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3 cool Ibiza beaches for snorkelling

Don a mask and some flippers to explore an underwater world at these great spots.

With its ambient sea temperatures and beautiful rocky coves, Ibiza's beaches make a great springboard for snorkelling in the summer. With water of exceptional clarity, thanks to the Posidonia seagrass meadows, it's easy to see fish and other marine life.

You will find that the best spots are always close to rocky areas such as the coastline and any small islets jutting out of the water. Read on to discover our pick of three fantastic snorkelling beaches.

Make sure you arrive prepared with mask and snorkel. Flippers and aqua shoes might be a good idea too, especially if there are rocks and sea urchins underfoot. La Sirena is a terrific local chain of shops with boutique items and is the perfect place to pick up all of these items.

If you want to snorkel in deep waters, try Ibiza Watersports' popular Beach and snorkelling tour that's ideal for the whole family. You'll see gorgeous beaches, sail past celebrity villas and there's an open bar!


Cala Conta

Everybody knows the stretch of sand overlooked by Sunset Ashram, but fewer visitors are familiar with the area of beach to the left as you approach Cala Conta.

This area is favoured by nudists, but there's so much going on underneath surface your eyes won't be diverted! With a combination of rocks and sand, there's loads to see and visibility couldn't be clearer. Check out the long rocky promontory and the fishermen's huts to the left or the long stretch of rocky coast to the right for a snorkeller's treasure trove.


Cala Xarraca

The inviting aesthetics of Cala Xarraca make this northern beach an ideal spot for snorkelling, especially because of its rocky seabed, outcrops of rock plus the craggy coastline. The bay is incredibly well sheltered, with crystal-clear shallow waters, teeming with wildlife.

Being in the north also means, that if you pick your dates, you could find yourself only sharing a beach with only half a dozen strangers. Sometimes you might even hit the jackpot and have the entire beach to yourself. Fewer people means more wildlife.


S'Estanyol

S'Estanyol beach is within a small and pretty bay, where there are some great spots to snorkel, especially around the rocks to the left and the fishermen's huts to the right. Marine life seems to love the underwater foundations of these wooden structures and here, it's home to a seemingly diverse range of aquatic species.

Barnacles, various other crustaceans and molluscs inhabit these man-made edifices, which in turn, attract predators - so who knows what you might see? If you enter via these huts, you'll want to wear aqua shoes to protect your feet.

When you're all equipped, all there is left to do, is take the plunge and explore the wonderful life of Ibiza's waters!

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