A superb mineral cove with turquoise waters, Cala Rossa is an unmissable stopover for visitors who come to discover the island of Favignana, in the Aegadian Islands. Snorkelers will not resist the call of the calm, shallow, crystal clear waters of the cove. Rocky areas are particularly rich in underwater life, and you can see wrasse, seabream, octopus, gobies, and even small groupers.

Incognito goby at Cala Rossa
The incognito goby is common in shallow rocky areas.

How to get to Cala Rossa snorkeling spot?

Cala Rossa is located on the eastern part of Favignana Island, in the Aegadian Islands. Visitors generally reach Favignana from the city of Trapani, from where a ferry leaves every morning for the Aegadian Islands (30 minutes crossing). Once on the island, bicycles are the most pleasant way to visit Favignana and reach Cala Rossa, located less than 5km east of the port.

Cala Rossa snorkeling map, Favignana

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Rossa

Go into the water from the rocks, preferably on Punta San Vituzzo side (the rocky point that extends east of the cove).

Cala Rossa snorkeling exploration

The most recommended area for snorkeling in Cala Rossa extends along Punta San Vituzzo, the rocky point edging the eastern side of the cove. The seabed in the bay being mainly sandy, we advise you to stay near the rocks, where there is the most underwater life.

Brown wrasse at Cala Rossa
A brown wrasse.

A large number of species can be spotted in Cala Rossa. Wrasse, seabream and gobies are among the most common fish on this spot, especially in the shallowest areas. Sometimes you have the chance to come across an octopus or a Mediterranean moray eel hidden in the rocky cracks. If you skindive, have a look into the small caves and under the rock overhangs: you may have the opportunity to flush out a small dusky grouper, one of the most emblematic fish species in the Mediterranean.

Dusky grouper snorkeling in Cala Rossa
The dusky grouper, generally found in rocky caves or below rocks overhangs, is one of the most fascinating fish snorkelers can spot in Cala Rossa.

There is no sandy beach at Cala Rossa, and the water is particularly clear. The cove is well sheltered and generally safe, but watch out for the many boats that moor there in summer.

Restaurants and accommodation in Cala Rossa

During summer months, some small bars and snacks sometimes set up near the cove.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth20ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a rocky shore
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • 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.