Category: Diving in France

 

Diving in France is one of the best in Europe with famous diving spots such as the Port-Cros and Calanques National Parks and famous dives such as the Grec and the Rubis shipwrecks. France is a great destination for scuba divers who love wreck diving and groupers. A little less known, you can also give a try at diving in Thau Lagoon.

The marine life in France is mostly about groupers, octopus, barracudas, moray eels and nudibranchs. It’s the right place to go for experienced divers mainly. Due to the water temperatures, regarding scuba gear, it is most common to scuba dive there in a 7 mm wetsuit. The best time of the year is often from July to September. The best dive sites can be reached by boat.

Below you will find all my best scuba diving stories from diving in France. I share my top tips on how to organise your trip, my favourites dives, what is the best itinerary or how to do it without breaking the bank. From a travel budget point of view, France is a mid-range budget destination, so you may need to save up but not as much as you think.

Diving in France is also about diving in its overseas territories from the Caribbean to the South Pacific. You will find more blog posts in my dedicated categories to New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

On the Lighthouse Road – Part 2 – my dives in Camaret

In my quest to dive deeper into local diving, I searched for the best places to go scuba diving in Brittany, my home region. I discovered there was a corner I had never set foot on, even less a fin in. Before every trip, I’m always tempted to cram a little bit too much in a 2-week itinerary. After hours of research, I finally narrowed

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On the Lighthouse Road – Part 1 – my dives in St-Pabu

In my quest to dive deeper into local diving, I searched for the best places to go scuba diving in Brittany, my home region. I discovered there was a corner I had never set foot on, even less a fin in. Before every trip, I’m always tempted to cram a little bit too much in a 2-week itinerary. After hours of research, I finally

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Spring diving in Toulon

Month after month, we keep being locked down every time the pandemic figures get a bit too crazy. Right after New Year’s Eve, I felt massive fatigue to the point of reaching the limit of genuinely losing it. I needed fresh air; I needed water more than anything. When the opportunity came to return to Toulon, my main scuba diving base in France, for

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Rediscovering my local dive sites in Brittany

For most of us, scuba diving equals travelling to warm and exotic destinations. While I can’t deny how good it feels to dive in 30°C crystal clear water for hours, in times when travel is not possible, does it mean we should give up on our favourite aquatic sport? Have you ever searched what was available in your area in terms of local diving?

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2 weeks on the French Riviera: my ultimate itinerary for scuba divers

From my first dive in Port-Cros National Park in 2016 to my dives in the Esterel area last summer, I kept exploring for 4 years every harbour and village I could, feeling I hadn’t seen enough to create such an itinerary. Result: how to fit now all the beautiful things I saw in only 2 weeks, the average time people have for holidays. I’m

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Extraordinary Esterel: diving & hiking from St-Raphael to Mandelieu

It was the third time I was spending the summer on the French Riviera. I can’t believe I passed, again and again, the Esterel mountain range, as I was going diving in Nice from Toulon, without ever stopping! It only took a hike and a dive to make me fall for this Natura-2000 protected area of 15,000 ha famous for its red volcanic rocks.

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Port Cros National Park: diving in the first marine park in Europe

Last summer, I went on holiday in Hyères with a friend from Paris to introduce her to the underwater world. After her discovery dive in Porquerolles Island, we went for a day, hiking and snorkelling, on the island of Port-Cros, to extend the experience in the heart of the first marine park in France and Europe. This is then the opportunity to look back

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Discover Golfe-Juan : the best of diving between Antibes and Cannes

It is something I always loved with scuba diving. It always put on my route hidden gems. With such famous neighbours, Antibes and its billionaire superyacht marina, and Cannes and its international film festival, Golfe-Juan is surprisingly tucked away from the crowds on the “Cote d’Azur”. Just after diving in Nice, it was then the perfect extension to my trip including a scenic drive