Destination

Corsica

With the sheer cliffs descending towards the Mediterranean and its breathtaking white sandy beaches, Corsica fully deserves its nickname of the Island of Beauty. Its exceptionally clear waters, relatively mild water temperatures and preserved marine environment make it one of the best snorkeling destinations in the region.

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Corsica is in the Mediterranean, a relatively small and enclosed sea (1% of the world's ocean surface) that represents a major source of biodiversity. It is estimated that the Mediterranean contains 8% of the world's sea life, with an endemism rate of nearly 30%. The posidonia seagrass (or Neptune Grass), in particular, provides a remarkable environment that is easy to explore from the coast. Although it is easy to come across wrasse, bream and starfish in the Corsican waters, it is also possible to see (if you select your spots carefully and with a little luck), congers, moray eels, shoals of barracuda or impressive groupers.

Snorkeling Report Corsica
Coastal landscape, painted comber and rocky seabed at Lavezzi Islands

Almost all of the Corsica coast, most of it rock, is adapted to snorkeling. Here a series of small hidden or accessible beaches and creeks await you, with infinite snorkeling possibilities.

The paradisal beaches in the south-east of the island (Santa Guilia, Palombaggia), the Gulf of Porto, the Isolella peninsula, the cliffs of Bonifacio or Cap Corse have many snorkeling spots that are easy to access from the shore.

But for the snorkeling must in Corsica, set off for the day to one of the many natural reserves on the island. Because of their abundant underwater life and preserved condition, they are extraordinary snorkeling spots. You can go by boat to the reserves on the Lavezzi Islands, the Finocchiarlo archipelago or Scandola (listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site) for exceptional snorkeling sessions.
When to go to Corsica?

The climate in Corsica is mild and sunny, and the temperatures are always higher than on Mainland France. On the coast, average temperatures are between 70 to 80°F (20 to 25°C) from June to September, and from 55 to 70°F (14 to 20°C) the rest of the year. July/August is the peak period for tourists in Corsica, and you can expect high visitor numbers on some parts of the coast. Water temperature varies between 75 and 80°F (24 and 26°C) from July to September, and around 70°F (20°C) in June and October. Outside these months, snorkeling is limited by the cooler water temperatures, unless you have an adapted wetsuit.

Each year in Corsica there is an "Indian summer" in September and October, when the water temperature hovers around 80°F (25°C) at the surface. Most tourists have already left the island, and this is probably the ideal period for a visit.

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Where to spot them?

Gilt-head bream

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Ornate wrasse

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Mediterranean rainbow wrasse

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Painted comber

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Damselfish

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Common two-banded seabream

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Salema porgy

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East Atlantic peacock wrasse

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Red starfish

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Snakelocks anemone

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Thicklip grey mullet

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Sargo

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