Snorkeling on the Vermilion Coast

Country: France
Region: Languedoc Roussillon / Pyrenees Orientals
Difficulty: Easy
Outdoor activity: snorkeling
Sustainable tourism rating:écotourisme-5-SOL

If you dream of diving in a blue sea encircled by thousands of fishes, no need to go in the Maldives, Europe reserves you beautiful scuba diving spots. In the South of France you will be amazed by the underwater diversity. Water is certainly colder and its inhabitants less colorful but the place is worth visiting. Welcome at the Marine reserve of Banyuls-Cerbere.



The easiest access is from the beach Peyrefite in Cerbere and as soon as you put your feets in the water you will see many fishes swimming with you. The trail which is about 500 m, consists of different types of species. This trail is open in July and August and there is an information center where you can also rent your snorkeling equipment (flippers for € 5 per person).


If you want to be alone with the fishes, you can rent a canoe and go in the exclusive reserve. To explore even more, you will find there a diving center and you will see deeper seabed.


SOL highly recommend this underwater path (especially towards the buoys 4 and 5 where is less crowded).



The pros:
– Beautiful fish just a few meters from the beach
-Easy access
– You can also go kayaking in the marine reserve or hiking on the coastal path.

The Cons:
– The trail is sometimes over-crowded in high season; prefer to go diving in the morning or at the sunset.
– The water is quite cold and we advise you to take a wetsuit to fully enjoy the trail

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