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Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island

1. Round-Trip Ferry Ticket: Cannes to Ste. Marguerite Island

Book your round-trip ferry tickets in advance for a visit to Ste. Marguerite Island from Cannes. As soon as you disembark on the island, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the island. The walk takes you by Batéguier Pond, where numerous species of migratory birds can be seen, and to the Pointe de la Convention, where you’ll find unique plant species. Continue on to Fort Royal, the former residence of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum, sheltered within a fortified enclosure, also offers an invaluable insight into the area's history. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, and on Sainte Marguerite Island, provided they are on leash.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

2. 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.

Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

3. Full-Day Catamaran Cruise Departing from Cannes

Enjoy a welcome drink as you board the catamaran in the old port for a full-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Pointe Croisette and continue on to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a cold buffet lunch will be served by the crew. After lunch you’ll continue your cruise to the Massif de l'Esterel (Corniche d'Or), stopping in a cove where you'll have another opportunity to swim and snorkel. At 5:15 PM you'll return to the old port of Cannes, where the tour ends.

From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

4. From Cannes: Discover the Calanques of the Esterel

Embark on a discovery of the Esterel, its hidden caves, and typical Mediterranean scenery. Join your professional skipper aboard a semi-rigid boat for your trip to the Esterel. The trip lasts 2.5 hours, including a stop for swimming, with refreshments served on board. Enjoy half a day of relaxation as you explore this extraordinary coastline, with its stunning panoramas and secret coves accessible only by local boats. Discover all the secrets of this coastline with the skipper sharing their extensive knowledge about the Corniche d'Or.

Cannes: 4-Hour Boat and Snorkeling Tour

5. Cannes: 4-Hour 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 with Lunch

6. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

At 10:15 AM you’ll board the catamaran in the old port for a half-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a delicious cold buffet lunch will be served on board by the crew. At 2:15 PM, passengers will disembark on St.Marguerite Island for a change of boat and board the ferry to the old port of Cannes.

From Nice: Cannes and Antibes Tour

7. From Nice: Cannes and Antibes Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Nice, and then drive along the beautiful coastal road between Cannes and Antibes. Pass the marinas of Juan-les-Pins and Golf-Juan and get stunning views from the city walls in the elegant resort of Antibes. Stroll along La Croisette in Cannes, where the Cannes Film Festival attracts the rich and famous to the red carpet every May. Visit the beautiful seaside resorts of Golfe-Juan and Juan les Pins and admire the luxury hotels and beautiful beaches loved by the jet-set crowd.

Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Sainte-Marguerite Island

8. Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry Tickets to Sainte-Marguerite Island

Discover the isle of Sainte-Marguerite of the Lérins Islands with this round-trip ferry ticket from Cannes. Enjoy the day at your own pace, walking, sunbathing, and swimming. See the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask’s cell and explore the island’s tranquil forest, coves, and beaches. Upon arrival, choose to take a walk through the forest along the shore near the Bateguier pond, an ideal place for birdwatching. Continue to the must-see Royal Fort, where you can travel back to antique times and learn the island’s history. At the fort, find the Man in the Iron Mask’s cell and visit the Museum of the Sea with its large collection of underwater archeology. For lunch, stop at a restaurant near the water or enjoy a picnic on the beach before returning to Cannes. 

From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

9. From Nice or Cannes: Verdon Gorge and Lavender Fields

Explore the natural wonders of the French countryside on a guided tour to the Verdon Gorge. Admire spectacular views and visit nearby villages for an unforgettable experience. Depart from Nice or Cannes in the morning and head for the Gorges du Loup. Make a stop here for incredible views of the waterfall. Continue along the road to Castellane, the entrance of the Verdon Gorge. Take time to explore this charming village, famous for its picturesque chapel built on a rock overlooking the village below. Finally, come to the Verdon Gorge, the Grand Canyon of Europe at 700 meters high. Visit the spots that offer the best panoramic views across the canyon - perfect for photos. Next stop: Moustiers Sainte Marie. Visit this scenic village built along the lake of Sainte Croix. Enjoy free time here to explore the winding streets, and have some lunch. Then, if in season, head to the beautiful lavender fields and capture one-of-a-kind photos of the purple fields.

Sunset Boat Excursion

10. Sunset Boat Excursion

Take a journey towards the Cannes Lerins Islands and uncover an underwater eco museum of renowned artist Jason Decaire Taylor. Embark at the end of the day for an unusual discovery of the Lérins Islands. Travel to the must-see islands of Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat facing Cannes during your stay on the French Riviera. Go to the hidden face of the Lérins Islands. The evening departure matches with sunset time in the high season. Explore Sainte Marguerite’s fort, the iron mask’s prison, and the Saint Honorat’s monastery in the new underwater exhibition by the world-renowned artist Jason Decaire Taylor, inaugurated in 2021. Snorkel the Mediterranean ecomuseum and marvel at the 8-ton statues, placed near the surface. Discover submarine fauna and flora in a lagoon with turquoise waters.

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What people are saying about Cannes

Very good day aboard this catamaran! The crew was very nice and put us at ease right away. The meals on board were very good and well thought out. I really recommend! Beautiful walk, beautiful discoveries, magnificent swimming and additional explanations.

Excellent tour with lots of comprehensive information. Van was clean tidy and a good temperature. I would definitely recommend.

Change of scenery on this beautiful island that Sté Marguerite I advise to spend a picnic day there, hiking and swimming

Walk on the island It is widely possible to go around the entire island

A happiness this crossing with this sky And the sea of a royal blue