Cala Di Greco- Lavezzi Island
LatitudeLat 41° 20' 29'' N
LongitudeLong 9° 15' 25'' E
Telephone0033-4-95731007 (Harbour of Bonifacio)
VHF9 Harbour of Bonifacio, 10-16 Pertusato
Near AnchoragesHarbours of Cavallo and Bonifacio
BansIt's forbidden: to drop the anchor out ot the mooring buoys area, moor at the reserved tourist mooring places and camp on the island
DangersMooring is not recommended at night, especially with strong wind and rough sea. Presence of several rocks and shallows all around the island.
Hardships1st and 2nd quadrant
Weather Forecast Service
Located on the eastern side of Lavezzi Island, Cala di Greco offers a little shelter from western winds. Stopping in Lavezzi in case of strong west wind is not recommended, since the many rocks and shallows existing all around the island can represent a serious danger in conditions of bad weather and poor visibility. This is why, despite the presence of a lighthouse, landing in Lavezzi is not recommended at night.
Cala di Greco is a large deep bay: anchorage is allowed within the signaled mooring buoys area. Boats can enter from the southern or western side, while the northern one is rich of shallows.
In addition to the bay, anchorage is possible in a smaller cove located north-west of it; on the contrary, mooring is forbidden at the mooring places reserved for tourist ferries, on the south-eastern side of the bay.
Lavezzi Island is part of the Natural Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio, founded in 90's and constantly monitored and preserved. You can enter and stay in the park free but you'd better to check the eventual new rules of the park before planning a trip here. The aim of the reserve is to preserve animals and vegetation of the Strait of Bonifacio, which includes Cavallo, Piana, Ratino, Porraggia and Perduto.
In Lavezzi, you can dive and discover some Mediterrarean species elsewhere endangered, such as real pinfish, sea breams, basses and posidonia.
The more experienced can dive in the famous Shallow of Lavezzi, less than one mile east-north-east of Cala di Greco far, to see and feed groupers with a weight of over 30 kg. Further out, you can even meet some tuna fish and cetaceans.
Lavezzi is a beautiful enchanting island which certainly deserves to be visited. Its beaches are free and some little paths lead to the lighthouse, where you can enjoy a breath-taking view on the sea. The island is uninhabited, the only inhabitants are birds. Among the attractions, two old cemeteries which commemorate the hundreds of sailors died in the terrible wreck of Semillante in 1855.