Category: France

La Courtade Beach Porquerolles French Riviera Island France

Porquerolles Island, the scuba diving gem of the French Riviera

There is an island in the south of France that seems to be much further away than Europe. Its turquoise waters and warm climate feel like being a part of the Caribbean. Only the ancient olive trees and the singing cicadas will remind you that you are still in the French Riviera. Just off the ...

Toulon Bay ports French Riviera France

5 reasons to explore Toulon, my new scuba home in France

Last year, I moved back from Scotland to France with mixed feelings. For sure I would see all my friends and family again, for sure, I'll find delicious food and wine on the table, but for sure Paris would still be crowded, polluted and so far from the ocean. I may have stayed only 2 ...

Ice diving above 2000m in Val Thorens, French Alps

  When I came back to Paris on Monday from my weekend in the French Alps, the same conversation came back a few times: "Ah, cool, you spent the weekend in the Alps! You managed to ski a lot?" "Well I didn't go skiing, I was ice diving." "Wait... Whaaat?" This year I had a ...

[PHOTO ESSAY] The underwater colours of Porquerolles, France

As I just moved back from Scotland to France, from June to October, I went diving 5 times between Toulon and Cavalaire. Exploring the superb coastline of Var was a complete discovery for me. I heard many times that Port-Cros National Marine Park was certainly one of the best dive sites in France. However, its neighbour island, Porquerolles, near Giens Peninsula, ...

[VIDEO] Le Rubis, submarine wreck diving in Cavalaire, France

A few miles ashore from Cavalaire, French Riviera, lies at 40m deep a famous submarine of WWII: the Rubis (Ruby in English). The 66m submarine was part of the French Navy and built in 1931. During WWII she sank 22 battleships and was nicknamed the "Comrade of the Liberation". After the war, the Rubis was ...

Scuba & the City : Underwater adventures in Marseille, France

Of all the places I've dived in, only one so far offered the possibility of gathering a vibrant city life with scuba diving adventures. This place happens to be in my homeland, in France, in the second largest town in the country: Marseille. This article is also available in French. European capital of the culture ...