Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on April 24, 2021
Marie Galante certainly is the most authentic island in the Guadeloupe archipelago. Anse Feuillard is often considered as one of the nicest snorkeling spot on the island, but snorkeling there can be disappointing, as the seabed has a poor showing of coral and fish.
From Grand Bourg, head east (N9) towards Capesterre de Marie Galante, then head north for about 5km. When you arrive at Anse Feuillard crossing, go ahead on the dirt road for two or three hundred meters and park. You then have to walk for about 15 minutes to reach the beach.
Enter the water from the central part of the beach. Seaweed can seasonally carpet the sand, be careful as sea urchins sometimes hide in the seaweed.
You can explore the whole area between the beach and the coral reef, a distance of about 250 meters.
Even though it is mostly made of coral, the seabed (↕1-3m) is covered with green and red seaweed, making the snorkeling experience quite disappointing. Some nice coral formations still stick out (soft coral, brain coral). The fishes you will spot here are typical of Guadeloupe shallow lagoons: schools of bar jacks, butterflyfish, sergeant majors, and the spotted trunkfish are among the species you are likely to see.
Do not get too close to the reef itself (where the waves break), nor to the beach extremities where currents are stronger and water is choppy. The spot as a whole can be exposed to wind and waves. If sea conditions are bad, don’t get in the water.
Anse Feuillard is an unspoiled location, the nearest amenities are a 15-minute walk plus a 10-minute drive from here. Bring your own food and beverages.
These spots are accessible to anyone with basic snorkeling skills, and feeling comfortable in the water and with his snorkeling gear. You will enter the water from the shore (beach, pontoon, ladder, rocks) or from a boat. The water height in the sea entrance area is reasonable, but you will not necessarily be within your depth. Moderate currents can occur in the area, even when the sea conditions are good. The distance to swim to reach the most interesting snorkeling areas of the spot does not exceed 200 meters.
This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
The data contained in this website is for general information purposes only, and is not legal advice. It is intended to provide snorkelers with the information that will enable them to engage in safe and enjoyable snorkeling, and it is not meant as a substitute for swim level, physical condition, experience, or local knowledge. Remember that all marine activities, including snorkeling, are potentially dangerous, and that you enter the water at your own risk. You must take an individual weather, sea conditions and hazards assessment before entering the water. If snorkeling conditions are degraded, postpone your snorkeling or select an alternate site. Know and obey local laws and regulations, including regulated areas, protected species, wildlife interaction and dive flag laws.
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