What if you go treading the soil of this sandbank in the middle of the Bay?
Head to the Banc d’Arguin nature reserve, an iconic local site! Situated at the foot of the Dune of the Pilat and opposite Cap Ferret Point, the Banc d’Arguin is constantly moving and changing shape with the wind and ocean currents, but it is at the bottom of the Dune and opposite Cap Ferret point that it has decided to settle!
Explore the Banc d’Arguin with a nature guide
Embark on a ship
There’s no choice; to get there, you have to go by boat! Board a pinasse, chaland, ferry, taxi boat or even a canoe and cross the Bay to the Banc d’Arguin. Leave from Lège-Cap Ferret peninsula for a ride lasting approximately 20 minutes, or from Arcachon town centre, harbour or Thiers Pier for a 1-hour trip.
For those who love sailing, you can also hire pleasure boats for the day. You will see oyster farmers tending their beds along the way.
Swim in crystal-clear waters
It might feel like it, but no, you are not in the Caribbean!
When you reach the shore, the huge Dune of Le Pilat situated opposite Banc d’Arguin is a reminder of just how exceptional this site is. If you plan to spend the day here, don’t forget to pack a picnic!
While the children collect shells and others take a nap (that’s all part of being on holiday too!), you can swim in the clear water of the Banc d’Arguin and watch the paragliders over the Dune of Le Pilat.
A protected site for the birds
Besides being a magnificent, unspoilt location, the Banc d’Arguin is also a protected stopover site for certain species of migratory birds. If you go in spring, you might catch sight of sandwich terns or small black-headed gulls.
Pets are not allowed, and the reserve is closely monitored.