Our goal :
An educative approach: discover a rich marine and diversified environment, a unique space: a small inland see, open on the ocean.
A sensitive approach: have your students discover the beauty; wealth and the fragility of our natural environment and raise awareness among them about the future of out maritime heritage.
A convivial approach: come discover an astonishing nature and share a trip, put under the sign of relaxation and good mood.
SAILOR FOR A DAY WITH THE SCHOOL FOR APPRENTICE SAILORS - 6-12 years old
This School for Apprentice sailors program offers you a complete visit of the harbor and of the Arcachon Bay by boat. Once on board, each student will receive its log book, fun and instructive tool to talk about all the themes, linked to the maritime live of the Arcachon Bay and have the questioning emerge. It might be filled in during class and allow to talk about the captain's comments.
- You start your day by embarking on board of a boat, equipped with your Book log.
- You navigate for - 2h for the visit of the fishing harbor and the marina of Arcachon.
- You continue your trip to the Bird Island and the oyster beds*
- You land on the pier of the Cap Ferret village (Bélisaire) for a stop (picnic to provide)
- Your boat will wait either at the beginning of the afternoon, either at the end of the afternoon if you have chosen to opt for one of your many activities proposed on the peninsula
- You continue your balad (-1h) to the Cap Ferret point, the entrance of the Bay and the Great Pyla Dune
- You join Arcachon through the seaside.
* visibility of oyster beds at low tide
Our favorite ♥ : stop at Cap Ferret to visit the lighthouse, at the time, a 360° panorama !
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A HALT ON THE LEGE-CAP FERRET PENINSULA : visits, workshops, meetings... o enrich your discovery of the Bay by boat, we offer you several made-to-measure programs: a getaway to discover a preserved and surprising universe.
The natural reserve of Ares to discover, through 3 programs :
Duration - 1h30 - Entrance on the pier of Bélisaire - 30mn by bus
3/6 years old - The forest with closed eyes: sensory discovery of the forest thanks to small games, place to awaken the senses and the imagination.
7/11 years old - Natural treasure hunt: a treasure hunt in the middle of the Natural Reserve of the Près Salés Pay close attention to leave with many treasures.
6/12 years old - Inspector Lafouine: through a full-scale police investigation, discover the wealths and secrets of the fauna and the flora of the Natural Reserve of the Près Salés.
The Piraillan tanks - 6/11 years old - Duration - 2h - Entrance on the Bélisaire pier: - 15mn by bus
Accompanied by a naturalist guide, you explore a protected area of 39ha, including 6ha of fish tanks and 21ha of pine forest and wooden dunes.
Fishing by foot on the Bay - 6/11 years old - Duration - 2 hours Entrance on the pier of Bélisaire: 10 mn by bus - Meet on the parking, the Herbe beach. Schedules according to tide.
Discover a natural environment while fishing by foot at the Herbe. Thanks to a net used to pick up crabs, shrimps, sea needles Long trousers and boots are compulsory!
The lighthouse and the peninsula - Duration - 40mn - Entrance on the Bélisaire pier - 30mn by foot
High of 53 meters (258 footsteps), you enjoy a 360° panorama of the Ocean, the Peninsula and the Arcachon Bay.
Inside, TRAVELLING horizons: 6 spaces of interactive exposition on the evolution of sailing cartography, on the the sailing tools A movie where the lighthouse changes during the graphic and sonorous constructions game, in a 3D animation.
The Cap Ferret small train - Duration - 15mn Entrance on Bélisaire pier - 3mn by foot
Organise a picnic on the oceanic beaches, taking the small train from the pier of Bélisaire to the horizon beach. The little ones love it !
Oyster-farming: The Discovery and Pedagogic Farm of the Piraillan village - Entrance on the pier of Bélisaire - 20mn by bus
The aim of this "Small Observatory of the Sea", located in the sailors' village of Piraillan, is to do some pedagogy on the different themes about the oyster and its environment. Several formulas are offered by theme and by age group.
Kindergarten option - Duration - 1h - The discovery of the oyster according to the 5 senses
Primary School Option 1 Small, Middle, Big ones - Duration - 2h - Setting and way of living of the oyster farmers
Primary School Option 2 Big ones - Duration - 2h - The oyster in its environment
A STOP IN ARCACHON AND ITS SURROUNDINGS : games, tours, activities
In addition to your boat trip, we offer you a large choice of activities which will allow you to relax, play and go discover a unique natural and human environment.
The thousand faces of the winter town - Duration - 2h - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 15 mn by foot
Go back in time and play in teams through riddles.
Trip from port to port - Duration - 2h - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 5mn by foot
Discovery of the architectural and marine heritage of the port and of the Arcachon seaside with a professional guide. Creation of a postcard from the gleaned materials on the way.
The auction house - Duration from 6h30 to 8h45 - Entrance on the Arcachon piers - 5mn by foot
Participate to an auction sale and get accustomed to the different fish species of the Bay. Share this singular atmosphere and all the passion of this job.
The Teich ornithological reserve - Entrance on the Arcachon piers - 30 mn by bus
A guided discovery of the parc and its many migratory or settled bird species. A path was specially created for the kids.
Guided visit of the Abatilles spring - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 10mn by bus
Since 1925, the St Anne spring of the Abatilles s recognized by the medical body for its exceptional features and benefits on health. Come visit the unique and privileged site of the spring. Every Thursday from 10am to 12pm.
The aquarium of Arcachon - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon 3mn by foot
Visit the aquarium museum of Arcachon and observe the wealth of our seabed: octopuses, congers, rays, seahorses, sea-stars...
The amusement park of Gujan-Mestras - From 5 years old Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 20mn by bus
Aventures Bay: climbing park in the trees: 2h30 of activity on 6 paths.
Max Golf Original: a discovery of the heritage of the Bay, while playing on a giant mini-golf.
The Cabin 166 on the Port of La Teste de Buch - Duration - 1h Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 15mn by bus
Accompanied by Geli, your guide, oyster producer and owner of the place, go discover the pearl of the Bay.
The Oyster House of Gujan-Mestras - 2 levels: 2nd/3rd grade and 4th and 5th grade - Duration - 1h (video+guided visit) Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 25mn by bus
A "sounds and images" visit in this museum of the Arcachon Bay, fully dedicated to oyster farming. On demand, "discovery" booklets are made available in the classes which wish to.
The guided visit of the Port of Larros - Duration -1h15 - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 25mn by bus
The port of Laros is a unique site, both a center of an important industrial activity and witness of a perpetuated maritime tradition. With your guide, go discover this universe: the history of the site, oyster-farming huts and naval construction site...
A STOP AT THE CORE OF THE BAY :
Secrets and riddles of the past - From 6 years old - Duration - 1h30 Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 40 min by bus - Meet at the oyster-farming port of Taussat.
A museum? No, a treasure hut! Hundreds of tools are gathered there and if they could, they would talk! Accompanied by an organizer and thanks to pictures, kids will be able to notice,guess, imagine the names of the tools and their use. Christian will then unveil their real names, the history and the use of the tools, with some funny terms sometimes. Kids will also be able to try to walk on stilts.
The foreshore and fishing by foot on the beach from Cassy to Lanton - From 4 years old - Duration - 1h30 - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 40 min by bus. When the water is retreating, it leaves the place to the foreshore, which unveils its treasures! Mickaël, professional fishing guide, offers you a trip by foot in the channels at low tide. Schedules according to the tides.
Discovery of the crab fishery in the port of Audenge - From 6 years old - Duration - 1h30 - Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 35min by bus.
At high tide, you will learn to recognize the different species, their habits, and the techniques used to fish them. Simple and fun!
Captain Malprat's secret - From the first grade to middle school - Duration - about 3h - Meet at the port of Biganos
The Island of Maprat, mysterious and secret, is not far. It is said that one day Captain Malprat had brought back on board of its caravel a fabulous treasure that he would have hidden not far from the island in the port of Biganos! The teams will have to retrieve clues that the Captain has hidden. Thanks to their answers, the kids will be able to locate the treasure. But look out! It is not as simple as it looks! You will also have to successfully finish a series of ordeals to find the code to open the chest! Some of the proposed ordeals: scents game, the beam, giant spiderweb...
This Adventurous and fun activity, is to be done in teams of 6 to 8 kids. (1 guide per team)
The price includes: the management, the activity and the material. The price does not include: the presents given to the winning team or to all of the players.
THE PROGRAMS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ASSOCIATIONS : observe, compare, identify, touch, smell...
2 programs created and supervised by cultural mediators of the association Earth and Ocean. They allow the teachers to choose between the proposed themes, those they will talk about on the field on the day of the trip, on one or/and the other of the 2 sites.
The Great Pyla Dune -From 6 years old - Duration - 2h Entrance on the piers of Arcachon - 15 mn by bus
Accompanied by a guide, climb the Great sand dune to reach the top. A reading of the landscape will allow you to discover this unforgettable panorama! A discovery of its fossilized grounds for apprentice archeologists will allow you to understand the formation of the dune, fun and pedagogic workshops on the sand will put into evidence the origin of the sand and the actual problems of erosion on our coasts. The winds, the currents and the tides will also be approached
Environment and experiences- From 6 years old - Duration - 2H Meet in front of the Arcachon aquarium
Reading of the landscape and test on the pier, then scientific workshops in laboratories with observation of plancton and workshops on the quality of water. For this program, 2 mediators Earth and Ocean per class.
For the schools of Gironde, possibility of financing in the context of pedagogic projects.
2 programs created in partnership with *Aroeven*, the kids discover different environments thanks to histories and workshops alternating between groups and the full class. The environment Aroeven guide will offer you the necessary tools to make the exchange, the cooperation concrete discoveries easier...
Explore the beach and its secrets - Duration - 1h30 - Place: Hume Beach, Gujan-Mestras or Arcachon
Kindergarten : The feet in the water at low tide or The beach at the fingertips.
Old shoes, hands in the mud, look for crabs, worms and shells or discover what the sand is, its consistence, its colors and its properties through workshops and small games. A time to touch, manipulate, pick up, compare, sort out, observe...
Primary schools : Treasures, hidden at low tide - Duration ~2h
On the beach, at low tide, a multitude of life clues reveal the presence of an unexpected fauna and a flora. Go for a walk, feet in the water, and respectfully collect the animals of the foreshore.
Investigate... Primary schools
At the Arcachon port ! - Duration - 1h30 - supplied with inquiry forms, discover an economic activity: fishing. Talk about the life and the role of a fishing port, the material, the main harbor installations, the boats and the main features: trawler man or gillnetter? What are their fishing techniques?
The thousands features of the coastline ! - Duration ~2h - On the path of the coastline, supplied with inquiry formes and small binoculars, come observe the birds, landscapes and the traces of human activity and the biological variety of the Arcachon Bay.
ALL OF THE OUTSIDE SERVICES ARE OFFERED IN OPTION AND ONLY TO COMPLETE YOUR BOAT CRUISE.
Tour offered throughout the year except from July, 11th to August, 28th
The boar flat rates are calculated on the basis of a class: 30 students and 5 guides. We also offer you options only 1 boat up until 42 and 49 people. If there are more than 49 people: 2 boats or more if needed.
The optional prices are calculated on a basis of 30 students and 5 guides (outside of the capacity of some service providers, contact us).
The programs may be inverted according to the availability. To make the process to the regional educational authorities easier, you will receive a demand after reservation, a complete file including the sailing permit, a copy of the insurance certificate, the rules concerning the life jackets and the maritime professional brevet.
The UBA security: UBA is matriculated in the register of travels and sojourns operators under the following number: IMO33120029 and benefits from a special passenger insurance. Accepted by the Equipment, Transport and Tourism Ministry, our boats are qualified as insubmersible, they are equipped with life jackets and merchant navy floating engines. Communication systems: VHF, CB, mobile phones. Navigation Systems: radars, sounders and GPS.
In case of bad weather and outside special weather forecast, the service will be insured by the sheltered parts of the boat(s).
UBA is keeping the right to modify the excursions, hours and prices, without notice (see our general terms and conditions).
"Despite the fact that we are from the area, we had the feeling that we were discovering the Bay for the first time. We took a trip bu boat departing from the Cap Ferret, then we took the bus again towards the Piraillan reservoirs where a naturalist guide was waiting for us. The guide made us discover this site, little known by most of us, and the kids really liked the visit of the fishing tanks. A day full of discoveries for the students but for the teachers as well."