Snorkeling Around Marigot Bay

Marigot Bay may not be known for having the best snorkeling on the island, but it is a great spot for those new to the sport to give it a go before they head out to deeper waters where the top sites can be found.

The shallow waters of Marigot Bay are often filled with snorkelers, thanks to the fact that the conditions are right and there is easy access to gear right on shore at Marigot Beach Club.  Here, you'll find a nice collection of rocks where juvenile fish and the occasional sea horse can be seen, so you'll definitely want to get in some snorkeling if you're planning a day on the bay.

For most experienced snorkelers, however, this site offers only a taste of what is to come.  Just offshore there are several amazing snorkeling sites that can only be accessed by boat.  This means that sailing adventure you were planning should definitely involve a few stops at places like Coral Gardens.  If you aren't planning on a day of sailing, you can count on local dive shops and adventure tour operators to offer snorkeling excursions on an almost daily basis.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring below the water's surface you might want to check out L'Anse la Raye. Snorkeling is popular here because the visibility is so good. Under the surface there are several coral formations of sea whips, gorgonians, and soft corals, plus rock clusters that are home to active fish. This snorkeling site is located in Anse La Raye, a short distance away South West of central Marigot Bay.

Anse Couchon is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. Locals favor this snorkeling site. Despite being a small area, the marine life that lives here is dense and active.

Check out this table for a summary list of 2 of the most popular locations where you can experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Marigot Bay
Site Location
L'Anse la Raye 2.1 mi. South West of Central Marigot Bay
Anse Couchon Ti Kaye, 3.5 mi. South West of Central Marigot Bay

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a place that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you might want to check with Dive Fair Helen. Depending on the day, the conditions, and your preferences, they will usually take their snorkeling tours to Soufriere, Anse Cochon, the Pitons, or Anse Chastanet. They are located in downtown Castries, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Marigot Bay.

Another company that offers snorkeling related services is Carnival Sailing and Snorkel. Offering full-day, half-day, sunset, and specialty tours, each one comes equipped and ready to take you snorkeling. Join the Soufriere Adventure, a full-day tour where your catamaran will glide past local fishing villages, drop you off for a tour of the botanical gardens, and eventually bring you to a protected reef where you can snorkel through the underwater beauty. The Explorer is a half-day tour that begins with breakfast aboard.

Some details concerning a couple of firms that offer snorkeling related services are listed here:

Snorkeling Services Near Marigot Bay
Name Phone Location
Carnival Sailing and Snorkel (758) 452-5586 Point Seraphin, 4.1 mi. North-Northeast of Central Marigot Bay
Dive Fair Helen (758) 451-7716 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Marigot Bay

To learn more about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our extensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Spare a few spots, St. Lucia is not especially great for snorkeling from its beaches.  Marigot Bay is one of the exceptions, but you'll still want to make plans to head out to some of those farther out locales that aren't so easily accessed and that offer even greater possibilities.  

 

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