Snorkeling Around Fort de France

Fort de France is the largest city in the French West Indies, and there are plenty of historical and cultural attractions to keep visitors busy.  Despite all there is to see and do on land, it is important not to forget to look to the sea for some equally as important natural beauty.  Snorkeling is a great way to make this happen.

One of the most popular options for snorkelers staying in this city will be to head to Fort de France Bay where Anse Dufour and the nearby Bat Cave provide great underwater sites.  These sites are best accessible by boat, and a few local dive shops and tour guides can make that happen.  

If you want to go it alone, you'll find that most of the area's beaches will do just find, and the conditions are almost always right.  Around the island, water temperatures average over 80 degrees and visibility can reach up to 100 feet.  Some parts of Martinique such as Diamante have currents that make snorkeling  there a poor idea, but Fort de France Bay is sheltered enough that you shouldn't have any trouble.

Snorkeling Sites

Some details concerning 2 of the most popular locations to experience snorkeling in this area are listed in the table below.

Snorkeling Sites Near Fort de France
Site Location
Point du Bout Eastern Bay Pointe du Bout, 3.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France
Anse Mitan Pointe du Bout, 3.7 mi. South of Central Fort de France

Snorkeling Services

Some information with regard to a place that offers services of interest to snorkelers is listed down below.

Snorkeling Services Near Fort de France
Name Type Phone Location Island
Attitude Plongée Snorkeling Snorkeling Tour Operator (069) 672-5928 Pointe du Bout, 3.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France Martinique

For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for both "old pros" and beginners, read our exhaustive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Checking out the underwater world that surrounds Fort de France is just as important as exploring on land.  Make sure you bring your snorkel kit every time you hit the beach because chances are once you've done it once you won't be able to resist snorkeling every body of water that you encounter here.  


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