Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Ready to check out the best sites in Nouvelle-Aquitaine for scuba diving, snorkeling, shore diving, free diving or other ocean activities? Zentacle has 24 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 Nouvelle-Aquitaine to suit your needs.
Nouvelle-Aquitaine dive site map
Belharra Perdun

#1 - 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.
Le Jean-Pierre

#2 - 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.
Port-Maguide

#3 - 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.
L'Anjou

#4 - 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

#5 - 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

#6 - 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.
The Christian Yann wreck

#7 - The Christian Yann wreck

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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Saint Yves area. The Christian Yann wreck is also known as The Christ Yann wreck.
La Marie-Noëlle

#8 - La Marie-Noëlle

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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Large fishermen boat sunk near 1980. The wheel is large; many nets. 150m in front of Saint Yves dive site entrance
Barrage de Vieux Boucau

#9 - Barrage de Vieux Boucau

France, Aquitaine, Landes coast

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Very few divers. Diving is generally near the 'barage', before the high tide. The 'barage' allow to hold some local marine species. Access from shore only. A parking is available nearby the entry point. Barrage de Vieux Boucau is also known as Lac marin de Vieux Boucau.
Canal d'Hossegor

#10 - Canal d'Hossegor

France, Aquitaine, Landes coast

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It is a good site for the 1st dive of the year. Cool dives with great local marine life (including sea horses). Proximity to channel sides let young divers feeling more comfortable (first dive, dive training). People nearby are often curious seeing divers. This enforce attraction for subadiving. This dive site is located near Capbreton harbour, in the channel connecting to the ocean. Canal d'Hossegor is also known as Canal de Capbreton.
Hortense

#11 - Hortense

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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Hortense was closed for 2 or 3 years, the site has been re-opened in 2005, and then re-closed! This was a classic dive site of Arcachon bay, where many diving clubs meet for the week-end. This dive spot is located at the Cap Ferret, near the restaurant named "Chez Hortense". Water access must be done by the boat slip. WARNING: It's forbidden to dive Hortense.
Le Chariot

#12 - Le Chariot

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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This wreck is a barge that was used to build a pipe from the coast (the warf). It sunk with the crane, so you can see caterpillars and a lot of pipes. There are a lot of conger eels and fish shoals. The wreck is located near the south danger buoy, after the Arcachon pass. It's only 1.6 nautical miles from the Wharf of La Salie. This is an interesting wreck. The worst is to get out of Arcachon bay. Pass can really be dangerous... Le Chariot is also known as Le câblier.
Cristina Rueda

#13 - Cristina Rueda

France, Charente Loir, Pertuis Re Oleron

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Coulé le 26 Février 1925. Sur 19 hommes d'équipage, il ne restera que 5 survivants. Le canot de sauvetage de La Rochelle comprenant 8 hommes , il ne restera que 3 rescapés. Lecture des cahiers de la mémoire N° 5 DE3 1981. Groupement d'Etudes Rhétaises. Le Bois Plage en Ré near La Rochelle
Le Nautilus

#14 - Le Nautilus

France, Charente Loir, Pertuis Re Oleron

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Cargo de 80 mètres Néerlandais. Transportait 2882 tonnes de sulfate de Baryum. Coulé le 03 Fevrier 1988. Equipage sauvé.
Michel

#15 - Michel

France, Charente Loir, Pertuis Re Oleron

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From La Rochelle or Ile de Ré
Le Mimbeau

#16 - Le Mimbeau

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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There are a lot of fishes and tiny species to see here. The main problem is the current. If you miss the tide, you will probably enjoy the drift dive... except if you have to go back to the boat ! Le Mimbeau is a long natural sandy area at Cap Ferret. There are a lot of oyster's parks along the channel. Dive site is all along this part of the channel.
Canyon

#17 - Canyon

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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Rocky canyon. Eastern side of Hendaye bay, just north of the Briquets rocks.
La Doux de Coly

#18 - La Doux de Coly

France, Aquitaine

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La Doux de Coly is also known as Résurgence du Coly, Source de Coly.
Le Gers

#19 - Le Gers

France, Charente Loir, Pertuis Re Oleron

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Le Gers 4 Mats coulé le 16 et 17 Janvier 1905. Ex Cap - York. Construit à Glasgow en 1890 2030tonneaux
Illarguita

#20 - Illarguita

France, Aquitaine, Basque Coast

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Out of Belhara and Aroca.
Le Bateau en Ciment

#21 - Le Bateau en Ciment

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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This wreck probably sunk at the end of 1940. It is a 50m long wreck broken into 3 parts. Mostly covered by sand now. South of the Dune du Pyla Le Bateau en Ciment is also known as Le Caméléon.
Les blockhaus

#22 - Les blockhaus

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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Most dived are 3 big blockhaus from World War 2 named the net, the conger and the passage (distance from one to another is between 30 to 50m). They slept from the beach into the chennal. Take care if you enter into some of them ! There are som big conger eels and some time european lobsters. Blockhaus are located south of the bay, after the Pyla dune and just befor the Petit Nice beach. There are a lot of underwater Blokhaus in the area, located into two diferent places: Gaillouneys and Sablonneys. Access is usually done by boat or by 4WD, some courageous divers walk by the shore. Les blockhaus is also known as Gaillouneys, Sablonneys.
L'Herbe

#23 - L'Herbe

France, Aquitaine, Arcachon bay

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L'Herbe is also known as L'Herbe.
Le Cap Nord

#24 - Le Cap Nord

France, Charente Loir, Pertuis Re Oleron

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Steamer wreck; sunk Apr 20, 1917 La Rochelle, Ile de Ré