Located in a gorgeous, pristine natural environment, Oscelluccia beach (Plage de l’Oscellucia in french) is one of the most pleasant snorkel spots around Calvi. This small cove not only boasts turquoise waters sheltered from waves, but it also hosts various types of seabed and a great variety of fish species such as sargo, wrasses, salema and blennies.
Oscelluccia beach is located on the Revellata peninsula, about 3km west of Calvi. The fastest way to the spot requires a car: take road D81B towards Porto until you reach a parking lot set along the road (click here to locate the parking lot on Google Maps). From here you will have to walk, taking either the gravel road towards the lighthouse (about 1 hour to the beach) or the small path along the coastline (45mn). The latter is not only quicker but also more enjoyable, as it offers gorgeous views of the peninsula’s east coast and its succession small coves. Those not driving, can walk from Calvi to the peninsula along a coastal path (7 km).
The first beach you will see in the peninsula is Alga beach. Even if the seabed is less spectacular and fish are less numerous than at Oscelluccia beach, snorkeling here is an option those lacking time, or not willing to hike, can consider.
Enter the water directly from the pebble stone beach.
The best snorkeling areas are located along the rocky shores of the creek. We tend to prefer the southern side, on your right when facing the sea, along Oscelluccia point.
In the southern area, the seabed is mostly made of rocks and Posidonia meadows (↕2-5m). A lot of sea urchins cover it. Swim along the rocks, some of whom emerge from the water surface, and try to spot some of the numerous fish species that inhabit the creek. Saddled seabreams, mullets, and common two-banded seabreams like this area. You will also see Mediterranean rainbow wrasses coming and going in small groups. Sea meadows are the wrasses territory: brown wrasses, five-spotted wrasses and ocellated wrasses can often be spotted there.
In the northern area (on your left when facing the sea), the seabed is covered with large pebbles and polished rocks (↕3-10ft/1-3m). Small groups of Mediterranean chromis and rainbow wrasse can notably be seen there.
Most of the time the sea is calm inside the creek, but consider staying at a distance from the rocks, especially if there are waves.
The beach is located in a completely natural area, without any water or food option. The walk back up to the parking lot can be hard during summer: make sure you bring enough water along with you.
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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Bay with rocky beds, posidonia meadows and fish
Shallow rocky beds and seagrass meadows
Rare Neptune grass barrier reef
Steep rocky drop off
Rocky and weedy beds with a few fish
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