Outdoor microadventure in Arcachon bay
Outdoor microadventure in Arcachon bay

Outdoor microadventure in Arcachon bay

Bird sanctuary visit by kayak

  • Guided sea kayaking day
  • Arcachon Bay Nature Reserve
  • Bird sanctuary visit by kayak
  • Qualified instructor for more security
  • Swimming possible

Enjoy a one-day sea kayak adventure in the Arcachon Bay. Your qualified instructor will lead you to the foot of the picturesque "cabanes tchanquées" located in the heart of this classified natural site.

Price from 79,- €

Outdoor microadventure in Arcachon bay

Guided tour, 1 day

Difficulty level


Morning day 1 : Departure from the beaches of Arcachon

Departure from the beaches of Arcachon at 9 am to cross the basin and arrive on the island of birds a protected area. Picnic break in the village of Saous.

Afternoon day 1: Under and of the Cabanes Tchanquées

After the picnic break, your guide will make you paddle to the cabanes tchanquées and will tell you the history of this natural site classified since 2008, where hunting and environmental protection cohabit. Depending on the season, sandpipers, geese, curlews or teals stop there. The island is 5km in circumference at high tide, and 16km at low tide.

Travel dates

Indicated pricing per person

Departures every day on request if the minimum number of participants (6 people) is reached.


Price includes

Accompaniment with a certified instructor, picnic lunch, kayak and equipment rental.

Guaranteed departure

Guaranteed departure from 6 persons upwards (16 participants max.)
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel this trip up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Not suitable for persons with reduced mobility

Level of Difficulty: Light to Intermediary

This micro-adventure is suitable for all in good shape. Average length of the Kayak tour: 3-4 hours + picnic break / swimming.

The guide

Your guide, a sea kayak instructor from the FFCK (French Federation of Canoeing), specialist of the region, will take you on kayak trips according to the tides and in complete safety.

Requirements: it is compulsory to know how to swim 25 meters, to keep your shoes on your feet, to keep your life jacket, not to dive and not to navigate in a state of inebriation. For safety reasons, children under 13 years old are not allowed. During the course, please respect the fauna and flora, the fishermen and paddle silently. Fires and camping are not allowed.

Environment: one of the first huts on the Ile aux Oiseaux was built in 1883 at the place called "Sourdouille " by the oyster farmer Martin Pibert, in order to watch over his oyster beds. A storm knocked it down in 1943, but its wooden pillars are still visible at low tide at the level of the sand. (source Wikipedia). The protected area belongs to the Conservatoire du littoral whose mission is to open the site to different uses compatible with the sustainable preservation of the heritage and the maintenance, even the development of responsible activities based on a reasoned exploitation of resources.

How to get there

We recommend an eco-friendly journey by train (TGV) to Arcachon (good train connection with Eurostar via Bordeaux from London or Paris). The efficient use of local public transport allows us to have very low carbon footprint.

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