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Best Snorkel Experiences in Ibiza

Ibiza is famous for its transparent and warm waters, dare to experience in them an unforgettable activity. The most fascinating coves, caves and dreamy sunsets are just some of the things you can enjoy on a snorkeling experience in Ibiza.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

8 min read

Best Snorkel Experiences in Ibiza

Snorkeling in Ibiza | ©Benjamin L. Jones

The island of Ibiza has a wide variety of places to explore, its colorful and eccentric city, its endless nights, and of course its paradisiacal beaches of white sands and crystal clear waters. If you are one of those who prefer beaches, you can't miss one of the many water activities that Ibiza has to offer, and what better way to get to know a place than to literally dive into it?

There are truly many things to see and do in Ibiza, but snorkeling is an activity that allows you to contemplate the fascinating underwater world, without the need for heavy equipment. In Ibiza you can live different snorkeling experiences that will allow you, in addition to refresh and have fun, to know its most amazing places. Boat trips through the coves and caves, or a combination of snorkeling with stand up paddle, are some of the options.

1. Snorkeling tour by boat along the beaches, coves and caves

Snorkeling in Ibiza| ©juan sosa
Snorkeling in Ibiza| ©juan sosa

This tour aims especially to delight with the wonders of nature that are part of Ibiza. You will go aboard a comfortable boat, in which you will be taken to tour the Natural Park located in the western region of the island. The Natural Park of Ses Salines is home to the popular beach of Las Salinas, famous for being a favorite of many of the celebrities who visit the Spanish island. Continuing with the tour, you will have the opportunity to visit the rocky caves so characteristic of the area.

From the boat you will be able to appreciate the best panoramic views of the coast. In addition, you will have a good amount of free time to swim at the two sites where you will stop. There you will be able to see up close the marine wildlife swimming very close to you.

The cost you pay for this excursion includes full snorkeling equipment, two paddle surf boards and some drinks to refresh you after your swim.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 57 euros per person.
  • Duration: approximately 3 hours in total.
  • Means of transportation: transfer by boat for the entire duration of the excursion.
  • Advantages of this option: includes drinks and snacks to replenish energy.
  • Disadvantages of this option: does not include van or minibus for pick up and return to the lodging site.

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2. 6 hour cruise with stop at Cala Bassa and Cala Comte

Bassa Cove| ©Michela Simoncini
Bassa Cove| ©Michela Simoncini

This is an ideal experience for those who want to make the most of their time by combining several experiences in the same tour.

On this tour, you will travel aboard a two-level cruise/catamaran. The boat has a glass floor so you can contemplate the underwater beauty throughout the tour. Because it is so complete in terms of interactive activities, this is one of the best things to do with kids in Ibiza.

During the trip you will see the best beaches on the west coast of Ibiza. You will make two intermediate stops, one in Cala Bassa and the other in Cala Comte. There you can take the opportunity to swim and snorkel, paddle boat and paddle surf.

The excursion includes snorkeling equipment, paddle boats, and some other floating water toys so you can have fun with your companions. In addition, the catamaran has trampolines and two slides that you can also use at your leisure (kids love them!). Some snacks and refreshments are also included, although you are allowed to bring your own if you wish.

Interesting details

  • Price: from 64 euros per person.
  • Duration: approximately 6 hours.
  • Means of transport: does not include transfers, but the starting point is accessible by public transport which costs around 3 euros. The tour is aboard a comfortable cruise ship.
  • Advantages of this option: you can combine several different activities in the same tour. In addition, a snack and all the necessary equipment is included to live a complete experience.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the transfer to the port, from where the cruise departs, is not included.

3. Sunset on the beach with snorkeling and more water activities

Children snorkeling| ©Roberto
Children snorkeling| ©Roberto

This option also combines snorkeling with other types of water activities, such as paddle surfing and kayaking. Although here the main protagonist of the day is the sunset.

The proposal is to take a dip in the sea, while enjoying a few drinks and contemplate a privileged sunset. It is a spectacle that is absolutely wonderful, and therefore, if you had to make a selection, this experience deserves its place among the top 10 activities in Ibiza.

During this activity you will be taken by boat from the port of San Antonio, to tour the west coast and pass through some impressive sites. You will be able to enjoy the beauty of coves such as Cala Bassa, Cala Comte, Cala Tarida, Isla Margarita, Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta.

You will have the opportunity to feel the warmth of the sun on board, and in the coves, take time to snorkel, swim, paddle kayak and paddle surf. All the necessary equipment for these activities is included. You can also enjoy drinks such as champagne, wine, beer or sangria, to toast while watching the sunset show.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 88 euros per person.
  • Duration: approximately 3 hours in total.
  • Means of transportation: pick up at your accommodation is not included. The tour is aboard a luxurious and comfortable boat.
  • Advantages of this option: it is an ideal alternative to relax. The groups are small, so it is practically a private tour. In addition, all the necessary equipment and refreshments are included.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it does not include transfers from the lodging to the starting point in the port of San Antonio, so you will have to get there by your own means.

4. Kayak, snorkel, stand up paddle and much more in Ibiza

Snorkeling day| ©Xavier Mas Ferrà
Snorkeling day| ©Xavier Mas Ferrà

This alternative includes everything you need to live a more than complete aquatic day in Ibiza. In addition to snorkeling, in this excursion you will be able to paddle a kayak, swim and stand up paddle, with all the necessary equipment included. If you dare you will also have the opportunity at one of the stops to jump into the sea from a cliff.

The boat that will take you to enjoy these activities has an atmosphere that invites total relaxation, umbrellas, sun loungers, lounge beds, Wi fi connection, relaxing music and even an open bar with drinks for all tastes. On deck you have everything you need to enjoy the sun, so this is one of the best things to do in summer in Ibiza.

The tour starts in front of the emblematic Egg, in the Port of Sant Antoni and takes you to visit the beaches and coves of the west coast of the island, ending in the same place 3 hours later. It really is a very versatile option, combining luxury tourism, adventure and relaxation.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 86 euros per person.
  • Duration: approximately 3 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: pick up and transfer to the port is not included. The tour is aboard a luxury boat.
  • Advantages of this option: in just 3 hours you will have the opportunity to perform various water activities and enjoy all the luxury in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. The necessary equipment is included. It has an open bar on board.
  • Disadvantages of this option: this experience is not recommended for people with heart conditions or for pregnant women. The boat is not adapted for wheelchairs.

5. Snorkeling on a sailboat excursion to Formentera

Formentera| ©andreaferracani
Formentera| ©andreaferracani

This is a good option to combine your snorkeling experience with a sailboat tour, nothing more and nothing less than to the island of Formentera. This tour is done in groups of no more than 6 people so you can avoid crowds and stay in a totally relaxed atmosphere with personalized attention.

The starting point is in Cala Jondal at mid-morning. There you will depart to Formentera, with two stops for snorkeling. The sailboat stops at S'Espalmador, a beach that can only be reached by boat. You will have approximately two hours to enjoy its beauty, explore its waters with your snorkel and take pictures.

The next stop is the paradisiacal beach of Ses Illetes, undoubtedly one of the most outstanding beaches in Formentera.

Besides enjoying its white sands and clear waters you can also delight your palate in one of its many prestigious restaurants, among them Chezz Gerdi Formentera, Es Molí de Sal and Tanga Restaurant.

The excursion includes all the necessary equipment for snorkeling, and also a paddle board for stand up paddle if you wish. A perfect plan to get to know an incredible place and enjoy water activities, this is undoubtedly one of the best boat trips in Ibiza.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 140 euros per passenger.
  • Duration: approximately 8 hours from boarding to return to the starting point.
  • Means of transport: transfer from your accommodation is not included. The tour is aboard a beautiful sailboat. You also have a boat to reach the coast at the stops if you do not want to get wet and go swimming.
  • Advantages of this option: you will know the incredible island of Formentera in a quiet and relaxed excursion. This experience includes all the necessary equipment.
  • Disadvantages of this option: lunch or any kind of snack or drink is not included.

What should I take into account if it is my first time snorkeling?

Snorkeling| ©maymonides
Snorkeling| ©maymonides

If this is your first experience with snorkeling, you may have some fears or doubts. First of all, you should keep in mind that this is an activity that can be done calmly even if you are not an expert swimmer, as long as you know how to float in the water without difficulty and can move around, it is enough. Snorkeling is done at the surface. As for children, if they meet these requirements and are over 10 years old, they can also do it.

As for breathing and the use of the mask, you will receive instructions from the guides of your excursion, but basically you must keep the goggles tight, but not too tight, and breathe through the snorkel, that is, always through the mouth. You will see that you will soon find the way to do it correctly, and you will be able to enjoy this activity enormously.

Recommendations for your suitcase

Travel luggage| ©Swansway Motor Group
Travel luggage| ©Swansway Motor Group

Snorkeling in Ibiza is an activity that you will love, whether you are fond of water activities or not. Thanks to the crystal clear waters, with the help of your mask you will be able to contemplate all the underwater beauty that the Mediterranean Sea has to offer.

When it comes to packing your suitcase, you may be wondering if it is necessary to have your own snorkeling equipment or not. And the answer is that it depends on your objective. If you just want to observe it is enough to take one of the many excursions, which include the necessary equipment, and you won't have to take up extra space in your suitcase.

Now, if you are a water fanatic and want to take every opportunity to dive into a new beach, the best thing to do is to buy your own snorkeling mask to take with you wherever you go.

Another indispensable item to include in your suitcase is a quick-drying towel. This type of towel really takes up very little space, so they are super handy to take with you on excursions, and as the name suggests, they take very little time to dry, so you won't have to deal with moisture in your bag.

Of course you can't forget to include a sunscreen to take care of your skin's health while you're having fun. Keep in mind that even if your body is submerged, your back, head and legs will be exposed to the sun's rays.