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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Located on the east coast of the island of Paros, Molos Beach (also called Paralia Molos) is one of the many beaches in the area. At the north end of the bay, the beach gives way to a rocky coastline which can be snorkeled for about 200 meters. During your snorkeling, you will spot several species of small fish and invertebrates.
Molos Beach is located on Paros eastern coast, a few kilometers from the village of Marmara. Follow the track that runs along the beach and then park near the small Orthodox church which is located north of the bay.
You can get in the water at the northern end of Molos Beach. Another option is to enter the water from the small beach which is about 150m after the church (see map above), or even from the rocks at the foot of it (more tricky).
You can snorkel for about 200m along the rocky coast that starts north of the beach, towards the church.
The rocky coast extends underwater, forming a small drop-off and a varied underwater topography (1-2m). In places, extensive Posidonia meadows can also be explored.
The usual Mediterranean sea life can be seen in the bay of Molos, including sargo, sand steenbras, annular seabream and salema. Sea urchins and sea cucumbers are also common in sand and seagrass beds.
This spot is well sheltered from the meltem, the north wind that blows over the archipelago in summer. In southerly winds, avoid this location, as the sea may be choppy.
There are a few hotels, vacation rentals and restaurants around the bay, but not in the immediate vicinity of the 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.
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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.
Rocky shore and islet with a diversity of fish
Free shore access
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