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 March 12, 2023
Located very close to Parikia, the main town of Paros, Delfini Beach is a pleasant and uncrowded snorkeling spot. Despite fairly common seabeds and variable underwater visibility, many fish hide near the bay’s rocks and shallow seagrass beds.
Defini Beach is located south of Parikia, the main town of the island of Paros. It is just a 2 kilometers drive south of the island’s passenger terminal, and about 700 m north of the famous Parasporos beach.
You can get to this location by car, leaving the road that goes towards the pier for Antiparos, and taking the gravel road that runs along the Paros Bay hotel. This path is wide enough to park on its side.
You can get in the water from the western end of the sandy beach, from the small pebble beach located a little further north (see map) or by carefully descending the rocky scree below the Paros Bay.
Snorkeling at this spot is not recommended when the Meltem, this strong, dry northern winds blowing on the Aegean Sea during summer months, occur in the bay.
Delfini Bay features a very common sea bed and marine environment, with good underwater visibility. We recommend you snorkel along the left shore of the bay, overlooked by the Paros Bay hotel.
Near the shore, in the shallows (↕1-6 ft/0.5 to 2 meters), you will snorkel between rocks, pebbles and beautiful Posidonia meadows. Beyond, the rocks slope on deeper sandy bottoms.
Ornate wrasse, rainbow wrasse, damselfish and mullets are some of the most common fish at Delfini Beach, but you will also occasionally spot seabreams, peacock wrasse and small schools of spinefoot.
The Paros Bay hotel overlooks the snorkeling area. There are several snacks and small restaurants near the beach entrance.
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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