With its black pebble beach overhung by a 16th century Genoese tower, Marine d’Albo is an authentic and unspoiled setting. The rocky beds that extend at the foot of the tower can be explored by experienced snorkelers. At the bend of the rocky ridges and drop offs, snorkelers will spot damselfish, combers, seabreams and wrasse.

Snorkeling at the foot of Albo tower
Marine d’Albo best snorkeling is at the foot of the village’s genoese tower.

How to get to Marine d’Albo snorkeling spot?

Marine d’Albo is located on the west coast of Cap Corse, north of the Gulf of Saint-Florent. If you arrive from Saint-Florent by car (24km, about 30 minutes’ drive), you will pass by Marine de Negru, another snorkeling spot in the area. There is a large parking lot down the village, by the beach.

Marine d'Albo snorkeling map, Corsica

Water entrance for snorkeling Marine d’Albo

There are two options for entering the water: walk to the end of the beach and get into the water near the first rocks, or walk to the tower and then go down by small paths to the rocks.

Marine d’Albo snorkeling exploration tips

The recommended snorkeling area is along the rocks at the foot of the tower, and can be extended to the rocky outcrop located a hundred meters from the shore (see map above).

Marine d'Albo seaweed beds
Marine d’Albo hosts extensive seaweed beds.

At this spot, the seabed is rocky, with many crevices and overhangs to explore. The depth is variable, between 1 to 2m on the shallows near the shore and 3 to 6m between the shore and the rocky outcrop. The rocks are covered by a wide variety of seaweed, including Padina, Dictyota and red algae.

This spot is not very fishy, but the species that snorkelers can come across are quite varied. Schools of damselfish are found near the rocks, while painted combers and different types of wrasses hide in the seaweed. Seabream cross the reef from time to time.

Damselfish at Marine d'Albo
Damselfish are easy to spot in Marine d’Albo rocky areas.

This spot is exposed, do not enter the water if the sea is rough.

Restaurants and accommodation in Marine d’Albo

There is a snack bar and a restaurant in the village.




 

  • Level required Intermediary
  • Maximum depth20ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach or rocks
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP Spot

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.