Reservation by phone only
Do I have to book my excursion in advance? if so how long beforehand?
Given the private capacity of the Alpana ( 12 passengers)we do recommend to reserve by phone as soon as possible to make sure your seats are saved and the boat not full on the day of your coming to Porto.
Captain’s suggestion : call ( +33 0609600405 ) we will be pleased to advise you and register your reservation.
How to make my reservation :
(+33) 06 69 69 04 05 to make things clear and give you our best pieces of advice for your visit at sea from Porto harbor.
To garantee your reservation you will be requested to give information (dates, schedules, number of passengers, cell phone..).
Captain’s suggestion :to be sure of your sailing trip, pick out a day at the beginning of your stay to be able to postpone your excursion due to meteorological problems
How about the weather making my excursion impossible the very day?
Our outdoor activity in the gulf of Porto is absolutely depending on weather conditions. As sea professionals we consult meteorological charts many times a day to organize our outings with maximum security and utmost comfort.
If conditions are bad ( heavy rains or rough sea ), under the captain’s advice, the excursion is according to your possibilities either postponed or reimbursed totally.
Captain’s suggestion : rust us. If the weather looks stormy, no fear, the gulf of Porto benefits from an attractive climate, 9 times out of 10 the clouds are stuck to the mountains that keeps the sea front clear.
When is it the Best? Morning, afternoon, evening?
The Golf of Porto is designated by the UNESCO an exceptional site. located on the western part of Corsica, the gulf profits by a maximum sunlight all day long.
- In the morning, the plus: less boats at sea, nice light, peaceful atmosphere and turquoise sea. Generally it is less windy that in the afternoon, this is why we suggest mornings for those who are near and have a short way to come
- In the afternoon, the plus: turquoise sea, high sun, adequate schedules if you have a long way to come.
- In the evening, the plus: less boats at sea, sunset, different hues on the rocks
The Captain Suggestion: from the gulf of Porto it is difficult to be disappointed by the natural monuments that surround us. After thousands of hours spent in the gulf, I stick to my same speech: the best time is the one you appreciate.
Is it possible to cancel?
It is always possible to cancel more than 4 hours before your departure. In this case the trip is reimbursed totally. For private excursion cancellation must be done more than 72 hours beforehand.
For more informations, see our sales conditions.
The Captain Suggestions: do not cancel, you would regret it
Is the excursion fit for children?
Yes, our clients are mainly families, we transport everyday children of all ages. Far from “boring” trips, aboard the Alpana you cannot get annoyed. Our recipe, an idyllic scenery highlighted by life commentaries and live anecdotes on fona and flora and the history of the region. Mix with strong emotions when getting into grottoes, a touch of fun on the 700 horsepower to reach the different “hot spot”. While bathing in a secluded cove you will get thousands of fires in your children’s eyes
Can we swim during the excursion?
Of course it is possible to swim during the excursion, the captain will cast his anchor on the must beautiful wild cove that you may avail yourselves of the crystal clear water of Corsica. The Alpana gives you the opportunity to use easy breath decathlon masks which are acme for this kind of snorkeling (the only mask in the world which makes it possible to breath with you mouth and nose) For temperature reasons the bathing stops are essentially in summer during circuits I and II.
The Captain Suggestions: See that you have a waterproof camera to make photos and videos under the water as many fish schools will be there.
Why leave from Porto?
The harbor of Porto is the nearest site to be visited. Leaving from Porto you will be only 5 minutes navigation from Piana coves, 10 minutes from the village of Girolata and 15 minutes from the natural reservation of Scandola. Your excursion will be mainly devoted to discovering prestigious sites.
The Captain Suggestions: the time spent on the road to reach Porto is the time saved to visit the sites. Enjoy discovering Porto creeks by road, the Village of Ota and Porto and also the forest of Aïtone at Evisa
Do you accept groups superior to 12 persons
The harbor of Porto where you leave for the natural reservation of Scandola, the village of Girolata and the coves of Piana, counts many sea companies, such a large family. If you are a group bigger than 12 we can get in touch with another company to split the group and stick to the quality of sailing aboard 12 seater boats while respecting the same schedules for departures and arrivals
The Captain Suggestions: Do not hesitate to contact us, we will always find a solution
What do we need abroad the Alpana to really enjoy our trip?
To leave for an excursion to the coves of Piana, Capo Rosso grottoes, the village of Girolata or else the natural reservation of Scandola. Whether you have chosen the longer or the shorter tour of the gulf, we advise you to take:
- Spring/Autumn a cap rather than a hat, solar creme, a bottle of water, sunglasses, camera. We recommended that you dress as if you were hiking: trousers, sweater, sneakers and windbreaker
- Summer a cap rather than a hat, solar creme, a bottle of water, sunglasses, camera, swimsuit and towel. We recommended that you dress as if you were going to the beach: short, t shirt, flip flop. For the last trip in the evening we advise to take a windbreaker.
The Captain Suggestions: to make the most of the room aboard do not take useless things but do not forget your camera
Can we be seasick?
Seasickness or naupathia is a kind of kinetotia (motion sickness) do to dysfunctioning of your inner ear. At sea, the balancing created by the motion of the waves disturbs the information that is sent to the equilibrium center in the inner ear. The higher you are on the boat the stronger the effect, this is why seasickness is more frequent on bigger boats than smaller ships as your gravity center is lower.
Before each departure for a sailing trip to the reservation of Scandola, the village of Girolata, the coves of Piana many are those who dread being sick and unfact are not
The Captain Suggestions: your memory can play a role on seasickness, as anguished person before departure will easily remember being sick and it will be a favoring factor. To enjoy your ride fully, relax and trust us.
Can we park easily?
Yes, the Harbor of Porto is only reached on foot and counts two parking lots. The former on the right side Place de la marine is paying. The other on the left side leading to Porto beach is free.
The Captain Suggestions: Park on the left side as it is free you will just have to cross the gangway on foot and you will be on the right side of the harbor to accede to the Alpana directly.
Our switchboard is open all year round from 7 am to 11 pm non stop
The boat is limited to 12 passengers
It is highly recommended to reserve as soon as possible