There are over forty diving spots in Hyères and the Golden Isles: all precious entry gates into the wonderful maritime National Park and its mythical shipwrecks scattered at various locations and depths on the underwater bed. For the more advanced divers, a string of shipwrecks can be admired between the Giens peninsula and Le Levant island.
Levels of accessibility differ and a military authorisation is required to explore La Puissante, a striking shipwreck surrounded by posidonia and large noble pen shells. The nearby shipwrecks of Le Donator and Le Grec are also famous diving spots surrounded by a rich underwater flora and fauna. Coloured sea anemones, sponges, spirographis, scorphionfish, eels and groupers share this silent stage. Actually, a famous scene starring a grouper in Jacques Cousteau’s 1956 Cannes-prized film The Silent World would have been filmed in Port-Cros! Hyères has all the required facilities and equipment to help advanced athletes and amateur visitors catch the perfect shot of their submarine adventure. In Port-Cros, a submarine discovery trail has been created. Accessible to snorkelers, it is a fun family activity and an entertaining way to raise the public’s awareness to the necessity of protecting such a fragile ecosystem.