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Located in the heart of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, Cala Berretta is a great location for snorkeling in a natural environment. This small cove nestled in the rocky coastline offers good snorkeling conditions, and a heterogeneous rocky bottom full of life.

Cala Berretta, Sicily
Cala Berretta.

How to get to Cala Berretta snorkeling spot?

Cala Berretta is a small cove in the Zingaro Nature Reserve (Riserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro), in northwestern Sicily. The reserve is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. You can access Cala Berretta either through the northern entrance to the reserve (from San Vito Lo Capo) or through the southern entrance (where the visitor center is located, from Castellammare del Golfo).

The cove is roughly equidistant from the two entrances (about 2.5 miles/4 kilometers walk).

Cala Berretta snorkeling map
Cala Berretta snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Berretta

Water entrance is from the small beach (mix of sand and pebbles) which is at the bottom of the cove.

Cala Berretta snorkeling exploration tips

Cala Berretta is a small, very steep-sided cove about twenty meters wide.

Rocky seabed at Cala Berretta
The rocky bottoms at Cala Berretta.

On either side of the beach, rock bars extend underwater, forming small drop-offs. The bottom of the cove is also made up of rocks. The underwater landscape of Cala Berratta is therefore very mineral, just covered with a few clumps of algae, and offers a varied relief pleasant to explore.

Different species of fish live in Cala Berretta: two-banded seabream, sargo, saddled seabream (probably the most common species on this spot), and the very colorful ornate wrasse.

ornate wrasse at Cala Berretta
An ornate wrasse at Cala Berretta.

The cove is well sheltered from wind and waves, offering optimal conditions for snorkeling most of the time.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Cala Berretta is in the heart of a nature reserve, there are no restaurants in the area.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Protected areaRiserva Naturale Orientata dello Zingaro
  • Maximum depth15ft/5m
  • Water entranceFrom a sand/pebble beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

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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.