With fantastic year round weather and many miles of stunning coastline, snorkelling in Costa Blanca is a pleasure and with predominantly calm waters can be enjoyed by most age groups. Throughout the region's popular towns and resorts visitors will find a superb selection of water sports and activities, although the vast majority come with a price tag and some pursuits such as jet skiing, flyboarding and scuba diving can rapidly eat into your holiday budget.
Snorkelling in Costa Blanca really has to be one of the cheapest holiday activities available and snorkelling sets for the young ones who just want to paddle about in the shallows can be bought for less than 6€ in most ‘Chino' bazaars or beach shops. The large sportswear retailers such as Decathlon or online retailers like Amazon stock good quality adult sets that include a mask, snorkel and flippers for under 50€ and these really don't take up much luggage space so can be used time and again when on holiday.
The Costa Blanca coastline is very diverse and most resorts and towns will have a mixture of sandy beaches and rocky coves, some with stretches of cliffs and even sea caves which are thrilling to explore. Although it's always best to snorkel in pairs or groups, with the calm waters of the Mediterranean it is usually quite safe to snorkel alone as long as you stay within the yellow buoys that restrict entry for motorboats and jet skis. You will notice the more experienced snorkelers and spear fishermen that do venture past the buoys always have a line attached to a bright red or orange warning float and flag to let boats know they're there.
Costa Blanca Snorkelling Spots
- Torrevieja – Cala Cornuda, Cala de la Higuera, Cala de la Zorra
- Pilar de la Horadada – Cala del Gato, Punta del Gato
- Santa Pola – Tabarca Island
- Alicante – Cap de l'Horta
- El Campello – Punta dels Banyetes de la Reina
- Benidorm – Cala de Tio Ximo
- Altea – Cala Mascarat
- Calpe – Cala del Racó, Cala de Gasparet
- Benissa – Cala de Els Pinets
- Cumbre del Sol – Cova dels Arcs, Cala los Tiestos
- Javea – Cala Granadella
- Dénia – Les Rotes
The above locations are just a few of the fantastic spots where snorkelling in Costa Blanca can be enjoyed that are close to popular resorts, towns and cities, although there are many more locations that are off the beaten track and when talking to locals, they are usually happy to let you know about their favourite snorkelling and spearfishing spots. For solo travellers or those that have never tried snorkelling, a safer option is to go on a snorkelling tour or safari as some tour operators like to call them.
Adventure Costa Blanca – This is a well established adventure tour operator that offer activities from a number of north Costa Blanca towns as well as the city of Benidorm. Their superb range of adventures and activities take place on land, at sea and in the air, and they offer a 2 hour combined kayaking & snorkelling excursion from Dénia that takes in the Montgo Natural Park and La Cova Talla sea caves.
Dive Academy Santa Pola – You are certainly in safe hands with these guys who are one of the Costa Blanca's leading scuba diving centres. They offer an exciting 5 hour 30 minute snorkelling tour around the lovely island of Tabarca which is a protected marine conservation area with pristine waters and beautiful sea life.
La Bocana – Based in Torrevieja's marina, La Bocana Water Sports Centre offer cable ski and various other water based activities. Their 4 hour kayaking & snorkelling tour takes in some of the many rugged coves along this lovely stretch of coastline but does require a decent level of fitness, especially when the wind gets up and you're battling waves.