With its golden sand, crystalline waters and idyllic view on the rocky islets laying offshore, Cala Conta is Ibiza‘s most popular beach. Even if visitors mainly come here for a relaxing day at the beach and enjoying the sunset, Cala Conta is also a great snorkeling location, with a fascinating underwater world to explore along a series of coves.

Cala Conta snorkeling area
Cala Conta boasts turquoise, crystal clear waters (photo taken in zone 3).

How to get to Cala Conta/Platges de Comte snorkeling spot?

Cala Conta (Cala Comte, Platges de Comte) is located on the west coast of Ibiza, a 30 minutes’ drive from Eivissa (Ibiza City) and a 15 minutes’ drive from Sant Antoni de Portmany. The beach is well signposted. You can park in the large free parking area found near the beach, and then walk to the shore (250m).

Cala Conta/Platges de Comte snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Conta

Depending on the area you want to snorkel, you can enter the water either from the small sandy beaches surrounding the Sunset Ashram (area 1 on the map above), or from the rocks at the foot of Ses Roques Restaurant (zone 3 on the map).

Cala Conta snorkeling exploration tips

This spot can be divided into 3 snorkeling zones, each with a different profile:

1 / The area which extends in front of the two small sandy beaches (zone 1 on the map). The seabed is mostly sandy, with some rocks on either side of the beaches and at the foot of the Sunset Ashram (↕2-6ft/0.5-2m). Here, you will especially see schools of saddled seabream swimming around, and small sargo and wrasses near the rocks. Due to the shallow depth and easy access, it is a perfect location for children and first time snorkelers.

Ornate wrasse in rocky beds at Cala Conta
The ornate wrasse is easy to spot in the shallow rocky beds (photo taken in zone 2).

2 / The cove found at the center of the spot (zone 2 on the map). Here the seabed is made of rocks and posidonia meadows, which start about 50m from shore (↕2-12ft/0.5-4m). Schools of salema, ornate wrasses and painted combers are common sightings in this area. It is difficult to get into the water directly in the cove, but you can reach it by snorkeling along the shore from zones 1 and 3.

3 / The most easterly cove (zone 3 on the map). With its pristine sandy beds edged by rocks, it is the best snorkeling area in Cala Conta. The drop off found above the rocky ledge west of the cove (↕5-15ft/2-6m) is great to explore, with countless saddled seabream and damselfish swimming in a crystal sea. This area is the most sheltered during windy days.

Saddled seabream at Cala Conta rocky drop off
Large groups of saddled seabream can be seen on the small drop off in zone 3 (see map).

Cala Conta can be overcrowded in summer. Stay in the swimming areas and pay attention to the many boats that come to anchor near the beach.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There are 3 bars and restaurants on the beach: the Sunset Ashram, the Restaurante S’Illa Des Bosc and the Ses Roques Restaurant.




 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth18ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach or rocks
  • LifeguardYes, in summer
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

MAP Spot

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.