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Situated just off its 355km of coastline, the Manche department offers a spectacular medley of picturesque islands.
- The Channel Islands: Bailiwick of Guernsey (Alderney, Sark and Herm…), bailiwick of Jersey
- The Chausey archipelago, off Granville
- The Island of Tatihou, off Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue

The Channel Islands are a group of islands located in the English Channel to the west of the Cotentin peninsula and comprising: the bailiwick of Jersey (the Floral Island) and the bailiwick of Guernsey with its dependencies (Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, Brecqhou, Burhou and other islets). These territories are the property of the British Crown, without for as much being an integral part of the United Kingdom. The great independence offered by such status means that the Channel Islands are not a European Union member state.
At only a few miles' distance, the Channel Islands and Manche benefit not only from their geographical proximity, but also from preferential historical, tourist, economic and cultural links.
Chausey, Europe's largest archipelago, located in the Manche département.Twice a day, the Chausey archipelago braves the Old Continent's strongest tides. Grande Ile, barely a mile long, is located just nine miles from Granville. This classified, and therefore protected, site offers a magnificent natural environment.
The Island of Tatihou, just off the small port of Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and only a stone's throw from Barfleur, is the favourite haunt of marine birds, together with history, nature and environmental enthusiasts.
All year round, the Chausey archipelago can be reached from Granville via the ferries« Jeune France II » and « Jolie France II » as well as the catamaran « Jeune France ».
Crossing time: 35 minutes aboard the "Jeune France II" or 50 minutes aboard the "Jolie France II". Number of passengers travelling from Granville to Chausey in 2008: 114,600
Ferry links between the Manche département and the Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney and Sark) are operated, since the 1st of April 2005 by "Manche Îles Express" under the impetus of the Manche Departmental Council. Manche Îles Express services are exclusively for foot passengers, hence involving very quick boarding. The Manche Îles Express ferry company has two high-speed catamarans – the "Marin Marie" and the "Victor Hugo" – offering a total boarding capacity of 438 passengers. Due to ever-increasing demand, the company put a new vessel, the "Tocqueville", into service in July 2007; this monohull offers a boarding capacity of 260 passengers and is capable of facing the most difficult of weather conditions. With crossings lasting barely an hour, Manche Îles Express is undoubtedly the quickest way to reach the Channel Islands.
Crossing times:
- Granville / Jersey (St Helier) : 60 minutes
- Carteret / Jersey (St Helier) : 60 minutes
- Carteret / Jersey (Gorey) : 45 minutes
- Carteret / Guernesey (St Peter Port) : 60 minutes
- Diélette / Guernesey (St Peter Port) : 60 minutes
- Jersey (St Helier) / Guernesey : 60 minutes
- Jersey (St Helier) / Sercq : 50 minutes
- Jersey (Gorey) / Guernesey : 70 minutes
- Guernesey / Aurigny : minutes
- Diélette / Aurigny : minutes
Passenger statistics: Departure from Granville
- Total passengers disembarked in 2009: 96,709 (Chausey: 73,176; Jersey: 23,533)
- Total passengers embarked in 2009: 96,341 (Chausey: 72,933; Jersey: 23,408)

  • Carte des liaisons maritimes
  • Mont Orgueil aux îles de Jersey
  • Pêcheur à pied
  • Marée basse à Chausey
  • Voiliers aux îles Chausey