Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on December 1, 2022
The wild and rocky east coast of Cap Corse, in northern Corsica, is home to many small coves. Most, like Capu Sagru, have great snorkeling, even if the coast is quite exposed to surf and not always practicable. In Capu Sagru, you will explore scenic rocky beds sheltering scorpionfish, groupers, sponges, cardinalfish and moray eels, just a 20 minutes drive from Bastia.
Capu Sagru is a small rocky point on the east coast of Cap Corse. It is a little less than 3 km north of Erbalunga Beach. Park in the roadside (location here), then take the small path that descends into the small creek.
Water entrance is pretty easy, from rocks. Do not enter the water if the sea is rough.
The small cove nestled south of the cape, and through which you will enter the water, is the shallowest and most sheltered area. If the sea is calm, you can get further and explore its surroundings, including the two islets on the left, about 150 meters from the shore (see map).
Capu Sagru has pleasant rocky beds, including boulders, small drop-offs and many cracks in which crabs, cardinalfish, scorpionfish, moray eels and juvenile dusky groupers hide. Do not miss the passage between the two islets, which feature an atypical topography.
The rocks support many sponges and coralligenous, but also an interesting marine flora including different species of algae. Several species of jellyfish can also be seen at this location, depending on the seasons and the tides.
There is no restaurant or accommodation near the spot. You will find in Sisco (2 km north of Capu Sagru) and in Erbalunga (3 km south) a choice of hotels, guesthouses and restaurants.
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.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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