Snorkeling on the French Riviera, 5 must-see places

Snorkelling on the French Riviera has been on the rise for several years. For me, it has become a real ritual every weekend and even several days a week before or after work.

1. What is snorkeling?

Before revealing my 3 favourite spots, let’s have a brief summary of what snorkeling is. It’s simply an aquatic hike in which you go to admire the sea bed with the essential equipment you need: fins, mask and snorkel. Unlike diving, which requires a greater investment in terms of equipment, snorkeling is simple and effective. Indeed, one remains essentially on the surface. It is quite possible to dive to get closer to the bottom and stay underwater, but it all depends on your comfort and your ability to hold your breath.

2. Prerequisites for snorkeling

It is a simple activity that does not require too many constraints. To practice snorkeling in the best conditions, all you need to do is :

  • know how to swim well and be comfortable in the water
  • to have a good equipment: mask with a good field of vision, a snorkel to breathe underwater and fins for an optimal comfort.
  • to have a neoprene suit, especially if you practice outside the summer season

3. My 5 favourite spots for snorkeling on the French Riviera

I would like to point out, of course, that this list is not exhaustive and that I would be delighted if you could share with me your favourite places for snorkelling on the Côte d’Azur. We all have our own habits and generally, we always return to the same favourite places. So here are mine:

The creeks of Saint-Raphaël

From the calanque of Maubois to the calanque of the English via the creeks of Saint-Barthélémy, the calanques of Saint-Raphaël are known to be exceptional places for snorkeling. Wild creeks with red rocks contrasted by the transparent blue lagoon sea in which various and varied sea beds are hidden.

Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat

All along the coastal path of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, starting from the fair beach, you will find sublime coasts with small wild creeks and natural pools with turquoise water. Perfect spots to go and admire the fish and even starfish. The richness of the seabed is just incredible.

Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat is also known for its 3 beaches, which are also famous for snorkelling: plage de la Fosse, plage des Fossettes, plage Paloma

Villefranche sur mer

The sublime bay of Villefranche sur mer is one of the most beautiful spots for snorkeling. From the Citadel to the beach of the guardian angel, passing by the famous beach of the marinières, you will be surprised by the diversity of the sea bed.

The Cap d’Antibes

The Cap d’Antibes is a must-see place on the French Riviera and offers a relaxing break away from the city. You will find some small creeks with a wild decor. Not far from the Eden Roc, you will find happiness during your snorkeling sessions

Eze Seaside

One of my favourites! Nothing to do with those mentioned above. What makes it different? Its white sand dunes. This decor transported me to Corsica. On the other hand, you will find few fish, just one or two.


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