After a long break, I finally got back into the water this weekend. The reasons for the break were several: first, I was really busy, and second, I have been having arm problems, and have needed to give carrying my huge camera around a little rest. Anyways, we headed out to Antheor, in the “L’Esterel” Read More …
The wildlife was a highlight of Corsica, and we saw some pretty amazing things. Unfortunately, I didn’t get pictures of all of it, but I hope you can all believe me when I tell you about it! We’ll start with the cool stuff that I DON’T have photos of. We had a couple of great Read More …
We passed a very nice week with a group of friends near the Bay of Liscia, just north of Ajaccio. The bay cuts deeply into the island of Corsica, and is quite unique. The first locals we met warned us against the tides. Evidently, there are severe currents that can pull you out to sea. From what we heard, there were a couple deaths each year.
Not much to say about this set, except it was really nice to get out and dive with a couple good friends and then spend a wonderful afternoon picnicking and hanging out on the beach. We went to “Plage Passable” at St. Jean Cap-Ferrat. Beautiful weather, lots of sun, and good times were had. It was one of the best Saturdays I have had in a while.
The weather, my good friend Arnaud, and great visibility allowed me to finally mount a small search for “The Vierge (The Virgin)” – also known as “Our Lady of the Seabed”. The statue, located about 100 meters off Quai Rauba Capeu, sits at a depth of about 16 meters. The statue is about 3 meters tall, and was realized in 1968 by the sculptor Alfred Gualtierotti.
I have honestly never seen as many fish anywhere in the Mediterranean as I saw there. Huge schools of sardines and saupe were everywhere, and at times, I could hardly fit a small part of the schools into the view of my wide angle. I took a bunch of video, and condensed it down to around four minutes.
A couple weeks ago, my girlfriend and I sneaked away to Miomo, Corscia for a short, but superb four day weekend. We boarded a ferry from the port in Nice, and settled in for a pleasant six hour commute. On the way there, we saw several dolphins playing in the wake of the boat, and reveled in the clear, deep blue of the sea.
We got back from Corsica on Monday night. All I can say is wow! What a paradise. We went scuba diving near St. Florent (Ludo Beach), The Cape of Corsica in the north, as well as near Calvi. We were supposed to have done one dive in Porto, farther south, but if got cancelled because of weather. The diving was good, especially near Calvi, but the best thing we did (and indeed one of the best things I’ve ever done on vacation) was to rent a boat out of Porto and cruise up the coast of the Scandola reserve, stopping to snorkel and freedive along the way.
Well, if you look carefully, the title of the site has changed to “Snorkeling and diving savoir faire for Nice/Côte d’Azur”. That’s because we are now certified recreational divers! GOt back from Thailand, and I have lots to talk about!