School tripsSailor for a day: Oyster farming
Les enfants découvrent les parcs à huîtres
Les enfants découvrent les parcs à huîtres
Un bateau de l'UBA lors du circuit Marin d'un jour : ostréiculteur
Les parcs à huîtres du Cap ferret

Sailor for a day: Oyster farming

Oyster farming on Arcachon Bay: a long story…

Arcachon Bay is the largest oyster-farming centre in Europe. Come aboard, meander through oyster farms by the Île aux Oiseaux and make a stopover to enjoy a walking tour of the most beautiful oyster farms of Cap Ferret peninsula.

Equipment: bring boots or sturdy, waterproof shoes for the mud and sea water!

A fun and original way to learn about a rich and diverse marine environment:
– Awaken children’s curiosity about oysters and their environment.
– Learn about the different steps involved in oyster farming.
– Better understand the oyster farmer’s living environment and way of life.

Our suggestion: Meet oyster farmers from Cabane 166 at La Teste de Buch Port who will share their passion for their profession with you.

Duration

~ 2 hours with a stopover

Availability

Available year round
except between 9 July and 31 August

Age

8 years and up

Boarding points

Arcachon - Thiers Pier
Place Thiers, 33120 Arcachon
Arcachon - Marina
76 boulevard de la plage, 33120 Arcachon

TourArcachon - Thiers Pier / Arcachon - Marina

  1. Welcome by your captain in Arcachon
  2. Presentation of the boat and safety instructions
  3. Discover the oyster farms and Île aux Oiseaux
  4. Right near the Cap Ferret wharf,  students will explore the oyster farming facilities
  5. Guided activity on the production site
  6. Return to Arcachon.

Crossing Sailor for a day: Oyster farming

Outing suggestions
LègeAudengeBiganosLe TeichGujan-MestrasPort de PlaisanceLa Testede BuchLe MoulleauPiqueyLe CanonCap FerretPyla sur MerAndernosles BainsBélisaireArcachonDune du Pilat

Prices

From
Up to
25 people
€ 410
25 people - € 410

Optional extras

1.
Discover crab fishing on the port of Audenge
€182 per class
At high tide you will learn how to recognize the different species, their habits and techniques for catching them. Simple and fun! Alternative: Small-scale pond fishing in Audenge

Duration: ~ 1.5 hours

Access: 35-min. bus trip (not included) from the Arcachon Marina

1. Discover crab fishing on the port of Audenge - €182 per class ()
2.
Oyster Museum “La Maison de l'Huître” in Gujan-Mestras
€3.50 per student
An “audio and image” guided tour through this Arcachon Bay museum completely dedicated to oyster farming. “Discovery” booklets can be provided to classes upon request.

Duration: ~1 hour

Access: 25-min. bus trip (not included) from the Arcachon Marina

2. Oyster Museum “La Maison de l'Huître” in Gujan-Mestras - €3.50 per student ()
3.
Stopover in Cap Ferret
€120 per boat
Make a stopover at one of the most iconic sites of Arcachon Bay. Options available during a stopover in Cap Ferret:
  • The little train to Cap Ferret (€4 per student)
  • Shore fishing on the Bay (€4.50 per student)
  • Arès Lège-Cap-Ferret Nature Reserve (€5 per student)
  • The Lighthouse and Peninsula (€3.85 per student)
Duration of the stopover: Up to 2 hrs.
3. Stopover in Cap Ferret - €120 per boat ()
4.
The little train in Arcachon
€165 per class
A pleasant and fun tour of Arcachon’s winter town, home to beautiful 19th century villas. Take a journey back in time to the Belle Epoque... Educational booklets are available to complete during the tour.

Duration: ~ 40 min.

Access: 10-min. bus trip (not included) from the Arcachon Marina

4. The little train in Arcachon - €165 per class ()
5.
The Ornithological Reserve of Le Teich
Contact us
A guided tour of the park and introduction to the numerous species of migratory and sedentary birds that find refuge there.

Duration: ~ 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the circuit

Access: 30-min. bus trip (not included) from the Arcachon Marina

5. The Ornithological Reserve of Le Teich - Contact us ()
6.
The Oyster Farming Hut at La Teste de Buch Port
€3.60 per student
Oyster farmers welcome you to visit their hut. During this educational tour, they will introduce you to oyster farming on Arcachon Bay, its history and development. They will share their knowledge, their passion for their work and their exceptional environment. You can even taste oysters fresh from the sea.

Duration: ~ 45 min.

Access: 15-min. bus trip (not included) from the Arcachon Marina

6. The Oyster Farming Hut at La Teste de Buch Port - €3.60 per student ()
7.
Tour of the Salt Meadows
€165 per class
Follow your guide to explore the flora and fauna of the Salt Meadows of La Teste. End the visit with a tour of the port and authentic oyster-farming huts.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Access: 10-min. bus trip (not included) from the Arcachon Marina

7. Tour of the Salt Meadows - €165 per class ()

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