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Near Himare, between the beaches of Llamani and Porto Palermo, hides a small little-known bay, the bay of Lambjano. Even in August, when the main beaches of Albania are crowded, Lambjano, invisible from the road, remains preserved. Bordered by rocks and bathed in crystal-clear water, the bay offers great snorkeling, during which you can encounter scorpionfish, moray eels, parrotfish, and many other Mediterranean species.

Lambjano Bay Beach, Himare
Beautiful Lambjano Bay boasts turquoise, crystal-clear sea.

How to go snorkeling Lambjano Bay?

Lambjano Bay is located near Himare, between Llamani and Porto Palermo. From the Palermiti Luxury Rooms, located along the national road, a path goes down to the beach.

It can be taken in a classic car for the first part but the end can only be done in a 4×4. On foot, allow approximately 25 minutes to reach the bay from the resort.

Lambjano Bay is not far from the tunnel (in a military zone and closed) which housed Albanian fast boats during the communist dictatorship and, according to rumour, three old Russian submarines which may have been there. Still be…

Lambjano Bay snorkeling map, Himare

Water entrance for snorkeling Lambjano Bay

You enter the water directly from the beach, which consists mainly of small pebbles.

Lambjano Bay snorkeling exploration tips

You can snorkel in front of the beach, as well as in the rocky areas on either side of it. As the beach is small (at most 40m long), you can easily explore the whole area. As the depth increases rapidly, it is recommended to follow the coast without straying too far from it.

Mediterranean parrotfish in Lambjano Bay
A small Mediterranean parrotfish surrounded by a school of salema.

The seabed of Lambjano Bay is mineral but very varied. You’ll explore large rocks, stretches of sand and scree. Seagrass beds are sparse, but a great diversity of seaweed covers the rocks. Black sponges, red sponges, sea urchins and sabella worms are also common on the seabed.

Mediterranean moray in Lambjano Bay
Mediterranean morays like hiding in the rocky scree found in the bay.

During your snorkeling, you will not miss the ornate wrasse, twirling by the dozen around the drop-offs. Salema, sometimes seen in large schools, cross the blue waters of the bay passing from rock to rock.

On this spot, try to find a parrotfish, a species that can only be seen in the southern Mediterranean. Finally, take a look at the rocky scree, an environment offering many hiding places and appreciated by moray eels and scorpionfish.

Black scorpionfish in Lambjano Bay
A scorpionfish photographed in Lambjano Bay.

There are no particular currents at this spot, and the visibility is very good.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Lambjano Beach is secluded and completely natural. Remember to bring water, especially if you have to walk back to the main road.

 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth20ft/5m
  • Water entranceFrom a pebble beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo
  • Public toilets & showersNo

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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.