The deservedly famous Tarida cove is a beach of fine sand and luminous waters in an extraordinary setting.
To enjoy the best snorkelling, we are going to look for the rocky bottom, which is home to the most life and creates beautiful underwater landscapes, so in the northern part of the cove we start our route in front of the islet that stands out in the middle of the water.
At the beginning the bottom is sandy, but as we stick to the coastline, which will always be to our right, the rocky wall will emerge, which is very shallow. We head towards the small watercourse where the dry dock huts stand out. In front of them the water is radiant and it is easy to see fish that are common on sandy and rocky bottoms, such as striped sea bream, red mullet and schools of small fry that seek refuge in these calm waters.
Close to the point, the wall begins to appear vertical, with larger and larger rocks appearing on the bottom and between them, clumps of posidonia meadows. Here life is abundant, large bream and two banded sea bream patrol in search of food while salema graze among the posidonia. Those who like to make descents will find an ideal place, with clean waters and drops beyond -6 m deep on a bottom dotted with huge slabs and stones that offer shelter to many species and game to predators, such as sea bream or sea bass, that make fleeting incursions to capture some absent-minded prey.
The octopuses are almost always well hidden in their shelters, although with a bit of luck we may find one outside, surrounded by other fish.
We will return in the opposite direction, avoiding the shortcut that takes us back to the source because we will be crossing a large sandy area of little interest.
Sometimes we can find in the watercourse before the fishermen’s huts that the water is very cloudy, which is apparently due to the presence of phytoplankton.