Snorkel Safari

A Snorkel Safari makes for a wonderful family day out during a visit to Santa Pola. Snorkelling is one of the cheapest water activities and can provide hours of fun for all ages. A cheap snorkel and mask set from one of the Chino shops for children only costs around 5€. For around 20€ you can get an adult snorkelling set from sports stores such as Decathlon. The more serious snorkeler or free diver will usually bring their kit with them. The entire Costa Blanca is littered with rocky bays and coves ideal for snorkelling. However, just a few kilometres of Santa Pola's coast is the island of Tabarca. This is a protected marine reserve with crystal waters and pristine flora.

Tabarca Island Snorkel Safari

A thrilling day awaits on a Tabarca Island Snorkel Safari. These are great if you don't have your own kit. They're also perfect for families with young children as your guide is always there to ensure a safe day is had by all. Located in Santa Pola's marina, Dive Academy Santa Pola have a wealth of snorkelling and scuba diving experience. Aside from a full selection of PADI certified scuba diving courses, they also offer fun scuba days for the young ones and a Snorkel Safari.

Snorkel Safari Itinerary

Your Snorkel Safari begins at 09:00 where you will meet your guide and any others going on the trip. If you are a large enough family or group of friends, you may have the boat to yourself. Then it's all aboard for the short journey to Tabarca Island, a haven for Barbary pirates in days of old. The island is a popular attraction, receiving up to 3,000 visitors a day during peak season. There is a little village with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. If you wish, you can bring along your own packed lunch or picnic to enjoy between snorkelling sessions. The day is spent snorkelling the beautiful marine reserve where you can explore caves and meadows of sea grass.

Snorkel Safari Summary

  • 09:00 pick up at the Dive Academy office in Santa Pola's marina
  • Bring along swimwear, towel, sunscreen, hat, water and a packed lunch should you choose
  • Snorkel equipment, wetsuit and professional guide is included
  • Minimum age is 6 years or at parents discretion
  • Swimming ability only needs to be basic as you will have a buoyant wetsuit
  • Day ends at 14:30
  • Price per person is 40€
  • Boat ride only (non snorkelling) is 15€

Please Note: Prices may vary.


Sailing is a popular holiday activity in Santa Pola. The town has a rich fishing and nautical history and proudly boasts the largest fishing fleet of any port on the Mediterranean Sea.