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.
If you are staying in Tossa de Mar, Platja Mar Menuda is a very good option for snorkeling in the city. The rocky point which borders the beach has impressive drop offs, where schools of seabream, damselfish, ornate wrasses and sometimes octopuses can be seen.
Platja Mar Menuda is the smaller of the two beaches of Tossa de Mar. It is easy to reach the spot by walking from most of the seaside resort areas (the beach is for example only a 10 minute’s walk from the old town). Otherwise, there are a few parking spaces nearby.
We advise you to enter the water near the rocks found at the end of the beach (on your left when you are facing the sea).
The recommended snorkeling area in Platja Mar Menuda is located around Punta de Sa Longa, the rocky point found at the end of the beach. If beginners and children will stay in the shallow rocky beds that face the beach, more experienced snorkelers can follow the short itinerary (see map above) which allows to discover the most beautiful areas of the spot, and in particular impressive rocky drop offs.
In the shallows (↕3-5ft/1-1.5m), you will see many sargos, sharpsnout seabream and two-banded seabream. Small schools of salema swim from rock to rock, looking for the small algae they feed on. A little further on, the water level increases: have a look in the rocks cracks, where common octopuses sometimes hide.
Near the rocky point, you’ll snorkel above steep drop offs (↕10-30ft/3-10m) around which hundreds of damselfish, small groups of saddled seabream and schools of two-banded seabream can be seen. With a little luck, you may also spot a gilt-head seabream streaking in the blue. Arriving towards the small beach, you will cross ridges covered with algae (↕5-10ft/1.5-3m) where there are many ornate wrasses.
Many boats use the passage between Punta de Sa Longa and the small island (Illa) – do not pass the yellow buoys.
Sa Bauma bar and restaurant is located on the beach. Otherwise, you will find a large choice of restaurants and convenience stores in town.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
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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