Why dive in Marseille Calanques National Park ?

Since 18 April 2012, the Calanques, natural site known worldwide, are classified as national park. A protected space, vibrating to the rhythm of two hearts: a land of 8500 hectares, a sea of ​​43500 hectares. It is this second that is the interest of divers with an adjacent area of ​​97 800 hectares.

The Posidonia meadows (Posidonia Oceanica), particularly present in the marine national park Heart creeks plays a key ecological role often compared to the forest. They are the first Mediterranean ecosystem in terms of biodiversity as they are home to 25% of all known marine species, for an area estimated at only 1.5% of the funds.

Parc national des calanques

Discover the wildflife

Discover the flora

DIVING FROM THE BOAT

The Frioul archipelago

Located in the heart of the bay of Marseille, consists of two main islands, Pomègues and Ratonneau, and two satellite islands, the island of If and Tiboulen de Ratonneau. Despite a sharp decline in the last century, the Posidonia herbarium is well developed on Pomègues west coast. The coralligenous soils are predilection sites for diving around the Tiboulen Ratonneau and Cap Cavaux. The Frioul archipelago has about 10 dive sites, shared wrecks, breaks, and cliffs.

The planier island

Planier island is located 8 miles nautical from Marseille Old Port, it houses the “lighthouse planier.” The reefs, barely submerged surrounding the island have been the cause of many shipwrecks. Many wrecks are present at this location and sumptuous dive sites. Among the wrecks we will mention those of Chaouen, of Dalton, the Latécoère and, less common, that of 1910. Messeschmitt dives sites are those of the ark Planier, the Stone Ring, the Garden, the Souquet, the Falling of the planner.

The Riou archipelago

Located south of the bay of Marseille opposite the Massif des Calanques, consists of four mainislands (Riou, Jarre, and Maïre ​​Plane) and numerous islets. The islands consist mainly of limestone and are isolated from the mainland for 8,000 years. The action elements are carved in terrestrial landscapes and grandiose sailor. The Riou archipelago has about 40 dive sites, shared wrecks, caves and drop offs.

The Maîre island

At the southern end of the bay of Marseille is Maïre ​​Island facing Cap Croisette. The best known are those of dives to the Coral Cave, the Cheese and Tiboulen mayor. Two twin rocks, “the Pharillons” located right next, have been the site of many shipwrecks since ancient times. But the most impressive wreck is that of the “Lebanon” ship 91 meters long, which ran aground in 1903. The wreck is spread over an area of ​​20 meters by 100 meters. Asked at a depth of 30 meters, Lebanon contains rooms that have 5 to 8 meters high!

DIVING FROM THE SHORE

Samena creek

At the southern end of the city of Marseille, located in the heart of National Park lies the Creek of Samena, protected from West-South West winds proscribe mistral. Discover scuba diving from the creeks starting range. The Samena dive site is particularly suitable for first dive, discovery packs and training. Samena offers up to 15 m dives safely with family, friends. To eat after diving, facing the sea, the restaurant Tamaris will be pleased to welcome you.

Callelongue creek

Callelongue is located at the southern end of the city of Marseille, in the heart of the National Park creeks facing the Riou Archipelago, sheltered from all wind regimes, except west. Discover scuba diving from the small port of Callelongue, both for exploration (Cave, Anchor ..), the development and early education. Callelongue offers up to 19 m dives safely with family, friends. To eat after diving, the Grotte restaurant will be pleased to welcome you in its charming patio.