Surely you didn’t know that the crib of modern diving is France. Pretty amazing, isn’t it? Well, the father of modern diving Jacques-Yves Cousteau, created the first independent regulator, the “Aqualung”, right on the shore of the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea. For this reason, the French coast is one of the most favorable destinations for this activity.
There are various diving spots on the long French coast, of more than 5400km, the beauty and diversity that a diver can find is amazing. The French shoreline offers sandy beaches, swamps, and marshes, but also rocky sea cliffs. To dive in France, there are many possibilities between the clarity of the Mediterranean, the numerous historical and recent shipwrecks, caves, walls or even, it’s possible to dive under the ice.
What’s Under the Sea in France?
The variety of places to practice this activity is very wide but let’s talk about what any scuba diving enthusiast can find in these magical waters. Geographically, France is a privileged region for this activity because it’s surrounded by many seas, so it’s difficult to give an exact list of the species that live in the place.
A diver will not encounter large pelagic fish except for groupers, moonfish, and turtles. The most fortunate will be able to dive with dolphins and perhaps, even with whales. The diversity of marine life will depend on the chosen region, although it’s not as abundant and spectacular as in other places, there is a great variety of fish to observe such as eels, rays and a large variety of crustaceans, octopus, and mollusks, among other invertebrate species.
It’s important to emphasize that France is one of the best destinations in the world to observe shipwrecks, for its quantity and quality. It depends on the region where you want to dive and what you’re looking for. Basically, the best time to dive in the north of France is in the summer, from June to August. In the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, the best choice to enjoy the warm waters and the best visibility is during the summer, although it’s also the vacationist season.
Keep in Mind
As usual, every explorer requires owning international diving certifications, the mandatory credentials, and also have complied with the minimum training for the depth in which one has decided to descend, all this to avoid accidents and any negative consequences related to diving. It’s highly recommended to schedule all diving trips with certified operators that count with enough references and trained dive masters.
The visibility is generally worse in the north but you can reach between 30 and 40 meters in the Mediterranean waters of the Riviera or Corsica. The sea currents are generally low but it’s recommended that you check the particular conditions of the region to visit for more details.
France offers numerous diving sites of low difficulty, but also shipwrecks advised only for experienced divers. Another important detail is the water temperature; it reaches 26°C in the Mediterranean area in August. In the Brittany area, water rarely exceeds 20 ° C.
With these considerations, you can plan every detail of your scuba diving trip to France without the stress of not knowing what to find, hence the available information online isn’t precisely vast, is better to deal directly with a travel agency, this will easier things a lot. A trip that will be special and unforgettable, guaranteed.