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Anse Couleuvre


Wedged between two cliffs and shaded by lush vegetation, this exquisite black sand beach is one of Martinique's most beautiful. This remote and untouched beach is located at the northernmost point of the island, at the foot of La Montagne Pelée volcano. Underwater, you will be likely to spot angelfish, moray eels and butterflyfish swimming between the sea fans bending gracefully in the current.
How to get there?

Anse Couleuvre (meaning “Grass Snake Cove”) is located on the Caribbean side of Martinique, some 40km north of Fort de France (1 hour by car). From Fort de France, take the N2 to Saint-Pierre, then the D10 to Le Prêcheur. Once in Le Prêcheur, follow the road north for a few kilometers. The small road becomes narrow and winding. At the very end of the road, you will find a small parking lot (quickly full during the weekends). Park here and walk to the beach, which can be reached via a 10-minutes’ walk through a tropical forest (well signposted).

Water entrance

Walk north up the beach and get into the water in front of the rocky area, which is the best for snorkeling. This spot is sometimes subject to waves or currents, do not enter the water if the sea is rough.

Aerial view

Exploration

You can basically explore the whole bay, but we advise you to focus on the reef area bordering the north end of the beach (↕3-10ft/1-3m).

The seabed is mostly rocky, and large numbers of multi-colored sea fans and quite a few soft and hard coral species have colonized it. Sponges and sabella complete this underwater garden. You might see dozens of fish species on the reef, particularly boxfish, needlefish, wrasse, butterflyfish and, with a little luck, the stunning French angelfish. Moray eels, some of them quite friendly, also inhabit the rocky seabed. In the deeper areas, you might spot a sea turtle, although there is much less likelihood of this here than in Anse Dufour and Anse Noire.

Anse Couleuvre Martinique Murène
Moray eel at Anse Couleuvre

Anse Ceron, another beautiful black sand beach where snorkeling is possible when the sea is calm, is located 1.5 kilometer south of Anse Couleuvre.

Restaurants and accommodation

A bar-restaurant set behind the beach sells beverages and snacks during holidays.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Medium
  • Maximum depth
    5m/16ft
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Wave and currents
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

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