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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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 cannot 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.
Cala Rossa is located on the eastern part of Favignana Island, in the Aegadian Islands. Visitors generally reach Favignana from the city of Trapani, 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.
Go into the water from the rocks, preferably on Punta San Vituzzo side (the rocky point that extends east of the cove).
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 you will find the most underwater life.
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 skin-dive, 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.
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.
During the summer months, some small bars and snacks sometimes set up near the cove.
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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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.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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