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 August 6, 2022
Some fifteen kilometers east of Cannes, Cap d’Antibes is home to several rocky coves accessible in part by the picturesque Chemin des Douaniers. The small cove located south of the Villa Eilenroc, at the tip of the cape, has for example nice rocky beds. Some fish can be seen there, but be careful, as the access to the water can be tricky.
This spot is located at the tip of the Cap d’Antibes, near the Villa Eilenroc. You can find the exact location of the small cove here. You can reach the location by foot via the well-signposted “Chemin des Douaniers”.
The water entrance, from slippery and sharp rocks, is delicate. For this reason, this spot is not recommended for beginners or children.
In the small cove, the maximum depth is about 10ft/3 meters. The color of the water is beautiful, blue and turquoise in some places. The seabed is mainly rocky, and is made of several ridges arranged perpendicularly to the coast.
On the rocks, many algae and small encrusting sponges can be seen. The cracks are called home by many black and purple sea urchins.
Among the fish that can be found on this spot are the rainbow wrasse, the peacock wrasse, the salema porgy, the painted comber, the saddled seabream and the sargo.
Buoys, installed at about 30 meters from the shore, secure the swimming area. Do not enter the water if the sea is rough, as you could get hurt by the rocks.
There is no restaurant near the cove. The nearest restaurants are at Plage de la Garoupe, a more than 1500m walk from the snorkeling area.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
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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