The Var is located on the south coast of France. Bounded by Bouches-du-Rhone in the west and Alpes maritimes to the east, the Var is one of the best areas for diving in France. This coastline offers many beautiful dive sites not only in terms of marine life, but also due to its large number of famous wrecks.
When to go diving in Var?
The best time to dive in the Var is from May to October. However, it is noted that if July and August are the best months for diving, it is also the most touristic period and also the most expensiveone.
Scuba diving conditions
In general, diving conditions are very good on the French Riviera. However, it is necessary to clarify the major impact of the two major south winds, the Mistral and Tramontana, on the state of the sea, its water temperature and its visibility.
Visibility is generally good, between 20 and 25 meters. You will have better visibility during summer time reaching 30 meters from June.
Generally the currents are low to medium, but can occasionally rise up to 1.5 meters a second.
Diver Level: Easy to Average on most dive sites. Some deep wrecks are reserved for experienced divers.
The water temperature in the south of France stay between 13°C and 25°C. The month of August is the hottest month in the year.
What to see while diving?
As novice divers, you can enjoy hundreds of dive sites offering a relatively rich marine life. You will dive with groupers, moray eels, scorpion fish, bream, conger eels, and other fish still property. The cities of Saint Maxime, Fréjus and Saint Raphael, in particular, have a variety of exceptions sites.
Diving some of the best Mediterranean wrecks
More experienced divers can dive on some of the finest wrecks in the Mediterranean. We quote for example the famous Togo 76 meters, a three-masted motor reserved for divers of level 3, the famous Donator, who becomes a reef than a wreck, sunk by a mine in 1945, or the sub- marine Ruby. Underwater flora lovers will not remain in rest since the seabed is generally well kept and mostly consist of sea fans, sponges and Posidonia fields.