Level: Free shore access This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Cala Bassa is a pretty golden sand beach surrounded by old juniper trees, located on the west coast of Ibiza. The famous Cala Bassa Beach Club gives a lively atmosphere to the beach, with its luxury restaurants, lounge chairs, shops and massage tables. Snorkelers can explore the cove’s underwater world, including the small rocky pools and underwater caves found at the southern edge of the beach.
Cala Bassa is a beach located on Ibiza’s west side. From Sant Antoni de Portmany, allow 15 minutes by car to reach the well-signposted beach. A large parking area (5 euros per day) is available near the beach. It is also possible to get to Cala Bassa by boat or bus from Sant Antoni (more info in town).
We recommend that you enter the water at the southern end of the beach, near the rocks.
You can snorkel throughout the cala, but we especially recommend the beach’s rocky southern edge (see map). Here, the very rugged coast forms several small coves and caves, which are a great environment for snorkeling.
Cala Bassa is home to various types of seabed. Facing the beach, there are shallow sandy bottoms (↕2-8ft/0.5-2m), visited by many saddled seabream and grey mullets. A little further, 25-30m from the shore, you’ll find amazing seagrass beds (3-12ft/1-4m), where annular seabream, salema, peacock wrasse and painted combers are common sightings.
Along the rocky coast, you can explore a mineral landscape made up of drop-offs, ridges, pools and small underwater caves. Sargo, saddled seabream and wrasse appreciate these rocky areas, as well as the cardinalfish, which hide in the shade of the rocky overhangs.
Cala Bassa is a sheltered cove where the water is generally calm, with excellent underwater visibility. When swimming along the rocks, be careful, as kids enjoy jumping in the water from the small cliffs. Snorkeling may be less enjoyable in summer, when the beach is crowded and noisy.
The famous Cala Bassa Beach Club, which has 4 snacks and restaurants, is set all along the beach.
These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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