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  • Porto: Scandola Nature Reserve Eco-Friendly Boat Tour

    1. 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...

    Très bonne expérience. À cause d’un temps, notre sortie a été décalée d’un jour, mais nous ne l’avons pas regretté. Les paysages sont vraiment fantastiques et les commentaires diffusés tout au long du parcours sont très judicieux et plein d’humour.

  • Calvi to Scandola: 4-Hour Boat Tour

    2. Calvi to Scandola: 4-Hour Boat Tour

    Hop on board the new and beautiful Santa Regina boat at the port of Calvi. With a capacity of only 12 passengers, settle in for an intimate and unforgettable ride. Discover the citadel of Calvi by boat, gliding for 1 hour along the west coast of Corsica before entering the UNESCO World Heritage Site, natural reserve of Scandola. Cruise near to the coast and slowly through the beautiful water, allowing you to absorb every detail and even uncover hidden corners of this unique site. Visit the caves, the wild beaches, and swim in the crystal clear water.  On board, your captain will provide you with snorkeling material and direction, in addition to a tasty drink while you enjoy the sun of Corsica. After a stunning 4-hour trip, return to the port in Calvi.

    Very interesting tour with a very friendly guide. A nice sized boat. We felt safe at all time.

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

    3. 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.

    Everything as planned, good explanations and tidy boat, but but I'd suggest a smaller one with a smaller group so you can get a more human experience, dive from the boat (we went to swim on the beach stop) and see the calanques closer.

  • From Porto: Piana Creeks & Scandola Small-group Boat Tour

    4. From Porto: Piana Creeks & Scandola Small-group Boat Tour

    Visit one of the best sites of Corsica on boat routes designed to optimize your experience. Get to know Porto's magical gulf, Piana's beautiful creeks and the Scandola's breath-taking reserve. Visit this exceptional site, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Embark comfortably aboard semi-rigid pneumatic boats with 12-person capacity. Thanks to their small size they can enter caves, navigate to the sea bank and allow you to appreciate the beauty of the landscapes. During this outing at sea, you might be able to observe dolphins or other aquatic mammals that might cross your path.

    Our Captain JB is an ace skipper and a very good guide. The Calanches and the Reserve are breathtaking. Our boat had a rooftop which was rare among most other boats and therefore fantastic given the roasting sunshine, and timing was perfect. Only downer of the 3.5hr trip was the stop at Girolata which has not much to offer and is the most unattractive place we’ve seen so far in Corsica.

  • Calvi: Scandola and Girolata 6-Hour Boat Tour

    5. Calvi: Scandola and Girolata 6-Hour Boat Tour

    Hop on board the new and beautiful Santa Regina boat at the port of Calvi. With capacity for only 12 passengers, settle in for an intimate and unforgettable ride. Discover the citadel of Calvi by boat, gliding for 1 hour along the west coast of Corsica. Cruise near to the coast and slowly through the water, allowing you to absorb every detail of your surroundings. When you arrive at the UNESCO-listed Scandola Nature Reserve, you'll visit caves, wild beaches, and go swimming in the crystal-clear water. Explore the village of Girolata for 1 hour where you can enjoy lunch at one of its many restaurants. Back on board, your captain will provide you with snorkeling material and instructions, in addition to a tasty drink while you enjoy the sun of Corsica. After a stunning 6-hour trip, return to the port in Calvi.

  • From Sagone or Cargèse: Scandola Reserve Boat Tour

    6. 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. Your guide will share interesting information about the nature reserve. The boat will stop for 2 hours or 30 minutes, depending on the option you book, in the small village of Girolata where you will enjoy your free time. Eat lunch at a local restaurant or bring your own food to enjoy a picnic with a nice view. You can also relax on the beach, swim, and walk around the village. After your stop, the boat tour will continue to Calanques de Piana before going back to Sagone and Cargèse.

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What people are saying about Scandola Nature Reserve

Our tour was postponed one day earlier due to bad weather. For this reason, the tour was only available with a French-speaking guide. I didn't understand a word, but the guide was so nice, friendly (and so handsome ) that I didn't mind at all that I didn't understand. The views were breathtaking. A very successful trip. I recommend it to everyone!:)

Visit of the grandiose Scandola nature reserve with the added bonus of swimming in a wild cove!

Very nice boat trip to visit the Scandola reserve, accompanied by a swim stop among the fish.

Super moment! The guide is really nice, the landscapes magnificent! I recommend it

Very good excursion I recommend isula cruise in Sagone.