Iles Lavezzi
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Samhainn22
123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We sailed across from Sardinia and preferred this to the islands off Sardinia as it was much quieter and more peaceful. The water was crystal clear, incredible fish life so we snorkelled for hours. Cute beaches and rocky headlands to explore on foot. Such a peaceful place to sleep on anchorage
Written October 14, 2022
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Shelleyash
San Diego, CA1,921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
So happy we took the Société des promenades en mer de Bonifacio (SPMB) to see the southern coastline of Bonifacio Corsica, Lavezzi Island, Cavello Island, and the Gulf of Sperone. You buy the tickets at the port where the ship embarks, I was unable to buy them in advance. The office opened at 9 or 9:30. It starts off with a 30 minute boat ride to Lavezzi island where you disembark and walk to one of the many beautiful beaches! The rock formations are amazing on the Island and the water is clear and blue.

When we visited on Friday October 4, it wasn't crowded, we took the 11:30 ferry, the ferries start at 10:30 in Fall and run every hour to Lavezzi Island. Then the afternoon ferries return at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30. There are no toilets or food options on the island so be sure to get food and use WC before heading over to the island. There are toilets and groceries available close to the ferry departure point so its easy to stock up on food to take over.

There are so many beaches on the island you can walk around and find your favorite one. Some of them have shells, some are rocky, and some have fine sand. The island is large enough that you can find your own nook by walking father away from others. There are markers on the island to help you find your way around.

The fish swim right up to you when you put your feet in the water. Or you can bring snorkel gear and see a greater variety. We put a few crumbs in the water and they swarmed around us.

The water was warm and comfortable for snorkeling but It was windy. If visiting in the fall be sure to find a sheltered cove so you don't feel cold with the wind. The air temperature was in the 70's but with the wind it was a bit cool. One beach on the opposite end had a shelter hut built from sticks.

When you board the boat headed back to Bonifacio it takes an hour to get back, they take you on a tour around Cavello Island and tell you in French about the celebrities who own the expensive homes built there. Also they show you a grotto where the whole boat goes into a small hole in the cliff. I couldn't believe the boat would fit in but it did!

They travel along the south side of Corsica and show you lots of interesting things like the 187 Stairs of Aragon at a 45 degree angle carved into the stone, the WW2 lookout point in the middle of the limestone cliff, Napoleon's Hat and more. The white limestone cliffs are breathtaking and you get to see how the Citadel is built right on top of the cliff just perched on the edge!

On the ferry ride home if you choose a seat at the front of the boat, out in the sun, the ocean water will spray on you and you will get wet. If it is cloudy, you may not want to get wet. The boat goes up and down over choppy water so you may not like all the motion. We noticed during our three day stay that the clouds often rolled in around 2:30 pm and that immediately made the weather a little cool.

There are two boat tours offered by the SPMB, Circuit 1 and Circuit 2. Circuit 1 costs about 18 Euros for adults/less for kids, and shows you the southern side of the Bonifacio cliffs. The second tour Circuit 2 takes you to Lavezzi Island where you disembark and enjoy the island. Circuit 2 is 35 Euros for Adults and less for children. Circuit 1 leaves every half hour, Circuit 2 every hour.
Written October 15, 2019
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Malkoppie
South Africa1,608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Visiting at the end of June, the day before the summer holidays, seems to have been a stroke of luck. We were the first SPMB boat to arrive in the morning. We bought the Circuit 2 tickets for E35 each and departed from Bonifacio at 9h00.

As I see it, if like us you are not in the league to rent a private boat for your visit and need to depend on the SPMB service, there are three ways to attempt doing this. Firstly decide how long you want to spend exposed out in the sun on a very hot island with no restaurant, shop or toilets. We wanted to do some snorkeling, which by the way is beautifully clear but no color where we tried. Finding a quiet spot of beach for yourself is not really going to happen, even in June ... but you HAVE to do it! ... unless of course, you only want to travel the round trip on the boat and not spend any time on the island at all. You may be older or infirm. In that case, you will need to go from 11h30 onwards, as the boat only seems to offer the return trips from 12h30 onwards. So that is option 1. Not sure whether you would need to actually get onto another boat for the return though.

Option 2 is what we did. Go on the first boat you can catch out. Stay till after 12h30 and make your way back. You may have to queue in the hot sun, though, waiting, as we needed to.

Option 3 made a lot of sense when someone suggested it. Go early afternoon when others have packed up to return. You will probably catch a piece of beach and it may be cooler. Then return back to Bonifacio 17h30 or 18h30. I hope you get place on the boat, but I am guessing they won't leave anyone on the island. Oh, and you may get caught in an afternoon rainstorm which seemed to happen in Bonifacio at that time of the year.

We loved Lavezzi, despite all the people. It is beautiful and a must see. On the way back, the boat takes a short detour past the entrance to the port and into the grotto, so this is really a worthwhile outing. Just think carefully when you plan, and PLEASE check the times. These times were according to their June schedule.

Take lots of water and your own food and bring back all your litter because it is very sad to see small amounts of litter on the island and even in the water. ... and take a beach towel and sunscreen, and some form of shelter, and snorkels and goggles. Flippers are not necessary. Hopefully, the obvious is to have your swim suit on already as there is nowhere to change, and wear comfortable shoes (aqua shoes were great) ... and then you just walk till you find a nice spot.
Written January 29, 2019
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lesley n
Wollongong, Australia90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
Absolutely NOT TO BE MISSED if you are in Bonifaccio or nearby. I went with SPMB because they are more of a community placed "society" sponsored by local companies.
Circuit 2: is the archipelago of Iles Lavezza 30 ins there and 1 hr back. different departures/return times according to the season. I went just this week between October 25 and 29 at the end of tourist season: Departures 10:30 : 11:30: 13:30 : 14:30 Returns: 12:30 : 14:30 : 16:30. theres 4 or 5 more times during high season but I hear its crowded I went 11:30 came back 16:30. I had a beach to myself (with one sleeping couple at the other end) swam with blue and silver fishes (water a bit nippy but beautiful once in) clear blue water, pebbly bottom. Theres many little beaches and lagoons to snorkel and swim in but its the landscape thats the real magic..the granite rock formations are surreal and majestic and literally breathtaking...we got from boat to shore in rubber dinghys (no life jackets) be prepared to get wet up to your knees to get ashore. Theres no shade to speak of (except shadows of boulders) no food to buy no water and no toilets...so be prepared. I didn't find anything nasty in the grasslands like did in my own beautiful country of NZ in the far north..tourists defecating anywhere...truly awful! None of that here thank goodness...its a protected sanctuary so you can't remove anything and PLEASE take your rubbish with you...not every visitor has taken this to heart and theres the odd plastic bottle and humans being thoughtless and lazy but doesn't detract from the amazing amazingness of this place...the colours of the rocks, sky, sea, grasses, creatures is something i will carry with me for along time...the purity and stillness and simple grandeur...and I've been spoilt from living in NZ and Australia for decades...on the way back the coastal run and cave dipping and views of Bonifaccio are really quite something....well well worth the 35€ especially as you can spend much more on a really bad tourist trap dinner. I'd take a bag next time and collect plastic crap not that there was much at all...another post mentions 3000 ppl a day visit in high season ..if this is true the place is certainly in good shape...if they all took a bag to collect rubbish their peers have left behind it might stay that way for longer...beautiful...really btw the boat was full and it took two boats to collect everyone last call..but i really didn't see anyone much at all: a lot of kids and gorgeous hippy parents with babies strapped all over them...everyone smiling and seemingly at peace...lucky kids and babies to have this as an 'earliest' memory
Written October 29, 2017
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Emma518
Helsinki, Finland103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013
We took a half-day catamaran cruise to the Iles Lavezzi. The catamaran was rented through the Club de voile de Bonifacio (Bonifacio sailing club). You will find them at the Piantarella beach.
We were 9 people on the catamaran and that was perfect. The captain of the boat took us to a very quiet creek of the Iles Lavezzi where there were no-one else than us. The boat had snorkeling equipment and fun SUP-boards (Stand Up Paddling).
Half a day (from 14:00 to 18:00) is enough for nice sailing with the catamaran, seeing the Iles Lavezzi and Grotto de Bonifacio and snorkeling/swimming/SUPing.

We enjoyed our day and this hald-day was maybe the best memories from our one week honeymoon in Corsica.
Recommended!
Written September 16, 2013
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Surfdude1980
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
Brilliant trip to a great group of little islands.

The combination of the short boat tour and hours on the Island make up for a great (half)day trip. During the boat tour you get a nice view on the cliffs of Bonifacio.

On the island you can always find a spot on your own; don’t forget to walk around a little. Have a look at the graveyard, special. And of course don’t forget your snorkling set and bring food. Watershoes can be useful as there are some sea urchins in certain spots.

The trip is not cheap, but worth the money for me.
Written August 11, 2018
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Cathy T
Taunton, UK155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
We went in mid July, so peak season in my estimation, with SPMB tours. We got our tickets for the 10 am boat, which ended up leaving at 10:30 instead - so 45 minutes sat on the boat with three kids. The ride over was fine. Not choppy or eventful. When we got to the island, we were divided up into three groups - English, French or Italian. The guide told us to stick to the path, no climbing on any of the rocks, etc etc. At first I thought - we have to be here until 12:30 when the first boat goes back? But after we made our way to the ‘bigger’ beach, which was basically free of anyone, we did some amazing snorkelling - saw an enormous amount of fish including some 2 feet long or bigger. There are no amenities on this island whatsoever so you have to bring everything with you, which we were prepared for. There was a huge group of kids - school trip - on one of the bigger beaches singing and dancing and generally being pretty annoying. But I guess you have to expect that, with the summer holidays. We LOVED the amazing rock formations and clear waters with super snorkelling. If you are not a geology / nature lover / hiker you will not like this. But if you are, it is just great. We got the 4:30 ferry back. To say it was choppy is an understatement. The people at the back of the boat were completely soaked and by the end my girls were sobbing with fear. The waves were pretty big and even I was a little scared - looking around at the other boats that might rescue us in the even of an emergency. Also, the little tour of the area and other islands is completely in French with no other translation. Our guide did not speak English or any other language at all. Overall it was good. I’m glad we went, but because of the return back - which they said was normal for Bonifacio - I would probably not do this again.
Written July 16, 2018
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Lablonditude
44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
We did the boat trip with 'promenade en mer' (35 euros pp, free parking at 3 locations in town). It takes 30 min to go to the island. It's build out of rocks with small beaches, water is clear blue and you can snorkel there. You can walk around the island, but the fauna and flora is not so special. When you return with the boat, it takes 1 hour and you pass different other islands and go into a grot (with a french speaking guide). (boat trip starts at 9.30 and you can take a boat every hour).
Written July 2, 2017
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849Jasper
Edmonton, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Family
Go to the harbour and book one of the boat trips, leaving every hour, from central booking centre. Includes free parking for the day (a savings of 15 euros). The view of the limestone cliffs from the water is amazing. The island and beaches are lovely. Take food, water and an umbrella to shade the sun. There is no shelter on the island. Walking around the whole island takes about 1.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Great day!
Written April 29, 2017
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Denys
Gatineau, Canada125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Couples
The days we went to the Lavezzi islands, the sea wasn't very cooperative. The boat we took left the Bonifacio marina and goes directly to the Island. The ride is quite fast and the people on the open deck in the back were up for a salty shower. When we arrived at the Island, we discovered the hicking trails. The trails allowed us to visit the Island. There are no trees on the island, just little shrud or brush. The rocks are eroded by the wind and see and it's beautiful. There was no noise other then the wind and the sea hitting the rocks on the shores. That was music to my hears. in Corsica, you often hear small motor bikes everywhere and they make a lot of noise! Not in the Lavezzi Island. You like the beach? plan to stay the day there. Arrive early! They count people to make sure they have enough boats to bring everybody back to Bonifacio at the end of the day. There are no stores on the island. no water or food. bring it! For us, 2.5 hours were sufficient to fully enjoy the surroundings. The boat ride back to Bonifacio is longer as they speak about things... in French! With Corsica Humour! I personally liked it! On the way back, you get to really enjoy the Bonifacio cliffs. It's unique! If you are going to a boat tour to see the cliffs, mind as well go and enjoy the peaceful Lavezzi Island! Time stops there, it's that relaxing!
Written October 6, 2015
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