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Cala Croce is a beautiful rocky inlet on the southern coast of Lampedusa. Two beaches, Cala Croce Beach and Spiaggia Portu Ntoni, are nestled in the cove, giving access to a very nice snorkeling area. Lots of fish, including wrasse, salema, combers, as well as bottom dwellers such as flounders and stingrays can be observed near the shore.

A school of salema above the cove’s sandy beds.

How to get to Cala Croce snorkeling spot?

Cala Croce is a narrow rocky bay located on the southern coast of Lampedusa Island. You can access it through Cala Croce Beach or from Spiaggia Portu Ntoni (see map below). Both beaches have free access: you can sit on the beach for free or rent sunbeds and parasols for a fee.

Cala Croce snorkeling map, Lampedusa
Cala Croce snorkeling map, Lampedusa.

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Croce

You have two different options to enter the water: from Cala Croce Beach itself (snorkel entry 1 on the map above), or from Spiaggia Portu Ntoni (snorkel entry 2), a smaller beach also located in the bay.

It is recommended not to snorkel Cala Croce when there is Scirocco wind (rough seas). In the high season the beach can be crowded but the bay is still good for snorkeling.

Cala Croce snorkeling exploration tips

Our preferred itinerary is to enter the water from Cala Croce and follow the east coast. However, you are free to snorkel almost everywhere in the bay (take a dive flag with you if you snorkel outside the swimming area).

Rocks and posidonia in Cala Croce
The seabed at Cala Croce.

As most Mediterranean snorkeling locations, Cala Croce features no coral, but rocky areas, extensive sandy beds and Posidonia meadows. Depth ranges from 3 to 6 feet/1 to 2 meters over the shallow sandy areas close to the beach to up to 26 feet/8 meters in the central part of the bay.

Wide-eyed flounder on a sandy bed in Cala Croce
A Wide-eyed flounder noted on the cove sandy bed.

Cala Croce hosts a lot of fish and marine life. Among the most common fish species spotted at snorkeling depths are the peacock wrasse, the rainbow wrasse, thicklip grey mullets, as well as schools of salema. Painted combers, quite colorful, are also frequently encountered at the foot of the rocky drop-offs.

Pelagic stingray in Cala Croce
Pelagic stingrays are frequent visitors to the bay.

Lucky snorkelers might also come across small pelagic stingrays, which occasionally visit the sandy beds.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There is a bar, a restaurant and services (sunbeds and umbrella rental on the beach) on the beach.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth33 ft / 10 m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Visitor numbersHigh
  • Access costsFree

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.