Discover the Rugged Coastline of the Costa Brava
Snorkel in the Open Mediterranean
Best Snorkeling in Barcelona Day Trip
Join us on this exciting day tour from Barcelona and go hiking and snorkeling in La Costa Brava! A moderate hike to enchanting coves and then cool off while snorkeling in the Mediterranean, what more could you want?!
Hiking and snorkeling including beach day: €60
Beach day only (still includes mask & snorkel and lunch): €30
Plaza Antonio López, Barcelona
July – September, tours depart in the morning
Full day (8 hours from Barcelona and back) with around 2.5 hours hiking and snorkeling
Max. 10 per guide
- The ability to walk on rugged terrain and to swim is essential.
- Children from 7 years old (25Kg).
- Civil liability and accident insurance (only when booked via our website)
- Professional guide
- All equipment (mask & snorkel, life vest)
- Deli-style lunch. Tasty and fresh sandwiches made on the beach with a selection of Spanish hams, cheeses, and salad.
What to bring
- Drinking water and possibly some snacks (lunch is after the activity)
- Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen)
- Swimwear and towel
- Water shoes or any footwear that is good for walking and you don’t mind them getting wet. A strap around heel recommended.
Things to Look Forward to
Learn about the wildlife of this protected and beautiful area
Hike and explore rugged cliffs and coves
Dramatic landscape, beautiful beaches, and crystalline water
Experience nature close at hand – wildlife, flora, spectacular scenery and history
Jump into the clearest waters of the Mediterranean
A perfect mixture of adventure and relaxation
Guided for fun and safety
Escape the city and see one of Europe’s gems
Meet and mingle with all kinds of people from all over the world
What You'll See & Do
DAY TOUR FROM BARCELONA: Hiking and Snorkeling in La Costa Brava
A moderate hike to enchanting coves and then cool off while snorkeling in the Mediterranean!
Heading north to Costa Brava(opens in a new tab) by private air-conditioned bus, we visit the small town of S’Agarό which is surrounded by protected beautiful pine-forested sea cliffs.
Our hike starts from our base on a beautiful beach. We will have a chance to get changed whilst your instructor briefs you on the hike ahead. Anything not needed for your hiking and snorkeling adventure will be left in our secure room on the beach.
The perfect Costa Brava and Barcelona hiking & snorkeling experience
Following our professional guides on our trail, we enter a micro-climate that offers many different flora and bird sights. The path follows the coastline with exquisite views of the turquoise waters below.
After a nice hike, we refresh by snorkeling in the open Mediterranean through scattered islands. The seabed is made up mostly of beautiful rock formations, seagrass and sand where we find many species of fish, octopus, moray eels and sometimes some huge shoals of sea bream and barracuda.
Full day fully inclusive hiking & snorkel tour from Barcelona
On arrival back at our base, we will enjoy lunch consisting of freshly made sandwiches.
Don’t want a guided tour? Just book the beach day option instead and explore the place on your own.
Can’t swim? If swimming is not one of your strong points but you would like to enjoy the day with your family or group then just relax on land and take in the views while the rest splash around. Of course, you could always just stay in the shallow end.
We are happy to arrange Private Guided Tours. Just use the contact form and get in touch.
- We don’t provide fins for snorkeling. Fins can cause (and have caused) damage to the environment if you are not an experienced snorkeler. However, feel free to bring your own along if you have them. You’ll have to carry them during the hike though.
- Sometimes we need to cancel the tour due to bad weather and unsafe sea conditions. All our guides are qualified professionals that will always put your health and safety first so please accept that when we cancel a tour, it is for your safety and enjoyment. This tour is connected to the kayaking tour. If that gets cancelled then so will this tour. See our cancellation policy in the FAQs for more information.
Check out our FAQ section for more details.
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that whilst travelling plans can change and that you may need to cancel your tours. Just give us 24 hours advance notice, and we will offer a full refund on any amount that you have paid (with the exception of private group trips, which must be cancelled 7 days in advance for a full refund… of course exceptions are made for COVID related travel issues). If you need to cancel within 24 hours of our reservation we normally cannot offer any refund, unless we can fill your spots. It may be possible to reschedule your booking for another day, depending on availability.
We usually do not cancel tours due to overcast skies, but we do cancel trips for steady rain, powerful wind, thunderstorms, or any weather the skipper feels is dangerous. If you have reserved a tour, we email you if we are cancelling the trip due to weather and give you a choice of either rescheduling (depending on availability) or receiving a full refund. We will do this as soon as we know the tour will be cancelled, however, this can sometimes not be until the morning before the tour.
Where do the tours start and when should I arrive?
All of our tours meet at the monument in Plaza Antonio Lopez (unless otherwise stated) at the bottom of the Gothic Quarter (Map and directions provided with your booking confirmation). Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin, and give yourself extra time if you’re unsure of the location.
How many people will there be in a group?
The tour will be divided into groups of maximum of 10 people (except private groups).
What if I am unable to swim, can I do this?
You can still join us on the hiking part of the tour (or the beach day option), however, we are guides not swimming instructors so if you cannot swim, you can either stay in the shallow areas or sit the snorkeling part out.
Do I need to be an experienced snorkeller/hiker?
No! We’ve had everyone from children to 80-year-old first-timers come out and have a blast on our adventurous tour.
Where do we keep our stuff during the activity?
We have a secure room on the beach where you can store all your belongings not needed for the tour.
What should I wear?
We recommend wearing a swimsuit/bathing suit. Depending on the temperature of the water and the wind, we might recommend wearing a wetsuit. We have neoprene spring suits (wetsuit with no lower arms and legs) that you can use free of charge.
What should I bring?
•Drinking water and possibly some snacks (Lunch is provided after the kayaking at around 13:30) •Good footwear that you mind getting wet. Water shoes work great •Sun protection (Hat, glasses and sun cream) •Anything else such as a waterproof camera and snacks is OK.
Where are we going and how will we get there?
We will take a private coach/bus up the coast towards France. It’s about 1 hour and 15 minutes through the Catalonian valleys. We will kayak in and around the village of Sant Feliu de Guixols and S’Agaró.
What route will we do when we get there?
Your guide will choose a route for your trip based on the group and the weather conditions (wind and waves). Every tour is slightly different. We will always try and visit the marine reserve, however, this depends on the day’s sea conditions.
How fast do you walk? Will I be able to keep up? Will I get bored moving too slowly?
Our pace depends on the group, but we generally take our time. We almost always have plenty of time to get where we’re going, so there’s no need to rush. We’ll keep things moving, but we won’t leave anyone behind.
Will we go into caves?
Normally yes. However, your guide will determine this once in front of the caves. Safety is our number one priority.
Will I get wet?
You most certainly will. It’s all part of the fun. However, the degree to which you get wet depends on the day, and snorkeling is not compulsory, you can chill out on land while the rest explore.
Can I just come along for the hiking not snorkeling?
Yes of course. If you don’t fancy snorkeling, you can stay on land, sunbathe on the rocks, relax or explore the area
Q: Can I just come along for the snorkeling, not the hiking? Well, to get to the decent snorkeling sights requires a good hike. Unless you want to swim all the way, hiking (or by our kayaking tour) are the only options.
Will I see any wildlife?
Yes, we will hopefully see lots of animals in their natural habitat. Of course, this depends on the sea conditions of the day. However, we hope to see Octopus, Moray Eels, Cormorants and lots of other kinds of fish and birds.
Is the sea cold?
This tour only runs in July and August and the sea should be a great temperature. However, if you do feel the chill more than others, we do provide you with neoprene spring suits (free of charge).
What can I bring on the tour?
We recommend bringing as little as possible. Feel free to bring a waterproof camera and a bottle of water. Basically, don’t bring anything with you that you don’t want to get wet. If you have any medication, diabetic snacks etc., then we can provide a waterproof bag.
Can I buy food and drinks there?
Yes. There is a bar/restaurant next to us. Your welcome to sit on their terrace and eat our sandwiches. You can also buy your drinks there. (Soft drinks, beer and cocktails. Etc). They do sell bottles of water, however, it’s cheaper to buy water before joining us on the tour in Barcelona.
Who will be taking me on the tour?
One of our experienced and highly trained guides will lead you and your group on the tour. Each guide has extensive knowledge of the area and is trained in water safety and first aid.
I’m already in Costa Brava, can I meet you directly there?
Lucky you, and yes. Just email us before booking and we will send you the address, parking info and itinerary. We will also be able to give you a discount if you ask for a discount code before booking.
Do you have weight limits for kayaking?
Unfortunately yes. Our smallest life jackets are as low as 25Kg (56lbs) and our limit is 130Kg (286lbs). Regardless of weight, you need to be agile for this hike.
What’s the snorkeling like in Costa Brava?
Well, don’t expect the Mediterranean to be like the great barrier reef or the red sea. However, it can be very rewarding playing with an octopus and getting up close to a Murray Eel. Every day is different, and we sometimes get some unexpected visitors such as Stingrays.
What is the age restriction?
The minimum age is 8 (although it depends on the weight, see above). We have no maximum age, if you’re up for it, please come and join us.
Where is your office in Barcelona?
We are an office-less company, that way we keep our overheads low and can pass these savings onto you.
Do I need to tip my guide?
No, only if you want to and feel that it’s deserved. Tips are never expected but always appreciated.