written in collaboration with Barbaloulou (2 spots)
Les Saintes archipelago is situated some 10 miles (15km) south of Guadeloupe. It is within easy reach from Trois-Rivières, the starting point for a number of boats each day. Anse Mire is a 10 minutes’ walk from the pier of Terre de Haut, the island’s main village, following the Fort Napoleon direction.
Enter the water from the tiny Anse Mire Beach, inhabited by iguanas. The beach is planted with poisonous manchineel trees: do not touch the trees or their fruits, and avoid sitting on the beach after rain.
The area to explore comprises the Lynndy shipwreck and the fringing reef running along the shoreline between Anse Mire Beach and the Boat House (a house looking like a ship's prow, easy to spot from the pier).
When on the beach facing the sea, the reef is located on your left. On the reef, you will find beautiful hard coral, including elkhorn coral, brain coral riddled with colorful Christmas tree worms, and fire coral (↕1-3ft/0.5-1m). Sea fans, sponges and different species of sea urchins are also common in the area. It is easy to spot trunkfish, grunt, squirrelfish, bluehead wrasse and grey chromis in Anse Mire, particularly around and under the coral bommies.
The reef of Anse Mire
After exploring the fringing reef, you can have a look to the Lynndy shipwreck, lying some 100 meters away from the shore. The position of the wreck is marked with two “cross” yellow buoys, making it easy to localize. Immersed in 2006 after a tropical storm, the wreck is not yet covered by a lot of coral and sponges, but countless reef fish are already calling the Lynndy home. Sitting 15 meters deep under the surface of the sea, you can see it from the surface, but only freedivers will really enjoy the sight.
Watch for boats when snorkeling the wreck, which is located outside the swimming area.
Restaurants and accommodation
There are no facilities on the beach, but you will find a large choice of restaurants and accommodation in Terre de Haut village, a 10 minutes’ walk from Anse Mire.
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.
Type of spot
Level of difficultyAll levels
Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
Potential DangersManchineel trees (poisonous) on the beach
Public toilets & showersNo