Scuba diving in Le Togo
The Togo is a 76m/249ft long cargo ship with both sails and steam engine, built in Newcastle in 1882 for the French Compagnie Havraise Peninsulaire. In 1918 it ran into a floating mine in the Bay of Cavalaire and went down rapidly. Split in two, the main part with the bow lies at 60m/196ft while the stern is at 68m/223ft depth. It is possible to swim through the wreck and explore the impressive engine room through the opening left after the collapse of the main chimney. The anchors and a cast-iron stove are still down there and in good condition. The wreck is covered in red, orange, black and deep purple gorgonian fans and inhabited by a variety of marine life.
When to go
The best time to dive Le Togo is from April to October when the average water temperature reaches 20C/68F. The average depth of the site is more than 40m/131ft. Water visibility is good, 10-30 m/32-98ft.