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From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

1. From Ajaccio/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

Embark on a boat tour and take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery and the Citadel. See the Parata tower and the Sanguinaires islands, a Natura 2000 site. During the tour, enjoy commentary about Ajaccio Bay and the history of the city. Stop at Mezumare, the largest island in the Sanguinaires archipelago, accessible only by boat. The island is home to a number of rare animal species. Enjoy a 1-hour stopover for a swim, or for a walk to the Alphonse Daudet lighthouse and semaphore. You'll also see the ruins of the Lazaretto, used by coral fishermen, in quarantine after returning from Africa.

Ajaccio/Porticcio: Scandola Nature Reserve Guided Boat Tour

2. 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.

Ajaccio: Town Highlights and Coast Open-Top Bus Tour

3. Ajaccio: Town Highlights and Coast Open-Top Bus Tour

Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Imperial Town with an open top bus. Depart from the Square Foch, drive along the De Gaulle Square with the statue of Napoleon with his four brothers. Then cruise along Austerlitz Square and see the Casone monument dedicated to Napoleon I.  Continue your discovery along the coastal road of the Sanguinaires to enjoy the beautiful sights over Ajaccio bay. Arrive at the Parata point for a 20-30 minute stop and appreciate the exceptional panorama over the archipelago.

From Ota: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

4. 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 or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

5. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Day Trip to Bonifacio by Boat

Discover the dramatic landscapes of the south coast of Corsica aboard a cruise boat from Ajaccio on a full-day tour to the commune of Bonifacio and its legendary rock formations. Cruise into the Valinco Gulf for breathtaking views of the coast. See the famous lion-shaped rock of Roccapina and more. Benefit from an informative commentary on the history of Corsica and its traditions along the way. Get a closer look at the rock carving of the Staircase of the King of Aragon, dug by Alfonso V's troops in a single night during the unsuccessful siege of Bonifacio in 1420, according to legend. Marvel at the sea caves in the shape of Napoleon's Hat and the sea stack of the Grain de Sable. Upon arrival in Bonifacio, get 4 hours to explore at leisure and find a nice place for lunch. Catch the mini-train from the port to the citadel in the upper town and back at your convenience. Located directly on the Mediterranean Sea, and separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, the commune is known for its idyllic beaches and towering cliffs.

From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

6. 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.

Corsica: Guided Sea Trip From Porto-Ota

7. 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

8. 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. 

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

9. 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.

Porto: Scandola and Calanches of Piana Boat Trip

10. 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.

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(5,116 reviews)

Our guide, Damien, showed us pretty villages and knew how to adapt the day to the “off-season” period of the island. We really appreciated his knowledge, his love of his island and his region. Day suitable for a family with a child (6 years old for us). The stopover at the Chez Leon restaurant was also an excellent discovery. The day was validated with Nathalie in advance, which is very appreciable and reassuring. To recommend without hesitation

Well it’s a difficult review as due to weather conditions our ebike tour was cancelled. The owner was very apologetic but as a storm was imminent it wasn’t safe to go out on the bikes. We were obviously disappointed but just be aware that if weather conditions are uncertain check with the company before turning up.

Excellent activity, a must! Professional company and adorable pilots who transmit to you their joie de vivre and their love for the place you are visiting. Very friendly little aperitif! A must do

Everything was very good, the only downside was the sound....In fact, we didn't hear any of the explanations given on the journey, which is a shame....

Very good, we couldn't see the landscape very well on the boat