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St Pierre Island


A few granite rocks, lapped by the waves, a handful of palm trees swaying in the wind – the tiny Saint-Pierre Island is the perfect illustration of a mythical desert island. It is approximately 1 mile off Praslin and can only be reached by boat, although it is not possible to land there. The waters around the islet, although sometimes a little turbulent, are clear and rich in fish.
How to get there?

Saint-Pierre island is less than 2 miles off the coast of Praslin, opposite Anse Volbert and the village of Côte d'Or. Several tour guides (many of them will offer their services on Anse Volbert beach) organise snorkeling excursions, often combined with a visit to Curieuse Island. The price is about €50 per person, including a meal.

Water entrance

Your guide will show you where to get into the water. If you go to the snorkeling spot in your own boat, get into the water near the islet, on the Praslin side. This is where the richest sea beds and the calmest waters are.

Aerial view

Exploration

While the coral was badly damaged in the tsunami in December 2004 and the reef has not yet regained its former glory, the sea bed is still very rich in fish. The most interesting area to explore (and also the shallowest) lies to the west of the islet (that is, on the Praslin side).

You will find yourself above a badly damaged coastal bench (↕6-13ft/2-4m), covered with pieces of dead coral. Here and there, the coral is growing back, but has only reached medium size. At the edge of the coastal bench, the water level is higher (↕13-16ft/4-5m). The seabed is mainly sandy (or covered in pieces of dead coral), and scattered with vast granite rocks that emerge from the water in places.

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St Pierre Islet

Fortunately, despite the damaged seabeds, St Pierre still deserves its reputation as a natural aquarium. Clown surgeonfish and powder blue tang pass from rock to rock, groups of sergeant major fish play in the eddies, and shoals of fusiliers and jacks dart through the granite rocks.



This spot is sometimes visited by jellyfish, and due to its fairly exposed position, the sea can be turbulent. In this case, keep your distance from the rocks and bear in mind that the water may be less clear.

Restaurants and accommodation

If you visit St Pierre islet and Curieuse, the meal is generally included. Ask your guide for more details, and at the least take some water and a snack with you.

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
    Intermediary level
  • Maximum depth
    15ft (4.5m)
  • Water entrance
    From a boat
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Excursion price (approx. €50/$55 pp.)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling St Pierre Island

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Powder blue tang
Acanthurus leucosternon
Clown surgeonfish
Acanthurus lineatus
Blue-spotted spinefoot
Siganus corallinus
Smallspotted dart
Trachinotus baillonii
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Common lionfish
Pterois miles
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