Which boat to choose in Baie de Somme?

Bay of the Somme

The Bay of the Somme is a nature reserve in the north of France. It is teeming with fish, crustaceans and molluscs. It is an ideal hunting ground for marine predators. In fact, there are many species in the Bay of Sum which strongly attract hunters. In particular, it also attracts travellers to visit the seals which are among the many species on the vast sandbanks. They regularly appear to rest or nurse their young quietly on the surface at low tide. At high tide, consider boarding a boat to see them.

A boat trip to the Baie de Somme

There are 2 species: the grey seals and the marine calves. Discover the seal colony of the Baie de Somme at low tide from Le Hourdel. You can also see their heads emerge from the water at high tide. In this case, you'll need binoculars or a pirogue. on board a boat.

Bay of the Somme

The Charcot family is a specialist in sailing in the Baie de Somme. They have expanded their fleet to include 12-seater RIBs. There are generally two types of boat for a tour of the Baie de Somme: 

1- Circuit in Commandant Charcot or CDT Charcot III and V

Boats in the North of France such as the CDT Charcot or the Commandant Charcot offer the best of the Baie de Somme. For over 20 years now, discovering the most beautiful bay in the world has been passing on their love and passion to their visitors.

  • Charcot III CDT ride, departure from St Valery

The CDT Charcot III has 98 seats with an enclosed lounge heated during the winter. In general, boarding on the CDT Charcot III starts from Saint Valery. It is accessible to people with reduced mobility. To help you get to know the Baie de Somme better, the walk is full of commentary.

  • Charcot V CDT tour, departure from Le Crotoy

The CDT Charcot V, which also has 98 seats, departs from the Crotoy. During the low tide period, it is impossible to sail at Le Crotoy. Consequently, departures are only made at Saint Valery. It is inaccessible to PRM or people with reduced mobility.

2- Excursion on the P'tits Charcot

Les P'tits Charcot are new boats for visitors to the Baie de Somme. They are 12-seater RIBs for short excursions close to the water. Enjoy discovering the bay and seal watching, guaranteed on this type of boat as well as on the Charcot CDTs.

Prices for a cruise in the Baie de Somme

  • A round trip from Saint-Valery-sur-Somme at Cap Hornu is done in 40 minutes. The walk takes you to the middle of the Baie de Somme, between Saint Valery and Le Crotoy. It gives you an overview of the bay. For adults, the price is up to 12€. A child between 3 and 12 years of age should 8€.
  • For a circuit of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme to Le Hourdel lasts 1h15 (round trip). This walk takes you from one end of the bay to the other. It goes from Saint Valery and joins the Somme canal at Le Hourdel to the port of the Baie de Somme before the open sea. The adult fare is 16€ and children aged 3 to 12 should 11€.
  • A round trip on a P'tit Charcot can be enjoyed with friends or family. This semi-rigid boat seats 12 and departs from Saint Valery sur Somme. It can be privatised for a more intimate discovery of the bay. The cruise lasts 1h30 and P'tit Charcot has a single rate of 35€ per person.
Bay of the Somme

Claudia Bernard

Claudia turned her passion for travel into a sustainable lifestyle by becoming a digital nomad. She explores the globe while working remotely, offering practical advice for those who want to combine work and a passion for travel. Discover her tips for finding the best work spots, managing jet lag and living a balanced nomadic life.

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