting emissions or noise pollution.  Choose to take an excursion in the turquoise waters of Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso and their impressive panoramas, or opt to sail to the Scandola nature reserve and its paradisiacal village of Girolata where you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.  Or select the complete tour of the Gulf of Portowhere you'll discover the most beautiful wild and protected areas of the Isle of Beauty.

Porto: Half-Day Cruise Scandola Reserve & Calanche de Piana

4. Porto: Half-Day Cruise Scandola Reserve & Calanche de Piana

With its serene natural beauty, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Scandola Peninsula is a must-see on this half-day cruise from Porto. Discover the Gulf of Porto in its entirety as you cruise to highlights and watch nature at its finest under the setting sun. Enjoy commentary from your captain. Set out from Porto in the afternoon on board a sleek cruiser and settle in with your captain, who will also serve as your guide. Head towards the Scandola Nature Reserve by way of the Gulf of Girolata. As you approach the nature reserve, marvel at the clear waters and rock formations. Continue cruising in this remote place while you take in the many types of birds, including cormorants and eagles, and hear about the local, protected plants from your captain. You may also see marine life. Further on, visit the Calanche de Piana, with its strikingly unique vistas. Finally, travel to the Capo Rosso and its "swimming pool." Named for the remarkable pink granite rocks, admire the cape's spectacular shades of red rock and blue waters. Depending on the weather, pause for a swim in this wonderful setting before returning to shore in Porto. 

Porto: Scandola and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

5. Porto: Scandola and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

Discover the Gulf of Porto by boat and see why this extraordinary natural area is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Scandola Nature Reserve and admire striking cliffs, surrounded by the deep blue ocean. See the famous rock formations of Calanche de Piana. Board your boat in Porto and begin your trip by sailing to the Scandola Reserve, home to beautiful cliffs and a marvelous sea bed. Take in an impressive location that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1975. Become surrounded by more than 30 plant species. Navigate toward the Calanche de Piana to come up close to its unique natural formations. Snap amazing photos of this mesmerizing wonder, then sail back to your starting point in Porto.

From Sagone/Cargèse: Scandola & Calanques de Piana Boat Tour

6. From Sagone/Cargèse: Scandola & Calanques de Piana Boat Tour

Start your cruise in Sagone or Cargèse, according to your preference. Board a fast boat accommodating only 12 passengers and set off to explore the hidden gems of the Corsican west coast, classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. During this sea excursion, delve into the famous Scandola Nature Reserve and marvel at its caves and faults, evidence of its volcanic past. Along the journey, your captain will introduce you to the geology, fauna, and flora of this region, where marine biodiversity is particularly protected. Enjoy a relaxing 30-minute break in Girolata. This charming fishing village is accessible only by sea. Upon returning to the boat, traverse the stunning Gulf of Porto to reach the renowned Calanques de Piana. Admire the imposing red cliffs towering majestically above the turquoise water, sail beneath the natural arch, and explore the caves of Capo Rosso. A swimming break in a secluded cove will allow you to immerse yourself in the crystal-clear waters for a refreshing moment. Snorkeling masks are provided for you to discover the richness of the marine life. Conclude your excursion by cruising along the coastline to return to Sagone or Cargèse, with unforgettable memories of this maritime adventure.

From Porto: Scandola and Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

7. From Porto: Scandola and Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve on a scenic boat tour from Porto. Experience one of the last Mediterranean territories to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife and discover the striking rocky landscape of Calanche de Piana. Depart from Porto and cruise through the reserve, rich with marine life and seabirds, on board a semi-rigid boat. Stop in the coastal village of Girolata and marvel at its stunning setting, surrounded by the sea. During the winter, watch as it becomes nearly abandoned, with only about 15 residents. Venture into the Calanche de Piana and explore an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks, shaped over the centuries by changes in temperature, strong winds, and sea spray. Observe the geological diversity of the rocks and jump into crystal blue waters for a cooling swim in a natural pool.

From Porto: Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso Boat Tour

8. From Porto: Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso Boat Tour

Leave Ota behind and immerse yourself in the beautiful coastal landscape of the Corsica region. Embark on a relaxing boat trip to the Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso. Come across a wide array of striking natural formations and hear all about their origins. Climb aboard a 12-seater boat in Porto and start out with a thorough safety briefing from your captain. Listen to insightful commentary as you discover the surrounding scenery and enjoy the possibility to stop for a swim, depending on weather conditions. Arrive at the Calanche de Piana and Capo Rosso to discover imposing sea caves, majestic granite rocks, and even a natural pool. Let go of your worries as you surround yourself with nature and sit back on the return trip to Ota.

Cargèse: Scandola, Girolata, and Piana Afternoon Boat Tour

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

Discover the west coast of Corsica between Cargese and Scandola from a comfortable passenger boat small enough to sneak in all the caves and coves. 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 corsican 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 and swim. 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.

From Porto: Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Calanques de Piana

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4.5
(2,194 reviews)

Reservation made on the internet without any worries, very warm welcome from Corsican emotion and the visit made by the commander was very pleasant, with a touch of humor and dynamic. Great time. Thank you for everything !

Well, the captain showed his knowledge and skills. The entrance between the rocks was very impressive. It's a shame that only 2 restaurants were open and there was no information about taking a sandwich with you.

Well organised, nice boat trip l. Captain occasionally tore through the bends wonderfully! And he also knew all kinds of things about the area. Had a nice afternoon!

It was the best. The guide was friendly. Time maintained. Very good service.

This was a great tour with and the scenery was spectacular