written in collaboration with aurelie (3 spots)
The simplest – and cheapest – way to get to the Lavezzi Islands is to take the sea shuttle leaving from the port of Bonifacio. The crossing, which costs €35 ($39) per person for a round trip, takes about 30 minutes. A large number of companies also organise cruises to the islands from Bonifacio and Porto Vecchio, including a meal on board, swimming stops and/or pre-dinner drinks at sunset. Prices start from €60 ($65) per person for the day. Finally, you can also go there with your own boat or a rented boat.
The Lavezzi Islands have many snorkeling spots. We recommend exploring the rocky coast near the beach of Achiarina, at the far south of the main island. You will have no trouble getting there along the signposted footpaths covering the whole island.
Our advice is to enter the water either from the far west of Achiarina beach (marked out by an underwater path) or by the (quieter) small beach nestling in a rocky creek a little further north. Use the map below to guide you.
The Lavezzi Islands have been protected as a marine reserve since 1982. The fish have long been used to human presence, so this is an exceptional spot for discovering Mediterranean underwater life. As soon as you are in the water, the fish will even come to meet you.
Rocky seabed at Lavezzi Islands
Move along the shore, exploring the series of small rocky creeks (↕2-8ft/0.5-2m). Highly colourful ornate or Mediterranean rainbow wrasses dart through the water above the granite rocks. In this area, look for painted combers, adorned with blue and yellow, which are more discrete, but just as elegant. In the deepest areas, there are large shoals of salema porgy or small groups of sea bream, which are hard to see outside the protected areas. Neptune grass seabed also reserves some surprises with red starfish and noble pen shells. The luckiest visitors may also get a glimpse of a brown-marbled grouper, the star of the Corsican reefs, but the depths of its habitat make it difficult for snorkelers to see it. With almost 70 species around the Lavezzi Islands, you will never weary of exploring this exceptional site.
Restaurants & accommodation
The Lavezzi Islands are a natural reserve, so there is nowhere to buy water or food. Most visitors bring their own picnic (take all litter away with you). Even if you opt for a cruise with a meal included, take a lot of water with you because the island is arid and there is little shade.
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.
Type of spot
Level of difficultyIntermediary
Maximum depth12ft (4m)
Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
Potential DangersUsual precautions
Public toilets & showersNo
Species you may spot while snorkeling Lavezzi Islands
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