Sails and high tide at the Ile de Re

About the trip

After beaching your craft you will hunt for a variety of sea shells (razor blades, scallops) with your guide leading you to the discovery of an impressive eco-system.


  • 9.30 Leaving La Rochelle on board the Catamaran
  • 11.00 grounding on “The lumberjack’s bench”
  • 11.15 Guided introduction and first experience to foot fishing on the sand strip
  • 13.00 Shell fish tray served on “the bench”
  • 14.30 Initiation to and ride
  • 17.00 arriving at La Rochelle

*Timetables are likely to change according to tide

Shellfish search on "le banc du bucheron"(the Lumberjack’s bench)

Exceptional location, « the Lumberjack’s bench » is a short lived sand island which appears and disappears during high tides, thus offering to ground the boat on very high tides and to discover its wealth and curiosities. Indeed, an extraordinary wildlife is awaiting; Scallops, clams, razor shells, longnecks, smooth clams, white sea urchins, and many more are dwelling well settled in this little paradise.

 This is the time to awake all your senses, while the tide inexorably keeps going away, the birds are the first to invade the place, fearless fishers leaving behind only their lunch’s leftovers.  With the use of many give-aways left by these sand lodgers, we will learn how to trace them back and how to catch them with a maximum of respect for this serene and fragile unique eco-system.

Sailing aboard the catamaran


After swapping with « Dan », your guide and Stephane the Captain, onboard the boat you will take time to admire the charming harbor of la Rochelle.  Passed its outside walls, you will be sailing through sea spray towards the mythical “Lumberjack’s bench”.  Sailing fans will help with the maneuvres and curious ones will be able to exchange with our passionate “sea dogs” on fauna or sailing. If the winds allows, 131sq meter of sails will be spread for a unique sailing experience. The group will enjoy the journey protected by the wild fairing and the bimini sheltering the whole of the cockpit.

Back to La Rochelle, via la Tour Saint-Nicolas and la Tour de la Chaîne you will find yourself a few centuries back. ..

he catamaran : Kapalouest

KAPALOUEST is a 16 meter long by 9 meter wide catamaran with a 35sq m pleasant and comfortable cabin. With a wide trampoline (30sq m) and a substantial sail surface (131sq m): this is a true sailing experience  that you will be sharing during a few hours. To learn more:

Guidance :

All along the way a connexion-nature contact will be there to look after the successful convening of the journey.

Equipment :

  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof windbreaker
  • Extra set of clothing
  • Bathing outfit or  pair of shorts for the bench
  • Sun glasses


Climate :

The Charantes islands and the Charante-Maritime coastline are defined by a particularly mild climate in the winter and cooling in the summer, due to ocean influence constantly changing. The islands of Ré and Oléron are surrounding the Antioch spillway, creating a real inner sea, “a small Mediterrannée” easily warmed up by the Gulf Stream and allowing very good weather conditions where thermic changes remain quite mild.

How to get there :

By car

  • Paris 467 km
  • Nantes : 146 km
  • Bordeaux : 180 km
  • Toulouse : 400 km


By TGV fast train

  • Paris-La Rochelle : 3h


By air :

La Rochelle airport/ Ile de Ré

Dates :

Upon request

Prices *:

On estimate

*Price includes:

  • Kapalouest catamaran rental (including its Captain and mate)
  • 1 sea food tray incl. service
  • 1 nature guide
  • Guiding
  • Connexion Nature financial guarantee


*Not included in the price

  • transport to la Rochelle (unless requested)
  • Alcoolic beverages and sodas outside meals
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Individual travel insurance


Warning :

The organization have the right to cancel the boat trips  if the weather does  not allow optimum security conditions. Connexion Nature will propose you another trip or repay you.

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Sails and high tide at the Ile de Re
Sails and high tide at the Ile de Re

After beaching your craft you will hunt for a variety of sea shells (razor blades, scallops) with your guide leading you to the discovery of an impressive eco-system.

Sails and high tide at the Ile de Re

More info
  • Audience : Group
  • Duration : 1 day
  • Place : La Rochelle / Ile de Ré
  • Maximum number : 27 persons
  • From 120€ VAT included / pers
Votre guide
Dany Patrier
Guide pêche
Very keen on marine ecology, he takes people to discover the intertidal zone and the sea wealth and also offers boat outings.
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120,00 €

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