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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Last updated on June 12, 2021
Located in the Marine Reserve of North Menorca, Cala Fornells is a small cove where many fish live. Its easy access and crystal clear waters bordered by rocks make it a nice snorkeling spot if you are visiting the region. Along the drop-offs and on the sandy bottoms, you will easily spot seabreams, salema, jacks and red mullet, among dozens of other species.
Cala Fornells is a small rocky cove located in Fornells, a fishing village on the northern coast of Menorca. You can get there by car or bus. The snorkeling area is located north of the village, along a pleasant promenade, about 400m from the port.
A metal ladder fixed to the rocks allows snorkelers to easily enter and exit the water.
You can snorkel all over the cove, up to the line of yellow buoys. The area is small, about fifty meters wide at most. The seabed of the cove is varied: rocky near the edge, sandy in the center, and interspersed here and there with a few Posidonia beds.
This spot is located in a marine reserve, where fishing is regulated. Underwater life is therefore abundant there, with many fish to be seen everywhere.
In the rocks, covered with different types of algae, you will encounter many very colorful ornate wrasse. Sargo, saddled seabream and common two-banded seabream also enjoy this chaotic environment, offering food and shelter. Large schools of salema and mullet, very common here, come and go between sand and seagrass beds.
You will find several restaurants around the harbor and on the promenade, the closest of which are barely 200m from the cove. A few accommodations, including small hotels and guesthouses, are also available in the surrounding area.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
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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