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Aquatic Walks and Underwater Trails

An underwater trail is a path made for the discovery of the coastal marine surface with lightweight diving equipment (mask, flippers, snorkel and light wetsuit). The coastal marine seabed is shown along a marked path following numbered buoys equipped with handrails to discover the submerged panels describing the ecosystem. The water hiker discover and observe, in a fun and educational way, landscapes, coastal environment and the species inhabiting the coastal seabed.


The underwater trail of the Anse des Fossettes in St Jean-Cap-Ferrat :

Newly created by the municipality, it is run by the SOS Grand Bleu association.
The trailhead is located on the Fossettes beach and 5 monitoring stations were placed on a 200-meter path. Snorkellers can then explore various marine environments (sandy bottoms, the Posidonia seagrass, small lighted rocks...).

The underwater trail of the Pointe de l'Aiguille in Theoule-sur-Mer :

The coordinators of the «marine world discovery center» in Nice organize snorkeling hikes along the underwater trail. It allows snorkellers to explore the underwater landscape in a playful manner.


The underwater trail « Le Jardin des Mattes » in La Londe-les-Maures :

Facing the Porquerolles Islands and Port-Cros, between Hyères and Bormes les Mimosas, this trail is located underwater at the tip of the rocky outcrop of the beach of Argentière and the beach of Pellegrin, in a protected and secure area. The depths range from 0 to 4 meters. The trail makes you discover the rich ecosystem of the Mediterranean.

The underwater trail of Anse Magaud in La Garde :

Hiking with masks and snorkels along buoys with descriptive panels in a pretty little cove harboring huts of fishermen between Toulon and La Garde. Here all biotypes are represented. Snorkellers can discover a lot of information about the seabed of the Mediterranean.

The underwater trail of Domaine du Rayol (Rayol-Cannadel) :

Walk in the heart of the natural and protected Domaine du Rayol, in the Figuier bay with a guide. Discover the flora and fauna of this beautiful site, safely. The equipment is provided (combination, flippers, snorkel). Several departures take place every day, between June and September. The visit of the domaine du Rayol is included.

Underwater trail of Port-Cros :

30 to 40 minutes snorkeling along a path located on the Palud beach, between the Rascas rock and the coastline. 6 buoys along the path present the various species that inhabit the area. Access to the underwater trail is free and open to any swimmer from mid-June and mid September.

Underwater trail of Le Pradet :

Water ride accompanied by a professional naturalist guide in the Garonne bay. You will discover the flora and fauna of this underwater area. The trail is accessible from mid-June to mid September.

Underwater trail of Portissol in Sanary-sur-Mer :

Underwater trail in the Portissol bay. Accompanied by an eco-guide, discover the seabed in Portissol. Booking from 15 June to 6 September at the tourist office in Sanary-sur-Mer. The event lasts two hours and is open to everyone from age 6. Equipment is provided (combination, mask, snorkel and flippers).

Underwater trail of Port d'Alon in St-Cyr-sur-Mer :

Marine discovery with an eco guide in the heart of this natural site located in the inlet of Port d’Alon and belonging to the Conservatoire du Littoral. In this exceptional natural site, in turquoise waters, discover, with an eco guide, the living environment of small seabed. The activity lasts 2 and half hours and the equipment is provided (combination, mask, snorkel, flippers).

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