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If you are looking for a shallow snorkeling spot packed with fish, then Paralia Kipri (Kipri Beach) is the place to go in Andros. This free shore access location features gin-clear waters visited by seabream, wrasse, wide-eyed flounders and many other species.

Seabed at Paralia Kipri, Andros
The seabed at Paralia Kipri.

How to get to Paralia Kipri snorkeling spot?

Paralia Kipri is a pretty beach on the southwest coast of Andros, the northernmost island of the Cyclades. The spot is easy to reach, along the coastal road. Parking is available on site.

Kipri Beach snorkeling map, Andros
Kipri Beach snorkeling map.

Water entrance for snorkeling Paralia Kipri

Take the small staircase down to the beach. Then walk to the western end of the beach and enter the water near the rocks. This spot is suitable for beginners and families.

Paralia Kipri snorkeling exploration tips

The recommended snorkeling area at Paralia Kipri is around the rocks to the west of the main beach.

Pearly razorfish at Paralia Kipri
The pearly razorfish is quite easy to see at Paralia Kipri. Look for it in the sandy areas.

Once in the water, head west along the rocks. You can explore around 400 meters of continuous rocky shoreline, before encountering small sandy beaches separated by rocky points. You can, of course, extend your snorkeling to the adjacent areas, preferably where there are rocks (this is where you’ll see the most fish).

Colorful fish at Paralia Kipri, Andros
A vibrant diversity of fish live in Paralia Kipri. In this picture, we can see salema (with the yellow stripes), sargo (the grey fish) and ornate wrasse (the most colorful, on the right of the picture).

Following the shoreline, the depth rarely exceeds 6 feet/2 meters. The seabed features rocky ridges and slopes that slide down to the sandy bottom. Visibility is often excellent, making this a very pleasant spot.

Paralia Kipri is a site full of fish, where you can enjoy observing the many species that inhabit the Mediterranean shallows.

Wide-eyed flounder at Paralia Kipri
A wide-eyed flounder camouflaged on the sand.

Wrasse and seabream swim around the rocks in great numbers, while the adjacent stretches of sand offer the chance to encounter other species such as the wide-eyed flounder, the sand steenbras and the pearly razorfish.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Hotel Perrakis overlooks the snorkeling area. Several other accommodations, as well as restaurants, are available close to the beach.


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth10ft/3m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes

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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.