La Palma has a couple of places where you can enjoy the underwater life, without scuba diving. When you go snorkelling, 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 snorkelling spots.
On this page you will find an overview of the nicest snorkelling spots and our tips. At the bottom of the page you will find a map with the locations of the snorkelling spots.
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 sand beach, 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. One of the best snorkelling spots, with good visibility and a lot to see.
Puerto Naos has a big beach for sunbathing and also a lot of sea for snorkelling. 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 probably go the the east for snorkelling.
A very intimate beach, lying between the rocks and in a small bay. The right hand side of the sea is nice for snorkelling. There it is a bit shallow, and you see sand, rocks and lots of fish. we have seen rays snorkelling here!
Also a small village with old houses. The underwater landscape 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 snorkelling with kids!
Playa de la Zamora
The beach of La Zamora is part of the Marine Reserve La Palma. It is not allowed to fish, dive etc here. It is a shallow part for snorkelling, 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 snorkelling. 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. Especially the dvd they show, is worthwhile.
This is an ideal place for sunbathing and snorkelling on the east side of the island. The bay is very suitable for snorkelling, because it has wave breakers, 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 snorkelling. We have seen in Los Cancajos sepias, octopus, trumpetfish etc.
Puerto de Talavera
This spot on the east has got something special. You get the idea you ended up in a Pirate village. 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.
Swimmingpool of La Fajana
You can do some nice snorkelling inside the ponds, but if the ocean is quiet, outside the ponds, the ocean is beautiful. Nice colours, underwater landscape and lots of fish.