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.

Esterel Cap Roux

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, half-way on the coast between Toulon and Nice, 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. Needless

Mérou Plongée Port-Cros

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

Diving La Fourmigue lighthouse Golfe-Juan Antibes

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”. It was then the perfect extension to my scuba diving trip in Nice including a short road trip in between

Diving Nice

Diving in Nice, the heart of the French Riviera

Through a fortunate chain of circumstances, this summer, I have spent in total one month in Nice, between my first house-sitting experience and an enthralling blog trip. Only 40 km from the Italian border, I embraced its strong local culture, whether we talk about architecture or culinary specialities, and of course, went diving in Nice. It always surprises visitors that the elegant capital of the

seahorse thau lagoon France

Diving detours in the other south of France: Sète & Thau Lagoon

After my trip to Millau in Aveyron, I had to return to Montpellier to catch my train back to Paris. Instead of going back home right away, I thought it was the opportunity to go scuba diving in Thau Lagoon again by going back to Sète. The picturesque port between the Mediterranean coast and Thau Lagoon is only 20 minutes away from Montpellier. 8

Diving Porquerolles France

Porquerolles : 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 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 Provence, where the French Riviera starts. Just off the shores of Hyères Peninsula, Porquerolles is far from the

ice diving Val Thorens French Alps

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: “You spent the weekend in the Alps? Cool! You managed to ski a lot?” “Well I didn’t go skiing, I was ice diving.“ “Wait… Whaaat?“ This year I had a very early opening of my scuba diving season in Europe. Besides,