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Sanary-sur-mer: Land for Refugees

Residences of German and Austrian intellectuals exiled in Sanary-sur-mer (1933-1945)

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Snorkeling in Port-Issol

Discover the under sea world with fins and snorkel.

Secured and guided snorkel tour in Sanary/mer in the Port-Issol bay.

Departures at 9:30 am or 1:30pm . The tour takes up to 3 hours including 30-40 minutes debriefing. Wetsuits and equipment is provided.

Costs: 15 Euros / adults , 12 Euros / children

Information at the Sanary Tourism Office at
1, Quai du Levant,
83112 Sanary sur mer Cedex
Tel : 0033(0)4 94 74 01 04

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Diving in the Mediterranean Sea

When I spent my childhood vacations in Sanary/mer, in Provence Coast region – located along the Mediterranean Sea between Marseille and East of Toulon – days were filled with swimming and playing on the nearby beaches, hanging on the local fishing harbor watching the wooden fishermen boats returning from the day catch, filling up shopping baskets with local produces at the daily market, enjoying evening walks in the narrow streets bordered by scented Mediterranean plants, watching over and over the sunset beyond the “Grande Bleue”. For the several weeks of holidays spent in this part of the country, life was as simple as it can be and days were passing by far too fast doing nothing.

Decades later, nothing has changed! Nothing? Almost… Sanary/mer has now grown in reputation not only for its unique fishing harbor and its “Pointus” (traditional wooden boats) but also for its rich history in diving. In sites near Sanary-sur-mer and places along Provence Coast, J-Y Cousteau, P. Thailliez and F. Dumas, AKA ‘Mousquemers” pioneered modern diving. The Historical Diving Museum in Sanary-sur-mer displays unique collections of these first modern diving gears, underwater cameras, scubas, etc. as well as a large number of antique pieces from Roman and Greek wreck ships and ancient harbors found along Provence Coast.

Diving is of course a very attracting activity when visiting Provence Coast region. Local diving centers offer varieties of dives including training, snorkeling and discovery of the sea world, wrecks diving and sub-aquatic archeology. Besides offering touristic interest, diving activity is also at the core of programs for educating visitors and locals on the vulnerability of the sea and the urgency to protect it.

By Evelyne

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Port-Issol Bay underwater pictures and videos


Diving and underwater videos

(Port-Issol Bay – Sanary/mer – Provence Coast – France)

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La Seyne-sur-Mer

Diving Sites – Islands

Education and protection of the sea world

2000 Regards Sous la Mer (French)

Additional information for diving in France

Sanary-sur-mer: Historical City of Diving

Jacques Cousteau, Frederic Dumas and Phillipe Thailliez have been the pioneers of modern diving and they started and developed their technics and skills in the waters of Sanary-sur-mer and Bandol. The Frédéric Dumas International Diving Museum in Sanary-sur-mer contains unique collection of original diving equipments used in the adventure of modern diving

Diving Links

Sanary sur Mer

Port Issol Bay Underwater


La Seyne sur Mer

Diving Sites – Islands

  • Bendor Island – Off Bandol Coast This small island, 7 minutes by boat from Bandol, is the hosting place of the smallest harbor on the Mediterranean.
  • Embiez Island The Embiez archipelago is a jewel of the Mediterranean with 95 ha of forest, vineyards, 'garrigue' and gardens. It is located 10 minutes by boat ride from Le Brusc harbor in Six-Fours-les-Plages, and 20 minutes from Sanary.
  • Port-Cros, Le Levant and Porquerolles

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