An unforgettable maritime adventure

The Côte d’Azur is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, crystal-clear waters and rich cultural heritage. Among the region’s jewels are the Îles de Lérins, an archipelago off Cannes, and the Statues Immergées, an underwater art installation near the island of Sainte-Marguerite. For discovery-hungry travelers, exploring these sites by boat offers an unforgettable experience, blending adventure, history and natural beauty.

Discovering the Lérins Islands

The Îles de Lérins, consisting mainly of the islands of Sainte-Marguerite and Saint-Honorat, are an unspoilt haven of peace, far from the hustle and bustle of the coast. Accessible only by boat, these islands offer a tranquil getaway in a breathtaking natural setting.

  • Rich in history: The Îles de Lérins are steeped in history, dating back to Antiquity. The island of Sainte-Marguerite is famous for its fortress, once the prison of the Man in the Iron Mask. On Ile Saint-Honorat, visitors can explore the Cistercian abbey, founded in the 5th century and still inhabited by monks.
  • Unspoiled nature: Exploring the Îles de Lérins by boat, travelers have the opportunity to discover unspoiled landscapes and rich marine flora and fauna. The crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkeling, allowing you to observe a variety of colorful fish and posidonia.
  • Relaxation and serenity: With their fine sandy beaches and secluded coves, the Îles de Lérins offer the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Visitors can enjoy a lazy day in the sun or stroll along the island’s nature trails.

Exploring submerged statues

Just off Sainte-Marguerite Island is another marvel to be discovered by boat: the Statues Immergées. This underwater art installation, created by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor, is a unique experience that fuses art and environment.

  • Underwater art: Les Statues Immergées are ecological concrete sculptures designed to encourage the growth of marine life and provide a habitat for sea creatures. These underwater works of art offer a striking vision of the relationship between man and nature.
  • Immersive diving: By visiting the Immersed Statues by boat, divers and snorkelers have the opportunity to explore a fascinating underwater world, where the sculptures blend harmoniously into their aquatic environment. It’s an experience that awakens the senses and invites contemplation.