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 November 9, 2022
Marine de Ficaghjola is one of the few coves in the picturesque Calanches de Piana which is easily accessible by land. With its fishing huts, pink cliffs and crystal-clear sea, it offers an enchanting setting. Snorkeling along its rocky shores, you may spot octopus, starfish, needlefish and large schools of saddled seabream.
Marine de Ficaghjola (or Ficajola) is located in the Calanches de Piana, on the west coast of Corsica. The spot is accessed from the village of Piana, either by car or on foot (4 km). By car, a winding road leads to a free car park. You then have to walk for about 800m on a marked path to reach the shore.
You can enter the water wherever you want from the pebble beach.
You can snorkel all over the creek, which is some 200 meters wide.
In the center of the creek, you will find sandy beds attracting schools of needlefish and groups of hundreds of saddled seabream and damselfish. To the left and to the right, the rocks are bordered in places by small Posidonia patches where many fish find shelter
There is an interesting diversity of invertebrates at this location, where the rocks are home to black, yellow and red sponges. You can sometimes also encounter fried egg jellyfish, octopus, sea anemones and red starfish along the drop-offs.
There is no restaurant on the beach, but you can bring your picnic.
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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Free shore access
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