Even if it is not as renowned as its neighbor Palombaggia, La Folaca beach (plage de la Folaca) remains a good snorkeling destination in Porto-Vecchio region. The beach’s southern side shelters a quiet rocky area where mesmerizing underwater life can be observed. Its shallow, very accessible rocky seabed attracts moray eels, scorpionfish, wrasses and sea stars.

Snorkeling at Folaca Beach
The southern tip of Folaca beach boasts calm, sheltered waters, perfect for snorkeling.

How to get to Plage de la Folaca snorkeling spot?

La Folaca beach is located in Porto-Vecchio, between famous Palombaggia beach and Acciaju beach. Acciaju parking lot (parking fee applies) is the best option to park your car as it is located just south of the beach, close to the recommended snorkeling area. All you will have to do is walk to the southern end of the beach to reach the rocky point.

Water entrance for snorkeling Plage de la Folaca

Plage de la Folaca snorkeling map, Corsica

You can enter the water from the beach, next to the first rocks.

Plage de la Folaca snorkeling exploration tips

The recommended snorkeling area is located at the southern tip of Folaca beach. It encompasses the shallow rocky areas extending along the point as well as the Posidonia meadows and sandy seabeds surrounding them.

Black scorpionfish at Plage de la Folaca
Lucky ones may spot a small red scorpionfish hiding in Folaca Beach algae.

Close to the rock point, the seabed is made of rocky ridges and scree areas covered by a wide diversity of algae (↕1-5ft/0,5-1,5m): fine clumps of mermaid’s cup and peacock’s tail can be seen between patches of common brown algae. Many purple sea urchins and a few red sponges are set in the rocks’ shadows. This environment is a true paradise for fish living in rocky environments such as Mediterranean moray, ornate wrasse and small scorpionfish. Snorkelers also often report spotting Mediterranean red starfish here.

As you swim further from the shoreline, you will come to irregular slopes (↕3-10ft/1-3m) gently coming down to Posidonia meadows and sandy patches (↕12-16ft/4-5m). Two-banded seabream and sharpsnout seabream are commonplace on these areas, just like damselfish, which can often be spotted going by in schools around rocky cliffs.

School of fivespotted wrasse at Plage de la Folaca
During your snorkeling at Folaca Beach, you’ll come across small schools of fivespotted wrasse.

This part of La Folaca beach takes shape of a small bay and is generally well sheltered, however, do not enter the water is water if the sea is rough, which can happen when eastern winds blow. Water from Acciaju ponds sometimes pour down in the bay after heaving rain, altering underwater visibility. Luckily, water is crystal clear on this spot most of the time.

Restaurants and accommodation in Plage de la Folaca

A few restaurants and private beaches can be found on La Folaca beach’s southern side (Cala d’Asciaghju, Le Petit Chose, Da Mare by Sea Lounge) and on Acciaju beach (L’Acciaro Plage), about 200m from the spot. Some house and apartment rentals are available on the hills surrounding the beach.




 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth16ft/5m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach or rocks
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP Spot

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.