bateaux amarrés proche de l'île du Frioul

Boat tours in Marseille

In the National Park of Calanques and Frioul Islands

Offer to your clients unforgettable boat trips in the creeks of Marseille or on the islands of Frioul. Different sea cruises exist and will take you on a trip to a small paradise on Earth!

Crossing to the If Castle and the Frioul islands

20 minutes away from Marseille by boat, you will discover the Frioul Archipelago composed of 4 islands: Ratonneau, Pomègues, If and Tiboulen.

Regular shuttles 7/7 by boat from the Vieux Port (20 minutes crossing for If and 30 minutes for Frioul). All departures depend on the weather.

Frioul is composed of 2 islands (Ratonneau and Pomègues). With their footpaths, they are an ideal area for hikers who want to discover small creeks to swim. The old Caroline Hospital, which has been used as a health establishment since 1828, is located on Frioul, it cannot be visited. An accommodation centre hosts sea classes for the discovery of the marine environment and sports courses for diving enthusiasts. The aquaculture farm, located on the island of Pomeges, breeding wolves (sea bass) and sea bream, has been recognised as the world’s first organic farm.

The Château d’If: a former fortress built on an island in opposite of Marseille under François I in 1524 that became a prison in the 17th century. The novel by Alexandre Dumas, “the Count of Monte Cristo” made it famous all over the world. The parapet walk offers a breathtaking view of Marseille and its bay. The National Monuments Center opens the doors of this mythical place.

Practical information

From mid-September to mid-March the castle is closed on Mondays. There is a charge for access to the island, tickets are on sale on the island or online.
Adult: 6€ Group: 5€.
Europeans under 26 years old: free of charge excluding transport.
Regulated and paying access to the Château d’if (in addition to the ticket for the crossing)
More information: Château d’If ticket office

1 Quai de la Fraternité – 13001 Marseille.
Tel : + 33 (0) 4 96 11 03 50

Cruises in the Calanques National Park

The Calanques, a natural jewel at the gates of Marseille. These sumptuous white cliffs overlook the sea and stretch over 20 km of coast from Marseille – Les Goudes to Cassis. These mediterranean limestone fjords benefit of creeks with transparent waters, where you could find small ports as Callelongue, Sormiou or Morgiou. To visit the heart of the park and its coves, you will need hiking boots or booking a boat tour.

Visit Marseille’s harbour to the Calanques by boat from the Vieux Port/Old Port. Several tours are available. The visits lasts from 1h30 to 3h30 depending on your choice (Marseille harbour, Essential Calanques, complete visit, visit and swimming, Château d’If/If castle).

Possibility of privatising the boats.

Croisières Marseille Calanques / Icard Maritime cruises

Compagnies Maritimes Marseille Calanques et Château d’IF – GIE

1, la Canebière – 13001 Marseille

Corner of Quai du Port and Quai des Belges (opposite the “La Samaritaine” brewery)

Information & bookings: + 33 (0)4 91 333 679

The ticket office is at your disposal every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (times vary according to the season) for the purchase of tickets.

Boat companies "à la carte"
  • Bleu évasion 

    Pointe Rouge Port –13008 – +33 (0)4 91 06 18 87  

    Personalised excursions on motorboats (8/10/12 pers max per boat) or a catamaran (24 pers max), departing from the Port of la Pointe Rouge or the Old Port, with swimming and others activities!




  • Goélette Alliance 

    70 quai du Port – 13002 Marseille – +33 (0)7 69 04 66 46  

    Half or whole day sea trips, evening or on requests, onboard of an old rigging, an exceptional sailing boat. 

  • Le Don du vent - Au gré du vent 

    Location of the boat: Quai d’honneur of  Old Port opposite of the City Hall
    38, rue du Petit Puits – 13002 – +33 (0)6 26 39 89 40 

    The Don du vent is a gaff ketch from the 1930s, a 32-metre two-masted ketch, restored in the tradition of great yachting. Outings à la carte.

    Mail :

  • Localanque 

    22, rue de la Loge, 13002 Marseille – + 33(0)4 88 51 21 ou + 33 (0)6 10 11 43 58  

    Discovery of the Bay of Marseille (excluding the Calanques) by boat or “pointus” (traditional Marseille’s wooden motor boats).

  • Levantin 

    Quai du Port – opposite of the City Hall – 13001 Marseille – + 33 (0)4 91 24 40 40 

    Differents catamarans available including a Catamaran of 25 m with a deck of 300 m2 that can accommodate 115 people. or 


  • Ze Boat 

    216 Quai du Port 13002 Marseille – +33 (0)7 60 22 10 00 / +33 (0)6 21 56 29 29 

    Rentals of semi-rigid, open and dayboat or prestigious yachts (no tours in the Calanques National Park) 


  • Eco Calanques 

    Quai du Port – +33(0)7 60 29 93 20 

    A 10-metre hybrid boat that can be powered by an electric motor as it approaches the creeks of the National Park of Calanques. 



  • Tack soon 

    Day trips, nautical rallies, regattas or cruises on traditional sailing boats.

    Pauline LECOEUR – 

    Séverine DE LA TOUR – 

    +33 6 62 34 64 00 – +33 6 63 06 67 00