Although exploring the Calanques on foot is spectacular, to watch the cliffs rise up out of the sea makes for just as an impressive sight from a boat.
Leaving from Cassis, you can get on board one of the numerous boats offering group trips with an audio guide. You can choose between three tours (to visit 3, 5 or 8 Calanques) and during the trip you will see the Calanques de Port Miou, de Port Pin, the sublime Calanque d'En Vau, the Calanque de l'Oule, and, to finish, les Calanques de l'œil de Verre and de Morgiou.
You can also opt to rent an 8-person boat and captain for 2 hrs, half-a-day, or a full-day to go and view the Calanques from Cap Canaille (the highest cliff in Europe).
With your boat reserved, the possibilities for the day are endless: sunbathing and relaxing on the bridge, a picnic on board at midday, and bathing in the clear waters of the calanques.
Sporty types can spend time fishing in the sea or diving (the equipment, flippers and snorkels are provided).
For further information and to make a reservation, go directly to Cassis port.
If you're out on a boat, make sure you get a look at En Vau and its beautiful turquoise water. The only way to get to this picturesque little cove is by sea.© Romrodinka / iStock
To get closer to the cliffs and the caves, nothing beats an outing in a kayak. Be careful though: to make the most of this sort of adventure, you need to be in good physical shape.© Photoprofi30 / iStock
While out on a boat in the coves, you will be able to admire Les Pharillons, a tiny island much appreciated by divers.© Bertl123 / iStock
A boat for guided group outings, small boats, sailboats, cruising for two hours or for the whole day... the possibilities for exploring the area are endless.© Samuel Borges / iStock
The coves are made up of limestone cliffs riven with faults and cracks.© Horst Gerlach / iStock