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.
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.
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
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Unmissable at Anse Noire and Anse Dufour; occasionally sighted in Les Anses d’Arlet
Frequently observed all around the island; common at Anse Couleuvre
Found on all spots, often in large schools
On all spots; appreciates rocky areas
Abundant on seabeds covered with sea fans, for instance at Anse Couleuvre
On all spots
On all spots, sometimes in small groups just below the surface
Sheltered cove with seagrass meadows and sea turtles
Fringing coral reef with a vibrant marine life
Vibrant coral reef and seagrass meadows with sea turtles
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