Visit the calanques by private boat

Want to discover the calanques by boat? There is no shortage of excursions to discover the calanques from the sea. Say goodbye to hiking shoes, put on your best sunglasses to admire the magnificent landscapes along the coast. Between sailboat, catamaran and motorboat, each traveller will have the choice to make his visit to the calanques an unforgettable memory.

Excursions from Marseille

If you are not a hiker, but would like to discover the calanques, excursions  aboard a private boat will more than satisfy you. Numerous shipping companies offer the visit of the Calanques in the form of a boat trip with or without a stopover (here, stopover does not mean disembarking on land, it means a stop at sea for a swim, as access to the Calanques is strictly regulated). If you opt for the cruise with a stopover, you will be able to dive into the turquoise waters of the most beautiful beaches before setting off again for the rest of your trip. Departures are from Marseille, Cassis or La Ciotat. However, we recommend that you leave from Marseille, as you will be treated to a spectacle of great beauty for the eyes. You will be able to enjoy a view of the harbour of Marseille, the  Frioul islands, the If Castle as well as the Marseilleveyre massif.

The Calanques by sailboat, between peace and wonder

Want a learning to sailing? Visit the calanques from  a sailboat or catamaran for an unforgettable experience. In the company of a professional skipper, discover the creeks of Marseille in an original way. Between calm, unique adventure and educational learning, the advantages of a cruise on a sailing boat or catamaran are numerous. Your instructor – a true expert of the creeks – will guide you through the mysterious creeks, some of which are only accessible by boat. What a privilege!

Another advantage of visiting the creeks by sailboat is that your tour can be tailor-made to your wishes. Each professional knows the secrets of each calanque and the nooks and crannies of each cliff. He will share with you his passion for sailing, the sea and the calanques. Admire the green island full of mystery, the Calanque de Figuerolles, the majestic cliffs of Cap Canaille, the Calanque de l’oeil de verre or the wild island of Riou. These are ideal anchorages for sailing boats to enjoy the beach and the seabed in complete tranquillity.

A visit to the calanques by speedboat

Do you want to visit the calanques quickly? For those who are in a hurry, the Zodiac-type boat trip is ideal. Combining adventure, discovery and comfort, this unique excursion will give you a thrill  aboard a boat where you are the master on board. However, the Calanques National Park regulates the rental of motorboats in order to control the impact of ships on the marine environment. If you want to rent a boat, check that the professional has a green sticker. If you don’t have a green sticker, you risk legal proceedings and a fine for illegal service. So be careful!

Cruises of a few hours, a day or more

Boat cruises to visit the calanques are legion. Excursions can be organised for a few hours, a day or for several nights. For a quick  visit of the calanques, we advise you to choose a non-stop cruise that lasts a few hours and gives you time to admire the view without lingering.

If you wish to discover the calanques and the surrounding area for a longer period of time, you can opt for a day cruise which allows you to enjoy a quiet moment in the Mediterranean. On this experience linking the Vieux-Port of Marseille to the Calanques National Park, you will have the opportunity to stop off at a beautiful calanque to eat, swim and enjoy the sun. You will be able to observe the cliffs, the pine trees and the turquoise water in a heavenly setting.

Can’t get enough? Choose a multi-day, overnight cabin cruise to enjoy the Mediterranean landscape. With several stops in different ports, you will enjoy an unforgettable experience to discover the treasures of the south.

Cruise and dinner at sea, at sunset

For the most romantic among you, a cruise to discover the calanques accompanied by a dinner under the sunset remains a charming experience. At the end of the day, board a boat with an open-air deck to fully admire the shades of colour of the Mediterranean landscape. Depending on the company, you can enjoy a delicious meal on board the boat or in a secluded cove once the anchor is dropped. A unique adventure!