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L'Étoile de Thau IV, based mostly in Marseillan, is a family-run firm providing a choice of high quality journeys across the Thau lagoon and this spectacular a part of the southern French coast. The firm is already open for the 2024 season, with the boat Diane I in operation, whereas the Nino Évasion returns to service on March 30. Here are 10 causes to set sail this summer season.

1. Enjoy an genuine expertise with native French individuals

L'Étoile de Thau IV is a household firm relationship again to 1997 with a background in fishing and shellfish farming, a commerce synonymous with the Thau basin. Made up of mom Claudia Azaïs, father Jean-François Marino, son Mathieu Marino, son-in-law Mickaël Larret and daughter Mélanie Marino, they’re obsessed with their career and this extraordinary marine atmosphere, and love nothing greater than to share their know -how with guests to the realm.

2. A minimize above the remaining

The members of this close-knit household supply a singular expertise for guests, extra genuine than corporations which specialize purely in tourism as a result of they will share their expertise within the conventional native fishing commerce, in addition to stating well-known native landmarks, in fact! A pleasant welcome awaits, whether or not you're in search of a one-hour tour of the realm or are holding a non-public celebration to have a good time an important day. And you’ll be able to select from two boats – the 96-seat Diane I and the extra intimate nine-seater, the Nino Évasion, a quick and comfy motor boat.

3. Rental, rental, rental

L'Étoile de Thau IV is predicated on the Port of Marseillan Ville (Quai Antonin Gros, Left Bank) in Marseillan, which is within the Hérault division on the southern French coast, 30km east of Béziers.

As nicely because the Étang de Thau with its outstanding wildlife (look out for flamingos!), it's the proper base from which to discover the world-famous Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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4. The shoreline is your oyster

Relax on the waters of the Canal du Midi and sail as shut as attainable to the oyster beds whereas discovering the know-how of the oyster farmers on The Getaway tour aboard the Nino Évasion.

Departing from the port of Marseillan, you’ll spend an hour discovering the Étang de Thau, its oyster beds and the Canal du Midi. The tour features a commentary and could be scheduled within the morning or afternoon, relying on which most accurately fits your itinerary. There can be the choice to take pleasure in a tasting of native merchandise too.

5. Sail into the sundown

What may very well be extra magical than a sundown cruise aboard the Nino Évasion? The Authentic tour is an unforgettable sundown expertise with the added choice of oyster-tasting on board with a glass of white wine (or tender drink if most popular). Or you can select a scrumptious aperitif-style supper of native merchandise together with oysters, chilly meats, pizza, cheese, cake, and wine or tender drinks.

6. The Breakfast Club

Want to start out the break day proper? Board the Nino Évasion for a morning cruise and luxuriate in your breakfast on the water in essentially the most idyllic of settings. Gaze on the beautiful surroundings as you tuck into your croissant and jam, washed down with espresso, tea or sizzling chocolate and a glass of contemporary orange juice.

7. Tomorrow Belongs to Us

If you're a fan of French cleaning soap opera Tomorrow belongs to us, board the Nino Évasion for a particular deal with. This 90-minute journey will take you to filming places used within the well-liked TV sequence, such because the Onglous de Marseillan lighthouse, on the finish of the Canal du Midi on the Étang de Thau. Prepare to do a little bit of star-spotting too ought to it occur to be a filming day!

8. Gourmet St Barth

Set off to find the Solar Tide aboard the Nino Évasion. Visit the oyster beds, that are outfitted with photo voltaic panels thereby making it attainable to supply the well-known pink oyster of Tarbouriech, and luxuriate in a connoisseur expertise in St Barth.

9. The Escape

Choose from a one-hour or 1.5-hour tour aboard the Diane I on the Thau lagoon, with a commentary by an area fisherman who will share his ardour for the Canal du Midi and its oyster beds. And, in fact, you’ll be able to take pleasure in a tasting of 4 oysters with a glass of white wine (or tender drink) as you sail (for an additional payment).


10. Private Party

Book out the Diane I for a non-public celebration and create an unforgettable expertise with your loved ones, associates or colleagues. Whatever your big day – birthday, hen celebration, marriage ceremony, seminar – select the theme and have a good time with wine, tender drinks and an aperitif dinner of oysters, chilly meats, pizza, cheese and cake.

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