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Centuri, found on the Cap Corse peninsula, is a great example of a classic Corsican snorkeling spot. Rocky, surrounded by cliffs and set against the beautiful Mediterranean, it is a great site to discover the local marine life. Octopuses, moray eels, sea bream, salema porgy and many other species are frequently spotted here.
The picturesque village of Centuri sits on the northwestern tip of Corsica, known as Cap Corse. It is a 1:30 hours’ drive from Bastia (50km) and Saint-Florent (55km). Centuri is a perfect stop on a 1 or 2 days driving tour of Cap Corse, a very popular excursion on the island. There is a large parking area just south of the village (see map below). The snorkeling spot lies in front of it.
Enter the water from one of the two small beaches located down to the parking area.
The snorkeling area is vast. It covers the whole bay extending between the port breakwater (on the east) and the Capense Islet (on the west). The seabed is mainly made of rocky slopes and ridges, covered with small algae. In some places, you will also cross white sand beds.
The shallow edges of the bay, full of fish, are the most recommended for snorkeling (↕3-7ft/1-2m). Painted comber, ornate wrasse and rainbow wrasse are amongst the many colorful creatures that can be seen above the rocks. In the small crevices, try to spot moray eel or an octopus, quite common in the area.
Visibility is generally excellent on this spot, with calm and pristine water.
Centuri makes a great lunch spot as many restaurants are based around the old fishing port. Some accommodation options are available in and around the village.
This reference identification guide includes all the 860 marine fish species that may be encountered while snorkeling in coastal Western Europe and the Mediterranean.
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.
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Rocky and weedy beds with a few fish
Steep rocky drop off
Rare Neptune grass barrier reef
Shallow rocky beds and seagrass meadows
Bay with rocky beds, posidonia meadows and fish
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