Fishing tourism: oyster farming

All aboard with an Arcachon Bay oyster farmer!

For centuries, oyster-farming has fashioned the landscapes of the Arcachon Bay and has forged unique know-how. The Bay of Arcachon is quirky, mysterious and natural, unveiling the secrets of oyster faming to those who dare to adventure off the beaten track.

Pescatourism is a completely new form of eco-tourism and it is in vogue in Arcachon. And with good reason, there’s nothing like accompanying an oyster farmer to his farm to learn about this ancestral profession and understand what’s at stake in terms of protecting this exceptional natural environment.

Meet at the next tide to experience authentic moments with those who are nicknamed “the farmers of the sea”!

Discover an emblematic profession in the Bay of Arcachon

A few hours before the tide, you can board a boat with an oyster farmer to share their daily routine and their passion for the sea. By sailing to their workplace in their company, you will have time to get to know each other and discover the Bay’s marine environment. Head for the Arcachon Bay oyster farms where between 8,000 to 10,000 tonnes of oysters are produced every year.

Once you have arrived at the oyster farms, you are witness to the captivating profession of the oyster farmers. Depending on the tide and the season, they adapt their work constantly to produce high-quality oysters. Their varied tasks require great versatility, from installation of spat collectors, turning and separating oyster bags, in addition to cleaning the cages or harvesting the oysters which are ready to be refined, sorted or sold. No day is ever the same at sea when you pamper your oysters. During the three years they are raised the oysters develop gustative features which give Arcachon its great reputation.

At the end of the visit, you will be delighted by the tasting provided by the oyster farmer. Newbies and connoisseurs, young and old will enjoy the fresh and powerful salty taste.


As a couple, or with friends or family, this amusing and instructive experience plunges you into the heart of the Arcachon Bay’s traditions. From the sea to your plate, oysters will no longer hide secrets for you!