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 October 8, 2023
The shoreline of Solenzara, a small village of eastern Corsica, is made of a series of small rocky beaches ideal for snorkeling. Its sandy slopes, rocky points and Neptune grass beds are home to a varied marine life, including shoals of salema porgy and seabream, several species of wrasse, octopus and sea anemones.
The snorkeling spot is located at the edge of Solenzara, a quiet seaside town situated on the eastern coast of Corsica, 35km north of Porto Vecchio and 100km south of Bastia. It stretches along the village seafront, just south of the marina. There are some access paths between the villas to reach the shore from the coastal road.
Enter the water from the beach.
Solenzara seabed is made of a sandy slope with some rocks outcroppings and posidonia patches. In the clear water off the rocky points between the small beaches, you will find a wide variety of colorful fish and other marine creatures.
These rocky areas provide shelter for shoals of common two-banded seabream, salema porgy, sargo and damselfish. Grey mullet are frequently seen darting over the sandy beds.
Solenzara, with pristine waters and almost no currents, is a perfect snorkeling spot for kids and beginners. Its location (at the edge of the village) makes it a very accessible spot if you are staying for a few days in Solenzara.
You will find in the village (mainly in the main street and around the marina) a wide choice of snacks, restaurants and accommodation. A supermarket is set behind the beach.
This reference identification guide includes all the 860 marine fish species that may be encountered while snorkeling in coastal Western Europe and the Mediterranean.
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.
We saw a Muraena helena eel here today (2/10/23), great big fatty.
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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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