Top 5 Snorkelling Spots Around Ibiza
Snorkelling in Ibiza introduces you to a delightful underwater realm. The sea around Ibiza is home to the world’s largest living organism – rich beds of deep green posedonia seaweed that create a lush habitat for an abundance of marine life. Ibiza’s sunny clime means you can swim in the sea from June until September or even October. If you fancy going earlier or later in the season a light wetsuit is enough to stay warm. Apart from a swimsuit, you need to enjoy this activity is a snorkel and a set of fins to help you glide more efficiently through the water.
Remember to play it safe in the sea. Swim with a friend, avoid areas of boat traffic, and stay within your comfort zone.
Located on the western-most point of Ibiza, Cala Comte has some of the most pristine turquoise seas on the island. The sweep of its coastline creates an abundance of coves, nooks, and crannies where you can explore the world beneath the surface of its limpid sea. It is a great destination for strong swimmers as there is so much to explore. Families with young children should consider a more sheltered bay such as Es Bol Nou or Cala Xarraca.
Blink and you’ll miss the entrance to this beach on the north-west coast of the island. The short winding road opens onto a small but perfectly formed cove. Large rocks a short distance out beckon you to swim and explore. The rugged coastline is full of hiding places for sea creatures who will welcome your gentle visit.
Bring your walking shoes if you want to reach this hidden beach near the village of Sant Mateu. Follow the signs to the viewpoint, park, then hike down the gravel road. You’ll be rewarded with a pristine blue bay which is virtually unpopulated, even in summer. There you can snorkel in perfect silence before walking back up to enjoy the sunset from the overlook.
Es Bol Nou (Sa Caleta)
This small sandy beach on the road between the airport and Sant Josep is ideal for families, as the sea remains shallow for some distance. Red cliffs encircle the sparkling water, creating a feeling of peace and safety. There are no moorings so the yachts float past and cluster at Cala Jondal next door, meaning snorkellers can relax and enjoy Es Bol Nou without dodging aquatic traffic.
This delightful, gold sand beach is just down the coast from Aguas Blancas, but much less crowded, making it a perfect place to retreat during the high season. Cliffs surround the beach, giving it a sheltered feel. When you venture out into the sea those same cliffs offer plenty of underwater crannies to explore. Once you’ve worked up an appetite snorkelling you can head back to the beach and enjoy a bite to eat at one of its excellent chiringuitos (beach bars).
Wherever you choose, Ibiza’s crystalline water and undersea life makes snorkelling a refreshing alternative to another day of sunbathing!