Located in the arch formed by the Lesser Antilles, approximately 100 miles (170km) south of Guadeloupe, Martinique is the southernmost island of the French West Indies. It is made of a main island and fifty inhabited islets. They provide good-quality snorkeling spots where it is easy to observe Caribbean underwater life. Almost all the snorkeling spots on the island are accessible from the shore.

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Bathed by both Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, Martinique has 350km of coastline. The atlantic coast is partially protected by a barrier reef, whereas the northwest coast of the island has practically no corals. Coral reefs are, along with seagrass areas (approx. 50km2) and mangroves (approx. 50km2), the richest marine ecosystems of the island.

Martinique has a wide range of beaches with the most famous being Plage des Salines in Sainte-Anne, but snorkelers will prefer other spots. The northern part of the island has kept its strongly unspoilt nature. There, Anse Couleuvre and Anse Ceron are among the best options, as well as the many little beaches and creeks of the Caravelle Peninsula, protected by a natural reserve.

Snorkeling Report Martinique
Anse Noire, starfish at Anse Dufour, and Anse Figuier beach

On the south of the island, the region of Les Anses d’Arlet is without doubt the best snorkeling destination in Martinique. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, don’t leave Martinique without a visit to Anse Noire and Anse Dufour, visited daily by many green sea turtles. Closer to Sainte-Anne, Anse Figuier is also one of Martinique’s most popular snorkeling spots.
When to go to Martinique?

Martinique enjoys a tropical climate tempered by oceanic influences and the trade winds. In the region a dry season, known as “lent” (from January to June) can be distinguished from a humid season (“wintering”, from July to December). With an average temperature of 80°F/27°C (77-90°F/25-32°C in the dry season and 75-85°F/24-29°C in the humid season), and an average water temperature of 82°F/28°C, snorkeling can be enjoyed all through the year. The hurricane season, which may prevent sailing and swimming for several days, runs from May to November

Where to spot them?

Green sea turtle

You can't miss them at Anse Noire and Anse Dufour

French angelfish

On all spots

Atlantic blue tang

On all spots

Bluehead wrasse

On all spots, in rocky areas

Green moray

On all spots, in rocky areas

Flamingo tongue snail

Common on sea fans

Foureye butterflyfish

On all spots

Sergeant major

On all spots, in small groups

Bar jack

On all spots

Banded butterflyfish

On all spots