La Palma has a couple of places where you can enjoy the underwater life, without scuba divng. When you go snorkeling, you will find yourself on places, where you might not come otherwise, like: Playa de la Zamora, La Fajana, Puerto de Talavera, La Bombilla. Beautiful names for beautiful snorklingspots.
On this page you will find an overview of the nicest snorklingspots and our tips. At the bottom of the page you will find a map with the locations of the snorklingspots.
Here used to be small houses and a cosy bar. Now it is a big beach, well accessible. The sea is a long time shallow and the bottom exists of rocks and sand. It is better to wear shoes going in the water, because the bottom is rocky.
La Bombilla is one of the nicest places of La Palma, we think. There are a lot of small houses for recreational means and two “restaurants”. There is not a real sandbeach, but rocks. If you find yourself a good place, it is a nice village to be at. In spring and summer they put a pier in the water, which makes the entrance and exit very easy. With a quiet ocean you can also enter the sea from the boatsplace. One of the nicest snorklingspots, with good visibility and a lot to see.
Puerto Naos has a big beach for sunbathing and also a lot of sea for snorkling. We mostly like the place on the far right. You go into the sea at the Roca and than swim out a bit and to the right. There are rocks, stones and sand, with a lot of fish. You sometimes see Triggerfish and barracudas. In the winter the waves are high, when there are red flags on the beach, do not go in the water. You can probabely go the the east for snorkling.
A very intimite beach, lying between the rocks and in a small bay. The righthandside of the sea is nice for snorkling. There it is a bit shallow, and you see sand, rocks and lots of fish. we have seen rays snorkling here!
Also a small village with old houses. The underwaterlandscape is special here. If you drive into the village, you have got a place where you can enter the water easily, straight away on the left. You can see a lot of fish here, and sometimes big fish. In the summer the people make a small pool at the “beach”. Nice and shallow, good for snorkling with kids!
Playa de la Zamora
The beach of La Zamora is part of the Marinereserve La Palma. It is not allowed to fish, dive etc here. It is a shallow part for snorkling, with a lot of life. The fish here are bigger than on other places, because they get the chance to grow. Where you park the car, there is a kiosko, where you can eat and drink something, if you had enough sun and water. A great place to spend a half or whole day!
Like Playa la Zamora this lies in the Marine reserve and that means lots of fish. You do not find a nice beach here, but stones.
Playa del Faro
At the far south, close to the lighthouse, you got a nice beach for sunbathing and snorkling. When you are there you can take a look at the “museum” from the marine reserve, which you find in the building underneath the old lighthouse. Especialy the dvd they show, is worthwhile.
This is an ideal place for sunbathing and snorkling on the eastside of the island. The bay is very suiteble for snorkling, because it has wavebrakers, it is relatively shallow and has a lot of fish. If you go to the far left of the bay, you find an even quieter and shallower part for snorkling. We have seen in Los Cancajos sepias, octopus, trompet fish etc.
Puerto de Talavera
This spot on the east has got something special. You get the idea you ended up in a Piratesvillage. You find a big rock here, with small houses. The bottom is sand, and you find white sand here. Special! You can only enter the sea here when it is quiet, mostly in August, September and October.
Swimmingpond of La Fajana
You can do some nice snorkling inside the ponds, but if the ocean is quiet, outside the ponds, the ocean is beautiful. Nice colors, underwaterlandscape and lots of fish.
Going snorkeling can sometimes end up as a disaster. Wrong or bad materials, wrong fins, or none. Water leaking in your mask or a lot of water in your snorkel. A wave that takes you down, or a sunburned back. You do not need to be a scubadiver to go snorkling, better said every diver started with snorkling, but with some tips and trucks, snorkling might end up being a lot nicer!
Having a good mask and snorkel.
You can find all kinds of masks and snorkels, and ofcourse different prices. The most important for a mask is that it fits well, and closes well around the face. Most people will put it on realy tight, because you do not want to lose it…But the thighter the more water will come in! In our divecenter you can try different models and rent them for a day (or more) And, if it fits well, and snorkling goes well, you can always buy one. Having your own mask, is for most people pleasant.
With a snorkel the most important thing is that is easy to get the water out of it. That means that you do not have to take your head out of the water everytime you get a bit of water in your snorkel and you will not get water in your mouth.
There are two different types of fins. With a closed and an open heel. The closed heel is suitable for tropical locations and pools, but here it is not really suitable. Fins with open heel need shoes, which makes it very easy to walk into the water (with the stones). Swimming with fins needs practice and learn the right technique. This makes snorkling a lot easier and less tiring.
Disadvantage from snorkling with shoes and fins is that you have to get used to it, because it feels very clumsy when you are not used to it. It is also an idea to go snorkling without fins. You might use (low) shoes, to get into the water easily.
Breaking of the waves
The breaking of the waves is sometimes rough. It gets you on your knees surprisingly easy. It doesn’t always look a lot, but that might be treacherous. The best way to get into the water is: go in without fins, walk untill you pass the area where the waves break and put on your fins, while you lie on your back in the water. Always put your mask on your head before you enter and use your snorkel. If you do not put the mask on your head, put it around your neck. Never put it on your forehead, because one wave, and you lose it!
We can make a reasonable estimation of the best places to go snorkling that day. It might well be that the westside of the island is very wild, but you might be able to go to the east.
Take care of the possibilities of a sunburn, use a good sunscreen.
The watertemperature is between 18 (winter) and 25 (summer) degrees.
At most places you will not or hardly find current. With full and new moon it might be a little more. Take notice of the beachflags (red=no swimming). Never go out of the coast to far, and if you are not sure, do not take the risk. There are some beaches (Puerto Naos and Los Cancajos) which have lifeguards on the beach! So that gives a safe idea.
Snorkling you can learn
You can learn how to snorkel, and mostly after an hour of “lessons” you will be more at ease and more comfortable. You will be able to enjoy the underwaterlife more and it will prevent you from disapointments. We like to take you on a snorklingtour (for example to the south Playa de La Zamora or El Faro), in which we can tell you everything about snorkling and a lot about the underwaterlife.
You can rent snorklingequipment for a day, but also for a week if you like. We have got good materials and that will prevent you from a lot of annoyance. If you want more info send us an e-mail.
Map with snorklingspots
At the map you see where the nicest snorklingspots are. You can get a routedescription at our divecenter, becuase they are not always easy to find.