Cala en Caló - A Full Guide for 2022

May 18, 2022

An introduction to Cala en Caló

Have you ever wondered what is the most beautiful beach of Javea? Have you gone through countless websites to try to find your answer? Well, don’t worry, you don’t need to look any further as we have the answer for you – Cala en Caló. This private and exotic bay is the most precious gem that Javea has to offer, being arguably the best beach in Javea.

Cala en Caló is a beach in Javea that resembles the exotic beaches of Thailand, Indonesia, or the Philippines... nonetheless, without the necessity of flying halfway around the world to experience something so beautiful.

Don’t believe me? Well, keep reading, look at the pictures for yourself, and let’s see what you think by the end of this blog! I am sure that after just a few minutes of reading, you’ll understand why Cala En Caló in Javea is a bay of unimaginable beauty that shares so many secrets, easily positioning it as THE BEST beach in Javea. Here’s the following things we will cover in this article:

1. Cala En Caló, the hidden paradise of Javea

2. Where is Cala En Caló

3. How can I get to Cala En Caló

4. Cala En Caló, a Snorkelling Heaven

5. The Magical Cave of Cala en Caló

6. Cala en Caló cliff jumping

7. Siesta Advisor & Cala en Caló

8. Additional questions?

1. Cala En Caló, the hidden paradise of Javea

Cala en Caló... it sounds so familiar, yet so alien and unknown at the same time. Why is this? Well, Cala en Caló is extremely well hidden and secretive, meaning that even if you happen to be coasting down Javea’s shoreline, you’ll almost certainly miss it. This is because Cala en Caló is geographically located in a very sneaky spot in Javea, to the extent where it wasn’t even labelled on Google Maps until recently.

A fun fact... we were one of the first to discover this beautiful little bay, and when Google uploaded a satellite image of it, our kayaks were in the bay itself!

What makes Cala en Caló even more exclusive is because it is camouflaged and hidden behind a huge island in the middle of the bay, obscuring the vision of the little beach itself for the people from outside... in other words, if you happen to be an outsider, or not very familiar with Javea’s coastline, you wouldn’t even be able to find it!

But don’t worry, we’re here to help and that is exactly why we designed this comprehensive guide of Cala en Caló, helping you experience the unimaginable, and the things that you really cannot miss when in Javea.

2. Where is Cala En Caló

So where actually is Cala en Caló? Well, Cala en Caló is located in Javea, the beautiful little town where all our adventures begin from, and Javea is located in the Alicante region of Spain. More specifically, Cala en Caló is located on Javea’s southern coastline, the most remote and exotic part of Javea. It can be found between the famous beach Granadella, and Cala Ambolo. Take a look on the image below!

Nonetheless, as you can see, Cala en Caló is located in a very inaccessible region of Javea. As we briefly mentioned on our Kayaking in Javea article, geographically, Javea’s coastline is surrounded by peaking mountains and rock formations, some reaching over one hundred meters from the sea level... and this is very much the case for Cala en Caló, that is surrounded by towering cliff faces that encompass the entire bay.

This raises the following question: it sounds very difficult to access this bay, so how do I actually get to Cala en Caló? Well, the following section, explains in detail!

3. How can I get to Cala En Caló

Well, you probably get the message by now, Cala en Caló is extremely remote and exclusive, and this may sound like something bad, however it’s the complete opposite. Because Cala en Caló is so inaccessible by land, it has had very little contact from humans, meaning that it has remained very protected from human deterioration and impact.

In other words, as Cala en Caló is only accessible by sea, it is a beach that always remains peaceful and calm, away from the tourist hotspots, and preserved from the detrimental effects of unsustainable tourism!

"But Henrik... you still haven’t explained how I can get to Cala en Caló!"

Yes yes, I know, so here’s your answer. Cala en Caló is a bay that is only & uniquely accessible by sea. This is because it is located at the bottom of a huge canyon that measures over 100 meter in height! This means that there is no way to walk, hike, or climb down to Cala en Caló, so for those wanting to take an exotic little hike, unfortunately this is not the place for it!

Getting to Cala en Caló by Kayak

Cala en Caló is very remote, and it is located around two kilometres away from the closest public beach, being either Cala Ambolo or Cala Granadella beach. This means that the easiest and the most efficient way to access it is by kayak.

Luckily for you, Siesta Advisor has extensive history operating and offering their services from Granadella to Cala en Caló in Javea. Having started offering our kayak tours from Granadella to this beautiful little bay over a decade ago, Siesta Advisor is by far the most experienced company to be offering kayaking excursions and rentals from there. This also means that we know about all the little secrets and hidden treasures that Cala en Caló has to offer, something we are incredibly eager to share with fellow adventurers like yourself!

There are also other benefits of going to Cala en Caló by kayak. On top of having the simple privilege of being able to access the little beach, you will also be kayaking besides an ancient and Jurassic-like coastline, with towering mountains of a hundred meters besides you, and turquoise, transparent, and crystalline below you. In fact, during our kayak excursions to Cala en Caló we often stop in remote little areas of the Granadella bay to do some snorkelling, cliff jumping, or simply to cool down and have a swim!

Kayaking to Cala en Caló is by far the easiest and most convenient way to access this little bay!

Swimming to Cala en Caló

If you do not fancy to join one of our famous kayak excursions to Cala en Caló, don’t worry, there is one other alternative that you could explore: swimming. You could swim to this little bay, however we would definitely not recommend going from Granadella, as the distance between Granadella and Cala en Caló is almost two kilometres!

On top of that, there tends to be a lot of traffic on the water, especially during the summer season, and without the right equipment, it could be dangerous!

Nonetheless, you have the alternative of swimming from Cova del Llop Marí, a beautiful little cave just a couple hundred meters from Cala en Caló. I won’t go into detail on this article about this cave, as you can find more information here, nonetheless, after a steep hike, you’ll get to the ocean, from which you’ll be able to swim to Cala en Caló!

Keep in mind that this distance is still far, and for inexperienced swimmers, and those without the right equipment, we do not recommend it! It is always best to stay safe and let us help you explore this beautiful little bay with the most famous kayak excursion on the Costa Blanca!

4. Cala En Caló, a Snorkelling Heaven

The warm, clear, and brilliantly blue waters of the Mediterranean Ocean have long been regarded as a fantastic place to enjoy snorkelling and underwater life, and this couldn’t be truer than with Cala en Caló. So, if you happen to be a water fanatic and enjoy the underwater world as much as we do, Cala en Caló is perfect for you.

First and foremost, as we’ve previously mentioned, the isolated and exclusive nature of Cala en Caló has kept this unique little bay out of sight and off the radar, away from the touristic hotspots of Javea.

This has also meant that Cala en Caló enjoyed the privilege of having very little contact from humans in comparison to the other major beaches in Javea, remaining very protected from human deterioration and impact. This means that the beach remains abundant with marine flora and fauna, where you can expect to find some of the most incredible life imaginable.

It is said that snorkelling and kayaking in Cala en Caló is one of the most unique experiences in the entirety of Javea, if not Spain, as you can see some of the most life-abundant waters around! So, get ready to immerse yourself in one of the most vibrant snorkelling locations in the whole of Spain! Here’s a breakdown of some of the fish and life that you can expect to see in Cala en Caló!

Painted Comber

The painted comber has an orange-red to pinkish colour, with darker coloured vertical stripes along its body (resembling a comb) and a shimmery silver-blue spot towards the tail end.

Saddled Sea Bream

Easy to spot by its flat grey shape and the black spot between its body and tail, the saddled sea bream is one of the most common types of fish in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, this is the type of fish that we most commonly see around Cala en Caló, often being surrounded by entire shoals of them!

Ornate Wrasse

This fish starts out with a vivid green colour, and as it grows, it develops a shimmering rainbow colour, with stripes of different colours across its body!

Fried Egg Jellyfish

Don’t worry, I know what you’re thinking! "NO! I HATE JELLYFISH!" I used to think the same until I came across these jellyfish! Fried Egg Jellyfish, also known as Egg-Yolk Jellies, are called this because of a distinctive bell on the head of the jellyfish, looking like a cracked egg an floating through the water. However, the best part is that these jellyfish are COMPLETELY HARMLESS, meaning that you can even touch them without any issue! You will often find a friend egg jellyfish in Cala en Caló, and if you do, don’t worry, it’s perfectly fine!

5. The Magical Cave of Cala en Caló

Apart from snorkelling in Cala en Caló, there are plenty more things that remain secret, and one of them is the little cave that hides itself under the central island of the Cala en Caló bay.

This colossal rock directly in the centre of Cala en Caló has assumedly fallen off from the surrounding cliff faces of the bay, with it slowly and naturally being eroded away over the years, creating the island that it is today! This erosion would have taken place due to a combination of natural meteorological factors such as the wind, the rain, and most importantly, the waves!

However, this natural erosion has provoked something magnificent in the heart of Cala en Caló (literally!). Under the central island, you can now find a system of caves! In fact, this cave system consists of five tunnels, all joined in the centre by a central chamber. Don’t worry, this central chamber is big enough for a lot of people and you’ll always be able to breath inside. In fact, I have been inside the Cala en Caló cave with groups of around 15-20, giving you an example of just how big it is.

Regarding the tunnels themselves, there are two tunnels that are completely above the water (RED ARROWS), one facing north and the other one facing east from the centre. We use these tunnels to enter and exit as they’re the easiest way to access the Cala en Caló cave! There are also three submerged tunnels underwater (BLUE ARROWS), one on the north-east section, another one south (this is an important one!), and a long and narrow one on the west side of the island.

The one on the south is very important, as this tunnel is what provokes the crystalline turquoise blue colour inside the cave! That’s because the sunlight enters from under the water, something that absorbs and filters the red visible light rays, and consequently leaves us with an incredibly blue colour! The cave of Cala en Caló is truly magical, and something you cannot miss when kayaking to this magnificent bay.

6. Cala en Caló cliff jumping

Something that can also be done in Cala en Caló is cliff jumping, the sport of jumping from somewhere high into the water without any equipment! What makes Cala en Caló perfect for cliff jumping is the fact that it has different heights for different levels of experience. In other words, if you want to just take it easy, or perhaps practice some backflips, there are some small jumps, perfect for children. Or if you want to improve your confidence and push your limits, there are also some higher jumps!

Nonetheless, this comes with a WARNING!

You should only do cliff jumping in Cala en Caló with the supervision of one of our very competent monitors who will show you exactly where you can jump from, and where to! This is because some underwater sections of Cala en Caló have big underwater rock formations and structures, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could hurt yourself!

7. Siesta Advisor & Cala en Caló

Siesta Advisor and Cala en Caló have long history together. Having been the first company in Spain to go there commercially and take clients there, we really do know what we are doing there and all the things to look out for. This means that when you come on a kayaking trip with us to Cala en Caló, we’ll be sure to show you all the tips and tricks there! At the end of the day, it is best to go there with our experienced monitors who will be able to take care of you and answer all of your questions!

At the end of the day, Cala en Caló is the kind of place that you have to respect and protect at all costs, and that is how it remains as beautiful and pristine as it is today. In fact, we at Siesta Advisor take frequent trips there to do beach clean-ups to ensure that it remains in the state that it is in. So, if you happen to join us for one of our passionate kayaking trips there, or perhaps you stumble across it, make sure you show as much passion and respect as we at Siesta Advisor do!

So what are you waiting for, go and explore Javea’s most beautiful beach, Cala en Caló!

8. Additional questions?

Do you have any additional questions about visiting Cala en Caló? Well, don’t hesitate and ask away! We are more than happy to put you in contact with some of our most professional monitors who will be able to answer all your questions and queries without issue! So... if you are unsure or uncertain about something, ask away and we’ll always be there to answer your questions! You can contact us via email on info@siestaadvisor.com, or equally on phone & Whatsapp on +34 639 908 367

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