Snorkeling Around Martinique

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When planning a getaway on Martinique, one of the things most tourists find themselves looking forward to is spending time in the water.  Swimming, sailing, and scuba diving often come to mind, but those visitors who aren't ready to dive will find this island to be ideal for snorkeling.

Snorkeling is a way to enjoy many of the same benefits of scuba diving without all of the coursework and equipment that is necessary.  Using a dive mask and a snorkel – which is a tube that allows you to breath air from the surface while you are underwater – plus often swim fins and some type of floatation device, you can escape into a world of underwater sights that are so vibrant and spectacular that it is hard to believe they exist unless you see them first hand for yourself.

The waters that surround Martinique are typically over 80 degrees, and visibility can be up to 100 feet.  This is great news for snorkelers who may want to ride along with a friend who is scuba diving because it gives them a chance to view even more.  For the most part, however, snorkelers find their best options exist very near shore.  Corals reefs can be found all around the island, sch as those near Point du Bout Eastern Bay, Sainte Anne Reefs, Petite Anse d'Arlet, Anse Mitan, and all along the coast from the St. Pierre Ferry Dock to Anse Ceron


Many snorkelers find that the waters are calm enough and the notable sites are near enough to the shore that they can participate in the sport without the help of a tour guide, but the option to hire a local to show you the best of the best does exist, and as aforementioned, the option of seeking out deeper destinations is possible by riding along on a scuba diving tour.  Otherwise, you may find that your accommodations offer snorkeling gear to their guests, or a rental kit will cost you between $15 and $20(USD) at a dive shop.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to exploring what's below the surface you might enjoy Grand Anse d'Arlet. Known for being one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island, this locale can get busy on the weekends. Visit during the week for a more secluded feel and you may just be able to spot a sea turtle or two. This snorkeling site is located in Grand Anse-d'Arlets, Martinique.

Anse Dufour is another option. This beach is sheltered enough to promote almost constantly calm conditions, but it is the possible sea turtle sightings that make it such a popular spot for snorkelers.

A third location to consider is Anse Noire. The only black sand beach on the island is a great snorkeling destination because of the sea beds that are quite lovely and a nice home for other marine life that lives here.

A fourth place where you can go snorkeling is Anse Couleuvre. The wild beaches of this area lead out to a nice calm area of water that draws snorkelers thanks to sea turtles, stingrays, and an otherwise vibrant marine life. If you want to check it out, this site is found within the northwestern part of Martinique.

Anse Mabouyas is a fifth site to consider. Calm waters and sightings of sea turtles is why this spot is named one of the best snorkeling destinations on the island.

Take a moment to look through the following chart to find out more about 15 of the most popular locations where you can go snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Martinique
Site Location
Grand Anse d'Arlet 0.2 mi. West of Central Grand Anse-d'Arlets
Anse Dufour 5.7 mi. South of Central Fort de France
Anse Noire 5.6 mi. South of Central Fort de France
Anse Couleuvre 2.6 mi. North of Central Le Precheur
Anse Mabouyas 2.2 mi. West of Central Ste. Luce
Cap Chevalier 3.9 mi. Southeast of Central Le Marin
Sainte Anne Reef 1.6 mi. South-Southwest of Central Le Marin
Petite Anse 3.2 mi. West-Southwest of Central downtown Diamant
Anse Ceron 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central Le Precheur
Plage de Cosmy 1.4 mi. North of Central Trinite
Anse l'Entang 6.4 mi. North-Northeast of Central Le Robert
Anse Gros Raisin 0.2 mi. South West of Central Ste. Luce
Anse Mitan 3.7 mi. South of Central Fort de France
Point du Bout Eastern Bay 3.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France
Aquarium 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Sainte-Anne

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you might want to contact Kata Mambo. The featured excursions include a North Caribbean day sail, half day catamaran sails, custom charters, a weekend trip to St. Lucia, 4x4 guided day tours, and a combination catamaran and 4x4 tour. Each trip includes snacks, lunch, beverages, and organized trips to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean.

Another option to investigate is Denebola. The boat tours offer activities such as stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling in the local coral reef, iguana watching, and swimming and beach breaks. Diving, kite surfing, and kayaking can also be arranged for you. They're located within Le Robert, Martinique.

A third option is Les Ballades du Delphis. Catamaran excursions will lead you to Josephine's Bath, Tresor Bay, and Sans-Soucis. Private tours, family events, and company picnics can be hosted on either of their vessels.

Glance through the following table for information concerning day sails and boat trips that provide snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips On Martinique
Name Phone Location
Aquabulle (059) 674-6969 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Le Marin
Denebola (069) 617-0700 0.2 mi. East of Central Le Robert
Kata Mambo (069) 625-2316 3.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France
La Belle Kréole (059) 654-9557 Le Francois, Eastern part of Martinique
Les Ballades du Delphis (069) 690-9036 0.7 mi. East of Central Le Francois
Matinik Croisieres (069) 617-5742 Trois Ilets, Southern part of Martinique
Standing Evasion Day Boat Tours (069) 621-9131 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Le Marin
Ykeva Day Tours (069) 606-2039 0.1 mi. North of Central Trois Ilets

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a business that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out Paradis Plongee. If you want to spend some time snorkeling with an experienced guide, all you have to do is ask. This locale offers the service, though only upon request. They are located within Le Marin, in the southeastern part of Martinique.

The following chart offers a few details concerning two companies that provide services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services On Martinique
Name Phone Location
Attitude Plongée Snorkeling (069) 672-5928 3.5 mi. South-Southeast of Central Fort de France
Paradis Plongee (069) 634-5616 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Le Marin

For more information about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

A world of unimaginable beauty awaits you off the coast of Martinique.  All you need is a snorkel, a mask, and a few hours of free time, and you can see for yourself why this sport comes so highly recommended.  


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