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Dive & Explore

… in the waters of La Croix Valmer & the bay of Cavalaire

Petit sec

The Petit Sec dive site is located at the tip of Cap Lardier. It is a rocky outcrop that skims the surface of the water, but goes down to a depth of about twenty meters. Divers particularly enjoy this spot for its fauna and flora, for it shelters a beautiful variety of fish all year long (girelles, groupers, morays, etc.).

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The Togo is one of the most beautiful wrecks in the Mediterranean. It is a 76 m long motor and sail cargo ship (3 masts and a 208 HP engine), built in 1882 in Newcastle (England) for the Havraise Péninsulaire company. Initially, this company named it “Ville de Valence”. In 1906, this cargo ship was sold to the Becchi Lalagno Company of Savona, where it sailed under the name Amor. In 1912, it was bought by the Ilva company to transport coal in the Mediterranean. It was this company that renamed it “Togo”. On 12th May 1918, the Togo hit a 150 kg floating mine in the bay of Cavalaire. As a result of the impact, it immediately split in two and sank rapidly. Nowadays, the front part lies upright on the sand on a 60 m sandy bottom. The rear part, on the other hand, is 300 m further away and rests on the sand at a depth of 68 m.

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The Prophète was a small-scale steam and propeller-driven ship. It was used to link Algeria and Provence. After only three years of service, the Prophète, carrying wheat, was wrecked in 1860, in the roadstead of Agay at the diving site of Saint-Raphaël. To this day, the wreck of the Prophète is the oldest steamship on the Provencal coast. The remains of this ship are spread out over some fifty metres on the bottom of the sea.

The anchors are in place, the rudder is in place, a propeller is also visible, etc., enough to make your scuba diving in the bay of Cavalaire a real discovery. It is accessible to all, as there is generally little current and good visibility. However, it is recommended to go there when the weather is good, as the site is very exposed to the wind and offers no shelter.


Moyen sec

The drop off of the “Moyen Sec” is located a short distance from Lardier. Here you can easily encounter all kinds of typical Mediterranean fauna such as sars and conger eels. In addition to diving, there is also the opportunity to learn about underwater photography on an exploration dive. Experienced and trained divers can also dive by themselves.


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The Espignole was a very long (56m long) and thin (6m wide) destroyer. The warship could accommodate 62 men on board with several armaments (cannon and torpedoes). It served between 1900 and 1903 and sank on February 4th 1903. Today, it is stranded near Cap Lardier, 400 m west of Andati Point.

Roches Quairolles


The Roches Quairolles are a beautiful rocky formations. They are composed of two pots, the small Quairolle and the large Quairolle. They are located in the heart of the 3 Caps protection zone. Divers who enjoy photography can discover a rich and exceptional fauna and flora. In good weather, the east side will allow you to meet Gorgonians in the morning, while the west side will allow you to admire magnificent overhangs covered with sea mimosa. The spot is also home to passing fish such as groupers, conger eels, dentex, moray eels and corbs. The dive takes place between 15 and 35m.

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… and don’t forget the Marine Trail