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Great day trip from Bonafacio to unique Iles Lavezzi

The Iles Lavezzi excursion from Bonafacio was great; the islands are in a nature reserve with no fishing allowed so the snorkeling was the best I found on the island

The Iles Lavezzi excursion from Bonafacio was great; the islands are in a nature reserve with no fishing allowed so the snorkeling was the best I found on the island

I'm taking this photo while my nemesis is only inches away pulling on my camera wrist strap; maybe the seagull is a kleptomaniac

I'm taking this photo while my nemesis is only inches away pulling on my camera wrist strap; maybe the seagull is a kleptomaniac

I've snorkeled all over the world but seeing this come towards me was a first; I thought when I looked up that the sea gull would be scared away

I've snorkeled all over the world but seeing this come towards me was a first; I thought when I looked up that the sea gull would be scared away

This seagull was not intimidated by me in the least; he followed me around and harassed me for at least 30 minutes

This seagull was not intimidated by me in the least; he followed me around and harassed me for at least 30 minutes

This seagull kept pecking at my water shoes so I resorted to floating on my back to watch it; people in nearby boats watched and were getting a kick out of it

This seagull kept pecking at my water shoes so I resorted to floating on my back to watch it; people in nearby boats watched and were getting a kick out of it

I was ready to create a Wanted poster should the seagull get my camera or a water shoe; I wonder why he wasn't just stealing stuff on the beach

I was ready to create a Wanted poster should the seagull get my camera or a water shoe; I wonder why he wasn't just stealing stuff on the beach

I don't think this swimmer was feeding the fish but I suspect others have since the fish tended to approach anyone in the water

I don't think this swimmer was feeding the fish but I suspect others have since the fish tended to approach anyone in the water

The turquoise water was brilliant thanks to the absence of sea grass near the shore; there was hardly any litter in the water

The turquoise water was brilliant thanks to the absence of sea grass near the shore; there was hardly any litter in the water

The island was mainly composed of boulders which made me ponder how it evolved; it would be cool to see a time progression of the island's formation

The island was mainly composed of boulders which made me ponder how it evolved; it would be cool to see a time progression of the island's formation

This was the only school of small barracuda I've encountered in Corsica; there was nowhere to buy anything on the island

This was the only school of small barracuda I've encountered in Corsica; there was nowhere to buy anything on the island

The French frigate Semillante ran up on rocks here during a storm in 1855 and sank with 693 sailors and soldiers on board; there were no survivors so the Corsicans erected this monument in their memory

The French frigate Semillante ran up on rocks here during a storm in 1855 and sank with 693 sailors and soldiers on board; there were no survivors so the Corsicans erected this monument in their memory

The fascinating granite formations on the island created all sorts of mental images; it's amazing that erosion can create such amazing arrangements

The fascinating granite formations on the island created all sorts of mental images; it's amazing that erosion can create such amazing arrangements

The only negative about Iles Lavezzi was the presence of lots of jellyfish; fortunately the water was super clear and the jellies could be avoided

The only negative about Iles Lavezzi was the presence of lots of jellyfish; fortunately the water was super clear and the jellies could be avoided

The Corsican mainland is in the background; my first day in Bonafacio I watched boats pitch up and down in swells making their way to the island in super windy conditions

The Corsican mainland is in the background; my first day in Bonafacio I watched boats pitch up and down in swells making their way to the island in super windy conditions

There were several sandy beaches on Iles Lavezzi; like most Corsican beaches, they had no seashells

There were several sandy beaches on Iles Lavezzi; like most Corsican beaches, they had no seashells

The excursion to Iles Lavezzi was 30 euros and was a bargain since you also get a scenic tour of the coast around Bonafacio (although the commentary was in French)

The excursion to Iles Lavezzi was 30 euros and was a bargain since you also get a scenic tour of the coast around Bonafacio (although the commentary was in French)

There are no permanent inhabitants on the island put there are park wardens and marine biologists who spend time here

There are no permanent inhabitants on the island put there are park wardens and marine biologists who spend time here

The wide eyed flounder was an unusual sighting; there aren't many sandy bottoms in Corsica which is what the flounder prefers

The wide eyed flounder was an unusual sighting; there aren't many sandy bottoms in Corsica which is what the flounder prefers

I was surprised by the large crowds but then realized that excursions were arriving from Sardinia as well as Bonafacio

I was surprised by the large crowds but then realized that excursions were arriving from Sardinia as well as Bonafacio

It seems like part of the upper rock should have broken off long ago; how did these boulders accumulate on this barren island?

It seems like part of the upper rock should have broken off long ago; how did these boulders accumulate on this barren island?

The rocky island is only 163 acres and 2 miles from the Corsican mainland; having a catamaran would be the perfect way to see Corsica

The rocky island is only 163 acres and 2 miles from the Corsican mainland; having a catamaran would be the perfect way to see Corsica

Plage Petit Sperone was ranked #4 on TripAdvisor's list of things to do on Corsica; Google Maps did not provide correct directions to get there

Plage Petit Sperone was ranked #4 on TripAdvisor's list of things to do on Corsica; Google Maps did not provide correct directions to get there

These are some of the most exclusive houses I saw on Corsica; they are next to a golf course and on the southeast point of the island

These are some of the most exclusive houses I saw on Corsica; they are next to a golf course and on the southeast point of the island

The Iles Lavezzi were ranked #9 among things to do in Corsica on TripAdvisor; I definitely prefer the southern part of Corsica more than the north

The Iles Lavezzi were ranked #9 among things to do in Corsica on TripAdvisor; I definitely prefer the southern part of Corsica more than the north

This luxury villa in Gaudi-style was one of many on Ile Cavallo; the island is private and even has a small airport

This luxury villa in Gaudi-style was one of many on Ile Cavallo; the island is private and even has a small airport

The more remote Plage Grand Sperone offered more space than Petit Sperone; a long hike was required to get there

The more remote Plage Grand Sperone offered more space than Petit Sperone; a long hike was required to get there

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