Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools
The global site for cruising sailors
Sections
You are here: Home / Countries / France / Bonifacio

 Bonifacio - Profile

Location

Situated on the southern tip of the island, this town is regarded as one of the most attractive on Corsica. It is however reported to be very expensive, with over-zealous Customs (see comments from cruisers at the bottom of the page).

Position 41°23'N, 09°09'E (Harbour entrance)

Clearance

Customs
quai Banda del Ferro
Tel:+33 (0)495 517151/730353

Docking

Whilst this is recommended as the best harbour in Corsica, you pay to enjoy it. There are a large number of visitors' berths, but it does get very crowded in the season and you may find there is no space. The only facilities are public toilets (photo courtesy of Chris Thorne).

Beware of the ground chains in the anchorage.

If you prefer somewhere cheaper and quieter, it is possible to anchor at Cala Paragnanu just around the corner, and visit Bonifacio on foot. Its a 30-45 min walk.

Last updated October 2017.

Port de Bonifacio
Port de Plaisance , Quai Noël Beretti , 20169 Bonifacio
Tel:+33 (0)495 73 10 07 Fax:+33 (0)495 73 18 73 ,VHF Channel 09
Opening hours: 24/7 - Low season: closed Friday 1730 to Monday 0830
Easy access day and night. Public marina with excellent shelter. 160 visitors' berths. Public facilities, water & electricity, fuel, pump-out, WiFi (speak to HM), laundry, chandlery, 40 ton crane, fuel, gaz. Two supermarkets on SE corner of quay.
Visitors berth on pontoons N, M,L,K,J. No security.

Yacht Clubs

Yacht Club Corse - Mediterranee
Villa A Suspirata , 20129 Bastelicaccia , Corsica, France
Tel:+33 04 95 23 89 01 Fax:+33 04 95 23 89 01
Yacht Club de Bonifacio
Quai Nord, , 20169 Bonifacio , France
Tel:+33 (0)4 95 73 70 18 Fax:+33 (0)4 95 73 70 19
Eve & Tom
Eve & Tom says:
Oct 30, 2017 08:52 AM

If the harbour is full or if you want to save some money it is possible to anchor at the cala paragnanu just around the corner, and visit Bonifacio on foot. Its a 30-45 min walk, very pretty and shaded. We also stayed in the harbour for one night and it was expensive and noisey. We got squeezed into a tiny spot. The toilets are dirty and public. We payed around 70 euros for a 41 foot boat. Bonifacio is amazing though!

dakennedy
dakennedy says:
Jul 08, 2017 06:50 PM

Bonifacio is well worth a visit but know that you'll get no assistance docking, lazy lines are often missing or attached to the wrong ring, washrooms are public and far away and only open during the day and there is no security.

Chris
Chris says:
Apr 16, 2017 11:27 AM

Visited in April for a weekend. Plenty of vacant berths. Harbour Master office closed Friday 1730 to Monday 0830, although apparently they are soon to open 24/7. Water and electricity points on pontoons. WiFi available from HM. Pontoons open directly on to the quayside, no security. HM claims they have some form of watchman monitoring arrivals and departures while the office is closed to keep track of weekend arrivals/departures.
Although I was quoted €70 per night for a 12m catamaran, I was only actually charged €42 for 2 nights.
Spar supermarket on quay, stocks Camping Gas. Wall to wall restaurants on quay.
Observations of Calanque de Catenary revealed one yacht moored stern to the rocks, but no obvious mooring buoys, also large swimming platforms in North part of the inlet - perhaps ask HM before arriving.
Bonifacio is well worth a visit.

Geoff Evans
Geoff Evans says:
Apr 15, 2014 03:56 PM

Interesting time in Bonifachio: I am Captain of a privatly owned 32 meter sailing yacht who arrived with owner on board for a two day stay. Initially all was good until the customs arrived. Four hours of checking paperwork followed, of course all was in order however it was a tiresome experience. The habour Master eventually became involved to rid us the officials this was only acheived when the Mayor became involved. Apparently this is happening with most yachts and many have left as a consequence just fed up with the over zealous customs. The Harbor Master was doing his best to stop the customs from sitting on every boat and informed me that it was reducung business to the port. In closing, the charges were astronomical. We paid just under 500e for two nights!!!( I know we are bigger than the average) but in comparrison the next night we were in a wonderful Tuscany (Expensive? not caompared to Bonifacio) Here we paid just 71 Euros with no hasstle, So, do not know what is going on there, be ready to have your short stay spoiled by the authorities. It was only the Mayors intevention and us preparing to leave that 'called off the dogs'

France
Atlantic
Channel/North Sea
Corsica
Ajaccio
Bastia
Bonifacio
Calvi
CampoloroTaverna
Ile Rousse
Porto-Vecchio
Propriano
Mediterranean
River ports
Profile
Location
Clearance
Docking
Yacht Clubs
Repair Facilities
Boatyards
Engine Repair
Mechanical Repair
Electrics & Electronics
Carpentry
Rigs & Sails
Canvas Work
Metalwork
Hull & GRP Repair
Refrigeration
Air Conditioning
Liferafts & Inflatables
Marine Services
Marine Supplies
Fuel
Water
LPG (gas)
Diving/Fishing
Charts & Marine Publications
General Services
Yacht Charters
Yacht Brokers
Guardinage
Yacht Surveyors
Shore Services
Communications
Banks
Laundry
Provisions
Transport & Travel
Computer/Photo/Video
Medical/Health
Accommodation
Activities
Shopping
Attractions
Restaurants & Bars
Update History
Update History
Countries
Albania
Algeria
American Samoa
Angola
Anguilla
Antarctica
Antigua & Barbuda
Argentina
Aruba
Ascension Island
Australia
Azores
BIOT (Chagos)
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bermuda
Bonaire
Bosnia
Bouvetoya
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
Canary Islands
Cape Verdes
Cayman Islands
Channel Islands
Chile
China
Christmas Island
Cocos Keeling
Colombia
Comoros
Cook Islands
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Cyprus
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
East Timor (Timor Leste)
Easter Island
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Eritrea
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
French Subantarctic Territory
Galapagos
Gambia
Georgia
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guam
Guatemala
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Hawaii
Heard, McDonald & Macquarie Islands
Honduras
Hong Kong
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Juan Fernandez Islands
Kenya
Kiribati
Kuwait
Latvia
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Macau
Madagascar
Madeira
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Marion & Prince Edward Island
Marshall Islands
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mayotte
Mexico
Monaco
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Myanmar (Burma)
Namibia
Nauru
Netherlands
New Caledonia
New Zealand
New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands
Nicaragua
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Marianas
Norway
Oman
Palau (Belau)
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Qatar
Reunion Island
Romania
Russia
Saba
Samoa
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Sint Maarten
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands
South Korea
Spain
Spanish Virgin Islands
Sri Lanka
St Barts
St Helena
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Martin
St Pierre & Miquelon
St Vincent & the Grenadines
Statia
Subantarctic & Southern Ocean Islands
Sudan
Suriname
Sweden
Syria
Taiwan
Tanzania
Thailand
Tokelau
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks & Caicos
Tuvalu
US Virgin Islands
USA
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna
Yemen
Add/Update Your Business
If you would like your business to be listed, or the details are wrong, please update your business
Related Reports
Wintering in the Mediterranean

Wintering in the Mediterranean (09 Aug 2017)

South of France, Gruissan: Winter Storage at Nautiland

South of France, Gruissan: Winter Storage at Nautiland (19 Jun 2017)

Report Icon

Schengen Visas and VAT: Reports on Cruisers' Understanding (09 Dec 2016)

EU VAT Update: Information Affecting Non-EU Boats Visiting Europe

EU VAT Update: Information Affecting Non-EU Boats Visiting Europe (03 Sep 2016)

France: Sailing up to Bordeaux Sept 2015

France: Sailing up to Bordeaux Sept 2015 (06 Nov 2015)

Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula & North Brittany - New Combined Sailing Directions

Channel Islands, Cherbourg Peninsula & North Brittany - New Combined Sailing Directions (29 Jul 2015)

UK, Lymington: WCC's Bluewater Open Boat Weekend

UK, Lymington: WCC's Bluewater Open Boat Weekend (08 May 2015)

Atlantic Coast: Sailing the Atlantic Coast of France, Spain and Portugal

Atlantic Coast: Sailing the Atlantic Coast of France, Spain and Portugal (01 May 2015)

Report Icon

Netherlands to Spain - Marina Prices 2014 (28 Oct 2014)

Report Icon

Mediterranean: SSB Net - MedNet (23 Sep 2014)

Cruising Notes for Mediterranean France 2011-2013

Cruising Notes for Mediterranean France 2011-2013 (24 Jun 2014)

Report Icon

South of France, Cote d'Azure, Rade d'Agay: Night boarding & theft - June 2014 (17 Jun 2014)

Mediterranean, SW Corsica, Gulf of Roccapina: Armed gunmen hijack yacht - February 2014

Mediterranean, SW Corsica, Gulf of Roccapina: Armed gunmen hijack yacht - February 2014 (03 Mar 2014)

Italian Anchorages and Marinas 2013 - Part 2: Corsica & Italian Coast

Italian Anchorages and Marinas 2013 - Part 2: Corsica & Italian Coast (19 Feb 2014)

Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising

Circumnavigating Europe: 11 years of great cruising (07 Feb 2014)

Report Icon

Cruising Western France to Lisbon - Summer 2012 (28 Jan 2013)

Report Icon

France: Use of Red Diesel Still Accepted (04 Jan 2013)

Report Icon

Cruising Western France - Summer 2011 (13 Dec 2012)

Report Icon

Shops and services guide to port Les Minimes, La Rochelle (05 Oct 2012)

Report Icon

We can all help Clean up the Med! (20 Jun 2012)

Report Icon

Cruising from Greece to France in 2011 (10 Jan 2012)

Report Icon

France: Recommendations from Cruisers (18 Nov 2011)

Report Icon

Proof of Competency for European Countries (04 Nov 2011)

Report Icon

North Biscay Cruising Guide (29 Sep 2010)

Report Icon

French for Cruisers Book Review (09 Jul 2010)

Report Icon

VAT and Schengen Visa Clarification (04 Jul 2010)

Report Icon

European Regulations Regarding Insurance Cover and AIS Equipment (13 Sep 2009)

Report Icon

France - Old Engines will be Refused Service (29 Jul 2009)

Report Icon

French Bureaucracy (05 Jul 2009)

Report Icon

L’Armada Rouen Tall Ships (26 Jun 2008)

Report Icon

Mediterranean France & Corsica Pilot: Book Review (23 May 2008)

Report Icon

Netherlands to Greece: Inland Route (20 Mar 2008)

Report Icon

Corsica and North Sardinia: Review (06 Mar 2008)

Report Icon

Central Mediterranean Cruising Guide Book Review (01 Nov 2007)

Report Icon

Can You Re-Start Your Temporary Importation Period By Visiting Gibraltar? (27 Mar 2007)

Report Icon

Mediterranean Westbound Passage Notes from Argonauta 1 (2004) (23 Jun 2006)

Report Icon

Channel Havens (05 Apr 2006)

Report Icon

A Report on Port Napoleon located at Presqu'Ile du Mazet, Port St Louis du Rhone (23 Oct 2005)

Report Icon

UK Registered Yachts In Spain & France (27 Sep 2005)

Report Icon

Netherlands To Turkey Via European Canals & Rivers (13 Sep 2005)

Related News
UK Rallies: Sunshine, smiles and support on ARC Channel Islands 2017

UK Rallies: Sunshine, smiles and support on ARC Channel Islands 2017  (20 Aug 2017)

Cruising Europe: EU scraps mobile roaming charges

Cruising Europe: EU scraps mobile roaming charges   (26 Apr 2017)

Cruising Europe: ICC Course Now Available to All (A Clarification)

Cruising Europe: ICC Course Now Available to All (A Clarification)  (28 Nov 2016)

First edition of ARC Channel Islands creates a Channel Crossing Community

First edition of ARC Channel Islands creates a Channel Crossing Community  (31 Aug 2016)

UK & Med: Imray Digital Charts now available on Raymarine chartplotters

UK & Med: Imray Digital Charts now available on Raymarine chartplotters  (05 Jul 2016)

Report Icon

Somali pirates face trial over 2011 fatal yacht hijacking  (03 Apr 2016)

Schengen Survey for Cruisers

Schengen Survey for Cruisers  (22 Jan 2016)

Alaska to San Diego: French Single-Hander with cat rescued

Alaska to San Diego: French Single-Hander with cat rescued  (21 Oct 2015)

France: Plans for French anchoring tax scrapped

France: Plans for French anchoring tax scrapped  (14 Sep 2015)

British Isles, Channel Islands: New ARC Channel Islands 2016 Rally - Open for Registration

British Isles, Channel Islands: New ARC Channel Islands 2016 Rally - Open for Registration  (13 Sep 2015)

EU: Schengen Area Cruiser’s Survey Needs Your  Input

EU: Schengen Area Cruiser’s Survey Needs Your Input  (08 Jun 2015)

France, Cararet-sur-mer: Repairs to Pontoons Completed

France, Cararet-sur-mer: Repairs to Pontoons Completed  (06 May 2015)

France: Proposed Tax on Anchoring Re-Introduced

France: Proposed Tax on Anchoring Re-Introduced  (24 Apr 2015)

UK Channel: Dismasted yacht gets a helping hand from Brittany Ferries

UK Channel: Dismasted yacht gets a helping hand from Brittany Ferries  (16 Apr 2015)

Mapping Mediterranean migration

Mapping Mediterranean migration  (28 Sep 2014)

U.K.: Update on Search for British yachtsman missing for a week

U.K.: Update on Search for British yachtsman missing for a week  (10 Jul 2014)

Mediterranean, France, Corsica: 17 metre yacht hijacked

Mediterranean, France, Corsica: 17 metre yacht hijacked  (20 Feb 2014)

Northern Europe: New scheme could see Belgians relax over red diesel

Northern Europe: New scheme could see Belgians relax over red diesel  (30 Oct 2013)

Piracy: Somali pirates on trial for hijacking French yacht in 2009

Piracy: Somali pirates on trial for hijacking French yacht in 2009  (15 Oct 2013)

UK: Missing Weymouth sailor's body found

UK: Missing Weymouth sailor's body found  (06 Oct 2013)

Northern Europe, Netherlands: New North Sea Shipping Routes

Northern Europe, Netherlands: New North Sea Shipping Routes  (09 Jun 2013)

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted  (23 May 2013)

Heading to the Mediterranean this Summer?

Heading to the Mediterranean this Summer?  (20 May 2013)

June 8th is World Oceans Day: Create or Join an event near you

June 8th is World Oceans Day: Create or Join an event near you  (17 May 2013)

Report Icon

Cruising Association (CA) Launches North Sea Section  (09 Jan 2013)

Report Icon

Some Good News Regarding the International Certificate of Competence  (07 Mar 2012)

Report Icon

UK: Cross-Channel red diesel use outlawed  (23 Feb 2012)

Report Icon

European Inspectors Focus on Yacht Safety   (10 Feb 2012)

Report Icon

The Cruising Association Share the Secrets of Sailing the Bay of Biscay  (02 Dec 2011)

Report Icon

Female solo sailor saved by mobile phone after falling overboard   (31 Oct 2011)

Report Icon

French Yacht Loses Mast Mid-Atlantic  (15 Sep 2011)

Report Icon

Crew Abudcted from French Sailing Yacht off Yemen by Somali Pirates - Update  (13 Sep 2011)

Report Icon

Yachts in Europe: New Marine Safety Inspections from Jan 2011   (06 Jan 2011)

Report Icon

European Storm Xynthia - France Hardest Hit  (01 Mar 2010)

Report Icon

European Black Water Regulations  (22 Nov 2009)

Report Icon

Reminder of the Effect of the Schengen Regulations  (06 Sep 2009)

Report Icon

Skipper of Sea-Jacked Yacht Killed in Rescue Attack by French Navy  (11 Apr 2009)

Report Icon

French Yacht Sea-Jacked, NE Somalia   (11 Apr 2009)

Report Icon

North Brittany and The Channel Islands Cruising Companion  (19 Nov 2008)

Report Icon

Vendée Globe Entry Struck by Fishing Vessel off Sables d’Olonne  (17 Oct 2008)

Report Icon

Armed Robbery of Superyacht in Corsica  (27 Aug 2008)

Report Icon

British boaters stuck in French ports  (27 May 2008)

Report Icon

French Special Forces Swoop on Somali pirates  (16 Apr 2008)

Report Icon

Pirates Attack French Yacht and Take Crew Hostage  (05 Apr 2008)

Report Icon

Planning A Mediterranean Summer: Four New Must-Read Reviews  (06 Mar 2008)

Report Icon

Yachtsmen held hostage in French ports  (20 Jul 2007)

Report Icon

The Channel Islands Book Review: Noonsite Book Of The Month  (13 Mar 2007)

Report Icon

EU extends VAT grace period for non-EU boats to 18 months  (23 Mar 2004)

Report Icon

French Yacht Completes First Polar Circumnavigation  (01 Oct 2003)