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.

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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 want to explore what's down below you might want to check out 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 found in Grand Anse-d'Arlets, Martinique.

Anse Dufour is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. 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 place 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 to 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're interested, you'll find this site found within the northwestern part of Martinique.

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

The chart directly below provides you with a few details concerning 15 of the best places to 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

Kata Mambo

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

If you'd like to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you might want to contact Kata Mambo. Featuring 2 catamarans and a wide range of day trips and water excursions, Kata Mambo has the ingredients for a perfect day on the water.

Another option worth investigating 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. They're located in Le Francois, Martinique.

A third option is Denebola. Denebola is a modern and comfortable yacht that leads you on environmentally friendly discovery excursions to some of the most bio-diverse areas along the Martinique Coast. They offer friendly water activities and a great time.

Look through the table just below to find out more about day sails and boat trips that provide snorkeling opportunities.

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
Ykeva Day Tours (069) 606-2039 0.1 mi. North of Central Trois Ilets

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you might want to contact Paradis Plongee. Snorkeling excursions with operator include all of your gear, a knowledgeable guide, and the boat ride to your site. They are found in Le Marin, in the southeastern part of Martinique.

Be sure to look through the chart below for a listing of 2 firms that offer snorkeling related services.

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

To learn more concerning snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, read this exhaustive discussion of 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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