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 seeing what's below the surface you might enjoy 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 situated 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.

The table below lists more details regarding 2 of the best locations where you can enjoy 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. Make your next snorkeling adventure a comfortable one, but traveling with this tour operator aboard their luxury boat as you go from one snorkeling site to the next. This is also a great option for families who may have people who want to relax and enjoy the ride while other members of their party take to the water. They are located in downtown Castries, easily reached by taxi Northeast of central Marigot Bay.

The table below has some key facts regarding a company that provides services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services Near Marigot Bay
Name Type Phone Location Island
Dive Fair Helen Snorkeling Tour Operator (758) 451-7716 3.8 mi. Northeast of Central Marigot Bay Saint Lucia

For more information about snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read this 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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