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Best spots for snorkeling in Menorca

If Menorca is fascinating, its underwater life will not leave you indifferent. Do not hesitate to take a refreshing dip and dive into the sea to explore its depths. I tell you how and where.

Carmen Navarro

Carmen Navarro

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Best spots for snorkeling in Menorca

Enjoying under the sea | Jakob Owens

Diving into the water with goggles and a snorkel will open up a world to explore that will surprise you. Menorca is one of the best places to snorkel in the Mediterranean, as its clean and clear waters will allow you to have a perfect view.

The rocks and vegetation that surround its coves attract hundreds of unique species that will make your walk through the water a lot of fun. But, which are the best coves for snorkeling in Menorca?

1. Snorkeling in Cala Morell

Snorkeling| © Channey
Snorkeling| © Channey

The posidònia walls of Cala Morell make it a perfect place to get close to the marine fauna of the island and enjoy large schools of colorful fish.

Approach carefully and enjoy this marvel for the senses: this beach is shallow, so it will be easy to swim through it and also has platforms that have been strategically placed to facilitate access to the water. Let's dive!

Where: North coast, near Ciudadela - see on Google maps.

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2. Snorkeling in Cala Macarella

Macarella Cove| © Alejandro Muñoz Cabrisas - Trabajo propio
Macarella Cove| © Alejandro Muñoz Cabrisas - Trabajo propio

One of the favorite coves for visitors and Menorcans to enjoy a day at the beach with its fine sands and paradisiacal waters, it is also one of the best places on the island to explore underwater life.

This cove is flanked by vertical walls of rock and vegetation that emerge from the depth of the sea, creating small nooks and crannies where fish seem to play hide-and-seek. Do not hesitate to put on a good pair of goggles and dive into the waters of Macarella to enjoy the best snorkeling.

Where: South coast, near Ciudadela and Cala Galdana - see on Google maps.

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3. Snorkeling in Cala Tamarells

Snorkeling in crystal clear waters| ©Ishan Seefromthesky
Snorkeling in crystal clear waters| ©Ishan Seefromthesky

Cala Tamarells is actually formed by a set of three unspoiled coves east of the island and its turquoise waters and requiring a relatively long walk to access it, makes it not too crowded, even in high season. That's why it's a great place to snorkel and enjoy the seabed in peace and quiet. At depth you will see how the sand is completely covered by a layer of posidonia, the Mediterranean plant, which is the preferred food of many of the species that live there.

Walk through it little by little and enjoy the views and scenery. You can also access it by kayak if you want to avoid having to walk too far.

Where it is: Mahón, in the Albufera des Grau Park - see on Google maps.

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4. Snorkeling in S'Escala Cove

Cove in Menorca| ©Joao Branco
Cove in Menorca| ©Joao Branco

It is very close to the Favàrtix lighthouse, in the north of Menorca, and therefore, it is a virgin area very little frequented by tourists. There you will be able to enjoy a rocky landscape that seems to be taken from another planet and in its rocky bay you will find little depth, so you will be able to see closely the species devouring the posidònia that they have around them.

It is best to explore it on a day when there is little wind to make sure that the rocks do not pose any danger.

Where: North coast, near the Favàrtix lighthouse - see on Google maps.

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5. Snorkeling in Los Ingleses Cave

Snorkeling in caves| ©Jakob Owens
Snorkeling in caves| ©Jakob Owens

It is not the place where you will find the greatest number of marine species, but the beauty of its surroundings is well worth a visit (and a dip). It is inaccessible on foot and by car, so you will have to get there either by kayak or on a boat or motorboat excursion that allows you to get into its rugged relief.

Once there, you will see its rock formations and the solitude of the place will make you feel like the protagonist of an adventure movie. If you know how to dive, it is also an ideal place to dive to the bottom.

Where: North coast, accessible by kayak or boat from Fornells Bay - see on Google maps.

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Snorkeling during a kayaking excursion

Binigaus beach, Menorca| ©Joan Mesquida
Binigaus beach, Menorca| ©Joan Mesquida

Kayaking will give a sporty and adventurous touch to your vacation, as well as allowing you to reach inaccessible places and allow you to enjoy the underwater species in a quiet environment. From the Bay of Fornells they organize group kayak trips that will take you to pristine beaches to snorkel and enjoy swimming in peace and quiet. They cost about 47 €.

The instructor will provide you with everything you need: kayak, paddle, vest, goggles and snorkel, so you won't have to worry about anything. If you have never gone out in a kayak, don't worry because they will give you a couple of tricks so you can handle it with ease from the first moment.

Throughout the route you will be accompanied by the monitor, who will guide you to the best spots and tell you which are the best places to take a dip and snorkel. You will discover the Bay of Fornells and its pristine beaches and the Cave of the English, a real jewel of nature that goes unnoticed by many tourists and that you, on the other hand, you can explore with tranquility.

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How much does it cost to snorkel in Menorca?

Discovering the seabed| ©Jakob Owens
Discovering the seabed| ©Jakob Owens

Snorkeling, as such, is free. As long as you have goggles and a snorkel, you can jump into the water and explore on your own. Of course, you may not find the real underwater life that exists in the depths of the coves and rocks on the shore. Joining a boat trip that takes you to the bottom is a great option for snorkeling: there are options from 28 € to 110 €, depending on the route, duration and the boat you choose.

How and where to see octopus in Menorca

Octopus| ©Viatour Cathy
Octopus| ©Viatour Cathy

If you snorkel in the coves of the north of Menorca, in its marine reserve you will see not only octopuses but also other species such as moray eels and mullets. This makes the north of Menorca a perfect place to snorkel and enjoy the underwater life of the island.

Where is best to snorkel in Menorca

Snorkeling| ©Adam Dillon
Snorkeling| ©Adam Dillon

Although you can snorkel on the shore of any beach, it is best to go into its most pristine coves, its caves and the depths of the sea. To do this, consider the option of a boat trip or a kayak excursion either by the turquoise coves of the south or by the virgin beaches of the north, its Bay of Fornells and the Cave of the English.

Where is the Maritime Reserve of Menorca?

Fornells Bay| ©CC BY-SA 3.0 - Wikipedia
Fornells Bay| ©CC BY-SA 3.0 - Wikipedia

The north coast of Menorca accumulates the largest number of species on the island and for this reason the Marine Reserve of Menorca was created more than 20 years ago, stretching from the Bay of Fornells to Cap Gros.

Can I snorkel in Menorca with kids?

Child snorkeling| © Nicontents .
Child snorkeling| © Nicontents .

Of course you can. As long as they know how to swim, the experience is absolutely risk free and they will have a great time discovering the fish and colors they have seen so many times in cartoons and movies. Don't be afraid to take the little ones with you to snorkel because it will be an unforgettable family experience.

Just look for goggles and a smaller size snorkel to make sure they don't get in the water and that they enjoy the experience comfortably.

Where to dive in Menorca

Diving| © Laya Clode
Diving| © Laya Clode

You can dive both on the north and south coast of Menorca. To dive in the deep waters of Menorca, as in any other place, you will need the appropriate qualification and the necessary equipment. If you do not have either of the two things but you want to try the experience, you can do a baptism in a swimming pool that allows you to get the experience (and the qualification) necessary to later dive in the waters of the sea.

Consult Diving Menorca for all the options: they are a local company of professionals and marine biologists who do expeditions totally respectful with the environment and the marine fauna of the island. They will tell you everything you need to know to make the most of the experience.