The Mediterranean coast of Spain provides excellent opportunities for doing any type of water sports: diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking and much more! To join the ranks of local conquerors of the sea, one does not need to be a professional. Along Costa Blanca there’re a lot of watersports academies where you can hire the necessary equipment and get the first-class tuition from professional instructors. Below we have set out some useful information for the lovers of active leisure who do not reduce their vacations to just lying on the beach.
One of the best places for scuba diving in Costa Blanca is Calpe with its famous Ifach rock which has the status of the National Natural Reserve. Here you can take some popular diving tour and see dozens of species of fish and beautiful sea plants. Tabarca Island is another place which is very popular with scuba divers, and the waters here are famous for their exceptional clearness. The possibility to meet an octopus, a squid or even a moray here’s really high. Portichol Island in Javea, in its turn, has a fantastic and challenging underwater itinerary known as “Neptune’s Bath” and consisting of a narrow 10-m-long tunnel leading to a cave. Those who’re going to do scuba diving in Altea should visit the so-called “Elephant Cave”. Having got its name due to its peculiar form resembling the head of an elephant, this cave is comprised of several narrow tunnels leading to a big air pocket – the point of destination. It’s also interesting to know that during summertime in Villajoyosa there’re held underwater excursions to the wreck of a Roman vessel sunk here in I BC. The wreck is just 25 m beneath the water, that’s why the excursion is suitable both for beginners and professional (applications are made at the dive school Ali-Sub).
As for scuba diving in Benidorm, one should know that just 300 m away from the city’s main symbol Benidorm Island there’re two underwater rocks: La Llosa and La Segunda Llosa (The Second Llosa). The highest point of La Llosa is just 6 metres beneath the water, and the vertical underwater wall itself is over 30 m high. On bright days the slopes are full of sunlight and scuba divers can easily see the morays and octopuses hidden in multiple caves.
Benidorm / Villajoyosa: www.ali-sub.com
El Campello: www.atlantidabuceo.com
Santa Pola: www.anthias.es
Costa Blanca is a great snorkelling destination, and the Bay of Raco (Cala Racó) in Calpe is probably one of its best snorkelling spots! Due to its proximity to the famous Ifach rock, here you can observe hundreds of fish, molluscs and beautiful sea plants without the need of putting the scuba kit on. Another popular snorkelling destination is Javea conserving its natural half-wide beaches that every year attract thousands of snorkelling lovers from all over the planet. Cala Blanca, Cala Sardinera, Cala Portichol and the Granadella beach are among the most famous snorkelling places in Javea (read more about these beaches here). La Olla beach in Altea is a beautiful area for snorkelling since one can admire here more than 300-hundred-years-old reefs while in Benidorm people usually do snorkelling on wild beaches Cala La Almadraba and Cala del Tio Ximo. Another very popular snorkelling area suitable even for beginners is around Isleta Island in El Campello. However, due to a great number of submerged rocks it’s recommended to do snorkelling here only on calm and not windy days.
Santa Pola / Tabarca Island: www.anthias.es
Kayaking in Spain is a very popular type of water sports throughout the year. Tranquil trips along the coast permit to admire the beauty of the Costa Blanca and improve your muscle strength. A very popular kayaking route is one that goes to the Albir lighthouse, that’s why every summer the city’s administration organizes a series of free guided tours along this route. You can also do it accompanied by an instructor of any private watersports academy. Both experienced and novice kayakers go sea kayaking in the bays of Altea, Moraira and Calpe as well. Javea’s most popular place for kayaking is the famous bay of the Granadella beach. Below please find some links to the watersports academies and kayak rentals located in Costa Blanca:
Santa Pola: www.windsurfsantapola.com
Windsurfing / Kitesurfing
Costa Blanca is an excellent place where you can wind & kite surf all year round. You can do these types of watersports almost on every beach; however the whole coast can be conditionally subdivided into three zones: Denia, Calpe-Alicante and Alicante-Torrevieja. In Denia, on the sea boundary with Valencia, there prevails the thermal wind Garbi (Garbí) able to create high jet streams considered especially favourable for windsurfers. This wind blows in spring and summer afternoons for periods from 2 to 3 weeks. If you wish to surf in the second zone which extends from Calpe to Alicante, then you should wait for the wind Levante to start blowing – it is formed when cyclones develop over the offshore area and normally blows during several days. In spring and summer the third zone (from Alicante to Torrevieja) is predominated by the wind Leveche, and during winter the whole Costa Blanca coast is blown on by the wind Poniente that creates high and strong waves.
Tip: Experienced wind & kitesurfers gather on the beach of the residential development La Felicidad situated close to Denia. When the wind Levante blows, high waves are formed on the La Mata beach in Torrevieja, while Altea, Alfaz del Pi and Santa Pola with their prevailing light breeze are ideal for beginners.
Santa Pola: www.windsurfsantapola.com
Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)
Standup Paddleboarding is a trendy type of water sports in Spain, popular with entire families as it does not have any age limits nor requires special physical preparation. SUP contributes to the improvement of your mental and emotional wellbeing as well as gives you a unique opportunity to be out in nature and on water. You can try SUP in one of the watersports academies listed below.
For those who prefer to conquer the sea at supersonic speeds, the best recreational activity ever will be jet skiing. A high-speed trip over the waves is able to give some big emotions & adrenaline. Jet Ski rentals are located along the whole Costa Blanca. Below please find some useful links.
Costa Blanca: www.jetskicostablanca.com
Waterskiing / Wakeboarding
Waterskiing and wakeboarding In the Mediterranean Sea is not only a pleasure but also a good way to improve your physical condition. The season normally starts on March and ends on November. Many watersports academies in Costa Blanca offer intensive courses and can even teach you wakeskating or wakesurfing in just a couple of days. Among others, you can do it in a cable wake park situated at the end of the Levante beach in Benidorm. The wake park right over the sea has the total surface area over 1,000 sq m and is big enough to be used simultaneously by 12 persons! In Calpe, Benissa or Moraira you can get even more thrilling emotions and do waterskiing being pulled behind the 375 HP boat.
Calpe, Benissa, Moraira: www.lasantipodas.com
If you have always wished to see yourself as a captain and to plough across the blue sea in a group of friends or alone with your rode, you just ought to go to a sailing academy. It’s not necessary to have your own yacht in order to learn sailing – you can easily do it on board a hired one. Only several months of entertaining classes will give you the total independence and the freedom of movement across the beautiful Mediterranean Sea! Below we have set out some links to sailing clubs in Costa Blanca: