written in collaboration with mahli974 (6 spots)
The picturesque village of Centuri sits on the northwestern tip of Corsica, known as Cap Corse. It is a 1:30 hours’ drive from Bastia (50km) and Saint-Florent (55km). Centuri is a perfect stop on a 1 or 2 days driving tour of Cap Corse, a very popular excursion on the island. There is a large parking area just south of the village (see map). The snorkeling spot lies in front of it.
Enter the water from one of the two small beaches located down to the parking area.
The snorkeling area is vast. It covers the whole bay extending between the port breakwater (on the east) and the Capense Islet (on the west). The seabed is mainly made of rocky slopes and ridges, covered with small algae. In some places, you will also cross white sand beds.
Mediterranean octopus in Centuri
The shallow edges of the bay, full of fish, are the most recommended for snorkeling (↕3-7ft/1-2m). Painted comber, ornate wrasse and rainbow wrasse are amongst the many colorful creatures that can be seen above the rocks. In the small crevices, try to spot moray eel or an octopus, quite common in the area.
Visibility is generally excellent on this spot, with calm and pristine water.
Restaurants and accommodation
Centuri makes a great lunch spot as many restaurants are based around the old fishing port. Some accommodation options are available in and around the village.