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Île de la Redonne


Redonne is a small island located less than 150 meters from the Giens peninsula shores. It is known as nice, easily accessible snorkeling spot. You will indeed love its calm, shallow waters where red starfish, noble pen shell and numerous Mediterranean fish species can be spotted. In addition, the Redonne Island is a beautiful natural site with a nice beach, turquoise waters and a view over the peninsula.
How to get there?

From Hyères and its airport, take the D197 road, also called the “Salt Road” (route du sel), towards Giens. The road splits and continues south on both sides of the peninsula. Follow “La Madrague” signs. Park close to the Calanque du Four à Chaux (signs indicate it), on one of the several parking lots stretching along the road. You will then have to walk for about 10 minutes before arriving at the beach facing the Redonne Island.

Water entrance

Enter the water from the beach facing the Redonne Island. An underwater sand strip links the island and the peninsula (see aerial view): if you follow it, swimming to the island will be quite easy.

Aerial view

Exploration

You can explore the entire area going from the beach to the Redonne Island.

Swimming from the peninsula towards the island, you will quickly come over gorgeous posidonia meadows. This very shallow area (1-2 meters) is perfect for spotting red starfish and noble pen shell which particularly like this type of environment.

If you want to venture into deeper areas where you are likely to see more fish, swim away from the island on its right side. Water depth increases there (2-6 m) and the seabed becomes gorgeous with its white sand, green posidonia and rays of light dancing on rocks. Schools of salema porgy swim over the meadows and you can see small groups of seabream dashing between the rocks. While colorful, wrasse are brisk and particularly hard to shoot if you are taking pictures.

Etoile de mer rouge Ile Redonne Giens Snorkeling
Red starfish at Redonne Island, Giens peninsula

During peak season the site can be very busy: be careful with swimmers and other snorkelers. Jellyfish can intrude in your snorkeling experience, even in shallow areas. Their presence depends on water temperature and currents: if in doubt, ask for it before entering the water.

Restaurants and accommodation

The beach is located in a residential area deprived of restaurants or snacks: bring your own food and beverages. If you have time, consider spending a whole day here and bring your picnic.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
    All levels
  • Maximum depth
    4m
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Jellyfish
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium to high
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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