Boat trip to Saint Honorat

Boat trip to Saint Honorat

Ile Saint Honorat and calanques du Massif de l'Esterel

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Discover the Var coast in a different way with Sea You Sun sea tours!
Departing from the port of Santa Lucia in Saint-Raphaël, come aboard L'Angelis for our cruise to the Lérins Islands in the Bay of Cannes, and return to discover the calanques of the Esterel massif. 
In a small group aboard a comfortable 12-passenger boat, you'll enjoy the sumptuous scenery during this trip, punctuated by your captain's commentary. 

Set sail for Ile Saint-Honorat, a musical highlight of the Bay of Cannes.

- Ile Saint Honorat: departure 9am - return 1pm on Thursday mornings. 

Free visit of the island. This is the smallest island, covered by a forest of Aleppo pines, umbrella pines, eucalyptus and cypress. It is 1.5 km long and 400 m wide. Marvel at its turquoise-blue coves and enjoy a moment of relaxation far from the Bay of Cannes.

The island of Saint Honorat has had a monastic vocation since 410. It is home to the Lérins monastery. Today, the island is occupied by some twenty monks, who cultivate vines and raise wine, as well as lavender, orange trees and vegetables, harvest honey and make an aromatic plant-based liqueur called Lérina.

At the end of the 4th century, Saint-Honorat settled on the island. Legend has it that from that moment on, the island was purged of all snakes by a tidal wave. As his fame grew, disciples flocked to the island, and the saint founded a monastery that became one of the most illustrious in Christendom. Some pilgrims, including the Pope visiting Lérins, went barefoot around the island to receive indulgences. Confiscated during the French Revolution, the abbey was closed. It wasn't until 1859 that the Abbé de Sénanque re-established Cistercian life. A visit to the island will take you to its ancient fortified monastery overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 

This listed fortress was built in 1073 by Abbot Aldebert to protect the monks from sea invasions and Saracen pirates, who were responsible for numerous massacres in the 8th century. From the summit, there's a superb view of the sea and the island! 

A strategic point for our budding photographers! A protected and unspoilt territory, this island combines tranquillity with a heavenly ambience. The panorama is incredible!

After a 1-hour stopover, take the boat back to the Pointe de l'Aiguille in Théoule-sur-Mer, to sail along the calanques of the Corniche d'Or with its red rocks, the calanques of Anthéor and Barthelemy, the hamlets of Trayas and Agay, l'ilet des vieilles, and l'ile d'Or, topped by Cap Roux, Pic de l'Ours and Mont Vinaigre, the highest peak in the Esterel massif.
If you've had the chance to admire the calanques from the land, you'll appreciate discovering them from a completely different angle from the sea. 

Your boat will get as close as possible to the shoreline, taking you where the big boats can't go. Close to the coast, you'll discover secret coves in the red rock, carved by erosion and only accessible by boat. 

Refresh yourself in the Côte d'Azur sunshine with a cool drink at anchor, weather permitting, during which you'll have the chance to dive or snorkel to discover the seabed in the crystal-clear waters of the Côte d'Or (mask and snorkel provided). 
Let your captain choose the wild cove where you'll find fish, seagrass beds and perhaps even sea caves.

You'll be approaching the Ile d'Or (Golden Island), the inspiration for Hergé's famous album Tintin et L'Ile Noire (Tintin and the Black Island), a magnificent place of color and biodiversity. 

Don't hesitate to ask your captain about the surrounding flora and fauna, as well as the geology of the area, and he'll be happy to answer any questions you may have. (The activities on offer may vary according to weather conditions. )

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Port de Santa-Lucia

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