While Mallorca’s numerous long stretches of golden sand make perfect spots for sunbathing and paddling, they’re far from ideal for anyone interested in exploring the subaquatic world. Thankfully the island’s coastline also boasts dozens upon dozens of rocky coves and inlets with crystal-clear water and abundant marina life ideal for snorkelling – and here are some of the best.
A small, protected cove on the eastern coast of Mallorca, Cala Varques is one of the more remote snorkelling spots on this side of the island – and all the better for it. The beach is however only accessible via a 15-minute walk from the road, so not ideal for families, unless of course you arrive by boat. Once there, rocks lining either side of the sandy bay and clear waters provide some great snorkelling. There are no facilities close by, so don’t forget to pack a picnic with plenty of water.
Typical of many of the beaches in this southeastern part of the island, Cala Llombards is composed of a narrow strip of sand flanked by low cliffs. It’s around these rocky sea walls where plenty of local sealife congregates, easily visible thanks to a generally calm sea. Snorkellers can also walk around the rocky inlets and jump straight in to deeper water for a chance to see some larger fish. The beach is best accessed by road with ample, and free parking at the entrance.
While sunbathers looking for a stretch of sand will certainly be disappointed, snorkelling enthusiasts will find the rocky Cala Morlanda beach one of the best and least crowded places for some underwater exploration. Situated on the southern outskirts of the small resort and traditional fishing village of S’Illot, the surroundings are peaceful and laid-back, with the bonus of a small sandy bay within walking distance.
Cala Deia is a small, scenic, and sandless beach found on the northwest coast just down from the picturesque mountain village of the same name. Comprising boulders, rocks, and pebbles, its not the most easy to traverse and slippery stones can make accessing the sea tricky. Once in the water, however, sealife is abundant and the waters particularly clear, especially just around the rocky headland. Despite its modest size the rocky cove is home to two restaurants – one of which featured in BBC drama The Night Manager.
Cala Sant Vicenç
Nestled in a low valley in the northeast, Cala Sant Vicenç is a small, upscale and relatively quiet resort featuring three separate sandy coves. As well as some excellent snorkelling conditions just off these beaches, the surrounding rugged rocks and cliffs also provide great jumping off points for snorkellers as well as some vantage points for enjoying the dramatic mountainous surrounds. The resort is also home to a handful of bars and restaurants, while Port de Pollensa’s long stretch of golden sand is a quick 15-minute drive away.
Positioned at the bottom of a sheer rust-red cliff face surrounded by pine forest, this tiny cove certainly boasts one of the more dramatic settings to don your mask and snorkel. The sea on the north side of the island is known to have particularly good visibility, and there’s plenty of rocky coast to explore either side of the bay. It is also a small fishing harbour and there’s a small terraced cafe at one end. While there is parking nearby, spaces are limited so its usually better to leave the car in the nearby village from where it is a pleasant 20-minute stroll.