Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in France

Ready to check out the best sites in France for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 100 dive sites, snorkel spots, beaches, and more. Discover hand-curated maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. No matter what you're looking for, you can find a diverse range of the best ocean activities in France to suit your needs.
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Tete de Maure

#1 - Tete de Maure

France, Mediterranean, Corsica, Ajaccio Propriano

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Big granitic cliff, canyon, gorgona...many fish.
La pointe de Caramassaigne

#2 - La pointe de Caramassaigne

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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E of Riou island La pointe de Caramassaigne is also known as Pointe de Caramasagne.
Le Jean-Pierre

#3 - Le Jean-Pierre

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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The Jean-Pierre wreck is an old trawler, sunk in 1969. It is linked by a chain to two other wrecks, the René-Hervé and the Perle. The wreck is only 3 min, NNW from the Arcachon hrabour.
Gulf Entrance Drift Dive

#4 - Gulf Entrance Drift Dive

France, Brittany South, Morbihan gulf

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By boat and only with very experimented professional.
Les Fromages

#5 - Les Fromages

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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NE of Maïre island
Saint Yves

#6 - Saint Yves

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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Saint Yves is the main dive site for all diving clubs of Bordeaux. This is a great place for dive training and orientation. You can reach several wrecks, the easyest is named 'Cote bleu'. With a dive site map, and a good orientation sense, you can try to reach other wrecks... The Marie Noelle (N), the two east wrecks (NE), and several others. The deepest place is Saint Yves whole (the false one), at hight tide you will find around 30m deep. This is the deepest place of the whole Arachon bay. This site is located in Arcachon city, right side of the jetty named 'La Chapelle'. Acces the site from the small Saint François d'assise street, 50m east from the jetty. Saint Yves is also known as Le trou Saint Yves.
L'Eildon

#7 - L'Eildon

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Steam vessel built in Glasgow, 1904. Sunk in 1915. Length: 79m. Near Le Colombian, between Ouessant island and the Corsen CROSS.
La Grande Baie

#8 - La Grande Baie

France, Mediterranean, Nice

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La Grande Baie is also known as Cap Ferrat.
The Laos wreck

#9 - The Laos wreck

France, Charente Loir, Le Croisic

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The Laos was built in Dunkerque in 1903. This 135m long steamer liner sunk february 9th, 1907 in the Four plateau. The best part of this wreck is the stern, and the two boilers in the poop. The Four plateau, 35 minutes SW from the Croisic harbor.
Le Michel C

#10 - Le Michel C

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Porquerolles

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This wreck is only 100m far from the Ville de Grasse. This is a small broken wreck (39m long). Only one dive is enough to see the whole wreck. Best part is the prow, 39m deep. Poop is all broken, only engines are still recognizable. The wreck is 500m S SE from the Grand Ribaud lighthouse. Le Michel C is also known as Le Correo de Cette.
Grotte à Corail de Maire

#11 - Grotte à Corail de Maire

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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Don't miss this dive. A must. S of Maïre island
Arches des Pharillons

#12 - Arches des Pharillons

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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This is a great dive. Beautifull archs and wonderfull walls full of gorgonians. Usually fish shoals around arches. The Farillons are the two rocks of the SE part of Maïre island. Arches des Pharillons is also known as Arches des Farillons.
La grotte à Perez

#13 - La grotte à Perez

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Plane

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Very nice dive. The cave is just below the platform. Recommended to dive twice (cave + wall) this area. Eastern tip of Plane island.
La Calanques des Contrebandiers

#14 - La Calanques des Contrebandiers

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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S of Riou island
La grotte à corail de Riou

#15 - La grotte à corail de Riou

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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Very nice cave (entrance at 35m deep). Wall down to 45m deep. SE of Riou island. Just E from L'imperial de terre. La grotte à corail de Riou is also known as Riou's coral cave.
L'Impérial du milieu

#16 - L'Impérial du milieu

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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Small rock between, SE of Riou.
Passe de Maire

#17 - Passe de Maire

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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If too much wind, this dive site can be a solution... W of Maïre island.
Le Tunnel et les Failles du Tiboulen de Maire

#18 - Le Tunnel et les Failles du Tiboulen de Maire

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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Great dive. Tunnel entrence is 9m deep. Take care of the swell... SW of Tiboulen of Maïre rock, W of Maïre island
La grotte arc en ciel

#19 - La grotte arc en ciel

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Jarre

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Very nice dive, for all level divers. In the middle of Jarre island, W side
La Drôme

#20 - La Drôme

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Roadstead of Marseille

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The Drôme was a vessel carying many kind of things. It sunk on a mine, january 23, 1918. It is broken into two parts. Vessel size: - Length: 69m - Width: 10m 2.5 miles from Goudes harbour, 3 miles from the Pointe-Rouge harbour.
Cap Caveaux

#21 - Cap Caveaux

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Frioule

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S of Frioule islands.
Le Dalton

#22 - Le Dalton

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Planier

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The wreck: Le Dalton is an English cargo. It was built in Stockolm in 1877. Le Dalton was carying lead ingots when it sunk february 19, 1928. Vessel size: - Length: 70m - Width: 20m Against to planier island (north side).
Le sec du Jarron

#23 - Le sec du Jarron

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Jarre

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N of Jarre island (SE of the small rock named Jarron)
Cabail Bernat

#24 - Cabail Bernat

France, Mediterranean, Vermilion Coast

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Great canyons ! DO NOT ENTER THE FORBIDDEN AREA OF THE MARINE PARK This site is located only 100m N from the forbidden part of the marine park.
Cabouy

#25 - Cabouy

France, Midi-Pyrenees

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Rocamadour, Lot
Cap l'abeille

#26 - Cap l'abeille

France, Mediterranean, Vermilion Coast

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Great site with a lot of fishs near the surface (large shoal often seen). Do not look for them at 20m deep ! Just S of Cap l'abeille !
La Cathédrale

#27 - La Cathédrale

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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S of Maïre island
L'Elektra

#28 - L'Elektra

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Small Greek cargo. Sunk march 18, 1963. Nice wheel to take in picture. Near Amoco Cadiz wreck, in front of Portsall village.
Le Keradog

#29 - Le Keradog

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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The wreck is scaterled on a rocky slope, upside down. Lampaul bay, Ouessant island. Le Keradog is also known as Le minéralier.
L'anse du canon

#30 - L'anse du canon

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Maire

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S of Maïre island
Les Moyadons

#31 - Les Moyadons

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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Take care of the curent. My be strong, even with a calm sea. West extrmity of Riou island, closed to Les moyades.
Le Peter Sif

#32 - Le Peter Sif

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Danish carco built in 1978. Sunk in 1979. South of Ouessant island
L'Okawongo

#33 - L'Okawongo

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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German steam vessel. Sunk may 28th, 1913. S of Ouessant island, near La Jument lighthouse
Le Sarracen

#34 - Le Sarracen

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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English steam vessel, 115m long. Sunk december 26th, 1917 (mine bomb). In Helle channel
Le Colombian

#35 - Le Colombian

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Old mixed (sail/steam) English vessel. Sunk in 1865 while its first travel between Liverpool and Panama. Length: 76m. Great deep dive ! Between Ouessant island and Corsen CROSS.
Les moyades

#36 - Les moyades

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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Very nic wall on the south part of the shoal. North point of Riou island.
Le Ker Bihan

#37 - Le Ker Bihan

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Roadstead of Marseille

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Ker-Bihan is not as nice as the two other wrecks in the area: The Drôme and the Miquelon. It was an old fish boat, transformed into minehunter. It sunk on a mine january 23, 1918, only few days after the Drôme. Vessel size: - Length: 35 - Width: 10m 2.5 miles from Goudes harbour, 3 miles from the Pointe-Rouge harbour.
Le Cap Plane

#38 - Le Cap Plane

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Plane

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Nice arches. S of Plane island
Le Saint Dominique

#39 - Le Saint Dominique

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Roadstead of Marseille

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The Saint Dominique sunk june 16, 1897. It's a very nice wreck. Vessel size: - Length: 70m - Width: 10m North roadstead of Marseille, 800m from the coast.
Tiboulen du Frioul

#40 - Tiboulen du Frioul

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Frioule

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W of Frioule island, near a small rock named Tiboulen du Frioule
Le Junker 88

#41 - Le Junker 88

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Frioule

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German bomber wreck. Very nice cos not broken. Size: 14x20m Note: There is another Junker 88 in Marseille, 15m deep. West of Frioule islands, between Pomègues and Ratonneau.
La pierre à Joseph

#42 - La pierre à Joseph

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Plane

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S of Plane island
La pierre à Maya

#43 - La pierre à Maya

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Frioule

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Very nice dive. The shoal named Maya's rock is made of two parts, with wonderfull gorgonians. The wall is also great. Large groupers, and sometime moon-fishes... Don't miss it! SW of Frioule island, near Cap Caveaux La pierre à Maya is also known as La pierre Fendue, La pierre aux Corbs.
La Pierre de Cassis

#44 - La Pierre de Cassis

France, Mediterranean, Marseille, Riou

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Great dive NE of the Grand Congoulé rock, E of Riou island
La Meuse

#45 - La Meuse

France, Brittany South, Douarnenez

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Two other wrecks near by: La Perle and Le Castel-Meur. Warship vessel type: French Aviso. Sunk probably october 1954 (training target for Jean Bart vesel). Size: - Length: 78m - Width: ~10m In the middle of Douarnenez bay.
L'île d'Ouessant

#46 - L'île d'Ouessant

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Small wooden ferry boat, lying on a sandy floor. Lampaul bay, Ouessant island.
L'Arras

#47 - L'Arras

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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French war vessel (Aviso). Built in 1917, sunk in 1947. Length: 72m. Best is to dive 45 minutes before low or high tide. In front of Corsen CROSS.
L'Amoco Cadiz

#48 - L'Amoco Cadiz

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Supertanker from Liberia. Sunk march 16th, 1978. Length: 330m ! (about 1080 Ft.) It's actualy the bigest Werck you can dive in the world. (the Oriskany is 200 Ft. smaller) Portsall's reef.
Le Taboga

#49 - Le Taboga

France, Brittany North, Iroise Ouessant

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Panamean steam vessel of 80m long. Sunk in 1955. South of Corsen CROSS point. An isolated danger buoy signal a rocky shoal. The wreck is on the East.
Pointe Escampo-Barriou

#50 - Pointe Escampo-Barriou

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Giens

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Nice little cave and wall. No way to dive there if strong east wind. From shore, Escampobariou can be accessed by the track back to the restaurant named Pointe Escampo-Barriou is also known as La Madrague de Giens.
Tombant de la Gabinière

#51 - Tombant de la Gabinière

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Port-Cros

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This is a great wall full of gorgonians. You will probably see barracuda shoals, and a lot of huge groupers. The east wall of La Gabinière is located SE from the rock ! Dive site is protected from strong W wind (Mistral) but not from the E wind.
The Cairnstrath wreck

#52 - The Cairnstrath wreck

France, Charente Loir, Noirmoutier

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This 85m long greman steamer was torpeadoed august 4th, 1917. 7.5 miles W of Noirmoutier island.
Belharra Perdun

#53 - Belharra Perdun

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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Belharra is a classic dive of the area. The shoal is very large, so several dives can be done here. Belharra is located 2nm West from Saint Jean de Luz. Belharra Perdun is also known as Belharra, Belara.
L'Astrée

#54 - L'Astrée

France, Mediterranean, Vermilion Coast

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The Astrée is a big french cargo, sunk 1st may, 1944 by an English submarine (Untiring). This wreck is located very closed to Port-Vendres harbour. It also can be accessed from the other harbours (Banyuls, Colioure).
Le Ferrando

#55 - Le Ferrando

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Giens

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FOR SAFETY REASONS, THIS WRECK IS FORBIDDEN ! THERE ARE SOME EXPLOSIVES NEAR THE WRECK. This wreck is located in the middle of Hyères bay, 4 km from the Mèdes cap.
Le Cimentier

#56 - Le Cimentier

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Porquerolles

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This is a funny wreck, in shallow water. The first wreck dive for newbees ! This small wreck is located north from the small Langoustier island, near the buoy named 'La jaune garde' between Giens and Porquerolles island. Le Cimentier is also known as Le cimentier de la jaune garde.
Sec du Sarranier

#57 - Sec du Sarranier

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Porquerolles

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Beautiful wall of gorgonians and small caves with morays. The sec du sarragnier is located between Porquerolles and Port-Cros. It's a wide area with shoals and walls. Sec du Sarranier is also known as Sèche du Sarranier.
U 263

#58 - U 263

France, Charente Loir, La Rochelle

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The U 263 submarine wreck is located 18nm from La Rochelle. It takes 1 or 2 hours to get there.
Pointe du Vaisseau

#59 - Pointe du Vaisseau

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Port-Cros

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This is a similar dive to the East wall of the Gabinière, but less current. Boat can be moored to the National Park buoy. Species: Groupers, morrays, scorpionfishes, etc. This dive site is also easy to find. SE side of Port-Cros.
Le Marcel

#60 - Le Marcel

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Giens

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Flat broken wreck, only congers are interesting... At 1200m north from the Cap des Mèdes. Le Marcel is also known as Le vapeur.
Pointe de la Croix

#61 - Pointe de la Croix

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Port-Cros

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This dive site is similar to the near dive site named Pointe de Montrémian, a long line of rocks, only few meters high, with lot of sea grass around. Dive site is exposed to east wind, and some time, current can be strong. A buoy has been placed for boat by the National Park. Interesting species are the white gorgonians, and the sea grass forest. Sometime, large familiar groupers are seen. This site is located near the Gabinière rock, SE from Port-Cros.
Cap des Mèdes

#62 - Cap des Mèdes

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Porquerolles

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It's a common dive spot for beginers and photographers. A common dive spot when the mistral wind blows (from the West). Les Mèdes is the NE cap of Porquerolles island. Cap des Mèdes is also known as Cap des Mèdes, Rocher des deux frères.
Sperrbrecher 134

#63 - Sperrbrecher 134

France, Brittany South, Groix

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This ship were built in July 1909 in Bremen and was used as merchand ship untill the war begann in 1939. His role was to escort the U.boat and the ship at the entrance of the Lorient harbor. It was sunk by a british air-raid August 8th, 1944. Approx 800m from Groix island in 24m of water. Only by boat. Sperrbrecher 134 is also known as Falke.
Port-Maguide

#64 - Port-Maguide

France, Aquitaine, Cazaux Biscarosse

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This dive site is located into Port-Maguide camping. There is a little beach with a long deck from which you can dive.
Banc de Chicharvel

#65 - Banc de Chicharvel

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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This small reef is just located out of Hendaye bay, only 1.5nm from the end of harbour channel exit. Banc de Chicharvel is also known as Bajo Chicharvel.
La digue de Socoa

#66 - La digue de Socoa

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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This site is very easy to find. Park your car at the latest car park of the socoa dike, at the south exit of Saint Jean de Luz pass. Access the dive site from the small beach, below the car park.
Les yeux de chat

#67 - Les yeux de chat

France, Mediterranean, Blue Coast

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Very nice shoal, including gorgonians, lobsters and reef fishes. Just southeast, out of the Méjean rocky inlet
La Théière

#68 - La Théière

France, Mediterranean, Saint Raphael

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Check out this great fall full of lobsters. Can not remember about this magnificent dive site off Cape Dramont. A very large plate and cut along a fall of more than 20m, which is rich in lobsters, sponges and small caves hiding benches full of shrimp. A beautiful dive to make several times and which makes its debut Trimix mixture. Only for N3 confirmed (and more). Easy access via Poussaï Harbor La Théière is also known as Théière.
L'Anjou

#69 - L'Anjou

France, Aquitaine, Landes coast

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This is a 1st world war wreck. The wreck does not have a large interest, but fauna is realy abundant (Congers eels, lobsters, etc.). You can reach this wreck from Anglet harbour. It is a very difficult wreck to find (flat wreck).
L'Aiglon

#70 - L'Aiglon

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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This is a two levels dock fish boat. This wreck is located at 3 miles away from Anglet harbour.
Cambo Banco

#71 - Cambo Banco

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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A classic dive of the area. This shoal (in fact several shoals) are located between Saint Jean de Luz and Biarritz.
Les esclaves (Tombant sud)

#72 - Les esclaves (Tombant sud)

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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This is a classic dive. The shoal is so large that you can make 10 different dives at Les esclaves. Les esclaves is a very large shoal located 2 miles away from Biarritz, 5 miles SW from Anglet. Les esclaves (Tombant sud) is also known as Basse des esclaves.
Digue d'Artha

#73 - Digue d'Artha

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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The Artha sea wall protects the Saint Jean de Luz bay. Dive site is on the bay side.
Lockheed P38

#74 - Lockheed P38

France, Mediterranean, La Ciotat

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The double-tail plane wreck is upside down, laying on a sandy floor. Thr right engine is still under the wing, the left one is broken. This plane wreck is located in the mouth of the Lecques bay, 1 mile away from the coast. Lockheed P38 is also known as Epave du P 38 des Lecques.
Le Grec

#75 - Le Grec

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Porquerolles

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This Panamean cargo is 53 m long. Built in 1912, the Sagona sunk december 3, 1945. One year and half after the world war 2 mines in this area were still dangerous. The wreck is in two parts. The better place is the poop. Le Grec is a bit more than a mile east from the small Sarragnier, SE from Porquerolles. And only half mile east from Le Donator. Le Grec is also known as Le Sagona.
Ile rousse (Tombant est)

#76 - Ile rousse (Tombant est)

France, Mediterranean, Bandol

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There is a small cave at the bottom of the east wall. Have a look to the roof, there are som red corals... but do not touch tem, it's strictlt forbidden. The island is located west from Bandol. Usually, you access the site by boat from Bandol. But if you can also walk from a car park near the Athena residence to small private harbour.
P 38 Lightning

#77 - P 38 Lightning

France, Mediterranean, La Ciotat

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This plane is all broken. There are only part of wings. This is the same kind of plane than Saint Exupery's. These parts should have been moved by trawler... This american plane is located half a mile in fron of La Ciotat harbour.
Le Saumur

#78 - Le Saumur

France, Mediterranean, Vermilion Coast

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The Saumur is a 108m cargo, build in Scotland in 1920. The deck and mast are well conservated. It was torpedoed 21st may, 1944 by the British submarine Upstart. The Saumur wreck is located just south from the Astrée, between Port-Vendres harbour and Béar cape.
Cimetière de Port-Vendres

#79 - Cimetière de Port-Vendres

France, Mediterranean, Vermilion Coast

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Start the dive starts from the creek, to the SE along the coast between 10m and 25m. There are many rocks, with white gorgonians. Also look for sea slugs... Drive the coastline road from Collioure to Port-Vendres. Park beside to the Port-Vendres cemetery (equip here). Go down to the creek by the track. Cimetière de Port-Vendres is also known as La mauresque.
Pointe de la Galère

#80 - Pointe de la Galère

France, Mediterranean, Hyeres, Port-Cros

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This is a great place to dive. Bottom of both sides of the rock are different. East side bottom is sand, and west side bottom is covered by sea grass. It's a good idea to get a torch because there are lot of fishes and tiny crustaceans inside the rock. Lacated north side of Port-Cros, at La galère headland.
Les gorets

#81 - Les gorets

France, Brittany South, Morbihan gulf

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Thi is the most famous dive site of the Gulf. Best is to dive at high tide. There are a lot of life and a great wall with orange gorgonians. SW side of l'Ile Longue. Four mooring buoys are available.
Le Togo

#82 - Le Togo

France, Mediterranean, Cavalaire Sainte Maxime

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One of the most beautiful wrecks of the French rivivera. This cargo ship (76m long) sunk on a mine during WWI (12 May 1918), its front part lies upright at a depth of 45-55m. It is a difficult but rewarding dive (max. 15 minutes bottom time if you dive with air, and approx. 20 min for ascent+decompression stops). Consider using enriched air for decompression. !!! PLAN YOUR DIVE !!! IMPORTANT: the stern is 170m away (bearing: 140°) at a depth of 69m (Trimix highly recommended). DO NOT attemp to dive both during the same dive, as you would run out of air, and face extreme decompression stops. There is enough to see anyway on both parts of the wreck to make it worth (at least) a dive each. This wreck is referenced under SHOM18036011 Lat: 43°10'124N Long: 06°35'622E Datum: EUR50 More informations available in the following book: Togo can be reached from Cavalaire harbour. The wreck is near the Pointe Dubreuil. Le Togo is also known as Ville de Valence.
Oeil de la Doue

#83 - Oeil de la Doue

France, Midi-Pyrenees

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