Spot

Plage du Sud


With its turquoise waters, Plage du Sud (South beach in french) is the most popular beach in Port Cros island. It can also be crowded during summer. Snorkeling is everything but extraordinary here: if you come here for the sake of fish spotting you will prefer Anse de la Fausse Monnaie and La Palud beach; but if you’re spending a sunbathing day here anyway you will still like snorkeling here.
How to get there

The best place to take a boat towards Port Cros island is Hyères. Boats leave 5 to 15 times per day in each direction, depending on the season. The round trip costs about 28€ / person (full price). You can also take a boat from Porquerolles island and Le Lavandou. Public transportation to Port Cros island is run by TLV-VM (more useful information here).

When in Port Cros, you will have to walk for about 40 minutes to reach the beach. It is well indicated. About 10 minutes before arriving, you will pass by Anse de la Fausse Monnaie, where snorkeling is far more interesting than Plage du Sud. The path is rocky, make sure you wear good walking shoes.

Water entrance

Plage du Sud is a gorgeous white sand beach. The best area to enter the water is on your right when facing the sea, it is closer to the rocky area where aquatic life is the most interesting.

Aerial view

Exploration

A buoy line closing the bay sets the limit to the swimmable area. Beyond is a mooring area which can become busy with boats in summer. The best snorkeling is to be done beyond this line. You should be safe as long as you report you presence, stay along the shore and remain careful.

After entering the water you will come across a sandy seabed (0-1m) where (sars communs) and (mulets lippus) sometimes weave their way amongst swimmers. Swim away until there are less people around and water is clearer.

Stay close to the rocky shore closing the bay. You will soon come across a posidonia meadow and some interesting rocky areas (1-3m). Spotting (dorades royales), (oblades) and small groups of (saupes de méditerranée) is easy here, but on the whole fishes are fewer than in other spots of the island.

Pay attention to other swimmers when in the secured area, and to boats beyond the buoy line (you should be safe as long as you stay close to the shore).

Restaurants and accommodation

There are no restaurants nor hotels by the beach, but you will find several restaurants at a nearby village. You will have to walk there: it is 40 minute trip (shortest path).

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Spot tips

  • Level of difficulty
    Beginner
  • Maximum depth
    20 ft
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Plage du Sud

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Salema porgy
Sarpa salpa
Thicklip grey mullet
Chelon labrosus
Sargo
Diplodus sargus
Common two-banded seabream
Diplodus vulgaris
Mediterranean rainbow wrasse
Coris julis
Damselfish
Chromis chromis
Neptune grass
Posidonia oceanica
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