Cala Tí Ximo is a pretty rocky cove with translucent water, hidden in the steep coastline of eastern Benidorm. There, you can snorkel rugged rocky beds (where Mediterranean cardinal fish and sometimes small groupers hide), a few posidonia patches, and even a small flooded cave where colorful crabs abound.

Dusky grouper at Cala Ti Ximo, Benidorm
Juvenile dusky groupers can occasionally be spotted in the small rocky caves.

How to go snorkeling Cala Tí Ximo

Cala Tí Ximo (or Tío Ximo) is located at the eastern end of the city of Benidorm. To get there by car, follow the coastal road from Playa de Levante, and try to find a parking space at the cove or the nearby viewpoint. If you park at the viewpoint, walk down to the cove by following the road (10 minutes).

A little before arriving at Cala Tí Ximo, you will see on your right Cala Almadabra, another excellent snorkeling spot in Benidorm (about 700m on foot between the two coves by the shortest path).

Cala Ti Ximo snorkeling map, Benidorm

Water entrance for snorkeling Cala Tí Ximo

Get in the water wherever you want from the small pebble beach.

Cala Tí Ximo snorkeling exploration tips

You can snorkel throughout the cove, bordered by rocks on both sides. A few posidonia patches have grown in sheltered areas. On the left of the beach, behind the rocky point, there is a second small cove, where you can snorkel a small cave (see map).

School of European seabass at Cala Ti Ximo, Benidorm
Impressive school of European seabass are sometimes seen crossing the cove.

The tumultuous rocky bottoms attract many fish (↕3-12ft/1-4m). Sargo, salema, mullet, ornate wrasse and rainbow wrasse are some of the most common sightings in the area. If you skindive, take a look into the small caves and under the rock overhangs: you’ll spot Mediterranean cardinalfish there, and with a little luck, you may also encounter a small dusky grouper.

Sally lightfoot at Cala Ti Ximo, Benidorm
In the small cave left to the beach (see map), many sally lightfoot hide between the rocks, but they are very shy.

The small cave is also worth a visit. It is covered with huge pebbles (↕1-3ft/0.5-1m) where painted combers like to hide. Sally lightfoot, a shy, flat crab, is also abundant in the shadow of the cave.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

There is no bar or restaurant in the cala. You will find a wide choice of restaurants, shops and accommodation in town.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth18ft/6m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardYes, in summer
  • Visitor numbersMedium to high
  • 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.