Kayaking and Snorkeling in Costa Brava, from Barcelona
Duration: 8 hours Easy #1 Kayaking in Barcelona
Why we love this tour
Enjoy a beautiful day of kayaking, snorkeling, and nature wonders in a marine reserve. This tour is a gem.
- #1 TripAdvisor Activity for Barcelona
- Easy kayaking along rocky cliffs and coastline
- Explore a marine reserve
- Snorkel in transparent seas & hidden coves
- Lunch on a scenic beach
- Ideal for the whole family
Discover the wild terrain of Costa Brava in this one-day tour of exploration perfect for friends and families. Swim in crystalline waters, paddle past rugged cliffs, snorkel with sea life, and much more.
Our tour begins in the morning in the center of Barcelona. By private coach, we travel a little over an hour to a scenic beach as pretty as a postcard. From here, our professional guide navigates you through some of the Mediterranean’s most crystal clear waters to remote places only accessible by kayak.
As this part of Costa Brava is a marine reserve, the guide has much to tell you about the exotic landscape’s flora, fauna, and history. Surrounded by high sea cliffs and pine forests, you instantly feel the charm of Spain’s natural beauty.
During the day, the super transparent seas are waiting for you to jump in to explore their coves and reefs. Snorkel with the bustling underwater wildlife, such as octopus, moray eels, and fish of all colors.
After the day of paddling, both kayakers and walkers enjoy a tasty lunch and some relaxing on a sandy beach. You can float in the waves or jump from the scenic rocks about 2 m high. We head back in the late afternoon, arriving in Barcelona around 7:00 p.m.
With equal amounts adventure and relaxation, this family-friendly trip strikes the perfect balance to add to your holiday. The exotic marine reserve, the fun of kayaking, and the time-out on the water make this trip through Costa Brava an experience to remember.
Need to know before you go
The minimum age is 7 (25 kg) and the maximum weight limit is 120 kg. Ability to swim is essential.
A vegetarian meal is always available.
The tour starting times are 8 a.m., 9:45 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., depending on the day and time of the year. You will see available starting times during your booking.
All of our tours meet at the monument in Plaza Antonio Lopez (unless otherwise stated) at the bottom of the Gothic Quarter. We take a private bus up the coast towards France. It’s about 1 hour and 15 minutes through the Catalonian valleys.
Please arrive 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin. The tour will be divided into groups of maximum 12 people. We allow more people in private groups.
What should you bring? We suggest water and some snacks (lunch is after the activity), sunscreen lotion, swimwear, and a towel. Water shoes are optional, but not necessary. At the beginning and end of the season, we also suggest an extra layer or blanket. We have a storeroom on the beach where you can keep all your belongings while kayaking.
The sea can be quite fresh at the beginning and end of summer (May and September). We will provide you with neoprene wetsuits, but they don’t cover the lower leg and arms. If you feel too cold in the sea, we will concentrate more on kayaking than snorkeling.
As the tour will take a full day, we will have a late lunch after the activity (around 2:30 p.m.), so we suggest you have a nice breakfast and bring some snacks. You can also buy food and drinks in the restaurant on the spot. They sell bottles of water, although it’s cheaper to buy water before joining us on the tour in Barcelona.
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 fins along if you have them.
We may need to cancel the tour due to bad weather and unsafe sea conditions. All our guides are qualified professionals who put your health and safety first, so please understand that when a tour is canceled, it is for your safety. Our guides always decide which is the best and safest route to take, where it is possible to snorkel, or if you can visit the caves. Please respect their decisions as they are extremely knowledgeable of the area.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% money reimbursement. There is no reimbursement for later cancellations.
In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Carrer de la Marina, 19, 21, 08005 Barcelona, Spain
Provided byExcursions Barcelona
Reviews for this tour
4 Oct 2022
Wonderful day with fearless leader JB
2 Oct 2022
Amazing view, very nice guide and really fun experience!!!
12 Sep 2022
Amazing tour, beautiful beach ! Would defiantly recommend with friends , family or as a couple , Our tour guide ( Will ) was lovely , very patient , explained everything clearly, couldn’t of asked for anyone better. Both kayaking and snorkelling was fun, saw lots of different sea creatures including octopus, jelly fish and more ! Highly recommend .
25 Aug 2022
we had a fantastic day and were utterly impressed and full of happiness. Gerard was great, it was great listening to his little stories about the area while kayaking through such a beautiful area on the water. Just wonderful.
4 Sep 2019
It was awesome!
4 Sep 2019
Great experience, the adventure was awesome, the food was good and the staff incredibly friendly. I loved it
4 Sep 2019
Edu was an awesome guide and we appreciated that he took lots of pictures!
30 Aug 2019
21 Aug 2019
Great guide (Dilan). Good explanation what we should and should not do. Despite the size of the group, he paid attention to everyone. After the kayak and snorkeling we got a lunch; a fresh, half baguette with good and lots of toppings. The guide made pictures, can't wait to see them😉😊
17 Aug 2019
14 Aug 2019
The experience was amazing! I would have probably liked to stay a bit more on the beach
8 Aug 2019
A great trip. Our guide Rachel was funny and attentive, making sure we all stuck together. Costa Brava is beautiful.
25 Jul 2019
13 Jul 2019
Gerard made the trip really terrific. He was very patient with my 9 year old. Great time had by all.
16 Jun 2019
Incredible kayaking experience for our family of 6/4 teenagers from the states. Impressed with our multi lingual guides knowledge of the surrounding area and kayaking.
10 Jun 2019
20 May 2019
Edu was an awesome guide and the scenery Amazing.
13 May 2019
Great time with awesome people, I would recommend this for others if you’re looking for a good time.
23 Aug 2018
22 Aug 2018
23 Jul 2018
Hi, The experience was great. We are still waiting for our pics to be posted on facebook. It seems that tours after ours has been posted already.Please advise. Our tour date was the 23rd July 2018
21 Jul 2018
Really everything was fantastic and well organized. I loved our leader- Edu, and felt like he explained everything very clearly, but also succinctly. His kind leadership was evident when two women were struggling with their boat- he quickly tied the rest of us together and gave them a quick lesson- and soon they were integrated back into our group. We were a good size group and I felt like I got the attention I needed. The snorkeling was beautiful and the time at the end to hang out was nice too. The only thing I didn’t love was the food- I don’t eat ham and was overloaded on cheese and bread- but we had brought along food so it was fine. I would have liked paella or a salad. Thank you! Debbie
20 Jul 2018
WOW, Amazing trip. Paco was a gem of a guide and we just loved how clean the water was on our trip there. Highly recommended. We swim a lot in NZ, and this was just as good to us as the coromandel. Thank you PACO we loved it all including the funny stories. G And R Braks
9 Jul 2018
The trip really lives up to its reputation. We had an amazing time kayaking and snorkeling, the team was so friendly and helpful I can definitely call it a one of a kind experience. The service provided was exceptional and would definitely do it again when I am back in barcelona. Your service is highly appreciated and will be recommended to family and friends who visit barcelona and want to take part in such experiences. I want to thank you for your concern, and for your help with booking this trip. Kind regards, Hagar Rezk
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