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Randonnée palmée sur les amphores

HYèRES

Description

This 1.5 hr sea tour is your chance to uncover a treasure and the environment around it.

The instructor will wait on Bouvet beach for you to tell you about its discovery before you get your gear on to start your adventure. A large merchant ship from Italy sank in 75-50 BC near La Madrague, on the other side of the Giens peninsula. The ship was carrying a huge cargo of amphoras and vases. You'll learn what amphoras were for and where they came from. Archaeologists explored the shipwreck in the 70s/80s before it was buried to protect it. As for the cargo, it was out of sight for over 40 years but the newly sunken treasure awaits off the coast of Bouvet Beach.

150 amphoras from the shipwreck were replaced 6m deep and 80m from the ship to create a fish habitat (artificial reef) for educational purposes. You'll learn how the set-up happened and required the amphoras to be fixed in place so they wouldn't be stolen.

After getting up close to admire the remarkable collection, on-site the instructor will tell you about local flora and fauna. You're bound to spot some fish such as dreamfish and comber which now call the amphoras home and plants such as posidonia.

Don't forget to pick up your certificate when you get back!

Practical information

Duration

2 hours

Suitable for

anyone aged 8 and over who can swim

Price

27 €/adult; 24 €/child aged 8-12

Period

July 3rd-31st, every Wednesday 8.30am-10.30am. 8.45am tour departure.

July 7th-August 28th, every Wednesday 8.30am-10.30am. 8.45am tour departure.

Subject to weather conditions.

Equipment

Equipment provided: wetsuit or shorty wetsuit, flippers, masks, snorkels.

Guide

Tour with a qualified instructor