Nature Reserve of Scandola

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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,617 contributions
Sep 2020
You can really only appreciate the towering cliffs and rock formations of the national park by boat. Well worth a trip, usually combined with a short stop at what was the old fishing village of Girolata. They were spectacular in September, but apparently better in the Spring when the ospreys nest and there are flowers on the rocks. The quickest and cheapest trips are from Porto but you can also get a boat out of Calvi or Ajaccio.
Written September 14, 2020
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Larry W
Los Angeles, CA676 contributions
Sep 2021
We hired a boat with captain to tour this marvelous area. We went from Calvi and opted to go here and not to Les Calanques. I think this was a good choice. For one thing, they are further from Calvi, and also I hope we saw a lot of the rock formations that Calanques would’ve afforded. At any rate, this reserve was spectacular. Varied rock formations and beautiful water. There is no swimming or snorkeling allowed in the reserve, but we did that after we were out of the area. Our captain was very careful to avoid violating park regulations. It was a tremendous day, although we happened to encounter awful seas on the return journey.
Written October 10, 2021
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RonHary
Jerusalem Israel43 contributions
Sep 2013 • Family
We took a boat from Galeria port from L'Incantu. 3 hours tour, including a shnorkling session.
After 10 minutes away from the Galeria bay we've been lucky to notice a couple of Dolphins jumping near the boat, we followed them for a while, from a distance of as close as 30 feet.
We assume there were half a dosen of them around. then we went on to arrive near the rocky shores of Scandola where we passed thru the rocks and crystal clear sea. The guide spoke only french and very little to say. On the way back we stoped to Shnorkl' it was fun to swin with the fish.
Very Recommended
Written October 1, 2013
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yef70
Oslo, Norway689 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
Travelled with Explorateur, 12 people in a very comfortable zodiac type boat (35 feet with 2x250 horsepower engines). Located next to Hotel Belvedere. Did both Calanche/Capo Rosso and the Scandola in one go. Fantastic 3,5 hours trip where you get to see extreme formations, cliffs and beautiful colors. The boat is also small enough to go into the caves, something the larger ones can not. We also stopped 30 mins in Girolata where food can be bought.

Main drawback: Non-English speaking driver. So read up or just enjoy the scenery. Euro 55,-.
Written August 12, 2012
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AquitaineHirondelle
Dorset, UK87 contributions
Jul 2011 • Couples
What a stunning area, and just a part of a dramatically beautiful Island, Corsica.
One cannot actually set foot on the Reserve, but as it is a coastal Reserve, including both land and sea, a lot can be seen by boat.
(Of course, the best way to do this is from your own private floating gin-palace, and there were quite a few of these around, and several elegant yachts, but, not being bankers with everyone else's money in their pockets, we took a boat trip.)

Part of the whole World Heritage Site, the pretty village of Porto-Ota is the place to head for if you want to take the trip. Reached by a narrow coast road that runs between Calvi and Ajaccio, the village is lively and well-served by good hotels and restaurants. It is also a relief to reach it after many kilometers of winding road hugging vertiginous cliffs!.

From its picturesque harbour, several companies run good boats taking visitors along the fabulous coastline. The sea is an amazing colour, like a tin of new navy blue paint. The volcanic coastline, with towering pinnacles, arches, basalt columns and eroded caves, in startlingly pink and orange granite, contrasts beautifully. Our boat sailed through impossible gaps into tiny bays and caves, giving us close views of the amazing geology.
The trip boats call at the tiny village of Girolata which is accessible only from the sea or via a footpath, part of the Mare e Monti path that crosses Corsica.
All highly recommended.
Written October 6, 2011
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YGraig
Caerdydd19 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
We sailed with Colombo Line from Calvi and enjoyed the trip. It took about an hour to get to the Scandola reserve, we had 45 minutes there, and then an hour to get back to Calvi.

TIP: get to the boat at least 20 minutes before it's due to sail so you can get a seat on the top deck.

There wasn't much variation in what we were looking at...45 minutes of looking at rocks and cliff faces. We saw pracically no wildlife - I remember seeing one bird very far away.

As we visited in October, Colombo Line were only offering the half day trip - there is a full day trip that stops in Girolata for a few hours, which would have been welcome. It's definitely worth doing (€47 per person for a 3 hour trip), but don't expect to see any wildlife!
Written October 10, 2011
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Jessy_S_B
9 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
We took a boat with a skipper and spent the day discovering the beautiful Scandola reserve and its surroundings... not to be missed
Written July 14, 2015
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Louis B
Montreal, Canada141 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
While preparing for our trip you read lot about the Scandola. My take, the Zodiac trips are probably best for two reasons. You get closer to the Rocks, and the zodiac trip could be a good adventure in itself. But looking at the rocks could be tiresome at one point.
Written July 2, 2018
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NatureLover1954
Cairns, Australia71 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
We took a 6-hour trip to this World Heritage site in the hope of seeing lots of marine life and amazing beauty. The cost was an expensive $A145.
There are a number of tour companies from Ajaccio- ours was owned by SAS Stella Marin Bologna.cant remember the exact name.
The journey from Ajaccio took 2 hours each way in rigid zodiac. Despite the temperature that day being hot, it was freezing with the wind chill. We saw lots of coastline, which while pretty, became much the same after the first half hour.
Whilst we were assured there would be commentary ,there was none. The zodiac was in company with a bigger boat, who had a captain who spoke more to his passengers. Our captain of 12 passengers did not speak, and certainly did not speak English.
We saw no wildlife- not even dolphins ( who had been sighted recently). We saw the nest of some bird of prey- apparently common in England.
Many rock formations were pointed out- after the first 5, the next 50 became boring.
Lunch stop was at a beautiful village, accessible only by boat. You don't have to reserve with the company and there are other restaurants available. However our meal was indeed excellent.
There was also a stop for a swim off the boat. The sea was crystal clear. Too cold in early June for most of us though.
In summary, ask lots of questions of any tour operator. It may be better value to go from Calvi, if you are also staying there as it is closer.
Written August 26, 2016
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Marc1714
Barcelona, Spain93 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We took the option without Girolata. We took a boat from Galéria. There are 2 companies, we took that one in the pier, € 35 per person in a large zodiac, in total were about 16-18 people. The guide, nice, speaks a little English and explains the geological formation and history of the area, brings you closer to the caves. In a moment he leave you for 20 minutes to snorkel (very nice), they leave you goggles and fins. Output duration 3h. You can do it in the morning, noon or evening. Better go to the dock and book for the next day. Better than Calanques du Piana. You can also do this from Porto (village with much more attractive and restaurants), but Galéria is very quiet and is good for rest.
Written September 3, 2015
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