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Olbia snorkelling tour

HYèRES

Description

This 1.5 hr tour explores Olbia's sunken archaeological relics, an exceptional site in France, the Roman dock and 19th century wreck marked out on the site.

Meet outside the Almanarre sailing school where the instructor details what you'll see under water. Starting with the Roman dock dating back to 1BC, its construction and function. It's an opportunity to discuss the period's history with the boom of maritime trade in the Mediterranean and the founding of the city of Olbia. We'll discuss the dock's building techniques so you can understand and spot the items under the water: mortices, lead seals etc. You'll also see that the site is home to a shipwreck, a tartane boat transporting stone and porcelain that sank in 1865.

The presentation incorporates several panels so you can picture the dock and site as they originally were along with the Tartane. You'll set off from the beach with your wetsuit, flippers, mask and snorkel. Once in the water, we'll try to spot the dock's different parts then we'll try to find the shipwreck.
The second half of the sea excursion is devoted to exploring underwater flora and fauna armed with your brochures depicting the Mediterranean's best-known species. The instructor's presentation about different species, the site that's like an artificial coral reef and how the fish behave, eat and defend themselves mean you'll get the most out of your time exploring and observing them.

Practical information

Duration

2 hours

Period

July 4th-25th. Thursday 8.30am-10.30am and 10.15am-12.30pm. Departures at 8.45am and 10.30am.

August 1st-29th: Thursday 8.30am-10.30am and 10.15am-12.30pm. Departures at 8.45am and 10.30am.

Subject to weather conditions

Price

27 €/adult; 24 €/under 12s

Equipment

Bring a swimsuit. Equipment provided: wetsuit, flippers, masks, snorkels.

Guide

Tour with a qualified instructor

Contact

Bookings: Hyères Tourist Information. Tel: (00 33) (0)4.94.01.84.50.