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're looking forward to exploring what's down below you might want to visit 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 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 location 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 in 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.

The table below enables you to get more information about 15 of the best locations to experience 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 most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.

If you're ready to combine some snorkeling with a boating adventure, you should consider 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 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 good 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.

Glance through the following table for details on boat operators that offer 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 a business offering snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with Paradis Plongee. Snorkeling excursions with operator include all of your gear, a knowledgeable guide, and the boat ride to your site. They are located in Le Marin, in the southeastern part of Martinique.

Some information with regard to a couple of companies that provide snorkeling services are listed in the table below.

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 tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our detailed Caribbean snorkeling page.

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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