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Swim, Snorkel, Dive, See, Meet, Watch the Forkbeard

The Forkbeard can be recognized by its elongated brown body, a maximum size of 60 cm and the presence of a barbel under the chin. During the day, the forkbeard dwells on rocky coral seabeds, in caves, holes, and crevices where it can find darkness. It escapes into holes when approached.


Phycis phycis
Mostelle de roche, Mostelle brune


The Forkbeard is very active at night when it hunts crustaceans, sea worms, and small fish.


Spawning takes place from January to May. The eggs, and then the larvae, are planktonic and migrate with the currents.

Dive centers


Mateua Dive
Spain  - L'Escala

Mateua Dive is located in L'Escala, in the municipality of Girona, north of L'Estartit. Open from 9 am to 1.30 pm and 3.30 pm to 7 pm all week, Mateua Dive staff are on duty all day on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 7.30 pm. You feel like you're somewhere else at Mateua Dive with its white premises and large carpeted terrace with wooden benches. You can have lunch and a drink between dives. What's on the menu? Tapas, burgers and colourful mixed salads. Accessible thanks to ramps, people with reduced mobility are also supervised underwater by specially trained instructors. Enjoy 5 hot showers, a changing room with benches and hangers to leave your towels and personal belongings and put on your wetsuit. The Mateua Dive training centre offers SSI theory courses in the indoor classroom equipped with a blackboard and also outside in a shaded area to take shelter from the sun. All SSI courses for divers are offered from Basic Diver to Advanced Adventure as well as specialities to improve your rescue skills with stress and rescue and react right or more fun dives to become a Night Diver, ideal to discover the Mediterranean fauna of L'Escala in peace by the light of your night lamp. Board the Sirenita, a 10-metre boat with a capacity of 25 people, or the faster 6.20-metre RIB to reach the popular dive spots of the Medes Islands. The Mateua Dive Centre offers around 20 dive sites along the coast with cave dives, ideal for becoming a PADI Cave Diver. Become a PADI Deep Diver by doing deep dives around the small islands of Illes de Cala Ferriolo, Illes Cala Pedroso and of course, Ille Mateua, right in front of the Mateua Dive club! The wreck of the Marmoler is one of the best dives in L'Escala. Follow the Wreck Diver speciality here! [+]

  • SSI Training
  • Diving around Islands
  • Welcome groups
From 29,00 €


Tiki Dive
France  - Cavalaire

The Tiki Dive center? Fabien's boat Tiki Dive welcomes you in the port of Cavalaire. This comfortable boat, equipped with 4 cabins, has a rear cockpit, a "Tiki Divemaster" cabin, an interior saloon with a fully equipped kitchen, 3 double cabins, 2 bathrooms, and 2 sun decks. The launch is from the platform with a hot shower, which is very pleasant when you get out of the water. The Tiki Dive diving school offers SSI courses from beginners to divemasters with the possibility to combine the courses with a stay on board the boat for one or more days. Breakfast and meals are therefore included in the overnight stay on board. You add your diving course or your explorations around Cavalaire to the national park of Port-Cros and Porquerolles! The Tiki Dive also allows you to discover the diving area that stretches from St-Raphaël to Toulon, whether it's for a half-day, a day, or a stay. Enjoy the boat and the services offered, with family or friends. The 17m long Tiki Dive includes diving equipment for hire and an inflation station. The team of instructors is fully dedicated to your satisfaction as the welcome, training, and explorations are done à la carte, whether you are a beginner diver or more experienced. The boat can only accommodate 12 people during the day and 8 people for the nights, which provides a small family atmosphere! In addition to scuba diving, water sports such as snorkeling and paddleboarding are also available. [+]

  • Near Downtown area
  • Accomodations and diving
  • Comfortable boat
From 40,00 €


Aquatic Rando
France  - Fréjus

The diving center Aquatic Rando is located in Port Fréjus, in the Var. The boat is moored near the pedestrian bridge that spans the port with the store located 100 meters away. Here you can take advantage of the whole range of FFESSM training courses, from first dives to level 4 preparatory courses. And for those who wish to discover the sea bed by snorkeling, you can board the boat, if there is room, of course! With Aquatic Rando, you can visit diving sites from Petit Cap Roux to Mandelieu-La Napoule, including the diving sites of Sainte Maxime. The infrastructure of Aquatic Rando includes the reception of the customers, the stock of material, the inflating station, toilets, and a nice relaxation area, with a bar, in a tropical atmosphere. There is even a small corner for those who want to eat on the spot and get delicious pizzas made right next door. After the dive, the Aquatic Rando diving center organizes a solemn graduation ceremony! Alain, the boss, makes a toast for those who passed their certifications with him! Groups are advised to stay at the Hotel des Palmiers and to have 2 meals a day at the Salambo restaurant, next to Aquatic Rando. In winter, you can go to the Cap Horn restaurant for a hamburger with foie gras! [+]

  • fast boat
  • Easy to access
  • Stay without a car
From 25,00 €


Mio Palmo Hyères
France  - Hyères

Mio Palmo is located in the watersports center in the Port of Hyères, with a free 500-space car park just a few meters away. Restaurants, accommodation, beaches, shops, and bars are all within easy reach. The shop offers diving equipment to buy. The dive center is equipped with a modern inflating station with a high-performance compressor for the rapid filling of the tanks. The material is stored on the premises, and there are changing rooms and facilities to equip you. The boats are moored in front of the dive center, a short distance away. The Amorgos, a fast and comfortable aluminum boat, has a capacity of 20 divers. It is ideal for day trips around the Port Cros National Park or for a trip to a remote site with two dives. The Taormina is a semi-rigid boat that can accommodate up to 20 divers. It is ideal for snorkeling trips and quick access to dive sites. First dives and introductions to scuba diving are done with a private instructor, for about 20 minutes, to a depth of six meters. They take place every afternoon. PADI courses are given from Open Water to Instructor level. Explorations are carried out on very popular rocky sites, magnificent drop-offs and wrecks such as the Mustang, the Greek and the Donator, from Hyères, around Cap Nègre and Cap Benat, near the Giens peninsula. The Natural Park of Port Cros, preserving the underwater world of the Golden Islands, remains a must for snorkeling, diving, and freediving. [+]

  • Wrecks
  • Popular dive sites
  • Welcome groups
From 45,00 €


Plongée Bleue Banyuls
France  - Banyuls-sur-Mer

Blue Diving is a small friendly structure located in Banyuls-sur-Mer, in the south of France. Board the boat in Banyuls-sur-Mer to go and discover the underwater wealth of the Cerbere-Banyuls Reserve and the Cap Creus Nature Reserve in Spain. You can also explore the dive sites along the Côte Vermeille and their wrecks. The sites are accessible to all levels, from beginner and advanced divers, coming individually or in groups. The offered service is personalized and takes into consideration everyone’s needs and desires, with the objective of diving safely. Blue Diving is also a diving school in Paris. You are trained during the whole year in the diving pit of Charenton le Pont, in Paris. Then you come and validate your training in natural environment. You can discover the pleasure of Scuba diving when on holiday in Banyuls and continue in Paris the rest of the year ! [+]

  • Near Downtown area
  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Protected Marine Park
From 35,00 €


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Where to see, swim, and dive with Forkbeard ?

France - Bandol, Sanary,-sur-Mer, Six-Four-les-Plages,ToulonFrance - Cannes, Mandelieu-le-Napoule, Théoule-sur-MerFrance - Carry-le-RouetFrance - CassisFrance - Cavalaire-sur-MerFrance - Cerbère and BanyulsFrance - CorsicaFrance - Fréjus and Saint-RaphaëlFrance - Golfe-Juan, Antibes and Villeneuve-LoubetFrance - Hyères, Bormes-les-Mimosas, La Londe-les-Maures and Le LavandouFrance - La Ciotat, Saint Cyr-les-Lecques France - Mediterranean seaFrance - NiceFrance - Sainte-MaximeFrance - Saint-TropezItaly - Europe's largest Marine Park, in MarettimoItaly - the Marine Park of Naples, Area Kingdom of NeptuneItaly - the Marine Park of Naples, the Parco Sommerso di Gaiola Malta - Malta, Gozo and CominoSardinia - CannigioneSardinia - Loiri Porto San PaoloSardinia - PalauSardinia - the National Park of the Maddalena ArchipelagoSicily - MarettimoSpain - Cadaques, Costa BravaSpain - Cala Joncols, Costa BravaSpain - Cala Montjoi, Costa BravaSpain - Costa BravaSpain - L’Escala, Costa BravaSpain - L'Estartit, Costa BravaSpain - Palamos, Costa Brava

Best season :

France - Var
France - Alpes Maritimes
France - Bouches du Rhone
France - Languedoc Roussillon
France - Corse
Italy - Marettimo
Italy - Naples
Malta - Malte
Sardinia - Cannigione
Sardinia - Loiri Porto San Paolo
Sardinia - Palau
Sicily - Marettimo
Spain - Cadaqués
Spain - Cala Joncols
Spain - Cala Monjoi
Spain - El Puerto de la Selva
Spain - L’Escala
Spain - L'Estartit
Spain - Palamos