The coasts of Andratx offer various opportunities to experience the rich and vibrant seabed full of life and colour. Every season invites you to enjoy an underwater tour by snorkelling in Andratx. In winter, however, it is advisable to bring a wetsuit to protect yourself from the cold.
Snorkelling or scuba diving is the simplest and most environmentally friendly way to explore the surface layers of the ocean, a fun activity suitable for the whole family, regardless of age. All you need is a pair of goggles and a snorkel.
Obesmar and Andratx Town Council have presented a guide to snorkelling in the municipality, a summary of which is shown below.
Places to enjoy snorkelling in Andratx
1. Camp de Mar
A beautiful sandy beach with full services, there are buoys marking the bathing area and an exciting course along the left rocky wall, where marine life such as mullets, bream and sea bream can be observed. The beach has shallow water near the buoys, which makes it an excellent place for families as well. The complete tour takes approximately 35 minutes.
2. Ses Dones Beach
Near Camp de Mar, a beach with prominent breakwaters in the water. Heading towards the western breakwater, you will find a sandy and rocky bottom where you can walk, with polished rock slabs and a growing posidonia meadow. Along the shore, rocky islets and an emergent islet are discovered, while the vertical wall close to the shore offers walking and resting at -2m.
3. En Cranc Cove
This cove can be reached by an unmarked path or preferably by kayak to enjoy its exclusivity. In the centre of the cove there is a sturdy rock that dives to more than -4 m and offers the possibility of taking a route around it, exploring rocks and discovering fish such as bream and serranos. The route can take approximately 40 minutes and allows you to return close to the shore to observe the marine life among the rocks.
4. White Cove
This quiet cove, perfect for an exciting snorkelling experience in Andratx, is usually uncrowded and accessible from a nearby car park. A recommended route is to follow the left wall, where the bottom changes from boulders to larger stones, some of which are surfaced and some of which are covered with seaweed. Diverse marine life such as sea urchins, damselfish and damselflies are found along the route, and after rounding a few small islets, it takes about 40 minutes to return to the starting point.
5. Llamp Cove
To reach this small cove, you can go through a beach club next to the coastline and go down some stairs that lead to a platform at the entrance to the water. The bright sandy seabed highlights the presence of mullet and possibly raor, while following the left coastline, there are stratified rock formations that create arches and balconies. The route can take approximately 45 minutes, and as the posidonia meadow emerges, it is advisable to return over the platform full of marine life.
6. Marmassen Cove
Marmassen is an ideal cove to explore by snorkel, with protection from all but southerly winds. The rocky shoreline requires a small jump to enter the water, and as you follow the course of the cove, you will find fish shelters on the walls and drop-off rocks, while the front reveals vertical walls and a posidonia meadow at greater depths. The duration of the walk is approximately 45 minutes.
7. En Fonoll Cove
Located next to Port d’Andratx, this beautiful and peaceful cove offers a sandy beach that gives way to a bed of pebbles and rocks with seaweed. Opting to follow the right wall, you cross a dense meadow of posidonia where you can see groups of salps, and between the cracks in the rocks you may see octopuses. The approximately 45-minute route also includes rock formations that create ledges under which bream are found, islets where cormorants rest and a small cove on the return turn.
8. Egos Cove
A beautiful marine nook accessible via a mountainous path that takes about 40 minutes, which guarantees tranquillity and a low influx of people. Following the right-hand side, you will discover a bed of polished rock and large stones alternating with an extensive meadow of posidonia, while going around the emerging islets with vertical walls you can explore the marine life in the grottoes and folds of the coast. The total duration of the tour is approximately 50 minutes.
9. Es Conills Cove
An excellent urban cove with easy access and especially suitable for families with children. Following a circular route, you can explore a shallow area full of marine life, with fish such as serranos and llisas, as well as some cuttlefish in the sand. When you reach the point and return to the wall of the cove, you will find rocks and islets with bream and gilthead bream, and an arch at -4 m, marking a possible point of return. The approximate duration of the route is 45 minutes.
10. S’Algar Cove
A beautiful urban cove with easy access. On entering the water, there is a slab of polished, shiny stone, followed by a rocky base with seaweed where sea bream and bream abound. Following the right profile due to the navigation on the left side, you explore a sandy beach that turns into posidonia and then rocks with hollows and channels between them. As you turn the point, the depth decreases and you can walk. The return along the coastline is enriched by the varied fauna, including mullets, thrushes and gobies. The approximate duration of the walk is 50 minutes.
11. En Basset Cove
This stunning destination seamlessly unites snorkelling, hiking and kayaking in the foothills of the Serra de Tramuntana, offering an ideal snorkelling cove with crystal clear waters and abundant marine life. Following a circular route, you explore a succession of rocks covered in algae and populated by various species of fish, before giving way to a lush meadow of posidonia on the seabed. The estimated duration of the experience is 50 minutes.
And now, it’s time to recharge your batteries after one of these snorkelling sessions in Andratx. We invite you to come and visit the restaurant Can Pep. Located in the heart of Puerto de Andratx, with views over the sea and a delicious gastronomy, enjoy your meal!