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in search of the legendary marine fauna and flora of the Côte Vermeille

Much more than just aquatic exploration,
we offer diving at the heart of the Mediterranean’s rich and preserved marine environment.

Take a long look through your mask and enjoy the diversity of the fauna and flora
with naturalist guide Marine, who knows our beautiful coves inside out!

Feel like getting away from the beach and the warm sand? Come with us to see what’s going on underwater!

To make the most of this experience we made an appointment with Marine, who was our guide for the morning. She is a naturalist guide, so we were in the hands of a true expert here. Above all, Marine is passionate and loves to share her knowledge with curious people of all ages.

The morning began with a presentation about the Mediterranean, its biodiversity as well as environmentally responsible behaviour to adopt to preserve this environment. Our guide captivated the audience by illustrating her points with models, maps and flashcards.

Marine also briefed us on safety signs so that we could communicate with her once in the water 👌👋

Then we moved on to the equipment. The equipment is adapted for each diver, and we were given a wetsuit, a mask, a snorkel and a pair of fins. We loaded the equipment and boarded a beautifully decorated minibus to our dive site.

Travel time 10-35 min

Today we’re off to L’Oli beach between Collioure and Port-Vendres.
But this beach is only one of the many beaches between Argelès-sur-Mer and Cerbère that our guide is used to working on.

With the van parked, we take our equipment and walk down a small path that leads to the beach.
Sitting at the water’s edge, Marine shares important advice for how to put on a wetsuit, then gives us the time we need to feel at ease in this new aquatic environment.

The most worried among us are quickly reassured, as getting around in the water requires a little technique and effort, but with wetsuits donned, we’re off! This snorkelling trip is open to all, regardless of age or swimming ability.
For those who are still a little apprehensive, it’s always possible to hold on to the buoy that our guide pulls along during the trip.

Here we are, immersed in a new universe. Visibility is perfect, and the first fish are already coming into view. At first we stay in a circle close to our guide who points out a starfish, a small octopus and other brightly coloured fish. Little by little we open our eyes wide to observe marine fauna and flora: iridescent shells, shrimp, hermit crabs, beadlet anemones, posidonia plants and schools of glimmering fish.

The spectacle of underwater life is a sight to behold. What a privilege to be able to swim among all these species.

Did you know?

The marine world represents 70% of our planet

A friendly debrief

We’d love to stay for hours to enjoy more of this fascinating world, but it’s time to go back to the mainland, and we are eager to discuss this unforgettable experience.

Once back, we rinse off the equipment and sit down to discuss the species we observed underwater.
Using photos, we identify everything we saw, an opportunity to learn more about protected, regulated and endemic species that are present only in this geographical area.

Our snorkelling tour ends with presentation of certificates for ‘snorkelers who respect the marine environment’.
These are awards to display proudly in the office!

We leave with stars (or perhaps even starfish) in our eyes, happy to have gone on this unforgettable experience.


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