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From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

1. From Cannes: Round-Trip Ferry to Ste. Marguerite Island

Book your round-trip ferry tickets in advance for a visit to Ste. Marguerite Island from Cannes. As soon as you disembark on the island, you’ll be captivated by the fragrance of pine and eucalyptus. Follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour of the island. The walk takes you by Batéguier Pond, where numerous species of migratory birds can be seen, and to the Pointe de la Convention, where you’ll find unique plant species. Continue on to Fort Royal, the former residence of the legendary Man in the Iron Mask. The Maritime Museum, sheltered within a fortified enclosure, also offers an invaluable insight into the area's history. Dogs are welcome on board the ferry, and on Sainte Marguerite Island, provided they are on leash.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

2. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise

Climb aboard a fully equipped catamaran in the old port of Cannes at Quai Laubeuf, and set sail across the shimmering waters of the Bay of Cannes while relaxing on the sun deck. Departing at 2:00 PM, benefit from the best of the sun. Have free time to cool down in the water. Head towards the Île Sainte-Marguerite and to islands of the Lérins Islands group, or make your way over to the Corniche d'Or to moor either between the islands or in a cove along the Esterel Massif. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the Mediterranean Sea (masks and snorkels provided), or simply relax aboard the catamaran - the choice is yours! Return to the port of Cannes at 5:15 PM, where your cruising adventure comes to an end.

Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

3. Cannes: Half-Day Catamaran Cruise with Lunch

At 10:15 AM you’ll board the catamaran in the old port for a half-day sail on the Bay of Cannes. Before departure you’ll have an introduction to the ship by the crew. Sail to the Lérins Islands, where you’ll be able to swim and snorkel between the islands (mask and snorkel provided) or relax on board the catamaran. Around 1:00 PM a delicious cold buffet lunch will be served on board by the crew. At 2:15 PM, passengers will disembark on St.Marguerite Island for a change of boat and board the ferry to the old port of Cannes.

Ferry Transfer to Sainte Marguerite Island from Nice

4. Ferry Transfer to Sainte Marguerite Island from Nice

Explore Sainte Marguerite Island with a round-trip ferry transfer from Nice. Choose from multiple departure dates to suit your own schedule. Located about a half-mile off shore from the French Riviera town of Cannes, the le Sainte-Marguerite is famous for its fortress prison (Fort Royal) in which the so-called “Man in the Iron Mask” was held in the 17th century. The ferries depart every day at 09:00 and return at 18:00, with a crossing time of around 1 hour. Once on the island, you can follow the marked trails that take you on a botanical and historical tour. Stroll by the Batéguier pond to see numerous species of migratory birds. Go to Point de la Convention to find unique plant species. Continue to the Fort Royal and explore the mysteries of the masked man. Pay a visit to the Maritime Museum sheltered within a fortified enclosure. Get an insight into the area's history and see items recovered from ancient Roman and Saracen shipwrecks. Schedule:  09:00: Departure from Nice 10:00 – 18:00: Stop on Sainte-Marguerite 19:00: Arrival in Nice

Sunset Boat Excursion

5. Sunset Boat Excursion

Take a journey towards the Cannes Lerins Islands and uncover an underwater eco museum of renowned artist Jason Decaire Taylor. Embark at the end of the day for an unusual discovery of the Lérins Islands. Travel to the must-see islands of Sainte Marguerite and Saint Honorat facing Cannes during your stay on the French Riviera. Go to the hidden face of the Lérins Islands. The evening departure matches with sunset time in the high season. Explore Sainte Marguerite’s fort, the iron mask’s prison, and the Saint Honorat’s monastery in the new underwater exhibition by the world-renowned artist Jason Decaire Taylor, inaugurated in 2021. Snorkel the Mediterranean ecomuseum and marvel at the 8-ton statues, placed near the surface. Discover submarine fauna and flora in a lagoon with turquoise waters.

From Cannes: Ferry Tickets to Sainte-Marguerite Island

6. From Cannes: Ferry Tickets to Sainte-Marguerite Island

Discover the isle of Sainte-Marguerite of the Lérins Islands with this round-trip ferry ticket from Cannes. Enjoy the day at your own pace, walking, sunbathing, and swimming. See the mysterious Man in the Iron Mask’s cell and explore the island’s tranquil forest, coves, and beaches. Upon arrival, choose to take a walk through the forest along the shore near the Bateguier pond, an ideal place for birdwatching. Continue to the must-see Royal Fort, where you can travel back to antique times and learn the island’s history. At the fort, find the Man in the Iron Mask’s cell and visit the Museum of the Sea with its large collection of underwater archeology. For lunch, stop at a restaurant near the water or enjoy a picnic on the beach before returning to Cannes. 

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What people are saying about Lérins Islands

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 630 reviews

Change of scenery on this beautiful island that Sté Marguerite I advise to spend a picnic day there, hiking and swimming

Very good atmosphere at the restaurant la Guérîtes or will return there ☺️

Walk on the island It is widely possible to go around the entire island

A happiness this crossing with this sky And the sea of a royal blue

Highly recommended, diversity of nature, thank you God