Diving in Southern France

The South of France, known colloquially as le Midi, runs along the entire French Mediterranean coastline bordering Spain and Italy. Also home to the French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur in French, the charming warm waters of the south is where Cousteau first experimented with his famous Aqua Lung.

With an extensive selection of dive centers (over 200) concentrated in about a dozen coastal cities, as well as outstanding diving conditions during the summer months, a lovely 24C (75 F) and visibility of 30m, The South Of France is a jewel for divers in Western Europe

Along The French Rivera, which extends from Cassis to the France–Italy border, you will find the largest number of dive sites, many of which are located close to the bustling city of Nice. From Le Rubis off the coast of St. Tropez, a sunken submarine home to eagle rays to Phare du Planier, to Le Tombant Des Americains near Nice, a spectacular and dangerous gorge 50m (164ft) down, there is plenty to keep even the pickiest of divers entertained.

Lets not forget, the region is also home some fabulous islands, the famously chic Corsica, and The Riou Archipelago, a group of uninhabited islands off the coast of Marseille; their surrounding waters are inhabited by steep walls, ghostly shipwrecks, and rich sea life, just waiting to be explored.

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Wildlife in Southern France

Here, you can expect to see fields of bright green, brown and yellow, Posidonia sea grass, all carpeting much of the seafloor. Octopus hide out among them or between rocky reefs, ready to feast on passing crabs, crayfish and mollusk. There is plenty of endangered red coral and vibrant marine flora to see too, and well as many fish, including grouper, saupe, damselfish, moray eel, scorpion fish, cardinal fish, and goatfish. There are a few rare species like seahorse and occasionally stingray, as well as sun fish and pipe fish and even cuttlefish which regularly change color and texture.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Sperm Whale
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Turtles
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Barracuda
Wrasse
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
Jellyfish
Moon Jellyfish
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
Sperm Whale
Dolphins
Common Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Rays
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Turtles
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Pipefish
Fishes
Ocean Sunfish
Moray Eel
Barracuda
Wrasse
Ribbon Moray Eel (Ghost Eel)
Conger eel
Panther Moray Eel (Dragon Eel)
Scorpionfishes
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Tuna
Garfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Cuttlefish
Crustaceans
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
Jellyfish
Moon Jellyfish

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