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Calanque de Port Pin, near Cassis, is one of the most accessible snorkeling locations in the Calanques Massif. Surrounded by cliffs and quite narrow, it offers a well-sheltered snorkeling area. If you swim away from the beach, which is often crowded, you will spot many fish and sometimes octopus.

Common octopus at Calanque de Port Pin
The Calanque’s rocky beds are called home by large octopuses.

How to get to Calanque de Port Pin snorkeling spot?

Calanque de Port Pin is located in the eastern part of the Calanques Massif. It is nestled between Calanque de Port Miou (the Calanque closest to Cassis, which is not suitable for snorkeling due to the many boats moored along its shores) and Calanque d’En Vau, which lends itself to snorkeling.

Calanque de Port Pin is only accessible on foot unless you have your own boat. Due to the low number of parking spaces near the start of the trail to Port Pin, it is advisable to park at the free Gorguettes parking lot (well indicated). In summer and on weekends, you can take a shuttle there that will drop you off at the start of the trail (€1.70/pers. round trip, every 20 minutes until 8 p.m.). From there, you have to walk about 1.8 mi/2.8 km (40 minutes) to reach the calanque.

Calanque de Port Pin snorkeling map
Calanque de Port Pin snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Calanque de Port Pin

You can enter the water wherever you want from the small beach.

Calanque de Port Pin snorkeling exploration

Port Pin is a relatively narrow cove (about 25 meters wide near the beach), bordered on both sides by rocky cliffs. You can snorkel throughout the creek but do not go further than the buoy line (see map).

Lizardfish at Calanque de Port Pin
A lizardfish.

This spot features different underwater environments. The rocky walls at the foot of the cliffs are covered with small algae and sponges. They are good for watching wrasse, blenny, and red starfish, while combers are common on the rock scree.

In the center of the calanque, the landscape is very different, with extensive sandy beds and Posidonia meadows. This is the place to look for large shoals of salema, and different species of seabream.

Rocky beds and sea star
The rocky bed at Calanque de Port Pin. Note the red sea star fixed on the rocky outcrop.

The cove is very popular and can get very crowded. In summer, try to come early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

The calanque is a natural site, without any facility.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Protected areaCalanques National Park
  • Maximum depth20 ft / 6 m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersBoat traffic beyond the buoy line
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

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.