The Three Best Snorkeling Spots in Santorini

Santorini has a reputation for being the ultimate romantic destination, a perfect paradise for lying back and enjoying the sun.

It’s particularly popular with honeymoon couples world over, especially due to the breathtaking vistas that provide a stunning backdrop for holiday photos.

However, Santorini has plenty to offer, no matter whether you’re travelling as a pair, in a big group, or flying solo. The beautiful beaches, delicious food and charming villages are sure to keep you entertained, and the warm temperatures will ensure that you don’t want to leave.

One of the benefits of choosing Santorini as a holiday destination is the stretches of coastline that means there are many beaches and coves to explore. Whether you’re a confident diver already, or just want to get your first taste of underwater life, snorkeling in Santorini can be a great activity.

So where are the best spots on the island? We take a look – beware, these gorgeous locations are sure to have you booking that flight you’ve been thinking about.

santorini snorkeling spots

Caldera Beach

You may have already heard of Santorini’s famous caldera. It’s important to understand that Santorini is an active volcano – back in the days of the Minoan civilization, this volcano exploded, leaving behind a volcanic depression.

The outer edge of the volcano is what forms Thira, the main island in Santorini today, whilst later eruptions created the smaller islands of Palea Kameni and Nea Kameni.

Today, the volcano remains active, but it hasn’t erupted since the 1950s, so you’re perfectly safe to explore the waters of the caldera.

Usually, most people get to the caldera by boat, but this beach is the only one that allows you to get into the caldera water without trying out your sea legs.

This quiet spot is perfect for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Santorini’s main beaches. The water is deep and clear – just make sure that you don’t mind having some animal companions, as there are plenty of fish here.

Kamari Beach

If you’re looking for a beach that offers hustle and bustle to get you in the holiday mood, then Kamari is the place for you. It’s a great option for families, or for holidaymakers who are looking for plenty of activities to keep them occupied, even after they’ve been snorkeling.

This black sand beach is two kilometres in length, meaning that you won’t be crammed on top of another swimmer. The water is clear, but it does drop off quickly, so make sure that you’re comfortable and supervise any younger children.

There are also some artificial rock formations away from the main shoreline, so you can head out away from those who are paddling and really get the most out of your snorkeling experience.

On the right hand side of the beach there is a large rock which separates Kamari and Perissa. Make sure to take care here, as it’s very appealing for snorkeling, but there can be strong currents that will pull you around to Perissa.

It’s hard to get back again without getting on a boat – which you’re unlikely to have money to pay for in your swimming suit!

man snorkeling

Nea Kameni

This tiny uninhabited island has been created as a result of the eruptions from the Santorini volcano, and is a popular spot for people looking to snorkel.

There is a sunken shipwreck which provides a different backdrop for your Santorini snorkeling adventure – if you have the right qualifications and gear, it’s also a perfect diving spot.

On the western part of Nea Kameni, there are some natural hot springs, which contain iron and magnesium, and are known for their therapeutic benefits. Make sure to take a warm bath before cooling off in the refreshing sea water.

Make sure to check the conditions of the water before you head to this small island, as it can get a little choppy when the wind picks up.

To sum up

Santorini is a beautiful, clear spot for snorkeling, whether you’re a seasoned expert or a beginner looking to get your first taste of underwater life.

There are quiet spots for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the more tourist-heavy locations, or vibrant beaches with plenty of restaurants and bars for after your swim, if you want to be in the middle of the action. Wherever you choose to go in Santorini, you’re sure to enjoy your time there.

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