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 August 13, 2021
Praia dos Estudantes is a beautiful small beach next to the city center of Lagos. The snorkeling here is not as good as the nearby Praia do Camilo but the water is usually still making it an easy place to practice for newbies. Below the surface of the ocean, you will spot several species of seabream, wrasse and mullets swimming around rocks covered with mussels.
Praia dos Estudantes is located next to the city center of Lagos, at walking distance from most of the city’s neighborhoods. If you come by car, the free beach can be accessed from the nearby main road without restrictions. Parking is available near the beach, in front of Mar Restaurante & Bar.
This spot is good for snorkeling both on low and high tide. You can enter the water from anywhere on the beach, as the seabed is sandy and free of dangers.
Usual precautions are to be taken, although the beach is protected by rocky areas making it sheltered compared with many other ones around the Ponta da Piedade peninsula, beware of currents and waves if the sea becomes too rough.
The seabed is sandy and of poor interest with the exception of some sporadic rocks covered with mussels. It is around the rocky areas that you will find more fish but still in lower numbers compared to the nearby Praia do Camilo.
You will have the chance to spot seabream, seabass and sargo which are popular in this area. Occasionally you will also spot sergeants but do not expect big schools of these kinds. The underwater rock formations are also very interesting and are the strong point of this snorkeling spot.
The water is usually cold and chilly also in the summer months, with a small exception for the months between June and August. A wetsuit is recommended, especially if you plan a long snorkeling session.
The closest facility is Mar Restaurante & Bar where you can find food and toilets but these are reserved for patrons.
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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