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Day trip to Sugiton Beach in Marseille

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While staying in Marseille (France) we met up with some fellow Kiwi’s and went on a day trip to Sugiton Beach. Marseille is a beautiful city with lots of attractions to see and do, but the temptation of the aqua blue water and a day at the beach was far too tempting to miss!

Trek to Marseille

Moss, Rebecca, Catherine & Sam with Sugiton in the background

How to get to Sugiton Beach in Marseille

It is possible to walk from the main street in Marseille (La Canebiere, which runs down to the port), and catch bus #21 from the Castellane Bus Station to Luminy. Tickets can be purchased on board the bus, costing 1.80 euro per person. Unfortunately, the bus is not the quickest, having multiple stops along the way, but you will make it to the University at Luminy.. eventually!

There are enough people getting off the bus with towels and beach gear, that all you need to do is follow them up the gravel road like a herd of sheep! You will then come to an intersection as displayed in the picture below. At this intersection you will need to turn right and then follow the 6b markings, however it shouldn’t matter too much if you take a slightly different path.

Directions to Sugiton beach

Turn right at this sign and follow the 6b markings

Sugiton Beach

The weather was HOT, so the sight of ocean from the top of the hill was very welcoming! The first 3/4s of the walk was extremely easy with wide paths suitable for cars and jandals. Then the last few hundred meters were slightly more challenging, but still nothing to be worried about.

The water at Sugiton is crystal clear and was only 19 degrees while we were there mid July! However, we braved the cold, and found it very refreshing.

Tip: We recommend going early! It is a popular destination so getting a space on the beach is unlikely, therefore you will need to claim your space on the rocks.

 

Photos from our day at Sugiton Beach, Marseille

Bombing of the rocks at Sugiton, Marseille Sugiton, Marseille Swimming at Sugiton, Marseille View of Sugiton, Marseille

There is nothing at Sugiton Beach. No shops, stalls or hire centres so make sure you take a long a packed lunch and if you love snorkelling then take your own snorkel because if you can brave the cold water, there is a lot to see. We were lucky enough to see a cuttle fish and an octopus!

Cuttle fish at Sugiton, Marseille Fish at Sugiton, Marseille Octopus at Sugiton, Marseille

Since May 2014, Rebecca has been wearing out her jandals. She loves anything that involves the ocean whether it be scuba diving, wakeboarding, jet skiing or more recently - sailing! Consider following her via RSS Feed, Twitter and Facebook.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Tanya Paguntalan

    September 12, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Hi Rebecca,

    I enjoyed reading your blogs. You made me smile and can’t wait to read more of your travel experiences especially your photos.

    Your photos are all awesome and exciting! They are memories to last you a lifetime. The places you have been to and are going to see need not be forgotten.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:51 AM

      Thanks Tanya, its great to hear the blogs make you smile! We are certainly having a lot of fun creating memories 🙂

  2. Cristy

    September 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    What a lovely beach Rebecca! And the underwater looks pretty amazing! Now I miss snorkeling… 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Yip, lugging around our snorkel and flippers pays off sometimes – this beach was definitely worth it!

  3. Agra

    September 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Marseille city is the best adventure city in France for travel life .I am very interested to enjoy the summer in Sugiton Beach. I want to visit in one time in my whole life.thanks for sharing photos for the dream.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:46 AM

      Hi Agra, you will love Sugiton Beach! Hope you make it there soon 🙂

  4. The Guy

    September 19, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Nice tips and what a lovely beach. I love how you give very specific directions to get there.

    I’ve certainly never been to this beach but it brings back memories of when I spent a day at (I think) Arcachon which was stunning. As someone coming from the UK if the water is 19 degrees then that would be very agreeable 🙂

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:38 AM

      You will love this beach then if 19 degree water doesn’t phase you! I hope my specific directions come in helpful 🙂

  5. Selma

    September 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    That water might be chilly, but damn is it ever beautiful! Love seeing what lies under the water in temperate parts of the world too, so kudos for the underwater photography!

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:40 AM

      Thanks Selma, yes the clearest water is often the coldest!

  6. Kristy

    September 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Love the place, love the underwater shot and the clear blue crystal water. Everything is perfect!

  7. sofiarhodes

    September 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Lovely blog to read. I fell in love with that beach it’s really awesome. Those pics made me crazy over that beach.And these are very useful tips.

  8. Craig from New England

    October 2, 2014 at 3:29 AM

    I spent a semester in France in college and one of my favorites places to go was Marseille. It is such a beautiful place, I had so much fun there. Great pictures, makes me nostalgic

    • Rebecca Barlow

      October 23, 2014 at 1:57 AM

      Hi Craig, it must have been fun studying in France! We loved Marseille too, and will probably go back one day 🙂

  9. Adam

    October 21, 2014 at 4:22 AM

    What an idyllic place … as much as France is known for culture, beaches like this are just too good to pass up!

  10. Kristy

    October 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    The beach looks stunning! I didn’t know that there’s a beach like that on France.

  11. Christian P

    March 13, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    The Sugiton Beach looks awesome! Very clean and clear blue water perfect for diving.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful images and experience.

    • Rebecca Barlow

      March 15, 2015 at 5:39 PM

      Hi Christian thanks for your lovely comment, yes the clear water and fish life at Sugiton Beach is amazing!

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hammock vs Tent Camping

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Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.

In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!

Weatherproof

Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.

Packing up your hammock after a long night of rain isn’t too bad, whereas packing up a soaking wet tent is always annoying. You almost always get wet in the process.

Setup

For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.

Essentially, a tent is simple, but a hammock can become a little more complicated for first timers. You’ll need to find 2 trees facing a good direction and tie each end of the hammock to them. If your hammock setup is too tight, you will generally wake up with sore ancles, but if it’s too loose, you run the risk of the hammock touching the floor, and insects crawling in with you.

If your campground doesn’t have many trees, or if the trees are dead (they could break and injure you), hammock stands come to the rescue! Basically, hammock stands allow you to pitch a hammock if there are no trees nearby. They are portable, adjustable, and are easy to setup. The only drawback is that the ground should be relatively flat, whereas if you were to hang a hammock between 2 trees, there won’t be any stands touching the ground, so a rocky floor wouldn’t be a problem.

Comfort

One of the main reasons for choosing a hammock is the comfort that it provides you! It has a basically has in-built seat which is arguably more comfortable than a standard blow up mattress. You need to pick your tree’s wisely though! You don’t want a pinecone falling on your face mid-sleep.

If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.

Price

Hammocks are usually lighter and don’t include a wealth of poles and gear that tents do. Depending on the type of hammock that you purchase, they are usually quite similar to tents. You can however, find very cheap tents <$60, but they most likely won’t last long.

A good tent or hammock can cost between $200-500 without accessories. If you need a hammock stand, that will add to your cost, just like a mattress and other tent necessities will to its cost.

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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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