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 Figuera, located on northern Mallorca’s rocky coast, is one of the natural gems of the Balearic Islands. This sunken beach, where goats roam among tourists, shelters calm and azure waters. If the cove seabed is not very interesting (it is mostly sand and rocks), you will still see a great diversity of local fish.
Cala Figuera is located on Cape Formentor, the northwestern tip of Mallorca island. By car, take the road to Cape Formentor until the parking lot from where the trails to Cala Figuera and Cala Murta (well signposted) start.
Then walk down into the cove (15-20 minutes). The path is rocky and steep. Be careful not to confuse this cove with the homonym location found south of Mallorca (which is actually a small port).
You can enter the water from the pebble beach, or directly from the rocks that edges the cove, where kind of stairs have been set up.
You can snorkel anywhere in the cove, but the rocky areas on either side of the beach (↕1-3m) are the most interesting.
You can spot many Mediterranean fish around the rocks, such as sargo, two-banded seabream, sharpsnout bream, saddled bream and rainbow wrasse, which are certainly the most colorful fish of the area. Small shoals of salema go from rock to rock, feeding on the small seaweed found there.
At the foot of the rocks lie large sandy areas, where the striped red mullet is pretty common (they use to feed on worms and small crustaceans hidden in the sand).
The cove is large and the depth increases rapidly when swimming away from the beach. Beyond the small rocky point, you’ll find Posidonia meadows (↕3-5m), which are also great to snorkel. The cove is generally well sheltered, with excellent underwater visibility.
There is no bar nor restaurant in the cove. Bring water as the walk up to the parking lot under the sun can be exhausting.
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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