Located in a splendid natural setting, Brégançon Beach offers access to a beautiful snorkeling spot, with sheltered and well preserved waters. While beginners and children will appreciate the shallow rocky beds close to the beach, more experienced snorkelers will head off on the discovery of the bay’s deep seagrass meadows, where small stingrays are sometimes spotted.

How to get to Brégançon Beach snorkeling spot?

Brégançon Beach is located in Bormes les Mimosas, close to the famous Bregançon Fort. In order to reach the beach from Bormes, just follow the signs for Cabasson/Brégançon until the end of the road, where a pay parking lot has been arranged (euro 7/vehicle/day in April and October, euro 10 from May to September). Finding another parking lot nearby is very complicated – if not impossible. Then descend to Cabasson beach by foot, walk along the shore towards south (on your left while facing the sea) for about 350m until you reach Brégançon Beach.

Bregançon Fort and beach, French Riviera
The little bay sheltering Brégançon Beach and, in the background, Brégançon Fort.

Water entrance for snorkeling at Plage de Brégançon

Gear up and enter the water from the sandy beach.

Bregançon Beach snorkeling map

Plage de Brégançon snorkeling exploration tips

The snorkeling area includes all the seabeds facing the beach.

We particularly recommend two snorkeling areas:

1/ the rocky shallows facing the rocky tip which separates Cabasson beach from Brégançon beach, in front of the fisherman cabins (see map). It is the ideal spot for children and beginners, who can sight a diverse underwater life, at very low depth. Between rocks and posidonia patches, you can spot red starfish, painted comber, wrasses and small schools of salemas.

Noble pen shell in Bregançon Beach seagrass meadows
Beautiful noble pen shells can be found in Plage de Brégançon seagrass meadows.

2/ the sandy and seagrass areas facing the beach. Here, you can reach a significant depth pretty fast and you can discover beautiful meadows of posidonia oceanica and cymodocea nodosa. On these deep seagrass beds, you might occasionally come across small stingrays, gurnards or even small octopus. Brégançon is also a well known spot for hosting many large noble pen shell, a critically endangered Mediterranean shellfish. It can be found vertically inserted in the sandy seabeds, among posidonia meadows. Watch out for boats, which come in great number to anchor in the bay.

School of salema porgy in Bregançon
Salema porgy (sarpa salpa) are one of the most common fish species found in Brégançon.

Restaurants and accommodation near Plage de Brégançon

La Cabasse restaurant is located on the beach. There are few other nearby food options, but you can take some picnic supplies with you.




 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth20ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree

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.