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Dive Review of Porquerelles dive /Rented studio on the island in
General Travel/Other Locations/France, Porquerelles island ,

Porquerelles dive /Rented studio on the island : "FRANCE: The best spot for fish and wreck diving?", Jul, 2018,

by Andrew Falconer , WA, AU (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 23 Helpful votes). Report 10338.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I had been travelling in Europe on a motorcycle, and carried with me my mask, dive computer, camera housing in case the opportunity for a dive came up.
While in the south of France, I was told the best diving for fish and wrecks in France was in the Port Clos national park / marine reserve.
So I left my motorcycle on the mainland and with all my baggage got a ferry ride to the island of Porquerelles which is part of this group of small islands off the coast. On arrival I found out there was no camping allowed, so I rented a studio apartment for the three nights I was on the island.
There were two dive shops, I choose Porquerelles Plongee as it was the first one I came across.
I agreed to be at the shop at 9am the next day to dive off Port Clos island. There were six of us in an aluminium dive boat, the sea was flat and we made good speed and arrived in about 30 mins. I dived with a buddy, and was pleasantly surprised with the amount of fish life, especially groupers , of which there must have been over 50! The most I have ever seen on one dive. There were also some juvenile barracuda, to bee seen. The viz was quite good -15m and water temp 24 but with some distinct thermoclines.
The next day I dived a wreck off the east side of Porquerelles island called the Donator which sank in 1946 after hitting a German mine. The wreck sits on the bottom at about 45 to 50 m and is upright and I tack except for the bow which presumably was blown off by the mine. The superstructure has mostly gone except for some ribs, but there is plenty to see, and quite a few fish and growth on the remains. You can do a few swim through. The viz was not as good as the previous dive and the water very blue, which made for rather difficult photography. We did 15 m at 45m and then a deco stop coming up.
The cost was rather expensive, my two dives cost me 150 euros.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vanuatu, South Africa, Iceland, Scotland, Norway, Cuba, Maldives, Chuuk, Galapagos, Phillipines, Sri Lanka
Closest Airport Hyères Getting There Came by motorcycle!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 24-18°C / 75-64°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters N/A Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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