Mahebourg Bay

written in collaboration with Brummell (1 spots)

Mahebourg Bay hosts a tiny patch reef, located approximately 1,3 kilometers from the shore and only accessible by boat. It is located in one of the largest lagoon areas of the island. With its preserved coral and its wide variety of fish (including barracudas and clownfish), this reef is definitely one of the snorkeling best-kept secrets on Mauritius island. We recommend you to use a a local guide to explore this spot.
How to get there?

The easiest way to snorkel the reef is to book a tour from Mahebourg. It will cost you from 850 rupees (€20) per person for approximately 2 hours. You can book it from local operators in Mahebourg or asking to boat owners on the waterfront. Only take the boats hat have a commercial permit to do the trip (those having the prefix PC, not PPC, on their boat).

Water entrance

You will enter the water directly from the boat.

Aerial view


The spot covers a 500sqm patch reef in the lagoon, an area that is sheltered from the waves and currents. The water depth ranges from 1 to 8 meters (4-25ft), but your skipper will drop you in a 2-3m water depth area.

On the reef, you will observe a wide variety of fish at all water levels: needle fish, schools of juvenile barracudas, damselfish, sergeant majors and dozens of other species. The corals are mostly tabular ones with interspersed massif and stag horns, with patches of fire coral.

Snorkeling Mauritius Clownfish Mahebourg
Mauritius Clownfish at Mahebourg Bay, Mauritius

In the central part of the spot, you will observe a rock outcrop with a group of anemones with mature Mauritius clownfish (amphiprion chrysogaster), endemic from Mauritius and Reunion.

Restaurants and accommodation

Ask for details about what is included in your excursion when booking. As this spot is relatively close to the shore, tours duration generally does not exceed 2 hours.

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.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
  • Maximum depth
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Fire coral
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Snorkeling tour price (from €20pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

  • Estelle Rabail De Rosemond

    Mahebourg Bay contains one of the oldest clownish in Mauritius; renamed by Case Nautique Mahebourg as Aldo . It can be seen in Mahebourg bay ,if asked some local guides ( specially Brummell and Christophe two of the best ones ! ) can bring you to Aldo’s house found under the picturesque crystal clear water of the lagoon ! While meeting Aldo you would be seduce to meet his other neighbors ! The ultimate way to find Aldo is through a snorkeling session !
    Thank You Case Nautique for introducing us to Aldo and for taking care of him !