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Napoleon's island birthplace offers sublime landscapes, from turquoise beaches to impressive mountain peaks.

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Corsica: Scandola and Calanche de Piana Boat Tour from Porto

1. Corsica: Scandola and Calanche de Piana Boat Tour from Porto

Depart Porto and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Scandola Nature Reserve to experience one of the last Mediterranean enclaves to provide shelter for endemic flora and birdlife such as ospreys and peregrine falcons. Created in 1975, the nature reserve is only accessible by sea and subject to strict protection. Cruise through the reserve, rich with marine life and seabirds, on board a 12-seater, semi-rigid boat. Stop in the remote coastal village of Girolata and marvel at its stunning setting surrounded by the sea. During the winter, the village becomes a secluded backwater with only about 15 residents. It was nearly abandoned at the end of the war, but tourism has restored its fortunes. Then, venture into the Calanche de Piana and discover an outstanding landscape of pink granite rocks shaped over the centuries by changes in the temperature, strong winds and sea spray. Explore the geological diversity of the rocks and originality of their locations that give a particular aspect to the area. Jump into the crystal blue waters for a cooling swim in a natural pool!

Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

2. Porto: 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/Porticcio:Ajaccio & Sanguinaires Gulf Boat Tour

3. 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.

Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day Boat Tour

4. Scandola, Girolata and Calanche de Piana Full-Day 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.

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. Begin your boat trip by sailing to the Scandola Reserve, home to beautiful cliffs and a marvelous sea bed. Located in the north of the Gulf of Porto, the Scandola Reserve has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1975 and contains majestic cliffs with more than 30 plant species. At the conclusion of your experience, you'll sail back to your tour starting point.

From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

6. From Ajaccio: Sanguinaires Islands Boat Trip With Aperitif

Watch the sunset from one of Corsica's best sunset locations on this boat trip from Ajaccio. Get the chance to explore the largest of the Sanguinaires Islands, Mezzu Mare, and enjoy a glass of wine and charcuterie board onboard. Board your speedboat in Ajaccio and set sail for Mezzu Mare, where you will moor for an hour. Explore the island on foot and visit a 19th-century lighthouse for panoramic views of the entire archipelago or take a dip in the crystal-clear waters. On your return to the boat, sit down to a delicious charcuterie tasting board served with Corsican rosé wine. Relax as the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea. Finally, enjoy one last dip in the warm waters of the sea before returning to the port.

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.

From Porto: Calanche de Piana Boat Tour

8. 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.

Ajaccio/Porticcio: Sanguinaires Sunset Cruise & Wine Tasting

9. Ajaccio/Porticcio: Sanguinaires Sunset Cruise & Wine Tasting

On this 3-hour boat tour, you’ll take in sights along the north shore of Ajaccio, including the Tino Rossi house, the Greek chapel, the Marin cemetery, and the Citadel. You'll arrive at the Sanguinaires Islands just in time to admire the sunset from the boat. Enjoy a Corsican wine tasting commented by a sommelier and a local wine-grower. You'll discover white, red and rose wines from the Ajaccio's region. Treat yourself to a buffet of typical and local products, such as Corsican ham, cheese, swiss chard pie, and sweet cheese fritters, while listening to the guitars of local musicians.

From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

10. From Ajaccio or Porticcio: Sanguinaires Islands Sunset Tour

Visit of the bay of Ajaccio. Stopover on the main island of Iles Sanguinaires Mezzu Mare. Tasting of Corsican wine and charcuterie at sunset with commentary from the captain on the legends of the Iles Sanguinaires archipelago. Enjoy 12-passenger Narwhal-type semi-rigid vessel Used by the army and the police but also by narco-traffickers for its speed and above all its robustness, this vessel with a V-hull specially designed for all kinds of weather is a real 4X4 of the seas!!! It will delight thrill seekers and reassure the more cautious thanks to its extraordinary passage at sea and its incredible comfort. Its 12 m size will also allow you to slip where larger boats will not be able to pass.

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What people are saying about Corsica

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based on 2,793 reviews

We enjoyed it together with my partner. Sadly we didn't get to visit the village due to recent events in Corsica :( but R.I.P fisherman's soul. On the trip itself - beautiful views, cave with music - one love! But maybe 2 hours would have been enough. Take the sunscreen! Better take 50, 30 probably won't help :) (Don't expect the captain of the boat to speak English)

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

Amazing activity ! Great staff, beautiful sunset and island, good sensations on the boat. You must do it if you go to Corse !

It was perfect, the instructors were very attentive and professional but also amusing, we recommend !

Cadre enchanteur, équipage aux petits soins avec mets et vins de qualité, superbe !