Anse Magaud offers a pristine and authentic environment complete with sea cliffs, pine trees and fishing huts. Its bay is also famous for being one of the most preserved of the Var coastline. A snorkel trail was set here in 2007, making the bay’s underwater wonders easier to observe: octopuses, schools of salema, gilt-head breams and many, many red sea stars can all be observed in a few meters of water.

Anse Magaud Beach, Toulon

How to get there?

Anse Magaud is located in La Garde, a city located about 5km from the harbor and city center of Toulon. If you’re driving there, park your car close to the roundabout located at Avenue Cdt Houot and Boulevard du Dr Mougarel’s crossing. Be aware that room is limited along the road and only a few cars can park next to the roundabout. From here, walk down the narrow paved road called “Chemin de la Mer”. The bay, well indicated, is about 10 minutes further down the road. The way back up the slope to your car is likely to be longer, and more tiring, especially during summer.

Anse Magaud snorkeling map, La Garde

Water entrance

The beach is made of rocks and small pebbles. We advise to enter the water at its western extremity (on your left when facing the sea), as close as possible to the underwater path.

Exploration

The easiest and most instructive way to explore Anse Magaud is to follow the snorkel trail set in front of the beach. It is made up of 6 floating buoys to which educative signs have been tied, and goes through all the bay’s marine environments: scree, Posidonia meadow, sea caves… Access to the path is free but you can also book a guided tour if you want to know more (5 euros/person, gear included, advance booking required. More information on La Garde city’s website – in French). Be aware that the snorkel trail is only open from June to September, while lifeguards are on duty. The buoys are removed from water outside this time period.

Red sea star at Anse Magaud, Toulon

The underwater path is a very convenient an enjoyable way to discover the spot, but you are of course free to explore the whole snorkeling area the way you prefer. The rocks emerging at the center of the bay (↕3-6m) and the rocky seabed facing the beach (↕0,5-2m) are also interesting to explore. Many different marine environments can be observed in Anse Magaud, from rock drop-offs to Posidonia and sandy areas. During your snorkeling session, you will probably meet wrasses, common sea bream, two-banded sea breams, salema and maybe even a few gilt-head breams. Since fishing is forbidden in the bay, small octopuses are commonplace in its rocky areas. Mediterranean red sea stars are particularly numerous on this spot, you won’t miss them.

Common octopus at Anse Magaud

Since it is enclosed and protected by rocks, Anse Magaud is blessed with a quiet sea and its usual water conditions are perfect for snorkeling. Mind the boats that sometimes circulate nearby if you go beyond the swimming area.

Restaurants and accommodation

The restaurant “Bernard” is located at the beach’s western side. It is the only restaurant nearby, but you can also bring your own food and have a picnic.



 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth6ft/1.5m
  • Water entranceEasy, from a pebble beach
  • LifeguardYes, in summer
  • Visitor numbersMedium to high
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes
  • Public toilets & showersYes

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.